Hope for today: declared righteous

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For while we were still helpless, at the appointed moment, Christ died for the ungodly. For rarely will someone die for a just person—though for a good person perhaps someone might even dare to die. But God proves His own love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us! Much more then, since we have now been declared righteous by His blood, we will be saved through Him from wrath. 10 For if, while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, then how much more, having been reconciled, will we be saved by His life! 11 And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ. We have now received this reconciliation through Him. Romans 5:6-11

 

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Hope for today: what is good and required

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Mankind, He has told you what is good and what it is the Lord requires of you:
to act justly,
to love faithfulness,
and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8

 

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Hope for today: a living hope

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Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. According to His great mercy, He has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead and into an inheritance that is imperishable, uncorrupted, and unfading, kept in heaven for you. 1 Peter 1:3-4

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Hope for today: kindness and love of God

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But when the kindness of God our Savior and His love for mankind appeared,
He saved us—not by works of righteousness that we had done, but according to His mercy, through the washing of regeneration and renewal by the Holy Spirit.
Titus 3:4-5

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But because You said so…2

Luke 5.5b

One day as Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret,
the people were crowding around him and listening to the word of God.
Luke 5:1

     The story begins with Jesus standing by the Lake Gennersaret (Sea of Galilee). He has preached in the synagogues in Galilee and there are great crowds following him wherever He goes. The NIV translation says the people were crowding around Him and listening to Word of God with the KJV saying that the crowd pressed upon Him.

Pressing reminds me of a toddler who is walking and has a natural curiosity, trying to talk, and their favorite question is “what you doing?” The child wants to know, wants to see and he comes and presses upon you until you pick him up and allow him to see just what is on that counter and what you are doing with it. This toddler just has to know and will have no satisfaction until you lift him up and he’s in the midst of what’s taking place.

This is the the way this crowd is- pressing in, wanting to know, to hear, to experience what Jesus has to say. It is with good reason for Matthew 7:28-29 tells us that “the crowds were amazed at His teaching, because He taught as one who had authority, and not as their scribes.” It reminds of John 7:45-46, when the chief priests and Pharisees sent the guards out to bring Jesus in and they returned empty handed. “Finally the temple guards went back to the chief priests and the Pharisees, who asked them, “Why didn’t you bring him in?” “No one ever spoke the way this man does,” the guards replied.”

Jesus is the Living Word of God! No one could, can, or will ever speak His Word, the Word of God, like He did or does by His Spirit. The people couldn’t get enough and so they are pressing in, crowding around Him, and listening to what Jesus has to say.

Every blood bought child of God should have that same heart and desire. We should be like the Psalmist in chapter 119, ‘Your Word is my delight, I will not neglect your Word, it is more precious than silver or gold, I meditate on it day and night.’

It causes me to ask God to reveal truth to me about my own delight, is it truly for Him therefore His Word or does my taste lie with someone or something else? What does my life demonstrate that I am pressing for, is it the Word or the world and what it offers? How I spend my time will help me to know. What is my mind focused upon, the Word of God or your own words, thoughts or ideas, or in this season the media? What is my meditation- the cares, trials, and happenings of the world or Truth as revealed in the Holy Word of God?

“But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on His law he meditates day and night (Psalm 1:2).”

Our blessings, our hope, our encouragement and our being a display of God’s glory will always be found in pressing for Jesus and His Holy Word.  In order to press, we have to be resolved, determined, minds fixed, purposeful and intentional about pressing for the living, breathing Word of God?

“Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart (Psalm 37:4).”

O heavenly Father, the Author and Finisher of my faith. I look to you, cause my desire to be for You as my greatest Treasurer. Help me to be just like that toddler- seeking, pressing, to know and experience You and Your Holy Word! You are my life, hope, joy, and peace…and I am thankful for it!
In Jesus Name,
Amen

Psalm 37.4

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Hope for today: Prove me, O Lord

HopeProve me, O Lord, and try me; test my heart and my mind.
For Your steadfast love is before my eyes, and I walk in Your faithfulness. Psalm 26:2-3

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Wisdom Wednesday

Exodus 33 verse 13

Blessings today! It’s Wisdom Wednesday! Yesterday’s post about knowing God caused me to remember a previous Wednesday with quotes from my friend, A. W. Tozer. I thought it would be a blessings to read those once again! May we draw near to our Great God for when we do He has promised to draw near to us!

Wisdom Wednesday

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It’s Wisdom Wednesday!
I pray that you will find a blessing in the following quotes from
A.W. Tozer, “The Knowledge of the Holy.” Selah.
Please leave a comment if you are led to share.

“Any faith that must be supported by the evidence of the senses is not real faith.”

“Yet if we would know God and for other’s sake tell what we know we must try to speak of his love. All Christians have tried but none has ever done it very well. I can no more do justice to that awesome and wonder-filled theme than a child can grasp a star. Still by reaching toward the star the child may call attention to it and even indicate the direction one must look to see it. So as I stretch my heart toward the high shining love of God someone who has not before known about it may be encouraged to look up and have hope.”

“Without doubt, the mightiest thought the mind can entertain is the thought of God, and the weightest word in any language is its word for God.”

 

“Until we have seen ourselves as God see us, we are not likely to be much disturbed over conditions around us as long as they do not get so far out of hand as to threaten our comfortable way of life. We have learned to live with unholiness and have come to look upon it as the natural and expected thing.”

 

“God perfectly knows Himself and, being the source and author of all things, it follows that He knows all that can be known. And this He knows instantly and with a fullness of perfection that includes every possible item of knowledge concerning everything that exists or could have existed anywhere in the universe at any time in the past or that may exist in the centuries or ages yet unborn.”

 

“We do God more honor by believing what He has said about Himself and having the courage to come boldly to the throne of grace than by hiding in self-conscious humility among the trees of the garden.”

 

“The idolatrous heart assumes that God is other than He is – in itself a monstrous sin – and substitutes for the true God one made after its own likeness. Always this God will conform to the image of the one who created it and will be base or pure, cruel or kind, according to the moral state of the mind from which it emerges. A god begotten in the shadows of a fallen heart will quite naturally be no true likeness of the true God.”

 

“Brief life is here our portion, Brief sorrow, short-lived care; The life that knows no ending, The tearless life is there. There God, our King and Portion, In fullness of His grace, We then shall see forever, And worship face to face.”

“The essence of idolatry is the entertainment of thoughts about God that are unworthy of Him. It begins in the mind and may be present where no overt act of worship has taken place.”

“So, were every man on earth to become atheist, it could not affect God in any way. He is what He is in Himself without regard to any other. To believe in Him adds nothing to His perfections; to doubt Him takes nothing away. Almighty God, just because He is almighty, needs no support.”

“So lofty is our opinion of ourselves that we find it quite easy, not to say enjoyable, to believe that we are necessary to God. But the truth is that God is not greater for our being, nor would He be less if we did not exist. That we do exist is altogether of God’s free determination,”

“To be right we must think worthily of God. It is morally imperative that we purge from our minds all ignoble concepts of the Deity and let Him be the God in our minds that He is in His universe. The Christian religion has to do with God and man, but its focal point is God, not man. Man’s only claim to importance is that he was created in the divine image; in himself he is nothing.”

“God will not compromise and He need not be coaxed. He cannot be persuaded to alter His Word nor talked into answering selfish prayer. In all our efforts to find God, to please Him, to commune with Him, we should remember that all change must be on our part. “I am the Lord, I change not.” We have but to meet His clearly stated terms, bring our lives into accord with His revealed will, and His infinite power will become instantly operative toward us in the manner set forth through the gospel in the Scriptures of truth.”

“What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.”

“With the goodness of God to desire our highest welfare, the wisdom of God to plan it, and the power of God to achieve it, what do we lack? Surely we are the most favored of all creatures.”

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Hope for today: the King of Glory

HopeLift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.
Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle.

Lift up your heads, O ye gates; even lift them up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.

Who is this King of glory? The Lord of hosts, he is the King of glory. Selah.

Psalm 24:7-10

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Wisdom Wednesday

Empty tomb with three crosses on a hill side.Now Jesus was going up to Jerusalem. On the way, he took the Twelve aside and said to them, “We are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be delivered over to the chief priests and the teachers of the law. They will condemn Him to death and will hand Him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and flogged and crucified. On the third day He will be raised to life!” Matthew 20:17-19

Blessings today! It is Wisdom Wednesday! I pray that the following Scriptures and quotes will us to keep Jesus and His amazing love, grace, and mercy in our hearts and minds… and devote our lives to the praise of His glory! Please leave a comment if inspired by the Lord! Resurrection - 1Jesus replied, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. John 12:23-25Resurrection - 4As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed. “Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.’ ” Mark 16:5-7Resurrection - 5Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in Me, even if he dies, will live.  Everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die—ever. Do you believe this?” “Yes, Lord,” she told Him, “I believe You are the Messiah, the Son of God, who comes into the world.” John 11:25-27Resurrection - 2With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all…  Acts 4:33Resurrection - 6We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. Romans 6:9
Resurrection - 8Jesus said to her, “Mary.”She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means “Teacher”). Jesus said, “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’ ” Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news: “I have seen the Lord!” And she told them that he had said these things to her. John 20:16-18Resurrection - 10“For as by a man came death, by a man has come the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so in Christ shall all be made alive.” 1 Corinthians 15:21-22Resurrection - 9“For if we have been united with Him in a death like His, we shall certainly be united with Him in a resurrection like His.” Romans 6:5Resurrection - 7

“If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart
that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” Romans 10:9

Galatians 2.20

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