Posts tagged ‘Hope’
January is a good time for me to re-organize my house. More time is available if there isn’t too much snow to deal with. The Winter of 2016 so far, snow has been scant. Amongst the clutter of too many magazines, notes from sermons, journals and books, I found an inspiring poem written by the evangelist, Norman Moore.
FACE IT, FORGIVE IT AND FORGE AHEAD
For some of us in our past there’s pain and much abuse.
The hurt is great and the scars are deep, and we wonder, “what’s the use?”
As anger boils down deep inside from suffering in our past, sometimes we react in harmful ways, needing victory that will last.
We read and pray and seek advice, trying hard to cope.
How do we handle our abusive past? Is there any hope?
Face it, forgive it and forge ahead His Spirit comes to say.
We can recover from old hurts and enter a brand new day!
To face the hurts and forgive the wrongs is not an easy task.
But only then can we forge ahead to real victory that will last!
Be inspired to forge ahead to lasting victory! Can you hear the Victory song?
“Victory in Jesus” by Eugene M. Bartlett, 1939
“He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1Corithians 15:57) NIV
When searching for an illustration depicting hope, I clicked on Google Images and viewed a large number of various pictures and a few quotes. From an unknown author, a profound expression of vision; “Hope sees the Invisible, Feels the Intangible, and achieves the Impossible.”
One image in the group representing the category of hope showed soil so parched it cracked leaving deep furrows. It reminded me of the desert in the Death Valley Days western series, yet in this visual, the life of a tiny seeding grew in the midst of an impossible environment.
My quest to provide a picture of Hope brought to mind a few of the Bible verses I’ve committed to memory over the years. “Hope deferred makes the heart sick…”. When confirming the reference of verse in my Bible, I realized there was more from Proverbs 13:12 I didn’t include, “ but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.”
In this post, I chose to include the image of an open book illustrating Hope, the inner pages folded toward the center to form the shape of a heart. I would venture to say the book shown here is the Holy Bible.
I can see much more that the graphics of the photo. I see God’s love perfectly binding the pages together with Promise, Wisdom, Truth, Light, Mercy, Grace, Forgiveness, Salvation through His Son, Jesus, Deliverance, Restoration, Life, Liberty, Peace, Joy, Direction, Purpose and Hope. I have come to experience a deep wealth of this abundance after accepting Christ as my Savior and as I continue to grow in a daily walk with Him.
Another encouraging verse of hope I memorized was from the Davonne Lee Hide and Keep Ministries. It’s catchy tune plays a melody of blessing in my thoughts and heart from time to time. “The Lord delights in those who fear Him, Who put their Hope in His unfailing love.” (Psalms 147:11 NIV)
Hope in His UNFAILING LOVE! The heart of hope is putting our trust in His Son, Jesus! He is the Heart of Hope and His Word is filled with the Heart of Hope. And He never Fails!
“For God so loved the World He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have ETERNAL LIFE.” John 3:16 (NIV)
While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. The Heart of Hope is there for us before we are aware of our sin, but, we are not condemned by Jesus!
“For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him. John 3:17(NIV)
Once we realize we are in need of a remedy for the sickness caused by sin in our life, God’s Grace and Mercy leads us to the Cross on which Jesus died for our sins. The forgiveness He lavishes on us also cleanses us from sin.
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sin and purify (cleanse) us from all unrighteousness. I John 1:9 (NIV)
Our Creator has placed a longing in our hearts to know Him, love Him completely, serve and follow Him. More simply put, a relationship with the HEART OF HOPE.
We can be one with our Savior, the Lamb of God, the Creator of everything, who is All-knowing, All -powerful, Omnipresent, Wonderful Counselor, King of Kings and Lord of Lords, best friend ever. Forever!
“…But a longing fulfilled is a tree of Life.”
Welcome me back to the writing of my blog.
I hope you know and trust the Heart of Hope, Jesus. What better way to begin a New Year than rejoicing together, helping each other and sharing in the Family of God!
I encourage you to grow into His Grace like the tiny seedling mentioned earlier in this post and mature into a tree of Life, where the Heart of Hope lives within.
Blessed to be a Blessing,