Hope for today: love for God

HopeWe know that we have come to know Him if we keep his commands. Whoever says, “I know Him,” but does not do what He commands is a liar, and the truth is not in that person. But if anyone obeys His word, love for God is truly made complete in them. This is how we know we are in Him: Whoever claims to live in Him must live as Jesus did.
1 John 2:3-6

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Hope for today: strengthen and protect

HopeAnd pray that we may be delivered from wicked and evil people, for not everyone has faith. But the Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one.

2 Thessalonians 3:2-3

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God made the promise

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13 For when God made a promise to Abraham, since He had no one greater by whom to swear, He swore by Himself, 14 saying, “Surely I will bless you and multiply you.” 15 And thus Abraham, having patiently waited, obtained the promise. Hebrews 6:13-15

The writer of Hebrews ends Chapter 6 assuring the true believer of his/her salvation and the need to rely on faith.

He begins with God’s main promise to Abraham. It can be found in Genesis 12:1-3,

“The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country,
your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.
“I will make you into a great nation,

    and I will bless you;
I will make your name great,
    and you will be a blessing.
I will bless those who bless you,
    and whoever curses you I will curse;
and all peoples on earth
    will be blessed through you.”

This promise was a long time coming and along this journey of life Abraham experienced several failures and sin. He lied about his wife being his sister not once, but twice (Genesis 12:11-13, Genesis 20:1-2,5). He and Sarah plotted their own plan for an heir and Ishmael was born (Genesis 16:1-15), both Abraham and Sarah laughed at God and God heard them (Genesis 17:17, Genesis 18:10-12). And yet God did not step away from His promises and Isaac was born.

Many of God’s promises are not based on our getting it right but on His faithfulness. 2 Timothy 2:13 declares, “if we are faithless, he remains faithful— for he cannot deny himself.” I like the Amplified translation, If we are faithless [do not believe and are untrue to Him], He remains true (faithful to His Word and His righteous character), for He cannot deny Himself.

We know that later on God gave Abraham these instructions, Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you.” The next morning, Abraham packed up and he, two servants, and His only son headed to Mount Moriah.

When they reached the place God had told him about, Abraham built an altar there and arranged the wood on it. He bound his son Isaac and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. 10 Then he reached out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. 11 But the angel of the Lord called out to him from heaven, “Abraham! Abraham!”  “Here I am,” he replied.
12 “Do not lay a hand on the boy,” he said. “Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son.”
13 Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. 14 So Abraham called that place The Lord Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided.”
15 The angel of the Lord called to Abraham from heaven a second time 16 and said, “I swear by myself, declares the Lord, that because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, 17 I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies, 18 and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed me.”

In verse 15-18 above, God swears to Abraham that He will fulfill all of His promises. God had no one greater by whom to swear, He swore by Himself and since God promises our salvation, we can be assured that no matter the situation, “God is not a man that He should lie, or the son of man that He should repent. Don’t waver, don’t become sluggish, be faithful, wait on the Lord in faith for you shall receive the promise.

Hebrews 11.1a

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Hope for today!

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From the fruit of their lips people enjoy good things, but the unfaithful have an appetite for violence.

Those who guard their lips preserve their lives, but those who speak rashly will come to ruin.

Proverbs 13:2-3

 

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you ought to be teachers

Hebrews 5.12

12 In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again. You need milk, not solid food! 13 Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. 14 But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil. Hebrews 5:12-14

The writer of Hebrews, the Holy Spirit, tells the Jews that they should be able to share the truth of God’s Word, to teach others the unsearchable truth of Jesus Christ…instead of teaching they needed to be taught. We see this same type writing in Hebrews 6:

“So let us stop going over the basic teachings about Christ again and again. Let us go on instead and become mature in our understanding. Surely we don’t need to start again with the fundamental importance of repenting from evil deeds and placing our faith in God. You don’t need further instruction about baptisms, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment.” Hebrews 6:1-2

These teachings are foundational to the Christian faith. You should have a sure and certain faith about these basic teachings, so much so that you could teach them to others and yet…you keep sipping on the bottle. Isn’t it time for at least some junior food…at least a vegetable or two? I would really like to teach you about the priesthood, Melchizedek, a better covenant…but you are not able to chew and digest.

But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil (Hebrews 5:14).”  The mature have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil. This is the by product of training in the Word. We pray, we study, we meditate day and night, we hide the Word in our hearts, develop discernment, and we apply it to our lives with joy. The spirit man becomes strong and we are able to  move from glory to glory.

It is hard to read these Scriptures and not give thought to current surveys that report large numbers of people claim to be Christians and when these numbers are drilled down many do not believe in the virgin birth, heaven, hell, Jesus walked the heart, the resurrection. etc. God has so much more but He is too wise to build upon a shaky foundations. Let a man examine himself to see if he is in the faith.

Maturity in Christ requires “constant use and training in the Word of God.”

Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15

Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.  John 17:17

And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. John 8:32

That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word. Ephesians 5:26

2 Timothy 2.15

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Hope for today: support the weak

Hope“So now, brethren, I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified. 33 I have coveted no one’s silver or gold or apparel. 34 Yes, you yourselves know that these hands have provided for my necessities, and for those who were with me. 35 I have shown you in every way, by laboring like this, that you must support the weak. And remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” Acts 20:32-35

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Before I formed you in the womb

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The words of Jeremiah the son of Hilkiah, of the priests who were in Anathoth in the land of Benjamin, to whom the word of the Lord came in the days of Josiah the son of Amon, king of Judah, in the thirteenth year of his reign. It came also in the days of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah, until the end of the eleventh year of Zedekiah the son of Josiah, king of Judah, until the carrying away of Jerusalem captive in the fifth month.

The Prophet Is Called

Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying:

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you;
Before you were born I sanctified you;
I ordained you a prophet to the nations.”

Then said I:

“Ah, Lord God!
Behold, I cannot speak, for I am a youth.”

But the Lord said to me:

“Do not say, ‘I am a youth,’
For you shall go to all to whom I send you,
And whatever I command you, you shall speak.
Do not be afraid of their faces,
For I am with you to deliver you,” says the Lord.

Then the Lord put forth His hand and touched my mouth, and the Lord said to me:

“Behold, I have put My words in your mouth.
10 See, I have this day set you over the nations and over the kingdoms,
To root out and to pull down,
To destroy and to throw down,
To build and to plant.”

11 Moreover the word of the Lord came to me, saying, “Jeremiah, what do you see?”

And I said, “I see a branch of an almond tree.”

12 Then the Lord said to me, “You have seen well, for I am ready to perform My word.”

13 And the word of the Lord came to me the second time, saying, “What do you see?”

And I said, “I see a boiling pot, and it is facing away from the north.”

14 Then the Lord said to me:

“Out of the north calamity shall break forth
On all the inhabitants of the land.
15 For behold, I am calling
All the families of the kingdoms of the north,” says the Lord;
“They shall come and each one set his throne
At the entrance of the gates of Jerusalem,
Against all its walls all around,
And against all the cities of Judah.
16 I will utter My judgments
Against them concerning all their wickedness,
Because they have forsaken Me,
Burned incense to other gods,
And worshiped the works of their own hands.

17 “Therefore prepare yourself and arise,
And speak to them all that I command you.
Do not be dismayed before their faces,
Lest I dismay you before them.
18 For behold, I have made you this day
A fortified city and an iron pillar,
And bronze walls against the whole land—
Against the kings of Judah,
Against its princes,
Against its priests,
And against the people of the land.
19 They will fight against you,
But they shall not prevail against you.
For I am with you,” says the Lord, “to deliver you.”

 

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Hope for today: way of escape

HopeNo temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.

1 Corinthians 10:13

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Hope for today: go, make, baptize, teach

HopeGo therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20

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Hope for today: the blessed man

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Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on His law he meditates day and night.

He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.
Psalm 1:1-3

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