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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Victory Rests with the Lord

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“There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan

that can succeed against the Lord.

The horse is made ready for the day of battle,

but victory rests with the Lord.”

Proverbs 21: 30, 31

I’m so glad God’s wisdom, and insight is higher than ours! Much stronger than ours!

We do have battles we face don’t we? And you what? We will not win every one of them.

But perhaps when things don’t go well, it is God’s way of moving us forward, but in a different direction.

We have to do our part though, we have to get our horses ready!

Lord God Almighty, please help us to be ready for the battles we face, and help us to walk closely with You.

We ask for Your help in the midst of what we face, sometimes daily.

And Lord please comfort our hearts in the battles we do not win. We know You have our future in Your hands. 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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Keep My Words

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“My son, keep my words and store up my commands

within you. Keep my commands and you will live;

guard my teachings

as the apple of your eye.”

Proverbs 7: 1, 2

Once again God reminds us, to do more than just listen to what He says. There is blessing in the doing.

Does this sound like too much law, and not enough Spirit? Well, remember in the Gospel of John, we are told that if we love God, we will keep His commandments. And remember the book of James? We are to be doers of His word, and not hearers only.

Yes, there is benefit in following Him, but what is God really after? Well the whole point of this portion is contained in the last 2 lines.

Keeping or guarding His teachings as the apple of our eye, means simply we are to listen to and do His teachings, out of love, or because we love Him.

More than anything, God wants us to love Him. If we do that, the rest falls into place.

Heavenly Father help us to love You, even when we do not understand our circumstances. Help us to pray each day, and to trust in You, as we follow Your teachings. Amen!

  

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The Lord Bless You and Keep You

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“The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine

upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord

turn his face toward you

and give you peace.”

Numbers 6: 22-26

In countless churches and Jewish congregations, around the world this beautiful and timeless prayer is recited each week.

God bless you, and Happy Thanksgiving!

    

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Blessed Are They

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“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek…..

Matthew 5: 3-5a

My reason for sharing this portion is twofold. It shows that even in the most difficult circumstances, God is at work.

Secondly, these words also show us that He cares, and of course there are many other verses in both Old and New Testaments that indicate God loves us.

So why do bad things happen to good people in the first place? Many books have been written on this topic, and I’m not a theologian, but the best book I have found on the topic was written by C. S. Lewis.

Lewis tackles many of these questions in his book, The Problem of Pain. He explains that in addition to the laws of nature, natural disasters, humanity’s inhumanity to each other, there are still a few unexplained tragedies, that we may never know the reasons for.

God is high above all our circumstances, and we cannot see the big picture. I think its important to remember the concept of “trust”. If everything always went great would we really know what trust is?

Heavenly Father, Abba, please help us through these circumstances, where all we can do is trust in You. You know the ones we face, sometimes daily. Give us the insight we need to push through, with hope.

And bring healing to our spirits, because we know that You care about each one of us. Amen.

    

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Each of One of Our Lives

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“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”

Genesis 1:1

It all began with God. Before there was ever a world, He was.

And we are not the summation of chance and matter, coming together randomly.

To be honest that takes more faith to believe, than simply God made each of us.

Did God know us before the world was ever made? I believe He did, and I am sure He rejoiced when he saw the beautiful mosaic of each one of our lives. Each one a masterpiece.

Lord God we thank You and praise You! Amen.

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Give Thanks to the Lord

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“Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good;

His love endures forever.”

Psalm 118: 29

Now we all know and can rejoice that God loves us. But we can also rejoice in the fact that He is good! Yes, and for sure.

Even more astounding is that His love endures forever! If there is anything stable and true in this world, it is that His love endures forever, and ever, and ever……times infinity! Yay!

Lord God You are good! Forgive us for doubting this sometimes. Help us to trust in You more, and to walk in Your ways filled with faith. Amen!

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I Am Your Shield

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“…Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your very great reward.”

Genesis 15: 1

Abram was not perfect and yet he was a follower of God. He loved God and had great faith.

These verses are just before God promises him that his descendants will be as numerous as the stars!

Later his name is changed to Abraham, and he walks even more closely with the God of the universe. And further on, in the New Testament, we see that Abraham was so blessed, because of his faith.

In many ways Abraham is an example to us all, a father to us, because of his great love for Adonai (the Lord).

Help us to love you Lord God, to have a great faith in You, for the big things, and for the little things! Amen.

   

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