Hope for today! chosen out of the world

Hope “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

18 “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. 19 If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. 20 Remember what I told you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also. 21 They will treat you this way because of my name, for they do not know the one who sent me. John 15:18-21

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Hope for today: God rescues me

Hope16 As for me, I call to God, and the Lord saves me.
17 Evening, morning and noon I cry out in distress, and He hears my voice.
18 He rescues me unharmed from the battle waged against me, even though many oppose me.
19 God, who is enthroned from of old, who does not change—He will hear them and humble them,
because they have no fear of God. Psalm 55:16-19

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A Mighty Fortress is our God

Psalm 46.1c

Sometimes a person is in need of The Word and a blessed old hymn…

A Mighty Fortress is Our God!

  1. A mighty fortress is our God, a bulwark never failing;
    Our helper He, amid the flood of mortal ills prevailing:
    For still our ancient foe doth seek to work us woe;
    His craft and pow’r are great, and, armed with cruel hate,
    On earth is not his equal.
  2. Did we in our own strength confide, our striving would be losing,
    Were not the right Man on our side, the Man of God’s own choosing:
    Dost ask who that may be? Christ Jesus, it is He;
    Lord Sabaoth, His Name, from age to age the same,
    And He must win the battle.
  3. And though this world, with devils filled, should threaten to undo us,
    We will not fear, for God hath willed His truth to triumph through us;
    The Prince of Darkness grim, we tremble not for him;
    His rage we can endure, for lo, his doom is sure,
    One little word shall fell him.
  4. That word above all earthly pow’rs, no thanks to them, abideth;
    The Spirit and the gifts are ours through Him Who with us sideth;
    Let goods and kindred go, this mortal life also;
    The body they may kill: God’s truth abideth still,
    His kingdom is forever.
  5. Psalm 46.1d

Psalm 18.2

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Hope for today: trust in the Lord

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In You, Lord my God, I put my trust.

I trust in You; do not let me be put to shame, nor let my enemies triumph over me.
No one who hopes in You will ever be put to shame, but shame will come on those who are treacherous without cause.

Psalm 25:1-3

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Wisdom Wednesday

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Blessings today! It’s a little busy week for me so I pray that you will be blessed with this repost from 2016!

Exodus 3:7-8a
“The Lord said, “I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering.
So I have come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey.”

Blessings today! It is Wisdom Wednesday! As we are about to witness the True and Living God rescue the Israelites from Egypt, the Lord has led me to share a few Scriptures and quotes on His rescue and deliverance.
All praise, honor, and glory to God for coming to our rescue by sending
our precious Lord and Savior, Jesus the Christ!

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“Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen. Galatians 1:3-5

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He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us again. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, as you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many.” 2 Corinthians 1:10-11

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“No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.” 1 Corinthians 10:13

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This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him
    and saved him out of all his troubles.
Psalm 34:6

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Hope for today: fear no evil

HopeEven though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

Psalm 23:4

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If not, He’s still God

Daniel 3.18

King Nebuchadnezzar made an image of gold, sixty cubits high and six cubits wide, and set it up on the plain of Dura in the province of Babylon. He then summoned the satraps, prefects, governors, advisers, treasurers, judges, magistrates and all the other provincial officials to come to the dedication of the image he had set up. So the satraps, prefects, governors, advisers, treasurers, judges, magistrates and all the other provincial officials assembled for the dedication of the image that King Nebuchadnezzar had set up, and they stood before it.

Then the herald loudly proclaimed, “Nations and peoples of every language, this is what you are commanded to do: As soon as you hear the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipe and all kinds of music, you must fall down and worship the image of gold that King Nebuchadnezzar has set up. Whoever does not fall down and worship will immediately be thrown into a blazing furnace.”

Therefore, as soon as they heard the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp and all kinds of music, all the nations and peoples of every language fell down and worshiped the image of gold that King Nebuchadnezzar had set up.

At this time some astrologers came forward and denounced the Jews. They said to King Nebuchadnezzar, “May the king live forever! 10 Your Majesty has issued a decree that everyone who hears the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipe and all kinds of music must fall down and worship the image of gold, 11 and that whoever does not fall down and worship will be thrown into a blazing furnace. 12 But there are some Jews whom you have set over the affairs of the province of Babylon—Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego—who pay no attention to you, Your Majesty. They neither serve your gods nor worship the image of gold you have set up.”

13 Furious with rage, Nebuchadnezzar summoned Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. So these men were brought before the king, 14 and Nebuchadnezzar said to them, “Is it true, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, that you do not serve my gods or worship the image of gold I have set up? 15 Now when you hear the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipe and all kinds of music, if you are ready to fall down and worship the image I made, very good. But if you do not worship it, you will be thrown immediately into a blazing furnace. Then what god will be able to rescue you from my hand?”

16 Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to him, “King Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. 17 If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand. 18 But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.”

19 Then Nebuchadnezzar was furious with Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, and his attitude toward them changed. He ordered the furnace heated seven times hotter than usual 20 and commanded some of the strongest soldiers in his army to tie up Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego and throw them into the blazing furnace. 21 So these men, wearing their robes, trousers, turbans and other clothes, were bound and thrown into the blazing furnace. 22 The king’s command was so urgent and the furnace so hot that the flames of the fire killed the soldiers who took up Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, 23 and these three men, firmly tied, fell into the blazing furnace.

24 Then King Nebuchadnezzar leaped to his feet in amazement and asked his advisers, “Weren’t there three men that we tied up and threw into the fire?”

They replied, “Certainly, Your Majesty.”

25 He said, “Look! I see four men walking around in the fire, unbound and unharmed, and the fourth looks like a son of the gods.”

26 Nebuchadnezzar then approached the opening of the blazing furnace and shouted, “Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, servants of the Most High God, come out! Come here!”

So Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego came out of the fire, 27 and the satraps, prefects, governors and royal advisers crowded around them. They saw that the fire had not harmed their bodies, nor was a hair of their heads singed; their robes were not scorched, and there was no smell of fire on them.

28 Then Nebuchadnezzar said, “Praise be to the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, who has sent his angel and rescued his servants! They trusted in him and defied the king’s command and were willing to give up their lives rather than serve or worship any god except their own God. 29 Therefore I decree that the people of any nation or language who say anything against the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego be cut into pieces and their houses be turned into piles of rubble, for no other god can save in this way.”

30 Then the king promoted Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in the province of Babylon.

Daniel 3.23,25

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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.

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Encouragement in the Lord

2 Corinthians 1.3and4

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ. If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer. And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort.  2 Corinthians 1:3-7

The Apostle Paul founded the church at Corinth and ministered there for 1 1/2 years. The church experienced some trouble after Paul was no longer there and he sent Timothy to the church to deal with the issues. The issues persisted and Paul had to visit the church himself to deal with those involved but issue was not resolved. He later sent Titus with a stern letter and Titus was able to report that problem was resolved.

Paul then wrote a second letter – 2 Corinthians with encouragement as one of the aims. As we look at the verses above from the letter, two things are very clear:

  1. believers can expect trouble and suffering
  2. comfort (encouragement) is available in God

Life comes with the “stuff” whether it is with the church, at home, at work, within the family, outside the family, in the world and on and on. There are times that we are hurting, disappointed, troubled, anxious and even depressed. I would dare to say that we all at one point or the other in life have had our moments of being the bear in the image below.

2 Corin 1.3-4

Look at his little eyes and mouth, his hand position and we know that he is sad and despondent. There is pain, suffering, anxiety that came about due to the circumstances and situations of life. Sometimes, the press can be so bad that even getting out the bed is a little too much.

I know that I have had those days in my life and have learned that one of the best ways around discouragement and depression is to move my focus from myself and my circumstance to the God who loves me so much that He gave His Son so we could have intimate relationship. This movement always begins with praise of the One, True and Living God and thanking Him that He is indeed my Father and I am His child.

It is my way of doing as the Psalmist declared in Psalm 24, Lift 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 (vs 7-8).” It is then that I am able to begin to defeat the enemy of soul and preach the Word over myself.

No matter what your battle may be today, please know that the King of Glory is strong and mighty in battle. This alone is worthy of our praise and should bring comfort and encouragement to our souls but look at verse 3 as well and find the listing of reasons to praise our God.

  • He is God
  • He is Father of our Lord Jesus Christ
  • He is the Father of compassion
  • He is the God of all comfort
  • He comforts us in all our troubles

He is the God who will make His presence known right in the room with us and strengthen us to respond to His command to “…Get up! Pick up your mat and walk (John 5:8).”

Yes, comfort is available in God. He will use His Word, His Spirit, and sometimes He sends someone like Paul who can encourage to walk by faith and not sight, to endure suffering to His glory and blessing of others. We will talk about that on tomorrow. In the meantime, I’m lifting up my head and letting the King of Glory come in! Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle!

Psalm 24.8

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Don’t be anxious, pray

Matthew 6.33But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31 Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

34 “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. Matthew 6:30-34

Isn’t it amazing how many times we accept the enemy’s invitation to worry. Yes, it is true that most of things we worry about never happen but I am thinking that the per cent is even higher regarding things in which we have no control.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I understand that God is the Sovereign and in control but we don’t always know what He is doing, how He is doing it, or when He is going to do it…and we become anxious. So very often we worry about things that even if we knew every detail, we would not have the power or control to change it. Whatever the issue, situation, trial, circumstance or trouble we must surrender it to the Most High God who has ALL POWER and is attentive to the cries of His children.

“For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous
    and his ears are attentive to their prayer.” 1 Peter 3:12

Worry adds nothing…BUT the great privilege of prayer makes the difference. The Lord instructs us not to be anxious because worry interrupts faith. Worry does nothing to help us but the faithful prayers of the righteous avail much. While we have no control, our loving, compassionate Father does.

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7

“The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. James 5:6b

O Heavenly Father, He who is the Strong and Mighty Warrior, please help us to bring all our concerns to Your throne room of grace that we might find mercy for our anxious souls. Help us to walk by faith and not sight, knowing that nothing is impossible for You.
Give us hearts that seek first Your Kingdom and righteousness, trusting that you will meet our needs according to the riches of your glory in Christ Jesus. We give thanks for Your every good and perfect gift.
In Name of Jesus, Your Son and our Most Precious Gift, Amen

James 5.16

1 Peter 3.12

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