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!
The theme for this season of walking as an overcomer is becoming clearer to me. Head knowledge is transpiring to heart knowledge, which ultimately leads to a deeper trust in and dependency on God. A richer and more intimate relationship with Him.
This morning as I thanked God for His protection, The Holy Spirit reminded me that the trials, the challenges and the struggles of living a life of faith in Jesus is meant for the saving of lives of others so eternity can be spent in the presence of God and not a part from him in darkness.
Are you lonely? Are you sad? Are you filling the hole in your heart with things that don’t last? Turn to Jesus and he will fill you with His peace, His joy, and His comfort.
God will never leave you or forsake you. Rest in His peace that you will find in His word. Let him battle for you as you take refuge in Him. Allow him to give you rest for your weary soul. One of His greatest desires is to take care of you and guide your steps with His marvelous light. Will you let him? Will you open up your hands, that you have held so tightly closed, and say, “Here, Father, I give you whatever I think I have control over”? Rest now child as he sings over you with a heavenly song of love.
Restoration. The word holds hope and joy and of things yet to come.
When my husband was a teenager his stepdad bought this 1960 356B Porsche Cabriolet. At the time it was in perfect working condition, or so we thought. My husband has always wanted this car and his stepdad told him one day it would be his. A few years ago, after we had comfortably settled my father-in-law into assisted living, we brought the car home. The car had sat garaged for many years and began to fall into disrepair. My husband’s intention was to always restore the 356 to its former beauty.
Here are some things we’ve discovered in the process. It is by the grace of God alone that whenever my father-in-law drove this car he was safe. The ‘mechanic’ that had originally restored the car had done so in such a way that if it weren’t for Providence, driving this car could have resulted in a catastrophe.
The other thing we have learned is restoration takes time. A.LOT.OF.TIME. My husband completely gutted the inside of the car, has taken apart all mechanical and moving parts and has spent countless hours cataloguing all parts, researching and locating original or close to original parts as possible, networking with other Porsche restorers and finally coming to the point of putting it all back together. Please don’t misunderstand me, even though many times this task can be frustrating and seem daunting, it brings my husband joy. He loves working with his hands and God has uniquely gifted him with knowledge, wisdom and passion for this type of work. By trade he is an aircraft system engineer and aircraft mechanic.
Restoration. It can be the same in our own life can’t it? Allowing Holy Spirit to completely empty us of who we thought we were in Christ. Taking apart all the working pieces only to make room for the putting back together with a newness in our minds. It isn’t easy and it most definitely can be messy, it can take countless hours of prayer and crying out to God and may even require godly counsel for spiritual and emotional healing.
But, God promises that after suffering for a little while HE will RESTORE you. He will make you stronger, firmer AND more steadfast.