Posts Tagged ‘hope’

  

“Remember your promise to me; it is my only hope. Your promise revives me; it comforts me in all my troubles.” ‭‭(Psalms‬ ‭119:49-50‬ ‭NLT‬‬)

Kashmir Singh, an Indian national, was convicted in the late 1970’s of spying and sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court in Lahore, Pakistan, but the government stayed his execution shortly after. For 35 years, Singh lived on death row until 2008, when he was pardoned by President Pervez Musharraf. An emotional Singh spoke in an interview regarding his time at the Kot Lakhpath jail: “Hope keeps us alive. If there is no hope, then it would be difficult to live.” 

Hope is powerful indeed. As Christians, our hope comes from the Lord. Sometimes it comes straight from the pages of His Word, the Bible. Sometimes God gives it to us in another way, maybe through a situation or through a fellow Christian. But in one way or another, God makes Himself available to us in the form of His promises.

If God has given you hope through a promise that is yet to be fulfilled, remind Him of it. He’s not forgetful, but always working according to His plans for us. Reminding God of His words can help bring them to pass because He rewards our persistent cries! You are loved today! Live expecting!

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“You will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Romans‬ ‭15:13‬ ‭NLT‬‬)

On August 29, 1973, Roger Mallinson and Roger Chapman were operating the Pisces III mini submarine in order to lay a new transatlantic telephone cable. They were 150 miles off the coast of Ireland when the sub encountered an accident with an assisting trawler, sinking 1,575 feet to the bottom. The men communicated that they were safe and confident of being rescued: “Our morale is fantastic. Tell our wives we’re okay.”

It turned out to be a 76 hour, multinational rescue effort. Investigators later determined that the men had only 12 minutes of oxygen left to breathe! It is believed to still be the deepest submarine rescue mission ever accomplished. 

While these men probably struggled to remain confident of their rescuers ability, we can have supreme confidence in the fact that our God has never failed! Rely on the Holy Spirit today to help you stay positive and encouraged, no matter how dark it seems. God will see you through! You are loved today! 

  

“There is no Rock like our God. No one will succeed by strength alone.” (1 Samuel‬ ‭2‬:‭2, 9‬ NLT)

Katrina Sweet has spent most of her life looking for stability. Having been sexually abused in her home as well as her church, she was devastated and feeling as if nowhere was safe. As her latest destructive relationship fell apart, Katrina, single mother of two, drove to a nearby bridge to end her life of pain. 

Sensing the need to give God one more chance, she prayed as she stared over the edge. “I remember praying one word,” she said later. “I cried one word, ‘Help!’ ‘Help’ is what I said. I feel like God heard my cry for help. And I didn’t know how my life was going to turn out; I just had a sense that everything was going to be okay.” Today, Katrina is recovered and leading others back from the brink. 

Are you in a place where your strength isn’t enough to fix it? Our God is a strong and mighty Father, full of love and compassion for you, regardless of how you have felt towards Him. Turn to Him today, like Katrina, and let Him save the day! You are loved! 

  

“A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.” (Proverbs‬ ‭17‬:‭17‬ NKJV)

Dusty Bernier and Brian Huddleston grew up as close friends. They attended the same church, hung out together, even married sisters! Now in their early 30’s, their relationship has spanned many years. But then Dustin’s kidneys began to shut down, threatening his very life.

When no matches could be found, Brian, on a whim, decided to see if he was compatible. And sure enough, he was! And so yesterday morning, at a hospital in San Antonio, Texas, Brian gave life and hope to his best friend, Dustin, by giving him a kidney. You could almost say that their relationship was made for just this moment!

Decide today to be that kind of friend. Many will give to a certain point, but a true friend and brother/sister gives all that they have, all because of love. And say a special prayer for Dustin and Brian, that as they heal quickly, their lives and their story will continue to bless others! You are loved today! Love back! 

  

My days are like the evening shadow; I wither away like grass. But you, Lord, sit enthroned forever; your renown endures through all generations. You will arise and have compassion on Zion, for it is time to show favor to her; the appointed time has come.” (Psalm‬ ‭102‬:‭11-13‬ NIV)

As we sat in the car, you could feel the agony in the atmosphere. “Robert” no longer cared what anyone, even God, thought about him. His addiction meant more to him that family or career. That abandonment moment would last for several years, leaving many scars. Yet, could he change?

The scripture paints a picture of a man in deep dejection, loneliness, despair. He feels his life is ebbing away like the evening shadows and there’s so little time left for him. He says, “I’m withering away like grass.” Have you ever felt like that? And what do you do if you ever feel like that? 

Robert’s life eventually turned around, but only after great prices were paid. Do what the psalmist did instead. He looked away from himself, his own situation, he lifted up his eyes to the Lord and he saw the Lord by faith, on His throne, and he realized that the Lord doesn’t change with our situations and circumstances. The Lord is always on His throne! He never abdicates; He’s always in total control! Rest in His care and control! You are loved! 



The work is great and extensive…Wherever you hear the sound of the trumpet, rally to us there. Our God will fight for us.” (Nehemiah‬ ‭4‬:‭19-20‬ NKJV)

Sergeant E.N. Boots served in the Union Army with the 101st Regiment of Newberry, NC, during the Civil War. The son of loving Methodist pastors, he wrote them from camp one day in 1863, having seen a thing hard for him to comprehend, the fighting of War on The Lord’s Day:

“Pray for me Mother dear…Last Sabbath no one could leave…Instead of being a day of rest, it was a day of excitement and unrest [plus] the sound of the death dealing cannon mingled with the sound of the church bell.”

Nehemiah saw this too. He understood that while we do the work of God to enrich and save lives, war rages around in everyday areas, sometimes spiritual but also very literal. Our fight isn’t against people, politics, or societal progression, but to save lives from extreme darkness and evil, that which seeks to take root in us and lead us away from the Hope only found in Christ. 

As you go about your day, listen for the sound of cannons and church bells. The call to rally to God rings amidst the clamorings of life. Hear it for yourself, then offer others the Hope that you find! You are loved today! 



In all, 1,760 priests returned [from Babylonian captivity]. They were heads of clans and very able men. They were responsible for ministering at the house of God.” (1 Chronicles‬ ‭9‬:‭13‬ NLT)

The Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church was constructed in Berlin in the 1890s. In 1943, the allied forces sent in an air raid, mass bombing much of Berlin in an attempt to eradicate the evil Nazi regime. The sad collateral damage of the air raid was the church’s destruction. It’s ruins stood as a war memorial. A new church was built there in the 1960s to keep the ministry going. 

Sometimes good people suffer because of the misdeeds of others, just as priests were taken off to Babylon during the exile. Whether children in a divorce, citizens caught in a gang crossfire, or the masses that lost their retirements in the Enron debacle, collateral damage occurs. It may seem that God is unfair and uncaring, but He isn’t. Just as Life circumstances tear us down, God is the Master Rebuilder!

If Life as brought some destruction your way, come to God for rebuilding. Just as God brought His people back to their homes from Babylonian captivity, and He has brought ministry back to Berlin, so God will turn your circumstances around! Trust your life into God’s restoring hands! You are loved today!