Hope for today: worship the Lord

HopeThen Jesus said to him, “Away with you, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.’”

Matthew 4:10

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Before I formed you in the womb

Jeremiah 1

The words of Jeremiah the son of Hilkiah, of the priests who were in Anathoth in the land of Benjamin, to whom the word of the Lord came in the days of Josiah the son of Amon, king of Judah, in the thirteenth year of his reign. It came also in the days of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah, until the end of the eleventh year of Zedekiah the son of Josiah, king of Judah, until the carrying away of Jerusalem captive in the fifth month.

The Prophet Is Called

Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying:

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you;
Before you were born I sanctified you;
I ordained you a prophet to the nations.”

Then said I:

“Ah, Lord God!
Behold, I cannot speak, for I am a youth.”

But the Lord said to me:

“Do not say, ‘I am a youth,’
For you shall go to all to whom I send you,
And whatever I command you, you shall speak.
Do not be afraid of their faces,
For I am with you to deliver you,” says the Lord.

Then the Lord put forth His hand and touched my mouth, and the Lord said to me:

“Behold, I have put My words in your mouth.
10 See, I have this day set you over the nations and over the kingdoms,
To root out and to pull down,
To destroy and to throw down,
To build and to plant.”

11 Moreover the word of the Lord came to me, saying, “Jeremiah, what do you see?”

And I said, “I see a branch of an almond tree.”

12 Then the Lord said to me, “You have seen well, for I am ready to perform My word.”

13 And the word of the Lord came to me the second time, saying, “What do you see?”

And I said, “I see a boiling pot, and it is facing away from the north.”

14 Then the Lord said to me:

“Out of the north calamity shall break forth
On all the inhabitants of the land.
15 For behold, I am calling
All the families of the kingdoms of the north,” says the Lord;
“They shall come and each one set his throne
At the entrance of the gates of Jerusalem,
Against all its walls all around,
And against all the cities of Judah.
16 I will utter My judgments
Against them concerning all their wickedness,
Because they have forsaken Me,
Burned incense to other gods,
And worshiped the works of their own hands.

17 “Therefore prepare yourself and arise,
And speak to them all that I command you.
Do not be dismayed before their faces,
Lest I dismay you before them.
18 For behold, I have made you this day
A fortified city and an iron pillar,
And bronze walls against the whole land—
Against the kings of Judah,
Against its princes,
Against its priests,
And against the people of the land.
19 They will fight against you,
But they shall not prevail against you.
For I am with you,” says the Lord, “to deliver you.”

 

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Hope for today: way of escape

HopeNo temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.

1 Corinthians 10:13

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A High Priesthood

Hebrews 5

We are moving forward in the Book of Hebrews and I pray you will join me in reading Hebrews 5. I am asking the LORD to open His Word to our hearts  and our hearts to His Word. Thank you for joining me!

Qualifications for High Priesthood

For every high priest taken from among men is appointed for men in things pertaining to God, that he may offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins. He can have compassion on those who are ignorant and going astray, since he himself is also subject to weakness. Because of this he is required as for the people, so also for himself, to offer sacrifices for sins. And no man takes this honor to himself, but he who is called by God, just as Aaron was.

A Priest Forever

So also Christ did not glorify Himself to become High Priest, but it was He who said to Him:

“You are My Son,
Today I have begotten You.”

As He also says in another place:

“You are a priest forever
According to the order of Melchizedek”;

who, in the days of His flesh, when He had offered up prayers and supplications, with vehement cries and tears to Him who was able to save Him from death, and was heard because of His godly fear, though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered. And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him, 10 called by God as High Priest “according to the order of Melchizedek,” 11 of whom we have much to say, and hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing.

Spiritual Immaturity

12 For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first principles of the oracles of God; and you have come to need milk and not solid food. 13 For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe. 14 But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

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The Precious Word of God! Thank You, Jesus!
May you be blessed today!

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Hope for today: sow and reap

HopeBut this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.

2 Corinthians 9:6-8

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The throne of grace

Hebrews 4.16

14 Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 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. 16 Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:14-16

These verses are so refreshing, so encouraging, and so very hopeful. They are like a breath of fresh air in the midst of so much turmoil and pain. There is hope…promised hope guaranteed by God Himself.

The hope of a High Priest who is able to identify with our weaknesses and struggles, who  has been tempted in every respect as we are and yet without sin. Do you see it?

The blessing, the benefit of holding fast to our confession and confidence (3:6)? There is a Throne of Grace and our Loving Savior sits on that Throne to minister mercy and grace to help us in our time of need. You just have to excuse me because this is a “Shout-now, Hallelujah!”

Tell me who is it that does not mercy (not giving us what we deserve) and grace (giving us what we don’t deserve) as we work out our salvation in fear and trembling? As true believers, we are given the great privilege of running to Jesus without fear of rejection or judgment but with confidence in His compassion for His own. He says bring it all right here, every weight, every sin, every trial, every hurt, every need, every care…cast it all right here for I care for you (1 Peter 5:12). Be still and know that I Am God (Psalm 46:10)!

It is a promise not to reject or chastise us but to pour out grace upon grace (John 1:16). “For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace (John 1:16).” God is able. Nothing is too hard for Him (Jeremiah 32:17, Luke 18:27). He has promised to meet our need, And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19).”

The Lord your God is with you,
    the Mighty Warrior who saves.
He will take great delight in you;
    in His love he will no longer rebuke you,
    but will rejoice over you with singing.” Zephaniah 3:17

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Zeph 3.17

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Hope for today: help comes from the Lord

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I will lift up my eyes to the hills—
From whence comes my help?
My help comes from the Lord,
Who made heaven and earth.

He will not allow your foot to be moved;
He who keeps you will not slumber.
Behold, He who keeps Israel
Shall neither slumber nor sleep.

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

The Lord shall preserve you from all evil;
He shall preserve your soul.
The Lord shall preserve your going out and your coming in
From this time forth, and even forevermore.

 

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Living and powerful

Hebrews 4.12a

For the Word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. 13 And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account. Hebrews 4:12-13

I am praising the Lord today for His Word…that The Living Word of God is able to cut right through the mess in my heart to defeat the enemy and I can walk in the victory in Jesus died to give me. The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly (John 10:10″.

And this is eternal life: [it means] to know (to perceive, recognize, become acquainted with, and understand) You, the only true and real God, and [likewise] to know Him, Jesus [as the] Christ (the Anointed One, the Messiah), Whom You have sent. John 17:3 AMPC

So thankful that the Word of God is not dead but lives and has the power to change the heart, to turn the heart of stone into the heart of flesh (Ezekiel 36:26). This truth is so important because as Jeremiah 17:9 tells us that “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it?” The LORD is the One who knows every man’s heart and His Word is able to change it. The Word is able to penetrate the heart of man more than any two edged, sharp sword…deep into the innermost being and it exposes the heart of man.

The Word judges the thoughts, attitudes, motive, and intent of a man. This is why I often pray from Psalm 139, search me and know my heart…lay it bare. Show me the ‘Pat’ You know.  Let there me no evil unbelief in my heart. Let me not cherish sin. Give me a clean heart that loves You with all my heart, all my soul, all my mind, and all my strength…that I might serve You and display Your glory!

Only the Word of God teamed with the Spirit of God can pierce even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow” to reveal to man the true inner workings of his soul and spirit. There is no hiding or room for getting it twisted, verse 13 assures us that God sees us all, every heart, through and through, nothing is hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.”  The LORD is the Great Reveal-er  and is no respecter of persons. No one will be excluded.

What a blessing it is that God loves us so much that He deals with our hearts in this way. For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. For it is written: As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to Me, and every tongue shall confess to God.” So then each of us shall give account of himself to God (Romans 14:10-12}.”

The Word of God leads us in the way of repentance, renewal, and refreshment as our loving Father washes us by His Word and causes us to walk in obedient faith and claim His promises.  The Day of accounting is coming, what a joy to know that because of the Living and Powerful Word of God that transforms and keeps hearts, it is possible for us to hear the LORD say, Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master (Matthew 25:21).”

So looking forward to that Day when we will bow before the Almighty, Holy, and Righteous God and proclaim

“Not to us, Lord, not to us but to Your Name be the glory,
because of Your love and faithfulness.” Psalm 115:1

 

 

Hebrews 4.12

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Hope for today: faith

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Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good testimony. By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible. Hebrews 11:1-3

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Wisdom Wednesday

2 Peter 2.10

Blessings today! It is Wisdom Wednesday and today’s focus is “diligence.” Hebrews 4 encourages us, “Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest.” I pray that today’s Scriptures and images will encourage us to practice diligence in every aspect of our lives to the glory of God and our blessing and benefit.

But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. Hebrews 11:6

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The lazy man does not roast what he took in hunting,
But diligence is man’s precious possession. Proverbs 12:27

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Keep your heart with all diligence,
For out of it spring the issues of life. Proverbs 4:23

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Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless… 2 Peter 3:14

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He who has a slack hand becomes poor,
But the hand of the diligent makes rich. Proverbs 10:4

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Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; 11 not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord…Romans 12:10-11

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Philippians 2.13

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Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest.”

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