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Hope Will Arise in You

Some of you may be experiencing pain, suffering and even hopelessness, perhaps for a long time. You may feel that you are at your breaking point or far beyond it. Hold on to Jesus. The Lord will come through for you, though it seems He has delayed.

“…we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
Romans 5:3-5 (NKJV)

This seems backwards for what we might think. Don’t we need hope in order to persevere? But true hope is refined in the fires of trial, where it is harder to believe than in times of ease.

God’s hope never disappoints. Through the suffering you are experiencing, God is bringing forth the good of perseverance in your life. And through your perseverance, His heart and His character are being formed in you.

As you begin to see how He is working in you, the hope you so desperately need will begin to come forth. Hope arises within you because God’s love and tender care for you is being revealed as He gives His help, wisdom and understanding in your heart and life. You begin to experience what the Scriptures say: that the Holy Spirit has poured forth the Father’s love into your heart and it will never be taken away.

I know it isn’t at all easy as I share this, having gone through hopelessness, trials and pain as well, even at times to the point of wanting to simply be done with the earthly life and escape to be in Heaven with the Lord. It can be most difficult because in the midst hopelessness, it may seem that change will never come.  Continue reading

He Knows You & Your Days

I do not have everything perfect in my life. I have struggles and sin just like everyone else. Sometimes I get frustrated and lose my patience with those I love, and I react in ways that are not pleasing to God.

Just yesterday I walked through this type of situation. Afterward I became so upset with myself because of how I responded. I put myself in a sort of time-out from God, not even sure He would want to talk to me. Of course I know this is not true, but it was how I felt because of my failure. I was letting the fact that I fell short block out my ability to receive the truth of God’s love for me.

It was hard to hear His voice while dwelling on how I felt like a failure. Though I am growing in leaps and bounds in other areas of my life in God, in this area I sometimes mess up so badly and it causes me pain.

Deep down I know without a doubt that God’s love never changes toward me, and today He spoke to me what I shared above, that He already knew the challenge I was going to face during this season of my life, and He loves me the same. He hears my heart and He knows that I want to please Him even though I failed the day before.

God speaks the same to you too. He sees your heart and He knew every decision you would ever make. He already knew you would be where you are today and He loves you. He has chosen you and He calls you His own beautiful and anointed son or daughter.

So can you relate to this? Share some of your thoughts below.

Your eyes saw my unformed substance,
and in Your book all the days [of my life] were written
before ever they took shape, when as yet there was none of them.

(Psalm 139:16 AMP)

God’s Fortress of Strength

Do you need freedom from the worries and stresses of this life? Do you need strength? It is in God alone that we find true strength and freedom from the burdens we needlessly carry. Through God we have strength, protection and freedom.

…the joy of the Lord is your strength and stronghold.
(Nehemiah 8:10)

  • “Strength” in this verse means “a fortified place, fortress, stronghold”
  • The dictionary definition of “fortress” reveals more deeply what it means to have God as our strength and fortress:
    • “a heavily protected and impenetrable building”
    • “a person or thing not susceptible to outside influence or disturbance”

Wow! With God as our strength, we can truly embrace living as one who is “heavily protected” and “impenetrable”“a person…not susceptible to outside influence or disturbance” and instead be a person living by the Holy Spirit, who lives in us and guides us as followers of Christ.

The Lord is my Light and my Salvation–whom shall I fear or dread?
The Lord is the Refuge and Stronghold of my life–of whom shall I be afraid?

(Psalm 27:1)

In Christ alone we are strong. During these end times, let us trust in our mighty God who will guard and protect us even when we experience fear or are burdened by life’s trials and challenges.