Hope and Faith - Escaping the devil’s lies
Words from the Daughter of Zion
"Hope and Faith - Escaping the devil's lies "
"And who is he who will harm you if you become followers of what is good? But even if you should suffer for righteousness sake, you are blessed. And do not be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled. But sanctify the Lord in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear; "1 Peter 3:13-15
Hope... confidence in the future; assurance that things will go well, and a desire with expectation of fulfillment. It is the substance of our faith and the ability to look beyond every difficult moment. Hope does not make us ashamed. We can live without food for about 40 days, we can live without water for about 3 days, but we truly can not live without hope and faith. Hope and faith is the reason we as people can stay afloat in dark times, and the strength by which we face every day. Without hope and faith we can not make it in this life. In these days that we live in, when so many are feeling fear because of the uncertainties of life; we need to have a refreshing of the hope that is in Christ Jesus. When many think of hope, they think about unrealistic expectations instead of present realities. But let me tell you that the hope inside us is not based upon fantasy, but on the reality of certain foundational and firm principles that are in the Word of God. These principles are that God is good, and His plan for our lives is good; His plan for us goes beyond this life. His plans are for now, the future, and for eternity. He loves us so very much. We will look at these principles. God is good! The very essence of everything we believe about God comes from this truth. If God is not good, then salvation is a myth. If He is not good, He is not worth serving, and living for. But the fact of the matter is, that God is good! It is the things of this world; the things, the circumstances that the devil uses to try to convince us that God is not good. That is all it is too… an attempt to try to stop us; the devil loves to discourage us, he loves to lie to us. The devil is the father of lies. The Word of God is true. God loves us so very much, yet so many people believe all the lies of the devil, and many fall for it hook, line, and sinker!
Our hope is based upon the reality that God is good all the time, no matter what the circumstances. He does not have to work up to being good. He is good! Circumstances in this life do not have to be the dictate of our lives. The Word of God, and how we apply the it to our everyday lives is what dictates our whole future.
God's plan for our lives is good. Because God is good, He has developed good plans for our lives. Jeremiah 29:11 says, "For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope." God's plan for you is good. No matter what the circumstances are, or what your present situation is… God's plan for you is always good! It is the devil that comes to steal, kill, and to destroy. But Jesus came that you might have abundant life (John 10:10). God even showed us His love while we were still sinners. Let us go to Romans 5:8 – "But God demonstrated His own love toward us, in that while we sinners, Christ died for us." If God would offer up His own Son as a sin offering for us, then how good a plan does God have for His people? In fact Paul answers this in Romans 8:32 saying, "He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not also with Him freely give us all things?" God's plan for us is a good plan, and Jesus is the evidence of that. Jesus is the One true source of it all. Everything that you have need of will be fulfilled according to the call God has placed on your life… you will not lack anything you need to fulfill the calling. His ways are higher than our ways - His plan is better that any plan we could possibly devise for ourselves!
God's plan for us goes beyond this life, so not only has God demonstrated His love for us in this life, but He has prepared a place for us to live with Him forever. In John 14:1-3, Jesus tells His disciples that when He went away, and He was going to prepare a place for all who loved Him. That truth is revealed to us in the book of Revelation by thousands upon thousands of saints that are present before the throne of God right now. Someday you and I too will be worshipping Him in that great crowd for all of eternity. There is a place for us in heaven, and whether by death or by His second coming, we are going to be with Him forever… for eternity. Of course heaven is our home only if we are born again and have become a new creation in Him. We have an eternal hope. "But after that the kindness and love of God our Savior toward man appeared… That being justified by His grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life." Titus 3:4&7. Heaven is the blessed hope of all of His people who are alive, and the hope of His own that have passed on from this life, for God's plan does not leave us at the grave without hope, but Colossians 1:27 tells us that our hope is, "…Christ in you , the hope of glory." Hope can be difficult to hold on to when so many situations and problems arise against you. Hope can seemingly 'fly away' some days. In fact, hope can seem to take a 'sabbatical' at the time when you need it the most. But God never intended hope to slip away from us. I Corinthians 13 lists hope with faith and love as eternal, and it is never to pass away. You may be asking – 'How do we then develop hope inside of us when we feel it beginning to slip away? How do we reawaken our confidence in the future when the present is so alarming?' We do it by speaking to ourselves words of hope. Speak the Word of God to ourselves day and night, continually. Hope is the confidence you build up as you face the giants of your life. It is found in the words throughout the Bible. We see confidence in the words of David as he reminds himself of the victories God had won before he was going out to face Goliath. It is seen in the numerous times that David encouraged himself in the Lord as he was running from Saul. It is the confident expectation that God had called him to be the King of Israel, in spite of everything that was trying to tell him otherwise. In our lives we must stir up our remembrance of God's promises, desires, and plans, so that we do not lose hope. Far too many Christians become their own worst enemy as they speak out words of doubt, fear, and unbelief that undermines their own confidence in the future God has for them. Too many… far too many Christians spend time rebuking the devil over their depression, when they themselves let the door open for depression to walk on in. We need to renew our minds daily in the Word of God, and to take on His mind and walk in His word and will for our lives. Here is what happens when people focus on the depression, they allow the devil to initiate and plant a thought- a set of thoughts. Lies are all the devil has to give us. The devil plants these thoughts in the mind of the ones that are unprotected by the Word of God. The devil knows that depression and discouragement are things that stops people in their tracks. This discouragement and depression settles deep in the spirit and soul of one that does not renew their mind. As these thoughts become words of hopelessness, and doubt, the cycle begins. Soon people find themselves sitting out of church, talking about their problems all the time. Becoming dependent on this ongoing cycle of despair. This is not a sight to behold. They want comfort without facing this cycle, and overcoming it. They are wanting to reach out beyond themselves, and they find it hard actually getting out of this cycle of despair. As children of God we are to speak over ourselves His words, and His promises that are in His word. Others can help when depression is an issue, but it is truly up to us individually to speak faith, and hope… to see the love that God has for us individually that gives us strength to go on in this life. All of this could have been prevented if we as God's children would just put the word of God in our hearts and in our minds. If we just keep our faith and hope in God. We need to rebuke the devil, and not accept his words, lies, and negative thoughts. Reject the lies of the devil! Begin to speak the word of God over our lives. Speak His promises and plans; speak them out loud to ourselves and to others. Speak them in faith believing. When we see that in our minds, or thoughts are not clear and hope seems far away. That is when we need to remind ourselves to see that hope restored; see that confidence arise in our minds and hearts. We do not need to walk in the valley of depression, and disparity… or live for the circumstances of this life. The valleys are there, but we do not have to camp out in them. We can walk through them. Do not stay in that valley, let us move on up. Hope will not fail. Hope is that eternal life line to God that allows us to walk through this life looking forward. It is that which allows for us to face uncertainties and keep on moving ahead confidently. That is the reason we must speak it, live it, and nurture it. Hope will give you the strength to take another step when everything tells you to give up and tells you to stop in your tracks. Go to your Bible and read what it says about that hope in Romans 5:5, "Now hope does not disappoint…" Here are some more scriptures that will help you: Psalm 71:14 says : "But I will praise you yet more and more." Then we go to Proverbs 13:12 which says "Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when the desire comes it is a tree of life." Romans 15:4 says, "For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope." Psalm 33:18 says, "Behold, the eyes of the Lord is on those who fear Him, on those who hope in His mercy. 1 Corinthians 15:19 says, "If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men the most pitiable."
Hebrews 6:19 says, "This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil …." Hebrews 11:1 says, "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." These scriptures, along with many others, show us that there is hope to take hold of and to hold onto. We have hope, and that hope is in this life, which leads to eternity. Do not lose your hope! Hold onto it with all of your might! Let that promise of healing, that God has given you, stir up your hope. You know that declaration from God that states your family will be saved, do not let go of it; stand upon your hope in God and His promise. Do not lose hope! Your faith is made up of your hope… your hope is sustained by His promise, and that hope will not make you ashamed. Do not be worried that what you hope for will not come to pass, because even when deferred, it will still come, and be a 'tree of life'. Keep on hoping…trusting… and believing! Walk in Faith! We have hope in this life because God has given it to us, and this is because He is good. He will bring hope's fulfillment because He is good. The devil does not want us to hope. So let us defy him and live by faith, hope, and love. Then we will be victorious and live this life for our great and loving Savior Jesus Christ.
We are meant to be doing well. "He that spared not His own Son, but delivered Him for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?" Romans 8:32
Remember this, the devil's days are numbered… he is going to burn, but my Lord Jesus is going to remain forever. When we as Christians realize the importance of who our Father is and who we are in Christ, we are not going to walk around defeated. We are going to not only be just conquerors, but we are going to be "more than conquerors" (Romans 8:37) because Jesus took care of us at Calvary. He is still taking care of us. This is allowing us to relax, praise, and glorify God while having a wonderful time in life! As Christians we are not part of this world. We are in it, but not part of it. We are part of a heavenly world. We are representatives on this earth. We are ambassadors for God, and He will see to it that we always have enough to do the job for Him on this earth, and to minister His love and word to others. To live as His children, we need to look to God as being the greatest. Because He is the greatest! God is big- He has enough- more than enough of whatever we have need of as His children. As the children of God we are washed in the blood of Jesus. That blood is what the devil hates. God did not make this world for the devil 'and his gang'. He made it for you and me, to have a good time here and now. As His children, we can say that we used to have problems, but now we have answers! We have to live among circumstances, but we have the Word of God that we live by to overcome these circumstances. We now have Jesus to handle these problems and circumstances.
This is where faith and hope come in, by living the word day to day. We have health in Him. The word says we are healed. Healing is ours. Prosperity is ours. Love is ours. Peace is ours. Joy is ours. Guidance and protection are ours. Romans 10:13 says, "For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved." The Greek word for 'saved' (as used in this verse) is 'Sozo' which means- to save, to deliver or protect; heal, preserve; do well; to be whole.
We have everything because of Him! God's Word offers all of this to us because of His love. Because of Calvary we have life, abundant life. As we live for Him and live to walk in His righteousness; we know we have all that is ours because of His love for us.
God gave to us all freely. We can take them freely, because of what He did at Calvary. When are we going to start living beyond where we are? When are we going to see ourselves beyond the confinement of the valleys; the valleys of depression, indecision, and despair? Let us live beyond the humdrum of everyday life.
Please remember that we have an eternal hope. Let us read "But after that the kindness and love of God our Savoir toward man appeared… That being justified by His grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life." Titus 3:4& 7.
Now let's read Hebrews 11:13, this speaks about the great men and women of old who "All died in faith, not having received the promises (of God), but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth." You must also embrace this confidence in God, even if that prayer is yet unanswered, or that healing is yet incomplete. Knowing the struggles of this earth are less important then your promises afar off…. Eternity! This world is not our home, you are just passing through on your way to the heavenly city that God has prepared for you. "But now they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He hath prepared for them a city." Hebrews 11:16. Remember, God will limit and control the extent of your testing while here on earth. He will not let you be tested beyond what you can bear, but He will provide a way out (an answer, or escape) so that you can get through it. See 1 Corinthians 10:13. Our hope is in the Lord; our strength is in the Lord. We need to be persuaded of His promise of eternal life. So let us all keep on looking up… looking to the Lord for all that we have need of. "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning." James 1:17. Keep looking up! Many Christian mothers, including myself, say this phrase to lift the spirits of our children. My husband and I have a beautiful daughter that we remind to 'keep looking up'! You know we all need to help each other with this – we all need to remind each other to keep looking up. As we go and study the specifics of the word "man" in the Greek language is "anthropos" which means, literally, "the up-looking one." The cattle of the field look down… horses look down… dogs look down, but, men and women are created in God's image, and created to look up to discover their heavenly Father who is the Creator of the universe and the source of all hope and strength. In the midst of a chaotic world, this hope from above and within gives permanence and stability to the Christian, even in the stormy seas of life. "And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh" Luke 21:28.
God, the Creator, never changes. Malachi 3:6a says, "For I am the Lord, I change not…" Also go to Psalm 119:89. He is our direction and strength. He is the one that sees us through.
Keep looking up, for "Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it"
(1 Thessalonians 5:24) We can depend on God. People are often fickle. There are some people that you could very well depend on. As children of God, we should be dependable. But the bottom line is that God does not change, and we can depend on Him, He is dependable. Keep looking to Him. We have new life in Him. "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature; old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new" 2 Corinthians 5:17. Notice this scripture says, "all things are become new" …. not that there are "all new things."… when you come to know Christ. New life is manifested out of the old as you grow in the strength of the Lord. God's Word says that the real strength of your spirit, body, and mind depends on the might of His spirit in your inner man (see Ephesians 3:18). When you ask Jesus into your life, He actually sends you the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit gives us the strength to live this life; to walk inside of us and with us along this journey of life here on earth. Jesus lives His life and personality (mind, emotions, and will) through you by the Holy Spirit. "Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus." (Philippians 2:5). For every difficult situation you face, Christ promises to give you the inner strength you need to overcome.
He says, "I am come that (you) might have life, and that (you) might have it more abundantly (John 10:10). LIFE MORE ABUNDANTLY! Jesus does not want you to be sick in body; He does not want you to be discouraged in mind, or weak in spirit… for He has made all things new. We are to grow into His likeness and to be walking in His life and in His joy in this life that we are living in the 'now'.
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