Is there hope?

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. (1 Pet 1:3-4a)


Is there a solid anchor, something immovable and unchanging, something that is purely good that you can put your hope in today?

There is a certain hope! A hope that is beyond your wildest dreams. A hope that abides in a place external to this world. A place where rust and moth cannot destroy it, and where the thief cannot steal it away.

There is a living hope that co-exists with everything you experience in your life including the joys, the beauty and all that is good. A hope that shines brightly amongst all the evil, sickness, despair, shame, sin and death that surrounds you.

This hope is firmly anchored in the reality of the Kingdom of God.

This living hope rests solely on the goodness of God, the creator of the universe, the one who created you. A good, holy, righteous, loving, unchanging God. You can depend on this living hope with absolute confidence for God is faithful and keeps his promises. God is a God of hope. God will not deceive you or trick you.

Jesus invites you based on his finished work on the cross to faithfully hold tightly to the living hope he offers. When you take your eyes of Christ and see the sin, depravity, and darkness around you, Jesus invites you to hold without wavering to a living hope. When you are blessed beyond measure, and are enjoying life to the fullest, even as God meant life to be experienced, Jesus invites you to not let go of your living hope. And if you do let go of hope for a moment, if there are seasons when God seems far away and silent know that Hope continues unchanging.

Hope whispers quietly that God has your circumstances under control.

With hope faithfully move forward in confidence and joy. You don’t have to fret or worry just set your attention and affections on the things above, upon which your hope rests.

Next time when you find yourself saying “I hope that …” remember that God is a God of hope.

What difference does it make in your day that that God has blessed you with a certain living hope that transcends all that you hope for in this world?

    “Hope” is the thing with feathers –
    That perches in the soul –
    And sings the tune without the words –
    And never stops – at all – 

    And sweetest – in the Gale – is heard –
    And sore must be the storm –
    That could abash the little Bird
    That kept so many warm – 

    I’ve heard it in the chillest land –
    And on the strangest Sea –
    Yet – never – in Extremity,
    It asked a crumb – of me. 

        -Emily Dickinson

A New Era Has Dawned

Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings (Heb 10:22a)


A new era has dawned! You no longer need to run like a gerbil endlessly on a tread-wheel, seeking to be known, accepted or loved. You don’t need to chase after the things of this world any more. You, just as you are, have received an invitation to draw near to God. You don’t have to be afraid that you will be rejected. You will be accepted simply on the basis of your faith. You won’t be condemned, you won’t be teased, and you won’t be shamed when you come to Christ. You will be welcomed. You will hear God call by your name. You will find grace.

All this is possible because the unique and unparalleled work of Christ is finished! Jesus died on the cross, rose again and is now seated at the right hand of God the Father in heaven! Jesus extends to you an open invitation to boldly and confidently enter into God’s presence – the Most Holy Place. This invitation is extended to all whose guilty consciences have been cleansed by the blood of Christ. Come to Christ and your dignity will be restored. Boldly enter into the most holy place without fear or trembling for your shame has been replaced with glory. Your sins are forgiven!

Come into God’s presence with a sincere heart. There is no need for false pretenses – for Christ alone is the author and finisher of your salvation. Come believing that Christ is sufficient. Come and share in Christ’s perfection. Come without fear. Your sins, failures and mistakes are no longer remembered. Come with your prayers, your tears and your heartaches. Come with joy, thanksgiving and a heart overflowing with praise. Come believing that Christ will supply all your needs out of his riches in glory. Come and experience intimacy with your Heavenly Father. Come and let the Holy Spirit fill you with his power. Come and experience life to the fullest in the Kingdom of God!

Read Hebrews 10:14-23 on BibleGateway

Easter

Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him. (Hebrews 9:28)


This Easter we bow in awe and adoration before our God who in his infinite wisdom, amazing grace, and boundless love created a way for us to enter into the Kingdom of Heaven, and for God to enter into our life and have fellowship with us. On that first Good Friday, Jesus paid the ultimate ransom price so that our consciences could be cleansed from all our less than perfect behavior, thoughts and attitudes.

This Easter we pause to appreciate what the resurrected Jesus is doing for us today. For Easter is much more than just a historic event. Easter is a present reality. Because Jesus died the very inner core of our being has been transformed from darkness into light. Because Jesus lives God dwells in our heart, calls us his children, and welcomes us into his Holy presence. We are free from the bondage of our sins. Jesus has taken away our shame, and restored our dignity. Jesus has taken away our fears and replaced them with love. We celebrate Easter because we have been released from the things of this world to serve the living God the way we were created to.

This Easter we appreciate that only by faith in Christ are our sins forgiven. Only through the blood of Christ are we cleansed from all our mistakes, and failures and sins. There is nothing you or I need to do (or can do), there is nothing we can create, and nothing that is created which can cleanse us from our sins. Easter reminds us that Jesus doesn’t have to die again. Easter reminds us that there is nothing that anybody can do to take away our redemption.

This Easter we anticipate with hope Jesus return. The King came, lived among his people, paid the price of redemption for his people, and now has temporarily left to return to His Kingdom. But having left, he has also promised to return. And when he returns we will get to enjoy perpetually and completely all the blessings he obtained by his sacrifice.

This Easter as you enjoy time with your family, as you enjoy a shortened work week, as you enjoy camping or gardening or whatever you are doing – celebrate that the blood of Jesus continues to cleanse you from all your shame and guilt, all your mistakes, anger, frustration, bitterness and jealousy. Celebrate that because of the blood of Jesus you can enjoy fellowship with God. Rejoice that there is nothing else you have to do be viewed as holy in God’s presence – celebrate that “It is Finished”. No matter how discouraging this world may be, no matter how silent the heavens may seem celebrate that your redemption has been accomplished.

Christ is Risen!

 

Read Hebrews 9:11-28 on BibleGateway

Rejoice

This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it! (Psalm 118:24 NASB)


Today our hearts can be filled with shouts of Hosanna, shouts of praise, for Christ is risen and he hears and answers our prayers. We know that Christ has the ultimate authority over nature, demons, sickness, sin, religious rituals, and the systems and leaders of this world. We have experienced forgiveness, peace, love and joy. We rest in an eternal hope. We have a merciful and faithful high priest who is seated at God’s right hand, interceding for us.

Today we give thanks to the Lord for He is good; for his lovingkindness is everlasting.

Some days are messy days when our nerves are frayed, when nothing seems to be going right, or with deadlines looming, or when we can’t please anybody, or when our world has been turned upside down. These messy days still deserves a chance to be a good day because the Lord has made each day. Messy days do not change the goodness of the Lord or his enduring love for us. God is more than able to meet our needs today. So we continue to give thanks to the Lord.

Every day Jesus Himself is waiting to share in our struggles and sorrows, to renew our courage, and to enter into an intimate conversation with us.

Because Jesus lives we can call upon the Lord, and he answers. We do not need to be afraid and we are never alone, for the Lord is with us, and calls us his sons and daughters. God has promised to guard and cherish us forever. No matter what life brings, our refuge is in the Lord.

This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it!

Read Psalm 118 on BibleGateway