Previously I wrote about having godly hope.
You may have read that entry and asked, “What should I do if I don’t have this hope and desire it?”
Be encouraged that the scriptures were written to build up our hope. As we learn (internalize) the scriptures, we get hope. Romans 15:4 states, “For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.”
May we all find ourselves abounding in hope as seen in Romans 15:13 “Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.”
Hope is defined on www.onelook.com as “the general feeling that some desire will be fulfilled .” ~ Definition entry #3
So I ask, “What are you hoping for?”
Could it be a new home, a new car, a boyfriend, a girlfriend, a spouse, a raise? There is nothing wrong with wanting these items at the proper time of your life.
Nevertheless, there is a hope (an expectation or waiting for) that we should have greater than these. It is our hope in God. Expect that God will fulfill not only tangible or earthly desires but all His promises to you.
What should I be hoping for?
We should have the hope in God that:
1. He is our portion ~ Lamentations 3:24 (KJV) “The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him.” (With God as our portion or allotment, we will never have lack.)
2. We, too, who are born-again can expect to be raised to eternal life because of the example of Jesus. In I Peter 1:3 (KJV) we have, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,”
The tangible items that we hope for and often receive do make us happy. Yet, the godly hope that we practice will keep us joyful from now until resurrection day!
I analyzed my life for the week. I saw that all the thieves: circumstances, things, and people could have robbed me of my joy. Many times I remembered to think on scriptures such as “My God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory.” (Philippians 4:19 KJV) and “he hath given us all things that pertain unto life and godliness. (I Peter 1:3 KJV)
At least twice this week God allowed someone to come along and cheer me up. I was reminded that all things happen for a reason. And while listening to scripture I saw through a story in Genesis how God sees us .
So I reassured myself that there is nothing too hard for God to do.
Do you believe this too?
I heard an inspiring message last week that I wanted to share.
This message was preached by Brother Coleman Sr. He spoke of the “Thieves That Rob Us.” The focus of his scripture was the book of Philippians. He commented that the writer of Philippians, the Apostle Paul, mentions the words “joy” or “rejoicing” at least 15 times throughout the book of Philippians.
Note too, that the Apostle Paul had little reason to be joyful as he was in prison. Yet, Paul keeps encouraging the saints to maintain their joy!
The following four things rob us of our joy:
(2) People — They can rob of your joy by where they are, what they are doing, or what they are not doing
(3) Things — Material items and their upkeep can cause you to lose your joy
(4) Worry — The biggest thief infiltrates our minds and wears away at us from the inside
We choose to trust God. He ignores nothing that concerns us!* He cares about every person, circumstance, or thing that is of concern to us. Therefore, as we trust in Him, we have every reason to keep the joy that was provided.
Let none of these thieves keep you on a cloud of disappointment. Instead ride a cloud of joy!
* Psalm 138:8 (KJV) The LORD will perfect that which concerneth me: thy mercy, O LORD, endureth for ever: forsake not the works of thine own hands.
This post is a continuation my thoughts about resolutions.
Aren’t all those resolutions we make, promises? We promise to lose weight, exercise, work less, spend time with our families, read the bible, pray more, drop bad habits, or do a myriad of other things.
Normally we teach our children, that a promise is a promise and must be kept. If we keep promises to others, then why not keep a promise that we make to ourselves?
James 5:12 (KJV) gives, “But above all things, my brethren, swear not, neither by heaven, neither by the earth, neither by any other oath: but let your yea be yea; and your nay, nay; lest ye fall into condemnation.”
We don’t want to fall under condemnation because we appear to have lied to others, to God, or to ourselves.
Keep yourself on the winning side. First, only promise to do that which you really can do. Next, celebrate all the ones you have kept. The good feelings will help you to effortlessly keep all your promises of 2010!
As a new year unfurls we often resolve to have this year be different than the last.
Are you wondering how you can make your 2010 Resolutions last?
I had mixed results from the 2009 year. I can tell you that the resolutions that lasted were a result of reminding myself that:
* I only had to really change one thing at a time
* I should relish the small victories
* I shouldn’t mentally punish myself
when I faltered & had to start again
Share how you’ll succeed!
Happy New Year:
May we look to God to keep us throughout the entire year!
I Chronicles 29:11-13 (King James Version)
11Thine, O LORD, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O LORD, and thou art exalted as head above all. 12 Both riches and honour come of thee, and thou reignest over all; and in thine hand is power and might; and in thine hand it is to make great, and to give strength unto all. 13 Now therefore, our God, we thank thee, and praise thy glorious name.