Saturday, November 10, 2012

Where Is Your Hope?

Today I have to ask myself...as we all should...where does my hope lie? Who is my true...and sure...foundation? When things in my life start shaking...where will I run and to whom?

This morning I read a few scriptures.

2 Corinthians 4:16-18

Amplified Bible (AMP)
16 Therefore we do not become discouraged (utterly spiritless, exhausted, and wearied out through fear). Though our outer man is [progressively] decaying and wasting away, yet our inner self is being [progressively] renewed day after day.
17 For our light, momentary affliction (this slight distress of the passing hour) is ever more and more abundantly preparing and producing and achieving for us an everlasting weight of glory [beyond all measure, excessively surpassing all comparisons and all calculations, a vast and transcendent glory and blessedness never to cease!],
18 Since we consider and look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen; for the things that are visible are temporal (brief and fleeting), but the things that are invisible are deathless and everlasting.


Titus 2:11-13

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11 For the grace of God (His unmerited favor and blessing) has come forward (appeared) for the deliverance from sin and the eternal salvation for all mankind.
12 It has trained us to reject and renounce all ungodliness (irreligion) and worldly (passionate) desires, to live discreet (temperate, self-controlled), upright, devout (spiritually whole) lives in this present world,
13 Awaiting and looking for the [fulfillment, the realization of our] blessed hope, even the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Christ Jesus (the Messiah, the Anointed One),


Isaiah 40:31

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31 But those who wait for the Lord [who expect, look for, and hope in Him] shall change and renew their strength and power; they shall lift their wings and mount up [close to God] as eagles [mount up to the sun]; they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint or become tired.

 
The Lord is my hope. When it comes right down to it...HE is my only hope. My Rock...Strength...and sure foundation! When all else fails in my life...the Lord is always there for me! This next verse really sums it up well...

Psalm 62:5-8

Amplified Bible (AMP)
My soul, wait only upon God and silently submit to Him; for my hope and expectation are from Him.
He only is my Rock and my Salvation; He is my Defense and my Fortress, I shall not be moved.
With God rests my salvation and my glory; He is my Rock of unyielding strength and impenetrable hardness, and my refuge is in God!
Trust in, lean on, rely on, and have confidence in Him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts before Him. God is a refuge for us (a fortress and a high tower). Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!

Here is a little saying that fits in well. I may have used it before but it is so good.

A Little Hope For Your Heart

GOD is for us
God is in us
God is with us

We all know that but at times we need to be reminded of it.

So...to answer my questions...

My hope lies in the Lord. He is the true foundation of my life...my world. When things satrt shaking...it's only Jesus that can help!  A few years ago I could not have said that. Oh, how thankful I am today that I can! My life...like yours...is shaken to the core sometimes. But I know as long as I stay close to Jesus I will be okay.

How about you? Where does your core strength come from? Is your foundation shaking today? Your hope...where does it lie?







4 comments:

Brenda said...

Hi Chelle,
That's right, we do need to be reminded and that is why it is good to read the word regularly as we pray to God. It is lovely when we come to know and start to realize that we can put our trust in a Saviour who cares for us, and is able to change our life for the better.

Child of God said...

Hi Chelle,
Such a good reminder indeed! I love to read those little pictures on Facebook with the Bible verses on them or just an encouraging word about how much God loves us. It lifts me up and really solidifies His love for me.

My hope is in Jesus. I have put all that I have into His promises.

Blessings,
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Tracy said...

Hi Chelle, so true. God is our all in all. Our rock, deliverer, strength, our everything. Amen and amen
God bless my friend
Tracy

Ken said...

Hi Chelle,
This reminds me of the song we use to sing during Sunday School while I was a child: "On Christ the solid rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand..." There is no other place to be, than standing on the solid foundation, or the rock, and that is Jesus. Thank you for this post and God bless,
Ken