Saturday, July 9, 2011

31 Days of Hope Day 9

"Committing to hope doesn't mean believing that one day we'll get what we want. True hope is believing in unchanging truths; that God is good, He has a plan, and we are loved."

In the midst of what we perceive as a hopeless situation, it's easy to believe the lies of the enemy when he whispers in our ears; God is not all that good. God doesn't have a purpose or a plan for your life. If God loved you, would He really allow this to happen?

The answers to those "whispers" are; Yes, God is all that good. Yes, God does have a purpose and a plan for my  life.  God allows free will and we are not robots, which means we may have to go through things here on this earth that He did not originally intend, however that doesn't mean He doesn't love us. There are some things we may never understand the reason's why to. Someday when we meet Jesus face to face, we will see the whole picture and even if we don't, I have to trust it wont matter anyway.  It's not about us. It's about Him.

When we hear these whispers in the midst of feeling hopeless, we need to find the strength and courage to YELL back to the enemy the truth:

For the Lord is good: His loving kindness is everlasting, and His faithfulness to all generations.  
Psalm 100:5

The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble, and He knows those who take refuge in Him. Nahum 1:7

For I know the plans that I have for you declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11

In the same way God, desiring even more to show to the heirs of the promise the unchangeableness of His purpose, interposed with an oathso that by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have taken refuge would have strong encouragement to take hold of the hope set before us. This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast and one which enters within the veil  Hebrews 6:17-19

Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? Just as it is written, "For your sake we are being put to death all day we were considered as sheep to be slaughtered."  But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:35-39

The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.  1John 4:8-10

Be aware of the whispers of the enemy.  Those whispers contain lies. Put your faith in the HOPE of the truth!

 


4 comments:

  1. YES!!!!! and AMEN!!! So amazing that once again God is speaking the same things to His daughters of "31 Days." My post today is on putting on the belt of truth. I love this. There's always hope in the truth of God's Word. :)

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  2. Thanks Sheryl for the reminder to shut out the enemy's "whispers". And thanks for reminding us of God's truth found in His word.

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  3. YELL to the enemy, love it!

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  4. Thank you for shining the light on the darkness - God's word is hope and it scatters the darkness.

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