Hope for today: Savior

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Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. 19 And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. 20 But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” 22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet:

23 “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,
    and they shall call his name Immanuel”

(which means, God with us). 24 When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him: he took his wife, 25 but knew her not until she had given birth to a son. And he called his name Jesus. Matthew 1:18-25

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Hope for today: Get rid of and be

HopeGet rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. 32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. Ephesians 4:31-32

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Hope for today: Bless the Lord

HopeBless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me,  bless His holy name!
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,
who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
Psalm 103:1-5

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Blessed is the one who knows forgiveness

Psalm 32.1a

Psalm 32.1b

Psalm 32

Of David. A maskil.

Blessed is the one whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered.
Blessed is the one whose sin the Lord does not count against them and in whose spirit is no deceit.

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When I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long.
For day and night Your hand was heavy on me;
my strength was sapped as in the heat of summer.

Then I acknowledged my sin to You and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord.” And You forgave the guilt of my sin.

Therefore let all the faithful pray to You while You may be found; surely the rising of the mighty waters will not reach them.

Psalm 32.8

You are my hiding place; You will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with My loving eye on you.

 

Do not be like the horse or the mule, which have no understanding but must be controlled by bit and bridle or they will not come to You.
10 Many are the woes of the wicked, but the Lord’s unfailing love surrounds the one who trusts in Him.

11 Rejoice in the Lord and be glad, you righteous; sing, all you who are upright in heart!

Psalm 32.10

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Forgiven

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16 “This is the covenant I will make with them
    after that time, says the Lord.
I will put my laws in their hearts,
    and I will write them on their minds.”

17 Then He adds:
“Their sins and lawless acts
I will remember no more.”
18 And where these have been forgiven, sacrifice for sin is no longer necessary.
Hebrews 10:16-17

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Hope for today: create in me a pure heart

Hope10 Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
11 Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.
Psalm 51:10-12

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With His Own Blood

Hebrews 9.12

16 In the case of a will, it is necessary to prove the death of the one who made it, 17 because a will is in force only when somebody has died; it never takes effect while the one who made it is living. 18 This is why even the first covenant was not put into effect without blood. 19 When Moses had proclaimed every command of the law to all the people, he took the blood of calves, together with water, scarlet wool and branches of hyssop, and sprinkled the scroll and all the people. 20 He said, “This is the blood of the covenant, which God has commanded you to keep.” 21 In the same way, he sprinkled with the blood both the tabernacle and everything used in its ceremonies. 22 In fact, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.

23 It was necessary, then, for the copies of the heavenly things to be purified with these sacrifices, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. 24 For Christ did not enter a sanctuary made with human hands that was only a copy of the true one; He entered heaven itself, now to appear for us in God’s presence.  25 Nor did He enter heaven to offer Himself again and again, the way the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood that is not his own. 26 Otherwise Christ would have had to suffer many times since the creation of the world. But He has appeared once for all at the culmination of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of Himself. 27 Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, 28 so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and He will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for Him. Hebrews 9:16-28

Selah

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Hope for today: come now

Hope18 “Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the Lord.
“Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson,  they shall be like wool.
19 If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the good things of the land;
20 but if you resist and rebel, you will be devoured by the sword.”
For the mouth of the Lord has spoken. Isaiah 1:18-20

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Hope for today: repent

HopeBut do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping His promise, as some understand slowness. Instead He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

2 Peter 3:8-9

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I will be their God and they will be my people

Hebrews 8.10

Now the main point of what we are saying is this: We do have such a high priest, who sat down at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven, and who serves in the sanctuary, the true tabernacle set up by the Lord, not by a mere human being.

Every high priest is appointed to offer both gifts and sacrifices, and so it was necessary for this one also to have something to offer. If he were on earth, he would not be a priest, for there are already priests who offer the gifts prescribed by the law. They serve at a sanctuary that is a copy and shadow of what is in heaven. This is why Moses was warned when he was about to build the tabernacle: “See to it that you make everything according to the pattern shown you on the mountain.” But in fact the ministry Jesus has received is as superior to theirs as the covenant of which he is mediator is superior to the old one, since the new covenant is established on better promises.

For if there had been nothing wrong with that first covenant, no place would have been sought for another. But God found fault with the people and said: “The days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the people of Israel and with the people of Judah.
It will not be like the covenant I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand to lead them out of Egypt, because they did not remain faithful to my covenant, and I turned away from them, declares the Lord.
10 This is the covenant I will establish with the people of Israel after that time, declares the Lord. I will put my laws in their minds and write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people.
11 No longer will they teach their neighbor, or say to one another, ‘Know the Lord,’ because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest.
12 For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.”

13 By calling this covenant “new,” he has made the first one obsolete; and what is obsolete and outdated will soon disappear.

My, my, my…you have heard the saying, it doesn’t get any better than this!?!  Hallelujah! It doesn’t get any better than this…the new covenant. As the writer of Hebrews pens these verses, the focus was the Jews but in the context of the complete Bible these blessings belong to every true believer.

And likewise the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood. Luke 22:20

In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.”  1 Corinthians 11:25

And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise. Galatians 3:29

Why is the new covenant superior? Because it ministers to the internal (the heart) rather than the external. In Jesus, all the shadows are fulfilled and replaced as the reality comes forward, that is Jesus the Christ. In Him comes the following promises, promises purchased by the blood of Jesus….and it doesn’t get any better than this!!! Hallelujah! Glory to the Superior High Priest who is the Lamb of God!

  • I will put my laws in their minds and write them on their hearts.
  • I will be their God, and they will be my people.
  • No longer will they teach their neighbor, or say to one another, ‘Know the Lord,’
    because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest.
  • For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.”

All speak of the grace and mercy of God to give those who will believe and receive a personal and intimate relationship with Jesus, the Mediator of the superior covenant! This is truly, “living the life.” Anything less is just the deception of the enemy and the depravity of the heart of man.

Now this is eternal life: that they may know You, the only true [supreme and sovereign] God, and [in the same manner know] Jesus [as the] Christ whom You have sent. John 17:3

Our Father, hallowed is Your name! You alone are God! Your love is amazing, Your grace is abundant, and Your mercy is tender. From everlasting to everlasting, You are God! Thank you for the superior covenant purchased by the Superior One, our Lord and Savior Jesus the Christ! We worship You and bow before You to offer our praise and thanks. It doesn’t get any better than knowing Jesus in an intimate and personal relationship and having Your law written upon our hearts. Once we were not a people, but now we are the people of God because of Your lavished love! Bless Your Holy Name! Help us to live for Your glory that others would know You!
In Jesus Name, Amen!

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