Hope for today: love one another

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It has given me great joy to find some of your children walking in the truth, just as the Father commanded us. And now, dear lady, I am not writing you a new command but one we have had from the beginning. I ask that we love one another. And this is love: that we walk in obedience to His commands. As you have heard from the beginning, His command is that you walk in love. 2 John 1:4-6

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Hope for today: He has shown you

HopeHe has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.
Micah 6:8

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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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Hope for today: Who is, Who was, Who is to come

HopeGrace to you and peace from Him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven Spirits who are before His throne, and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth.

To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood, and has made us kings and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.
Revelation 1:4-6

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Wisdom Wednesday

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Blessings today! It is Wisdom Wednesday and since we are at Hebrews 7:25 and since I am still giving God thanks “uttermost” will be our focus on today! May you worship and give our God thanks! What a glorious God He is!Uttermost 8

But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior…Titus 3:4-6Uttermost 10

 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. John 3:17Uttermost 11

Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. Romans 8:34

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For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” Luke 19:10

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And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. John3 :17Uttermost 6

For the law appoints as high priests men in all their weakness; but the oath, which came after the law, appointed the Son, who has been made perfect forever. Hebrews 7:28Uttermost 3

This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.1 John 4:10

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But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8

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Acts 4.12

 

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Hope for today: God’s unfailing love

HopeYour unfailing love is better than life itself;  how I praise You!
I will praise You as long as I live, lifting up my hands to You in prayer.
You satisfy me more than the richest feast. I will praise you with songs of joy.

Psalm 63:35-

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Hope for today: the Shepherd and Overseer

Hope23 When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly. 24 “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.” 25 For “you were like sheep going astray,” but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.

1 Peter 2:23-25

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Hope for today: do not repay evil

HopeFinally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble. Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing. 10 For,

“Whoever would love life
    and see good days
must keep their tongue from evil
    and their lips from deceitful speech.
11 They must turn from evil and do good;
    they must seek peace and pursue it.
12 For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous
    and his ears are attentive to their prayer,
but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”  1 Peter 3:10-12

 

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NOTHING can separate me

romans-8-38-39What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? 33 Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. 34 Who then is the one who condemns? 

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No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As it is written:

“For your sake we face death all day long;
    we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”

37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:31-39

What a great, magnificent, wonderful assurance given from the God who is Great, Magnificent, and Wonderful! Verse 32 is a promise that is well hidden in my heart and has carried me through times when my soul was in unrest. “He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?”

Just the thought of Jesus sitting on the right hand of the Father (verse 34)…interceding for me causes my soul to dance in victory. How about you? Can you just picture that in your mind, Jesus sitting right beside the Father calling your name and interceding on your behalf? Let that truth get down in your heart and joy rises. It lets me know that everything IS alright!

I know, I know, we like to say and sing that everything is GOING TO BE alright but faith speaks to say, “everything is alright. God is with me, never to leave or forsake me and since He is present right now in my life that means He is present in my circumstance. Everything is alright.”  He shall lead me beside still waters and restore my soul. By faith, I have no doubt that surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life, and I will [I am] dwell in the house of the LORD forever. SHOUT NOW, Bless the LORD, O my soul!

Who could ask for more? Nobody greater! Another favorite verse is Psalm 27:13, “I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.” Nothing, absolutely nothing, can separate me from His love and with this I am satisfied! Blessed is the Name of the Lord!psalm16-11

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I called to the Lord in my distress

Jonah 2.2

Jonah’s Prayer

Jonah prayed to the Lord his God from inside the fish:

I called to the Lord in my distress,
and He answered me.
I cried out for help in the belly of Sheol;
You heard my voice.
You threw me into the depths,
into the heart of the seas,
and the current overcame me.
All Your breakers and Your billows swept over me.
But I said: I have been banished
from Your sight,
yet I will look once more
toward Your holy temple.
The waters engulfed me up to the neck;
the watery depths overcame me;
seaweed was wrapped around my head.
I sank to the foundations of the mountains;
the earth with its prison bars closed behind me forever!
But You raised my life from the Pit, Lord my God!
As my life was fading away,
I remembered Yahweh.
My prayer came to You,
to Your holy temple.
Those who cling to worthless idols
forsake faithful love,
but as for me, I will sacrifice to You
with a voice of thanksgiving.
I will fulfill what I have vowed.
Salvation is from the Lord!

10 Then the Lord commanded the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land.

 

Jonah 2.9

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