The Hope of Advent: Day 3

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You may be in a hard season of your life. Perhaps life has felt hard for so long, you fear that to hope for anything better is to set yourself up for acute disappointment. Hear the words of the One who cannot lie and who loves you with an everlasting love, and has never left you, “‘For I know the plans and thoughts that I have for you,’ says the Lord, ‘plans for peace and well-being and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.'” (Jeremiah 29:11, AMP). May He give you the strength and grace to believe Him and to look to the future with hope.

What do you know to be true, really?

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What do you know to be true, really?
And what is the basis of your knowledge?
Knowledge not based on Truth offers a weak foundation for a life.
Shaky ground upon which to take a stand.
So I ask again, “What do you know to be true, really?
“And what is the basis of your knowledge?”

In this world in which vast information is accessible in seconds
through technology we hold in the palm of our hands,
it is critical that we recognize truth.
Can tell facts from emotion based opinion.
Or the arguments of the learned,
those possessing human wisdom only.

For there is only One who made the declaration,
I am the Way, the Truth and the Life.”
Only One about whom it was stated,
That grace and truth came through Him.

This belief that He, Jesus, is the Way, the Truth, and the Life,
is deeply offensive to many.
Is railed against.
Those who hold it as truth
dismissed as fools.
Considered deluded.
Naïve.
Unintelligent.
Intolerant.
Are persecuted.
Martyred.
Ostracized.

But those who have come to Truth.
Drawn by Truth.
Believing that He is
and that He welcomes all who come.
We recognize that all of creation points to Him, the Creator.
And we have found the One Who cannot lie,
to be all that He says He is.
And more than we can imagine.
Or fully grasp.
Truth is the foundation on which we base our knowledge and our lives.

What do you know to be true, really?
And what is the basis of your knowledge?
Knowledge not based on Truth offers a weak foundation for a life.
Shaky ground upon which to take a stand.
So I ask again, “What do you know to be true, really?
“And what is the basis of your knowledge?”

Copyright © 2017 Esther W. Wright. All Rights Reserved.

Help: Whenever, for whatever, and always what is best.

May I make a statement which, depending on your current challenges or past experiences you may consider preposterous?  Here is the statement: God’s children are never without help.

My audacity in making this statement is not based on wishful thinking but on the word of One who is completely and constantly trustworthy. The One who says He will not alter the word that has gone out of His lips (Psalm 89:34, NKJV). He does not lie and will make good on what He has spoken (Numbers 23:19, NKJV). He is also the One of whom it is testified in Joshua 21:45, “ Not a word failed of any good thing which the Lord had spoken to the house of Israel. All came to pass.”  This same One, who never changes, also had recorded for us that He is our help and the source of our help. Here are some examples:

“Surely God is my help; the Lord is the one who sustains me” (Psalm 54:4, NIV)

I will lift up my eyes to the hills—
From whence comes my help?
My help comes from the Lord,
Who made heaven and earth
(Psalm 121:1-2, NKJV)

God is our refuge and strength,
A very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear,
Even though the earth be removed,
And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;
Though its waters roar
and be troubled,
Though the mountains shake with its swelling. Selah. 
(Psalm 46:1-3, NKJV)

How then can we explain the times when we felt helpless (unable to do something to make a situation, task, etc., better or easier) and although we asked, begged, pleaded with God for help, the situation did not change? I wonder if during these times, we do not recognize the help He provides because it is not in the form we requested? For example, can it be that help came and comes in the form of grace and strength to endure, to keep trusting God, to offer what some songwriters refer to as “a broken Hallelujah, although our circumstances did/do not change?” The challenge can be not only to choose to believe that the help He promises will come, but also to trust Him to send it in the form that He knows is best for us.

Reasons to Praise: Day 19 – Honor

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Will God do what He said He will do? In other words, is His word a guarantee that He will perform it? Will He honor His word? The answer is, “Yes.”

He gives us so many assurances in His Word. Some come in the form of a question, preceded by a statement of His character. As in the situation with Balaam, the Old Testament prophet who was hired to curse the nation of Israel.

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Other assurances that He will keep His word come in the form of clear statements. As in Psalm 89:3:

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And Deuteronomy 7:9:

Slide3Also, He tells us through Jeremiah that He watches over his word to perform it. And, through Paul, He assures us that all His promises are Yes and Amen in Christ.

He has never broken His promise and will not do so for the first time with us. He honors His word.

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Father, I praise You that, although I have not always kept my word, You always honor Yours.

This post is number 19 in the series, “Reasons to Praise.” Joining Kate Motaung for 31 days of Five Minute Free Writes.