Hope for today:

Hope14 “Then he said: ‘The God of our ancestors has chosen you to know His will and to see the Righteous One and to hear words from His mouth. 15 You will be His witness to all people of what you have seen and heard. 16 And now what are you waiting for? Get up, be baptized and wash your sins away, calling on His name.’ Acts 22:14-16

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Sing to the Lord a new song!

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Psalm 149 (ESV)

Praise the Lord!
Sing to the Lord a new song,
    his praise in the assembly of the godly!
Let Israel be glad in his Maker;
    let the children of Zion rejoice in their King!
Let them praise his name with dancing,
    making melody to him with tambourine and lyre!
For the Lord takes pleasure in his people;
    he adorns the humble with salvation.
Let the godly exult in glory;
    let them sing for joy on their beds.
Let the high praises of God be in their throats
    and two-edged swords in their hands,
to execute vengeance on the nations
    and punishments on the peoples,
to bind their kings with chains
    and their nobles with fetters of iron,
to execute on them the judgment written!
    This is honor for all his godly ones.
Praise the Lord!

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Hope or today: while we wait

Hope11 For the grace of God has appeared with salvation for all people, 12 instructing us to deny godlessness and worldly lusts and to live in a sensible, righteous, and godly way in the present age, 13 while we wait for the blessed hope and appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ. 14 He gave Himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to cleanse for Himself a people for His own possession, eager to do good works. Titus 2:11-14

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Eyes lifted to the Lord…

Psalm 123

To You I lift up my eyes,
    O You who are enthroned in the heavens!
Behold, as the eyes of servants
    look to the hand of their master,
as the eyes of a maidservant
    to the hand of her mistress,
so our eyes look to the Lord our God,
    till He has mercy upon us. Psalm 123:1-2

These verses so put me in mind of John, chapter 6, when many of the people decided that Jesus’ teaching about feeding on His flesh and drinking His blood was a hard teaching and turned back (John 6). Afterward Jesus had a question for the twelve:

67 So Jesus said to the twelve, “Do you want to go away as well?” 68 Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life, 69 and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God.”  John 6:67-69

Peter got it right…

For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself a ransom for all.” 1 Timothy 2:5

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Hope for today: in God I trust

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10 In God, whose word I praise, in the Lord, whose word I praise,
11 in God I trust; I am not afraid. What can a mere mortal do to me?

12 My vows to You I must perform, O God; I will render thank offerings to You.
13 For You have delivered my soul from death, and my feet from falling,
so that I may walk before God in the light of life. Psalm 56:10-13

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Only one King

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Romans 6:8-14 (ESV)
Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. 10 For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. 11 So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.
12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, to make you obey its passions. 13 Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness. 14 For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.

The above verses are such a encouragement to me. It is just so undeserving…this new life in Christ!

Now this I know, I have first-hand experience. Sin is a horrible master, it is never satisfied. You do what it calls for and it is not content. The tempter will show right back up with a new and greater opportunity.

With this in mind, verse 11 is an awesome blessing as I read my Father’s words, “So you also much consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus (vs. 11).” I mean, there goes that mind thing again…I am to consider, think carefully about what God has spoken here and regard myself to dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus. No man said that, it is God-breathed. My body and my mind do not have to be controlled by sin.

Before Christ, sin had control but Jesus died so my old nature could die and I could become a new creature in Christ. Jesus broke the power of sin and as a child of God I am to walk out this new life by surrendering my all to Christ.

Verse 12-13a gives clear instructions toLet not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, to make you obey its passions. Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness…”

It’s that word, “reign” that really gets my attention and causes me to rejoice…because it takes all the fight out about my allowing the flesh to have its way. It allows me to see how necessary this instruction is for my walk with Christ. 

I know it is a simple definition but when I see the word, reign, I immediately think rule, control, sovereign. When I accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior, I surrendered every bit of rule, control, sovereignty, authority to Him. It would be impossible to be surrendered to both sin and Christ. Don’t misunderstand, it’s not that I live a perfect life but believers are commanded to “present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness.”  

This verse tells me to present my entire being to God – body, soul, and spirit and then become His instrument. He is the Source and Power as I walk by His Spirit (Galatians 5:16-26)! This is absolutely my great blessing and honor- for the glory of God and my benefit. It is absolutely nothing we deserve BUT GOD…! And verse 14, gives us reason to know it is possible and rejoice:

“14 For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.” As the song says, “I’m free, I’m free, no more chains holding me. Praise the Lord! Hallelujah! I’m free!”

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Romans 6.14

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Hope for today: my tears on Your scroll

HopeRecord my misery; list my tears on your scroll—are they not in your record?
Then my enemies will turn back when I call for help. By this I will know that God is for me.

Psalm 56:8

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The Word!

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Blessings today! We continue in a focus on “The Word of God” with Scripture and quotes from Tozer and others. Be blessed this day!

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So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; it shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it. Isaiah 55: 11

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Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. John 17:17

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 So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ. Romans 10:17

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In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him was not any thing made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. John 1:1-4

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He sent out his word and healed them,
and delivered them from their destruction. Psalm 107:20

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God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?
Numbers 23:19

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Hope for today: do not lose heart

HopeSo we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.

2 Corinthians 4:16-18

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Wisdom Wednesday

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Blessings today! It is Wisdom Wednesday! I am excited because on today and tomorrow we will continue with a focus on the Word of God. In Matthew 4:4, Jesus said, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” God is not a man that He should lie…so let’s read some additional words that God has spoken in regards to His Word. On today and tomorrow, I will share some short writings from a couple of my old friends, Charles Spurgeon (today) and A. W. Tozer (Thursday). May God grace us with many Selah, pause and ponder, moments. Please comment below if He gives you words to share. May your day be filled with joy as you meditate upon His Word!

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“Every word of God is flawless;
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e is a shield to those who take refuge in Him. Proverbs 30:5

Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15

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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. Ephesians 6:13-18

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The grass withers and the flowers fall,
but the word of our God endures forever.”
Isaiah 40:8

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God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17

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For the word of the Lord is right and true;
He is faithful in all he does. Psalm 33:4

Singing the old hymn today, “Open my eyes that I might see.”

1.Open my eyes, that I may see
glimpses of truth thou hast for me;
place in my hands the wonderful key
that shall unclasp and set me free.
Silently now I wait for thee,
ready, my God, thy will to see.
Open my eyes, illumine me, Spirit divine!

2.Open my ears, that I may hear
voices of truth thou sendest clear;
and while the wavenotes fall on my ear,
everything false will disappear.
Silently now I wait for thee,
ready, my God, thy will to see.
Open my ears, illumine me, Spirit divine!

3.Open my mouth, and let me bear
gladly the warm truth everywhere;
open my heart and let me prepare
love with thy children thus to share.
Silently now I wait for thee,
ready, my God, thy will to see.
Open my heart, illumine me, Spirit divine!

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