Hope and a Future

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“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord,

plans to prosper you, and not to harm you, plans

to give you hope and a future.”

Jeremiah 29:11

The prophet Jeremiah was often called the “weeping” prophet. God’s people had gone through some terrible times, and most were now in exile, in Babylon, when this was written.

Everything had been shattered. When I thought about this, I thought of how this can apply to us today. Sometimes we are broken, and we need to hear encouragement from heaven.

And in our most broken moments, it seems as if it is all over, nothing good will happen again. But…..look what God does here.

This is not some TED talk, this is the Creator, the Lord God Almighty, saying He has plans for us…..and good things are in store! Hallelujah!!

He gives us hope!! And thankfully we do have a future! We can trust in Him, even in our worst times.

Lord God, our Heavenly Father, thank you for your plans for us! Help us to trust in you, even in the most difficult times. And as we let go of our fears, fill us Lord God with an incredible and amazing……sense of hope. Amen!!

     

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We Wait in Hope

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“We wait in hope for the Lord; he is our help and our shield.

In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name.

May your unfailing love be with us, Lord,

even as we put our hope in you.”

Psalm 33: 20-22

We often think of God helping us, but have you ever thought of the Lord, as your shield? Kind of cool huh?

When we look at the next line, we see that God wants us to have our hearts rejoicing. The two lines are very much connected. When we are we rejoicing in God, He becomes our shield! Yay! He is our protector.

And here, our waiting in hope is that active trusting, and having faith in Him, that we’ve mentioned before.

And I love the prayer at the end, asking that His unfailing love be with us! Amen!

Lord God, these lines say it all. Help us to trust in you, with our hearts rejoicing. Be a shield for us Lord God, and may You be with us always. Amen!

     

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In Your Light

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In Your light Lord God we can see ourselves, and our need for You

without You shining in our hearts, we lose direction

we lose the meaning of who we are, so shine

Lord God, forgive us for being so dim

at times, may we be the light

You made us to be,

fully and completely.

Amen.

    

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Love and Faithfulness

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“Let love and faithfulness never leave you;

bind them around your neck, write them

on the tablet of your heart.”

Proverbs 3:3

What a beautiful way to describe God’s heart for us. We know that God loves us, so I think this is pointing us to the love and faithfulness that we should carry, for Him and other people.

Remember the two greatest commandments? They are loving God, and loving our neighbor as ourselves.

Binding them around our neck could mean several things. It could be an illustration for showing other people, our love and faithfulness, as in wearing jewelry. But in this context, it seems to be more of reminding ourselves, to love and to be faithful.

And I love the illustration of writing them down on the tablet of our heart – no not the electronic kind, although that could work! Here God is speaking of stone tablets and carving them or etching them onto our hearts! Sounds kind of permanent doesn’t it?

May love and faithfulness never leave us!

Heavenly Father, may we continue to develop in our love for You, and other people. Help us, and strengthen us in our faith, that we would carry around an attitude of being faithful! Amen.

   

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He Set My Feet on a Rock

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“I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry.

He lifted me out of the slimy pit,

out of the mud and mire;

he set my feet on a rock

and gave me a firm place

to stand.”

Psalm 40: 1, 2

In these beautiful verses God is showing us something of what it means to wait for Him. It’s not easy is it?

We are to wait patiently though. And waiting here does not mean a passive waiting, like waiting for a bus.

Waiting in these verses is more of an active waiting. It implies trusting in Him, and seeking Him!

And look at what happens when we do. We suddenly have a strong foundation.

And by the way, the slime and mire is not always a reference to our sins (although it sure can be).

This also speaks to circumstances that pull us down, causing injury to our spiritual life.

Lord God help us to daily trust in You! Help us to seek You and wait with our hearts filled with faith!! Amen.

 

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Be Strong and Courageous

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“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified;

do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God

will be with you wherever you go.”

Joshua 1:9

In this exhortation to Joshua, God has left encouragement to all who believe in Him throughout all generations.

It takes courage each day doesn’t it? God is for us, not against us!

And He does not want us to be afraid or discouraged. You see discouragement will disable us, and we will not be able to function the way we should, or the way He wants us to.

And the last line is so empowering. No matter where we go, or what we face, God is with us!! Thank You God!

Heavenly Father thank You for being with us, regardless of what we face! Strengthen us and give us courage each day. Amen.

     

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There is a River

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“There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where the Most High dwells.”

Psalms 46:4

So what is this river? Actually the river is not a what, but a Who! Water often symbolizes the Holy Spirit of God, and we sometimes forget the Holy Spirit is God Himself.

Ok, so the Holy Spirit makes the city of God glad, but where is this city? Which city? Well if we look further ahead in this verse we will discover the answer.

The city is where God Himself dwells. So where does God dwell now? Within each of our lives!! Wow, ain’t that so cool??

So the river is God flowing in us and through us, working in us, and yes making us glad!

Hallelujah!

Lord God, thank you for being in our hearts and lives. We praise you! And thank You for Your presence, Your Holy Spirit. Amen, and we say amen!!

     

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Let Them Pray

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“Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray.

Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs

of praise. Is anyone among you sick?

Let them call the elders

of the church to pray over them

and anoint them with oil

in the name of the Lord.”

James 5: 13, 14

I love how the Book of James is so practical, and really meets us right where we are.

Here are wonderful instructions on what to do in the different circumstances we face each day!

If we are happy we can praise God. If we are in trouble we should pray for help! He hears our prayers.

And notice too we can seek the help of others, when we are sick. There seems to be something special about leaders praying for us.

Some churches save this type of prayer for people on death’s doorstep. But perhaps the intention here is to keep us from getting to that point!

And the oil? I’m told this is a symbol of the Holy Spirit, a beautiful and encouraging illustration of God’s care for us.

Lord God thank You for these beautiful verses, instructing us about the different forms of prayer and when to use them.

We praise You, our God and thank You for working in our lives! Lead us and guide us each day. Amen!! And amen!!

   

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Give Thanks to Him

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“Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise;

give thanks to him and praise

his name. For the Lord is good

and his love endures forever…” Psalm 100: 4, 5a

Psalm 100 is one of those wonderful psalms that combines giving thanks to God and praising Him.

And if you think about it, that makes perfect sense. I love how being thankful to God fills our hearts with praise for Him!

Now many will be thankful, without acknowledging our Creator. Let’s not be too critical of them though.

Many of us were in the same place not too long ago, and maybe God is working in their lives more than we know or realize.

Heavenly Father, we acknowledge You, and thank You from the bottom of our hearts. And we praise You Lord God! Hallelujah, and amen!!

    

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