Glory Seed Devotionals, 2016: Year of the Blessing
God is a Four Letter Word – Hope…
I’ve said this before and I will say it again and again – Divine Hope IS NOT wishful thinking! Divine Hope is not something we are waiting to happen – Divine Hope is something that has ALREADY happened, not yet fully realized. “He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.” (Colossians 1:13–14, NKJV, emphasis mine)
No matter what happens to me (or anyone who has accepted Jesus) God has already laid claim on my (and their) life! Paul goes on to write. “And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight—if indeed you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and are not moved away from the hope of the gospel…” (Colossians 1:21–23, NKJV)
Yesterday my doctor took a biopsy off my prostate and one day next week we will find out the results our hope (small h) is it will be good news however should that not be the case Divine Hope is already in place is and will be actively sustaining me. I am sure you’re familiar with what Paul wrote in chapter 4 of Philippians, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13, NKJV) Many people read it this way, “I can DO ALL THINGS, through Christ who strengthens me.” When actually it reads, “I can do all things, THROUGH CHRIST who strengthens me.”
Not one of us will be called to lead the people of Israel into the Promised Land but nevertheless these words from chapter 31 of Deuteronomy will see us through no matter what comes our way. “Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you… And the Lord, He is the One who goes before you. He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed.”” (Deuteronomy 31:6, 8, NKJV)
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might!
Grace and PEACE, Amen!
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