Hope for today: Trust in the Lord

Hope

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths.
Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil.
It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones.

Proverbs 3:5-8

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Hope for today: shown grace and mercy

Hope I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me trustworthy, appointing me to his service. 13 Even though I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent man, I was shown mercy because I acted in ignorance and unbelief. 14 The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.

1 Timothy 1:12-14

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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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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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Where does my help come from?

Psalm 121.1-2

Psalm 121
I lift up my eyes to the hills.

    From where does my help come?
My help comes from the Lord,
    who made heaven and earth.

He will not let your foot be moved;
    he who keeps you will not slumber.
Behold, he who keeps Israel
    will neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord is your keeper;
    the Lord is your shade on your right hand.
The sun shall not strike you by day,
    nor the moon by night.

The Lord will keep you from all evil;
    he will keep your life.
The Lord will keep
    your going out and your coming in
    from this time forth and forevermore.

Psalm 55:22
Cast your cares on the Lord
    and he will sustain you;
he will never let
    the righteous be shaken.

Psalm 121.5

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Hope for today: wait for the Lord

HopeWait for and confidently expect the Lord;
Be strong and let your heart take courage;
Yes, wait for and confidently expect the Lord.

Psalm 27:14 AMP

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Hope for today: being content

Hope…for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

Philippians 4:11b-13

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Hope for today: the full armor

Hope12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.

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Jesus is able to help…

Hebrews 2.18

For because He [Jesus] himself has suffered when tempted,
He is able to help those who are being tempted.
Hebrews 2:18

Why did Jesus take on flesh and blood? We have already looked at several reasons: that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil,  and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery and to atone for our sins.

Today, we see another reason, so He can help us when we are being tempted. Hebrews 4:15, For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.

Jesus not only faced the cross but He faced the living out of life on this side of glory as flesh and blood. In John 16:33 Jesus actually spoke it, “…In this world you will have trouble.” The Hebrew passage tells that Jesus dealt with trouble while walking this earth as well. When He was in the wilderness, He surely faced hunger, thirst, and weariness. We know that He stood outside of Jerusalem and wept. He turned over the tables in righteous anger and was grieved when Lazarus died. Jesus withdrew from it all to pray all night long. He knew the enemy was coming and despite knowing there would be victory, Jesus prayed because of a load that seem a little heavy. He did not want the fellowship with the Father to be broken but said nevertheless, Your will. Jesus was rejected by man, plotted against, beaten and spitted upon, mocked, hated. He endured illegal trials and was murdered. Yep! He knows life is not always pretty. Hebrews 4:15 states “in every respect, in every way, in all points (various translations), yet without sin. Jesus endured all these things and more Yet Never Sinned. Surely, He is our great High Priest and Sympathizer who knows and understands our every care. Sometimes we just need to know that someone relates to our problems. Jesus says, look no further. I understand and I am sympathetic

I hear Him speaking even now, cast all your care upon Me, for I care for you (1 Peter 5:7).” “Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need (Hebrews 4:16).”

I am so thankful that Jesus knows and understands what it is to be flesh and blood in a world that has been impacted by sin, wickedness runs rampant, and is ruled by the evil one who is constantly aiming His fiery darts. I am so thankful that this old world is not my home “But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ (Philippians 3:20).” In the meantime, our loving, gracious, and merciful Savior promises “I am with you always, to the end of the age (Matthew 28:20).”

May I share that I had planned to write this post a few days ago but the Lord kept giving me others as I believe today is the day that He desired to minister to my heart about the sorrow, pain, wounding in my heart this week. There are times in life that you want to say “you have no idea, walk one mile in these shoes.” As the Lord walked me through this post, I have heard Him say, I have “in every respect, in every way, in all points.” He has comforted my heart to know that He knows and NO weapon formed against His children shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against them in judgment shall be condemned. “This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is from Me,” says the Lord (Isaiah 54:17). I heal the brokenhearted and bind up their wounds (Psalm 147.3). I AM your refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?
He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? Romans 8:31-32

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Had my fill…

Matthew 5.6

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness for they will be filled.
Matthew 5:6

Have you ever just come to your end with someone or a situation and found yourself saying, “I’m fed up?” Perhaps it is a person who is like a thorn, no matter how you try, no matter what you do, there is always something. Perhaps it is some dynamic within the home or family. Or that work situation that just won’t get any better. You find yourself talking to yourself, to others, even to God saying, “I have had my fill, done.” Been there, done that.

May I share that when this is me, God usually sends me a Word that says, “really? Fed up, had your fill, done? It’s because you are allowing your flesh on your plate. You’re eating from the wrong plate. Let’s get that cleaned off your plate, fill it properly, and walk through again.” My response: “Oh Lord, really?”

He says, “Yes, let’s go through it again and see if it is any different when you walk in My Word and Spirit.” Then He will take me to Galatians 5. 

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.

In other words, the Lord tells me that in that moment “you’re full of yourself.” I will let you know when you are done and it certainly isn’t when you are filled with flesh instead of My Word and Spirit. You’re in no condition to make those decisions right now. Wisdom is needed and your flesh cannot give it to you. “Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you.  The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding (Proverbs 4:6-7)”

He is so loving and gracious to give me a greater invitation, the Bread that gives life to the all of life.  

John 6.35

Come to My table, eat of Me and allow me to clean your plate. You belong to My family and My table is always full- eat… drink… and find satisfaction. Bring all the struggles right here, leave them here, eat…drink…I will truly fill you and you will find the nutrition, strength, and peace you need. Now…eat from My Word, drink of My Spirit and rely on Me and go walk in My sufficient grace. You’re not done, I Am your God and I work all things together for good for those who love Me and are called according to My purpose.

Yea, Lord! All Your ways are perfect! I feel like going on!

2 Samuel 22.31

Matthew 4.4

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