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Hope

Hope is a good deal more than wishful thinking or keeping a positive attitude. Hope is a confident, joyful expectation of good. Sunday’s message talks about what hope is and is not and the importance of hope in our Christian walk. Click on the arrow to listen to the message.

 

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Grabbing the Lifeline of Hope – FaithGateway

If someone is floundering in the water and is about to drown the life preserver thrown to them is useless unless they take hold of it. Today’s devotional urges us to grab hold of the hope that God proffers and hold on in faith believing that what God promises is true.

 

We who have run for our very lives to God have every reason to grab the promised hope with both hands and never let go. It’s an unbreakable spiritual lifeline, reaching past all appearances right to the very presence of God… Hebrews 6:18-19 The Message

I am haunted by this passage. The promised hope. A spiritual lifeline. Take hold.

I know I need hope; I understand that Scripture calls it one of the three great forces of human existence (1 Corinthians 13:13). But I don’t really give it much intentional thought; I don’t spend time each day taking hold of it with both hands.

Do you?

I think we have fallen into the idea that hope just sort of “happens” to us. We hear good news — that we are getting a promotion, that our child has done well in school, or that the MRI came back clear — and then we find ourselves hopeful. As if hope were merely a response to our circumstances. But when we treat hope so casually, when we wait for it to read more

Source: Grabbing the Lifeline of Hope – FaithGateway

Is God Trustworthy?

When things do work out as we would like them to, as we had hope they would, it is tempting to conclude that God is not faithful. After all, we prayed and hoped things would be different than the outcome we ended up with so what other explanation is there? Today’s devotional reposted from Rebecca Barlow Jordan’s blog draws our attention to a deeper question and offers a different conclusion.

 

“Okay, the first question is not the real issue, is it? The real question is, Do you really trust God? Do the two go together? Absolutely.

Most of us want to trust God for the “fix”–the answer that we’ve asked Him for. Claim the promise. Right? So we confess it, we act on it, and we nail it down! God said it, that’s that! Yes, I really trust God. And we wait to see the fix.

What Happens When…

Lost your job? You child is rebelling? Received a bad report from the doctor? It’s only a matter of time…until God will come through. Right? Right! Do you really trust God? Maybe….

Is God really trustworthy? Yes! What if? What if the fix doesn’t happen? Unemployment stretches on. Children don’t return. You don’t get well. Is God still trustworthy?

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6 NKJV

That verse in Proverbs says to trust in the Lord with all your heart–not a part, not halfway, but all. Lean not to your own understanding. Don’t try to figure it out on your own. Refrain from dictating to God when or how something should happen. God is God; you are not. That’s where the problem lies with the “trust” issue.

In all your ways–that means all–acknowledge Him. Make His name known; put Him first; make Him “boss.” And He will (not maybe) direct your paths. It doesn’t say God will answer the way you want, but He will direct, lead, or prod you in the right direction, the “path” He has laid out for you (even if you don’t have a clue what to do). Another translation says He will make your way smooth. He will make your way bearable.

Trusting God Is a Challenge

Trusting God is a challenge for me. I bet it is for you, too. It’s easy to trust God for ___________ but when it comes to _______________. We’ll both just fill in the blanks, okay? God knows what our most difficult issues are.

Let’s test our “trust quotient.” How do you know if you’re trusting God? Here are four possible ways:

Real Trust Means:

1. No timetable

2. No fixes

3. No worry

4. No control (of mine)

Here’s another way of looking at it:

The ABC’s of Trusting:

1. A sking God’s help (Jeremiah 33:3; Psalm 46:1)

2. B elieving God is in control (Jeremiah 32:17, NLT)

3. C onfessing God’s faithfulness (Psalm 89:8, NLT; Deuteronomy 32:4, NLT)

4. L eaving the answer to God (even if He decides not to “fix” the problem). (Psalm 31:14, NLT; Romans 11:33, NLT).

Wait a minute! It’s that last one that tests us the most, would you agree? That’s the one that doesn’t fit our “alphabet order.” Because believing that God is trustworthy is believing that God will never act any other way than what will ultimately bring good. He is God; He is faithful; and He is good. And no lack of trust in Him will ever change the character of God.

The question is not, “Is God really trustworthy?” The question is, “Do you really trust God?” Only you–and God–can answer that. But there is a sweetness in the relationship when your faltering steps of faith turn to quiet rest and total dependence on One who will never disappoint you, never fail you, and who is always, 100% faithful.”

(c)2012 Rebecca Barlow Jordan Used with Permission Source: https://www.rebeccabarlowjordan.com/is-god-trustworthy-do-you-trust-god/

The Perfect Beach Trip

Have you ever said that when X,Y,or Z happens, when all the planets align and everything is just right then I’ll… fill in the blank. Me, too. I think probably we all have. Today’s devotional gently nudges us forward to do that thing we’re still waiting to do; ready or not do it anyway.

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He who observes the wind will not sow, And he who regards the clouds will not reap.As you do not know what is the way of the wind,Or how the bones grow in the womb of her who is with child, So you do not know the works of God who makes everything. — Ecclesiastes 11:4-5

How many times have you had the “perfect” beach trip? (Hmmm… really, is there any other kind?)
 Well, there was that time it rained. Or the time you tried a new beach house and got lost for two hours trying to find it. Or the time your toddler got an ear infection the first full day you were there. Or the toilet in your rental didn’t work right. Or…

Okay, okay. So maybe at the point-by-point level, you’ve never had a perfect beach trip. So how did you deal with the bumps in the road? Did you manage to make readmore

Source: faithgateway.com

Go to Church, Take a Prayer Walk, Do a Prayer Dance

It’s always a good idea to prepare in advance for hard times – the proverbial saving for a rainy day thing. It’s pretty hard to condition yourself for harsh conditions when you’re in the middle of them. Today’s devotional, reposted from Faithgateway.com, reminds us of the importance of having our feet firmly planted in God and rooted in the family of God before the hard things of life come.

Planted, Plugged In, and Prepared A while back I saw a 60 Minutes special on a free diver named William Trubridge, who goes to extreme depths in the ocean on a single breath. It is incredibly dangerous. He descends 331 feet below the surface — twice the height of the Statue of Liberty — witha href=’http://www.faithgateway.com/go-to-church-take-a-prayer-walk-do-a-prayer-dance/’ title=’Read more’ …/a

Source: Go to Church, Take a Prayer Walk, Do a Prayer Dance

It Doesn’t All Depend on Us

Sometimes we get all stressed out and can even make ourselves sick because we live as if everything depends on us. While we certainly have a part to play,  (get off our duffs and do what we know to do), the outcome does not depend solely on us. Whew! That’s a stress breaker right there. The final outcome is God’s business. Today’s devotional by Holley Gerth shouts this message loud and clear if we will open our hearts and ears a listen.

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“…This makes a difference because we don’t have to carry the weight of what ultimately happens. We also don’t claim it as our identity. The “failure” isn’t proof that we’re inadequate and the praise isn’t proof that we’re to be worshipped. Both are too much for us to carry. Instead we can release all the criticism and praise to God and simply do the next thing He asks. Whew.

And here’s the promise we can read more

source: holleygerth.com

Seeing Through Heaven’s Eyes

I don’t know about you, but sometimes I just wish I could get a spiritual eyeball transplant so that I would be able to see myself, circumstances around me, other people, and even God like God does. As humans our “sight” is so limited sometimes and we really need some help seeing from a different perspective. Today’s devotional by Lee Strobel reposted from biblegateway.com encourages us to see those around us in a new way: through Heaven’s eyes.

 

I periodically need to remind myself of the value that God places on other human beings, even when I don’t know the other person or when he or she is very different from me. But to be honest, that’s not natural for me to do.
Every once in a while, though, I get a reminder, like reading about an incident that occurred in North Carolina in 1995. Ten year-old Lawrence Shields was picking through a bucket of debris in a gemstone mine when a rock piqued his interest. “I just liked the shape of it,” he said.
When he knocked off the dirt and grit that were clinging to it, and as he rubbed it on his shirt to polish it up, he saw that this was much more than just a rock. It turned out to be read more

source: Bible Gateway