Hope for Today will inspire you to live a life connected to Christ by empowering you to fall in love with Jesus through personal spiritual growth. Teaching you the power of your identity and authority in Christ. Encouraging you in your inheritance as an ambassador for the kingdom of God!
Stand in a circle?! And pray?! That is exactly what Honi the Circle Maker did. He was an ancient Israelite scholar mentioned by Josephus in the book of “Jewish Antiquities.”
Honi drew a circle and stood in it and told God that he would not move until God provided the rain that had not come that winter. Honi prayed and God brought rain.
Rulers, scholars and religious types all thought Honi had a special relationship with God. Actually, what he had was prayer. He was so closely knit to God he knew the goodness of God’s character.
Honi wasn’t satisfied with just rain. Honi’s heart ached for the people of God. He not only desired the seasonal rain, he wanted God’s rain of favor, blessing and graciousness. Honi didn’t give up, he prayed consistent and persistent, big audacious prayers, that could only be answered by God. Then he waited in expectant anticipation for God’s answer.
Audaciously bold prayers our part of our inheritance in Jesus. You will never know unless you ask and when you ask let it come from a heart that has been steeped in the truth of God’s word and promises.
Boldly go where every man, woman and child ought to go…before the throne of God, drawing circles around your prayers.
Even with the passage of time, God’s word still holds true. His decrees and promises stand for all time.
“To live the way I teach them.” This is as true for us as it was for David’s descendants. It is really a simple theory. We stay connected to God through reading His word, prayer, worship and praise. He promises to teach us how to live His way. Do you find it hard to live the way He is showing you? Do you allow other things to distract you from spending time with God or forgetting to simply ask Him his opinion in situations? I know I do! Everyday I find myself confessing and repenting of the things that have become or threaten to become idols in my life.
As God’s restoration continues in my life and He invites me into a season of learning to be an overcomer because of this restoration, I sense there is a season of freedom, standing in the middle, and holding hands with restoration and overcoming. The Spirit reminds me that the same power that rose Jesus from the grave lives in me, in you and every person that calls Jesus Lord and Savior.
As we prepare to enter into 2018 I invite you to join me in learning to walk in the freedom of Christ and becoming an overcomer. And, we are overcomers because Christ has overcome the world, its part of our inheritance in Him.
I would love to hear the word or words God have given you for the new year! You can leave those in the comments section of this post. If you don’t yet know Jesus as your Lord and Savior and feel you are ready too, please message me, I would love to pray with and for you.
I love the hope of these verses. They remind us to remember God is able. We don’t have to strive, he cares for us and wants His best for us. He gives us the capacity for every decision we make because we are made in His divine image. We simply need to remember to ask. Ah, yes, I know, it’s the remembering to ask. Many times we are so intent on working things out for ourselves we forget to ask God for help. Or, maybe we remember to ask for his help but we have forgotten how to wait patiently for his answer.
A few weeks ago my husband and I needed to make an important decision. The ‘old’ us, from not long ago, would have conferred with one another, and if we agreed on a course of action, would follow through in our agreement, however, one important aspect was left out, we would forget to seek God’s wisdom before making a decision. This particular time we decided to commit our concerns to God and wait for his answer, praying for his wisdom and knowledge on how to proceed. Three days later, he provided exactly what we needed and we felt confident and at peace with the decision we made. Is it really this simple? I believe it is, but many times we might allow our worldly decisions from the past to interfere, or the enemy comes in with lies attempting to discredit God’s integrity and the truth of his word, or we are just plain impatient!
It is a process and we are all works in progress. The word power in the above verse is God’s intrinsic ability at home in us helping us to grow everyday. It is sanctification cultivating us toward glorification! Hallelujah! His power in you is his marvelous work.
You are a marvelous work, that is your identity in Christ, sanctification that is your inheritance in Christ and the choice to ask him for his help is your authority in Christ!
Precious One, live marvelously, live loved, live in His divine image!
Not long ago I read something to the effect of God speaking only through his written word and implying that God does not talk to people on behalf of others or for the masses but that when He speaks to someone it is for that person only. This left me feeling very unsettled and because I am an internal processor it has taken me awhile to reconcile why I was feeling this way.
I believe, without any doubt, God speaks to us mainly through his word. That is why reading and studying his word is so vital to our spiritual health. But, I also believe God speaks to us in different ways; through dreams, visions, pictures and prayer. I also believe God gives us messages of encouragement and prophetic messages to be given away to others. He has done this through me many times and I always suggest to the one who is receiving a word from God through me that they take this spoken word to God and ask God what part of it is from him and what part of it can be tossed out, because many times my human-ness and my impressions can be mixed in with the message from God.
It is the hearer’s responsibility to be alone with God and pray about what was given. Oughtn’t we be doing this on a regular basis to begin with? Most of us attend church on Sunday or Bible study during the week, simply because one has been anointed by God to preach or teach does not mean we will ever get it right one hundred percent of the time, again, it is the hearer’s responsibility to go God and ask God for his discernment on what was preached or taught.
Paul gave these words of wisdom about worship in 1 Corinthians 14:26b.
When you come together, everyone has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation. All these must be done for the strengthening of the church. 1 Corinthians 14:26b.
When we always imply that what God speaks to one person should be only for that person we negate the truth of God’s word. All of these things including prophecy, further in the passage Paul addresses prophecy, are meant to strengthen the Bride of Christ! Have they and are they currently misused? Yes, BUT it is each believers responsibility to go to God and ask for his wisdom, his discernment on what was spoken or taught. Let’s give each other the freedom in Christ and encouragement to seek the spiritual gifts Holy Spirit wants to lavish on us; gifts that are meant for the greater good of the entire Church.
Precious One, “Do not put out the Spirit’s fire; do not treat prophecies with contempt. Test everything. Hold on to the good.” 1 Thessalonians 5:19-21.
I sit here this morning, having allowed myself to sleep in, it is after all a holiday here in our great Country. As usual my list of things to accomplish is long. Blessings to all you working moms who work outside the home as well as full-time in your home.
Before I get ready to open God’s word and immerse myself in the beauty and peace of what He has for me today, I make a quick perusal of a social media sight to see what others are up to. I stop by a prayer group to read requests and offer prayers on behalf of others, and Holy Spirit begins to whisper “Yaweh”. My next stop is to a group who is reading through the Bible chronologically this year. As I read what others have posted about their readings for today, Holy Spirit again whispers “Yaweh”. Now I am intrigued.
Although Yaweh is a name for God there is a specific meaning behind this name of His. I look up the meaning and find Yaweh is the Proper Name for God. Not only that it also means the one bringing into being, life-giver, giver of existence, creator. (Strong’s Hebrew 3068).
Last night our Pastor was speaking with us on the vision for our faith family. It was vision casting tied together with a sermon that gave me holy goose bumps and a desire to ‘let’s do this!’ You see, the past four years we have been in a season of being on a journey to discover Christ together. And while we are still a part of that journey, last night we entered a season of bringing true life to our community.
I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead. Ephesians 1:18-20a.
That power is resurrection power; that power has NO equal; that power lives inside every believer of Christ Jesus by the indwelling of Holy Spirit in you.
Reflecting on this incomparably great power, this power that has no equal, how does this change the way you look at your prayer life? Does this single sentence of truth cause you to hope, to know by faith that God hears your prayers and answers them according to his perfect will? Does this truth cause you to look outside the realm of your understanding for his answer to your prayers?
Those who believe in Christ Jesus as Lord and Savior have been raised up with Christ and are seated with him in the heavenly realms. (Ephesians 2:6). Not only that, we have been blessed in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. (Ephesians 1:3). I don’t know about you but these two thoughts are overwhelmingly big to me right now. We have been blessed with every spiritual blessing in heaven to live a supernatural life in Christ Jesus, right here, right now. We don’t have to wait until we get to heaven! So, what is stopping you? What is stopping me?
If we are in God (Acts 17:28) and Christ has overcome the world (John 16:33) then we are over comers of this world through Christ Jesus!
“Every step you take, every word you speak, every breath you breathe-all is done in My watchful embracing Presence. You are totally immersed in My invisible yet ever-so-real Being! Sarah Young “Jesus Calling”
I know and believe by faith that the power that raised Jesus from the dead; resurrection power; the power of Holy Spirit lives in me. But, as I read the above paragraph from “Jesus Calling” the profoundness of me residing in Jesus came alive like a beautifully wrapped present just waiting to be opened and inside is something you’ve waited for and known all along but didn’t know until the gift was given and you chose to open and receive.
I have a precious friend, who, after receiving a gift from God, ‘gets back in line’, and says, “more Daddy!” More indeed! More light, more love, more grace, more mercy, more supernatural wisdom, more resurrection power!
for in Him we live and move and exist, as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we also are His children.’ Acts 17:28 (emphasis added).
Just this morning I saw this picture. It is from a post on January 27th from Franklin Graham. Franklin states that he received word from his staff in Niger that militants had burned dozens of churches and the charred Bible is part of the aftermath. Franklin asks this question, “but can you imagine the international outcry if this were the Koran?”
Immediately Holy Spirit began, what I refer to as downloading thoughts, I had to blog quickly so as not to forget them all! Precious Ones, God’s not dead and neither is his word! God is alive and well and knows exactly what is going on all around the world.
While it hurts our hearts to see his word physically charred and desecrated, His word is alive because his word is Jesus Christ who is alive!
In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:1.
Others destroy Bibles to distract believers and take their focus off of God. That doesn’t change the fact that God’s word lives in our heart; active and ongoing.
For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. Hebrews 4:12
There is no stopping God.
so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. Isaiah 55:11
The final thought Holy Spirit gave me is this:
And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:2
Meaning be a part of this world but don’t be in this world. Don’t think like this world because this world is not our home. We are temporary visitors here. Our home is the new heaven and new earth that is yet to come!
I wonder as agents, as ambassadors to the Kingdom of God, while we are busy not being in this world are we also not thinking like this world? We are a part of the kingdom of God. Do our thoughts and actions reflect that? God is supernatural, there I said it, do we think in supernatural ways? Or, do we let ourselves be distracted by pictures and images of fear? Our inheritance is not fear, for we have been given a spirit of power and of love and of a sound mind. From one sound mind to another, I ask you, “How big is your God?” “How big is your faith?”
You know, there is nothing new under the sun and I encourage you to not be enticed by the age-old tactic of Satan; fear. I exhort you to pray and pray without ceasing to the one True LIVING God. Then and only then will the peace of the Lord that surpasses all understanding be in your heart and mind.
God is alive, his word is alive and He will remain that way for all eternity.
For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
2 Timothy 1:7 has been swirling around in my head for a while now. I even pray this over my family and me, personalizing my prayer with our names. As I was praying this morning the word power stood out at me.
Power, in this verse, means a person or supernatural being who has administrative power; miraculous power. The miraculous power of the Living God lives in us. God gives us His power, the same power that raised Jesus from the dead. Resurrection power. This power lives inside those who believe in Jesus as Lord and Savior through the Holy Spirit. Think about that for a moment. The same power that raised Jesus from the dead LIVES inside you!
God wants to work through you with His miraculous power to lead others to His Son and eternal life, to heal the sick, to set the captives free, to be His witness of his sovereignty.
Go ahead, own the resurrection power within you. It is part of your identity. Its also your inheritance and a spiritual blessing from heaven. And, it is your God given authority in Christ. As an ambassador to the kingdom of God, use His power in you to change the lives of those around you.
The Book of Esther is one of my favorites. I read the entire ten chapters this morning, intrigued by what I sense are some parallels of Esther’s story and what is going on in our world today.
Esther was a quiet but strong woman, raised by her Uncle Mordecai after her parents had died when she was a young girl. Even as a young woman she still sought and followed the advice of her uncle.
Esther was a Jew, but her husband, King Xerxes, did not know this about her when he crowned her his Queen. It was a different time back then! An evil man by the name of Haman, lived in Esther’s kingdom. He was driven by his pride and ego. At one time he was the king’s right hand man and required all the king’s subject’s to bow down to him. And they did! Except Esther’s uncle, who would bow only to God. This infuriated Haman and he tricked King Xerxes into issuing a decree that all the Jews in all 127 provinces of the kingdom be annihilated. Mordecai learned of Haman’s plan and he beseeched Esther to do something.
Here is what Esther did; she told Mordecai to gather all the Jews together and to pray for her and to fast with her and her maids for three days. Then she would go and see the king and plead her case. She told Mordecai, “If I must die, I will die.” A rather interesting thing to say. You see, during this period of time if anyone went to visit the king without his summons it was an offense punishable by death unless the king extended his scepter to the person requesting his attention, even the queen! Thankfully, King Xerxes extended his scepter to Esther.
The rest of the story turns out well for Esther and the Jews and I encourage you to read or reread this delightful testimony of God’s love. Allowing yourself to be carried away by the Holy Spirit’s description of this time in history.
What strikes me most about the story of Esther every time I read it, is her willingness to seek God on behalf of herself and her people. She fasted and prayed for three days and asked others to join her, knowing she would hear from God. She depended on God with all of her heart that she made plans to visit the king before she had even fasted and prayed and trusted the outcome to God even if that meant she would die.
What is going on in the world today is frightening and in some area’s atrocious is not a strong enough word to describe the actions of others.
But, there is hope! And, it is found in God’s word.
Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, The people whom He has chosen for His own inheritance. Psalm 33:12.
Ah, do you see the word inheritance? If you know me, you know I love looking for our inheritance in Christ throughout his word. God chooses to give us His inheritance through our belief in His Son, Jesus Christ! Think about that for a moment, let it settle into your heart and find a permanent place to reside. Everything God has he gives to us through our faith in Jesus! Our position here is to pray for the nations of the world that they would ask God to be their Lord and to share our inheritance with them through Jesus Christ! Guess what happens when we do? The nations are blessed by the One true God! Why? Because the nations and their people are seeking God.
When Solomon had finished the temple of the Lord and the royal palace, and had succeeded in carrying out all he had in mind to do in the temple of the Lord and in his own palace,the Lord appeared to him at night and said:
“I have heard your prayer and have chosen this place for myself as a temple for sacrifices.
“When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among my people, if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place. I have chosen and consecrated this temple so that my Name may be there forever. My eyes and my heart will always be there. 2 Chronicles 7:11-16. (emphasis added).
The highlighted part of this passage is what I sense the Holy Spirit speaking to the nations, but I think it is important to read it in context with the surrounding verses. When you believe in Jesus as your Lord and Savior, you become a temple for the Holy Spirit to live within you. Don’t miss the promise of the last line!
Precious One be a Queen Esther! Seek God not only for yourself but for those in your sphere of influence, for your neighborhood, for your city and state, for your Country and for the nations of the world.