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Where’s the hope?

Life’s challenges can leave even the strongest of people replacing hope with doubt and fear. Several times throughout the Bible, God reminds His people to “Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid…for the LORD your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.” (Deuteronomy 31:6 NKJV)

Having listened to the negative voices in the past you may be carrying hurt deep with in your heart that needs to be exposed to be healed. There may be such hurt and pain, or unforgiveness so repressed that you don’t remember what actually happened. I’ve heard it said of generational family feuds and long running marriage problems, that no one involved can clearly articulate what started the dispute. What a waste of opportunity for living in hope when you can’t remember what started an argument. 

A significant key to hope is to apprehend what God says about you and surrender all your hurt to Him.  Healing so deep can be painful. It is also the place of new beginnings.  Birthing a new life is painful, ask any mother.  

Some of the things that the Bible records of God saying about you includes how you are His beloved, His pearl of great price, you are more than a conqueror. 

The Bible also says that God has given you a spirit of power, love and self-control, not one of fear. That He has placed within you the same power that raised Jesus Christ from the dead. The ability to be strong and very courageous in all circumstances is repeated several times under different circumstances. 

God also says He will provide a place of rest from the battles within and without. When you have Him as Lord of all of your life, you are not immune from life’s challenges, but He gives you the ability to overcome any test or temptation that comes your way. He also promises to never leave you, or forsake you.  
The mess, test or pain you are or have experienced could be the very thing that God is waiting to show you just how much He loves and cares for you.  Your breakthrough, and witness of it could be the very thing that helps someone else regain hope. Every human being past, present and future, has been created in God’s own image. It stands to reason then, that His desire for your life is not to set up residence in the darkness but continue to walk through all of life’s experiences. If you don’t turn towards the light, you may never see how bright your future can really be. 

If there is so much positivity that God has spoken over your life, don’t you think that it is worth placing all you hope in what He says about you and not the negative influences of this world?

No Condemnation

SCRIPTURE:  Romans 8:1 “There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” (NKJV)

OBSERVATION:  Under Old Testament law, a sacrifice had to be made for the cleansing of all sins.  Since Christ’s death and ressurection was a once and for all sacrifice for the sins of all peoples, throughout all of histroy, Pauls states that we are no longer condemned to death as a result of our sinful natures but through Jesus’ sacrificial death, we can now be freed from condemnation into the fullness of a life restored to our creator God.

APPLICATION:  When our past is brought up, it can stir up emotions within us that either cause us to react or respond. When the enemy of our souls tries to remind us of our past, we are most likely to feel the emotion of condemnation. That is to feel that the forgiveness that Christs death and resurrection brought for us was not sufficient to cleanse that sin from our lives. Sometimes in the heat of an argument, or passionate discussion with a spouse, a friend or family member, we or they may react in a way that brings about condemnation in the atmosphere.  This can demonstrate to us that we have not forgiven a past issue or released someone of a hurt that is in the past. It may even be telling us that there is something we haven’t forgiven ourselves over.

Contrary, sometimes something from our past is brought up and the emotion of condemnation is absent, but we feel compelled to respond. This could be that there is still a lesson to be learnt, or some further equipping that is required. We may feel a prompting from the Holy Spirit about a lesson that God wanted us to learn from to help us on our journey to our destiny. It is also possible that we haven’t truly repented for a past sin and subsequently released someone from that bondage of unforgiveness.

I heard a saying that ‘unforgiveness is like drinking poison and hoping the other person will die.’  Is there a past issue surfacing in your life that needs to be dealt with? To have the Blood of Jesus applied to it?  Which of the above is it?  If you are feeling condemned then don’t let it become a root of bitterness, but release the person (including yourself if approriate) and seek to be reconciled with them. If there is no condemnation then ask God what lesson still needs to be learnt so you can continue towards your destiny.  Maybe there is an attitude or mindset within you that needs adjusting.

PRAYER:  Lord God, guide me I pray to know when I need to forgive and to be forgiven so that no unforgiveness can take root in my life. IN JESUS NAME, AMEN

Celebration Time

passover

SCRIPTURE: Exodus 12:1-28 “that you shall say ‘It is the Passover sacrifice of the LORD, who passed over the houses of the children of Israel in Egypt when he struck the Egyptians and delivered our households.'” (v27 NKJV)

OBSERVATION:  Passover, or Pesach (Hebrew) is a Jewish festival which commemorates the story in Exodus in which the ancient Israleites were freed from slavery in Egypt.  This year, the passover festival is celebrated from sunset on April 22 for seven or eight days.  This passage outlines the account in Exodus when the LORD spoke to Moses and Aaron giving them some commands to follow to see them released from their captors.

APPLICATION: You may not be Jewsish, or interested in remembering anything to do with the history of the Israelite people, but you can still learn something from this story, and this Festival that celebrates the freedom that God wants you to experience.

If you thought about what is going on in your life right now, what could metaphorically represent Egypt.  What barriers, attitudes or mindsets are holding you captive.  The Israelites had no freedom to live their lives how they wanted to, they were expected to live and assimilate into the culture of their captors.  That sounds like the characteristics of an addiction – being held captive to somethig you cannot find a way out from.

Maybe its time to change your perspective on your struggles.  This Passover Festival is a essentially a week long party to celebrate God’s goodness and breakthrough.  Instead of focussing this week on where you haven’t seen your breakthrough manifest yet, why not celebrate those areas that God has provided for, the breakthroughs from your past, the relationships that have sown good fruit into your life.  Give PRASIE to God for those miracolous provisions of resources in times of need.  Give Thanks for the healing that you saw, or the good health that you have enjoyed for so long.  Maybe you have seen someone elses breakthrough and are needing some of that yourself, then PRAISE God for what He did in that persons life.  Ask Him to DO IT AGAIN.  Celebrate life with your friends this week.

The power of the declared word includes your testimony.  Start speaking out, not just in your head, giving thanks for those Egypt’s that you have conquered and watch how your perspective changes.  Like the old Hymn said “Count you Blessings…and it will surprise you what the LORD has done.”

PRAYER: Dear Jesus, thank you for all that you have already done in my life and for those things yet to come. AMEN

What peace?

SCRIPTURE: John 14:25-30 “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you.  Let not your heart be troubled, neither be afraid.” (v27 NKJV)

OBSERVATION: Jesus is breaking the news to his dicsiples that He won’t be around for much longer.  He assures them that in his physical absence, they will still be able have the peace that they felt in His presence.  This was going to happen through the Holy Spirit, whom the Father was going to send In Jesus Name.

APPLICATION:  Have you ever had a deep friendship with someone that ended in a dramatic way?  Someone with whom you felt you had known for years, but in reality it had only been a short time?  Those feelings are probably similiar to how the disciples were feeling at hearing this news.  Having spent the past few years travellng with Jesus, their bond must have been deep.  Now He is talking about replacing himself with and tells them to chill, relax, she’ll be right: Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” (v27)

Jesus says to his disciples that He was leaving them with a kind of peace that they had never encountered before, a kind of peace that they would not experience from any other source.  The Hebrew word used by Jesus is shalom, which is most commonly understood to only mean peace.  Shalom means so much more that just peace.  It is a Hebrew/Yiddish greeting that is returned, it is used to welcome someone (hello) and to farewell someone also (goodbye).  It’s meanings  also include: completeness, soundess, welfare, whole, safety, health, prosperity, friendship, tranquility and contentment.

Jesus’ pending departure may have seemed like a wrecking ball to the disciples confidence and hope for the future, but He gifted them with a declared peace that would change them forever.  Jesus’ declaration was removing limtations to their understanding, opening up new opportunities they had never considered.  Maybe its time to use the words of Jesus as a wrekcing ball to your limiting barriers, attitudes and mindsets.  Maybe its time to use the word shalom as a wrecking ball to areas you aren’t experiencing peace in your life. Speak more than just peace into your situation, declare some completeness in areas of lack, soundness into unholy thoughts in your mind, welfare and health into your body, prosperity into your whole life, not just your finances, tranquility into the storms that are buffeting you, or contentment with your current season.

PRAYER: In Jesus Name, I declare SHALOM in my life. AMEN