To be poor in spirit is to be dependent on God, not on man. When one is poor or dependent on God for provision then one is truly blessed.
It is like having your Father be the owner of an enterprising business rather than being at the mercy of a manager for a pay check.
The poor person who loves Jesus will always see God’s hand of provision in their life. God promises to take care of all his children.
But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19
To be poor in spirit is to be rich in faith. Blessed with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places.
Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him? James 2:5
The widow’s mite is important to the Lord. Not only do blessings come to the sacrificial giver but because the poor are the most generous it seems that through them the gospel is advanced into all the world!
Consider that when you think your widow’s mite is of no significance!
And he looked up, and saw the rich men casting their gifts into the treasury. And he saw also a certain poor widow casting in thither two mites. And he said, Of a truth I say unto you, that this poor widow hath cast in more than they all: For all these have of their abundance cast in unto the offerings of God: but she of her penury hath cast in all the living that she had. Luke 21:1-4
To be poor in spirit is to be blessed with seeing God manifest his provision in your life!
I know that the Lord will maintain the cause of the afflicted, and will execute justice for the needy. Psalm 140:12
In Luke Chapter 19 Jesus is talking to his disciples about the coming kingdom of God.
The disciples were excited about the Kingdom of Messiah being established in the earth. They thought that it was going to be realized in their day. While Jesus taught principles of the kingdom of God, he told the disciples that his earthy kingdom was coming in the future.
In the meantime, Jesus told his disciples to occupy until he came back to establish his kingdom in the earth. Jesus relayed a parable about a man who sets his servants in charge of his estate while he goes away on a journey. In the story the Lord gives each of his servants some money to put to use on his behalf while he goes away. Before he leaves, the Lord gives his servants this one instruction. “Occupy till I come.”
Occupy in the Greek is pragmateuomai which means to keep busy. To carry on with business.
To occupy is also a military term. It means to control and possess a hostile territory in order for the invading Kingdom to establish a military government against an enemy within the enemy’s own territory.
The Romans were in occupation in many different nations including Israel. During Jesus’ lifetime the Romans occupied Israel. The disciples were anxious to see this occupation come to an end. Jesus however uses as an analogy the term occupy to explain to his disciples that in the same way that the Romans were occupying their land they too were called to occupy in the world’s system or the kingdom of Satan until Jesus would return to rule and reign over the earth.
Satan’s kingdom is organized in much the same way as the Roman empire. It has a system of hierarchies, military, and clergy. These principalities, powers, and rulers of the darkness of this world control behind the scenes the worldly affairs of men. They are busy trying to organize and implement the anti Christ system ruled by the satans under their leader Lucifer, who will manifest in earthy form in the near future as the “man of sin”.
For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. Ephesians 6:12
Today the Roman empire is still ruling in the world but under a different title. It is now called globalism. The ruling class within globalism are the elites, the military class which have their armies stationed in almost every nation, and the Roman religion.
The Roman religion consists of all apostate organizations which have a unified coalition in which they are knowingly and some even unknowingly furthering the interfaith universalistic movement which will and is headed up by the false prophet as foretold in scripture.
Jesus’ instruction to his disciples was to occupy until he comes back to establish his kingdom in the earth. Does that mean take up arms and fight with carnal weapons? No, it does not!
In fact, Jesus condemned the use of carnal weapons to battle spiritual realties.
We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments. 2 Corinthians 10:4
Ephesians Chapter 6 gives us the weapons of our warfare. We are to put on the full armor of God to fight the good fight of faith.
Our assignment is to occupy till Jesus comes back. That is to restrain evil by the Holy Spirit in us through prayer, exposing darkness, setting captives free and declaring the gospel of Jesus Christ to all people. Occupation is spiritual warfare against spiritual realities.
Have nothing to do with the deeds produced by darkness, but instead expose them. Ephesians 5:11
When the powers of darkness are restrained by prayer the gospel can go forth, evil will be restrained, and the light of God’s glory will be made evident through his disciples!
Occupy till he comes!
We will always praise your glorious name. Let your glory be seen everywhere on earth. Amen and amen. Psalms 72:19
Satanic forces are in opposition to our prayers. They want to stop the answers from materializing.
The powers of darkness cannot stop our victory but they most certainly can hinder. So don’t get discouraged over a set back. It’s just the devil putting out his resistance.
PAUL said that he wanted to go and preach in a certain area but the devil hindered him. The devil can hinder but never stop God’s plans. In fact when Satan hinders he usually shoots himself in the foot because it ends up working out for our good anyway!
Wherefore we would have come unto you, even I Paul, once and again; but Satan hindered us. 1Thessalonians 2:18
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28
Satan tried to hinder Daniel’s prayers but persistence in prayer perservered and won the victory!
“Then he said to me, “Do not fear, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand, and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard; and I have come because of your words. But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me twenty-one days; and behold, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I had been left alone there with the kings of Persia. Now I have come to make you understand what will happen to your people in the latter days, for the vision refers to many days yet to come.” Daniel 10:12-14
God gave David a vision. He told him what he was going to do and what the outcome of prayer would accomplish. The Lord has his watchman on the walls and they are in intercession. These watchman are not going to give God any rest until they get their answer. They are determined to pray and never give up.
This promise is yet to be fully realized but it will happen! The Lord has spoken!
I have set watchmen upon thy walls, O Jerusalem, which shall never hold their peace day nor night: ye that make mention of the Lord, keep not silence, give him no rest, till he establish, and till he make Jerusalem a praise in the earth. Isaiah 62:6,7
The Lord also tells us we need to put action to our faith.
Vs. 10 of Isaiah Chapter 62 the Lord gives some strong DO words.
“Go through, go through the gates; prepare ye the way of the people; cast up, cast up the highway; gather out the stones; lift up a standard for the people.”
When we pray we need to look at how we can prepare the way. Do we have some house cleaning to do? Are there stones in our gardens that need removing? Do we need to be a positive influence some where? How about casting forth that evangelism net if we want revival?
The Bible does say that faith without works is dead being alone. That is a spiritual principle. In other words if we are not actively living out that prayer request then we do not really believe the answer is on its way.
We need to act like we already have the answer if we know that it’s God’s will. This shows the devils that we are not looking at their garbage being thrown at us but rather we are looking to our God who has promised and is faithful to perform his promise.
“Behold, the Lord hath proclaimed unto the end of the world, Say ye to the daughter of Zion, Behold, thy salvation cometh; behold, his reward is with him,” Isaiah 62:11
Yes, God hears our prayer. No matter how impossible they seem!
If we continue to abide, be faithful and patient, the Lord will bring the victory!
Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; for he is faithful that promised. Hebrews 10:23
Unless we are able to admit that we have a problem we can never get healed. This goes for the problem of victimization as well. Many with victim mentality have actually experienced victimization in one form or another. However God does not want us to stay victimized.
As long as we hold on to our “right ” to be a victim because of what some body has done to us we will live defeated lives. This goes for historical victimization as well.
Victim mentality is actually unforgiveness. When we hold the sins commited against us or against our ancestors in our heart we are in disobedience to the word of God. Jesus said plainly that if we do not forgive others their sins then neither will he forgive us ours.
Signs of having a victim mentality are: blaming others, self pity, always focused on the injustice, living in the past, condemning others and ourselves and not taking personal responsibility.
Even though we may have experienced victimization that does not mean that we have to continue to be a victim. God has given us tools in his word to be an overcomer.
Victim mentality starts with the thought life. We have got to see our self as scriptures tell us we are. The Bible says in Proverbs that as a person views themselves in the heart so they are. In other words we become what we tell ourself that we are. If we see ourself as a failure we will fail. If we see ourself in Christ as a victor then we will win.
In order to become a victor we must forgive past hurts and past sins. Let go of holding grudges and blaming some one or something else for our problems. We are not responsible for them but we are responsible before God for us.
When the devil starts to remind you of your past hurts tell him to take a hike in Jesus name. Tell him who you are in Jesus. The more you pray scriptures in Jesus name for yourself, the more God by his Holy Spirit, will work that into your heart. Before you know it you will be in your heart who God says you are. You will believe what the Lord says and you will live like it !
But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 15:57
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.Romans 8:37
Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. 1John 4:4
For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. 2 Timothy 1:7
To be an overcomer we must over come! Overcome the victim mentality the devil throws at us and rise up and be healed!
A narrative is a spoken or written account of connected events. A story that may be fact or fiction.
There are four types of narratives.
A linear narrative presents a story in the chronological order in which events happened.
A non linear narrative presents the story out of order. Using flash backs or a shift in chronological order using forms of literary devices.
A quest narrative is a story in which the protagonist works hard at pursuing a goal. The character faces a hardship or obstacle.
The view point narrative expresses personal subjective opinions using sensory perceptions interjected by the speaker.
When a narrative is put forth its goal is to convince the hearer of a truth or merit within a story.
Very infrequently is a story presented in which the speaker tells you upfront the motive is to deceive or lie.
In effect a narrative actually tries to convince of something. Convince of an opinion, an argument or a persuasive objective.
A common method used to persuade others to a view point is using a narrative charged with emotional rhetoric.
Words that appeal to the audience are used often in the creation of narratives. Facts can be manipulated when emotion dominates the narrative. Characters can be sympathized with, actions related to and opinions empathized.
While Jesus did use story and metaphors to relay his message he never appealed to the emotions overriding the facts.
Determining truth requires determining the facts. Emotions need to be put aside in order to discern the objective of the narrative. What is the narrative trying to do? What are you trying to be convinced of?
Look carefully at the emotionally charged language being used in a narrative. Is the order of the story chronologically put forth with evidence or does the narrative shift events in order to confuse? Does the story omit facts or add to the facts?
Are suppositions being interjected which try to sway towards opinion rather than the evidence?
While everyone is entitled to opinion they are not entitled to alter facts in order to persuade.
This is why the Lord says in his word. “Be careful what you hear.”
The ear listening to emotionally charged rhetoric will eventually be persuaded to believe that narrative.
For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, 2 Timothy 4:3
The Lord tells us in scriptures to incline our ears to hear his word. Proverbs 4:20
When our ears are open to heaven we are then able to receive knowledge, wisdom and understanding.
God’s word is a lamp to our feet! A light to our path! Giving direction for our lives. Psalms 119: 105
The mind of the prudent acquires knowledge, And the ear of the wise seeks knowledge. Proverbs 18:15
He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. Revelation 3:22
Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me. How true do you suppose this statement is?
According to a study by Martin Teicher at Harvard Medical School the human brain takes decades to develop. The personality, cognitive ability and skills develop differently in each person because each of us is guided by our experiences during childhood and adolescence.
When the environment is hostile and abusive the development of the brain is affected. Human brain imaging studies have shown that with sexual or physical abuse, or even witnessing domestic violence, this can cause abnormal physical changes in the developing brain of children. Abuse can cause psychological disorders to occur.
According to Martin Teicher’s study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry, young adults between the ages of 18-25, having no history of exposure to sexual abuse, domestic violence, or physical abuse BUT had received exposure as children to verbal abuse by either parents or peers were given a brain scan. The results showed that the adolescence had underdeveloped connections between the left and right sides of their brain through the bundles of connecting fibers, called the corpus callosum. When given psychological tests the study showed that the same adolescence had higher levels of drug abuse, depression, anxiety, anger, hostility, than others in the study.
In another study by Michael Miller reported in Neuropsychologia, he shows that moral reasoning depends upon the exchange of information between specific regions of the left and right brain. Each side of the brain controls certain abilities. For example, speech is controlled by the left side while attention takes place on the right side. Neuroimaging studies have shown that the moral beliefs of people are performed by a spot in the right brain called the right temporal parietal junction. With the disconnection of both sides of the brain moral reasoning was affected. The patients in case studies failed to detect common social blunders, etiquette, and societal norms.
Miller, M.B., et al., (2010) Abnormal moral reasoning in complete and partial colostomy patients. Neuropsychologia 48, 2215-2220.
Words do hurt. Verbal abuse from peers during the middle school years can be very damaging because the brain connections are developing. The social environment that children are raised in molds their mind. These studies show that childhood experience alters the physical structure of the brain. Childhood experience can either help develop a healthy functional brain or can stunt brain development causing possible psychological disorders or impairment in moral judgments.
Even as an adult, words can hurt and harm, reinforcing childhood traumas and triggering unhealthy emotions. Self awareness is bound up in words. We think words, speak words, and talk in words. If someone calls you a negative name the reactions may be internalized. You feel inferior because someone may have said something negative about you.
Words can follow us from childhood. If you were called stupid or lazy by an adult or peer you may have accepted this as true and so you begin to act stupid or lazy because you have accepted this as a truth. You can even sabotage yourself by speaking negative words that others have spoken to you.
Psychologists call this a Self Fulfilling Prophecy which is a prediction that causes itself to come true because the prediction was made. This happens because our beliefs influence our actions.
The Bible says that, “for as he thinketh in his heart, so is he.” Proverbs 23:7
Whatever we believe about ourselves is what we will experience because words affect how we live and act.
Death and life [are] in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof. Proverbs 18:21
Learning to change our language is a challenge but well worth the effort. Learning to disregard the negative words of others is another challenge, but one that is essential for our psychological and emotional heath. Our belief can be in either the word of God or in the words of people. We can believe what God has to say about us and our situation or we can believe what the Nay Sayers have to say.
While sticks and stones may very well break your bones, words will also hurt you. Choose life! Choose to believe what God’s word has to say about you! God’s word is above every other word!
Forever, O Lord, Thy Word is settled in heaven.Psalms ll9:89.
Scriptures about spoken words.
Matthew 15:18 – But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man.
Proverbs 12:18 – There is that speaketh like the piercings of a sword: but the tongue of the wise [is] health.
Ephesians 4:29 – Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.
Proverbs 16:24 – Pleasant words [are as] an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.
Colossians 3:8 – But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.
Proverbs 13:3 – He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life: [but] he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction.
Matthew 12:37 – For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.
James 1:26 – If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion [is] vain.
Proverbs 15:1 – A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.
Proverbs 21:23 – Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles.
Psalms 19:14 – Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.
Proverbs 29:20 – Seest thou a man [that is] hasty in his words? [there is] more hope of a fool than of him.
Proverbs 15:4 – A wholesome tongue [is] a tree of life: but perverseness therein [is] a breach in the spirit.
Proverbs 17:28 – Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: [and] he that shutteth his lips [is esteemed] a man of understanding.
Proverbs 15:2 – The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools poureth out foolishness.
Proverbs 25:11 – A word fitly spoken [is like] apples of gold in pictures of silver.
Proverbs 17:27 – He that hath knowledge spareth his words: [and] a man of understanding is of an excellent spirit.
Luke 6:45 – A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.
Proverbs 10:19 – In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips [is] wise.
Proverbs 18:20 – A man’s belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth; [and] with the increase of his lips shall he be filled.
James 3:6 – And the tongue [is] a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.
James 3:8 – But the tongue can no man tame; [it is] an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.
Proverbs 12:25 – Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop: but a good word maketh it glad.
God tells us in the Bible that all of his promises are “yes and amen”.
2 Corinthians 1:20
That means that God’s pledge or declaration of assurance that he will do a particular thing or that he will cause a particular thing to happen are affirmative. Agreeing with consent to happen. Shall happen because God’s word is trust worthy.
If this is so then why is it that many of us fall short of receiving the promises of God as clearly put forth in the Bible?
Jesus made it clear that God’s word or his promises are like a seed that one sows in a garden. In other words it is a process to receive the promises of God.
Now depending first of all on the condition of the soil the future success of the seed will be determined. Is the heart receiving the word thorny? Stoney? Good soil?
The seed not only has to be planted in good soil but once fallen into the ground it needs to germinate for a time.
Germination in itself has an intricate process. First of all the seed planted in the good soil must be absorbed by water in order for it to swell up.
Once this hydration of the seed happens oxygen released from the soil is utilized by the seed so that it becomes metabolic. That is the seed uses its stored food or energy for growth.
After that the seed must rupture its coat so that the radicle will come out of the primary root of the seed.
Jesus called this process, “the seed falls into the ground and dies.” John 12:24
Once the seed is sprouted it requires light in order to continue to grow.
Now that is just the seed!
After that the root of the sprouted seed has to grow deep down in the soil. The roots branch off and are then able to absorb water and food from the soil.
More growth takes place and the sprout turns into a stem. The stem then receives sunlight which is turned into energy. This process produces even more growth.
The promises of God that we are entitled to because we are children of God and joint heirs with Jesus Christ do not come to us without a process. Just like a seed planted in good soil.
In our fast food society people don’t like to hear that. They would rather have a quick fix and a drive by solution.
It doesn’t however work that way. What the Lord is telling us through his word is that if we want to recieve his promises we must die to our self first. That old outter shell of the carnal man must fall off.
God’s promises are yes and amen to the surrendered Christian. The one willing to die to the ways of the world and put on Jesus Christ.
But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof. Romans 13:14
By filling up on the water of the word, the promises of God will cause our hearts to burst forth with hopeful anticipation.
For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. Romans 15:4
That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word. That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. Ephesians 5:26,27
Faith will then take root in our hearts as we keep feeding on the word of God and getting revelation light from his Spirit.
So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Romans 10: 17
We are sure to see the promises of God take place in our life. Here a little and there a little. Line upon line and precept upon precept. Isaiah 28:10
As we continue to abide in God’s word, his promises will blossom. Bringing forth the sweet fragrance of Jesus Christ for all to witness.
Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. 2 Peter 1:4
Then when the fruit is produced from God’s word everyone around us will taste and see that the Lord indeed is good.
For the word of the Lord is upright, And all His work is done in faithfulness. Psalm 33:4
When our hearts line up to the conditions of God’s word then we have good soil! The seed we plant in our heart will grow in its time. We can expect a bountiful harvest !
The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him. Lamentations 3:25
As you mediate on God’s promises, pray over them and believe them. The promises of God will surely come to pass in the Lord’s time. His word is trustworthy. They are yes and Amen!
This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. Joshua 1:8
Many in the world do not have this kind of security. They put their trust instead in the universe.
To put one’s trust in the universe is to put trust in fate.
What is fate? By definition fate is events beyond a person’s control that is determined by a supernatural power.
In ancient Greek and Roman mythology fate was determined by the gods. When the gods destined one’s life it was predetermined by fate.
Fate or the universe in effect is luck which is failure or success brought on by fate (whim of the gods)rather than one’s own actions.
To trust in the universe or fate is really to trust in a supernatural power to order the events of one’s life.
What supernatural power are they trusting in?
The God of the Bible requires surrender to his Son Jesus Christ. YHWY requires accountability for actions. The outcomes of one’s life are determined by the choices one makes in life.
Isaiah 1:19, 20 Deuteronomy 30:15-20 Joshua 24:14
As any logical person knows the universe is an abstract material element and not something able to determine one’s life outcomes.
The universe is matter and space as a whole that make up life as we know it. The universe is not able to determine the events of one’s life. That would be like trusting in the moon or a comet. These are material elements. There is no mind. No magic wand. No personality.
God on the other hand is a personality. He has a mind and supernatural power.
To trust in the one true God is to trust in a power that is higher than oneself. This requires allegiance. Not the whim and fancy of a fallen star disguised as a deity.
Why do you think that many people put their trust in the universe instead of God?
Because trusting in God means dependence on someone with the ability to have control over one’s life.
Trusting in random chance and the universe are less threatening to those who want to be in control of their own life.
The universe can be manipulated! Bamboozled! Conned into determining their outcomes.
What does trusting in the universe really mean?
Trusting in the universe means trusting in fate. Trusting in fate is trusting in luck, which determines good or bad outcomes.
When people say that they are trusting in the universe, in effect what they are saying is that they are trusting in fate which they hope will make them lucky.
The universe however is not the source of the outcomes because the universe is a material reality not a supernatural reality.
Whence then comes this supernatural reality? Fate is none other than a fallen one spoken of in the Bible.
Isaiah 14:12 2 Corinthians 4:4
A rebel who did not like to submit to the one true God. Therefore that rebel was cast out to dwell over the affairs of all the rebellious who dwell on the earth.
If one does not surrender to God who gave his Son Jesus Christ to save us all from the eternal consequences of having an non surrendered disobedient life then one’s fate is in no way going to be lucky.
In fact the Bible says that rebellion is like witchcraft. That is rebellion just like witchcraft seeks to dominate and control life events through the use of manipulation.
For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. 1 Samuel 15:23
Kind of like trusting in the universe or trusting in fate to get lucky.
Surrendering to Jesus Christ is trusting in the God who has definite good guaranteed outcomes.
Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Proverbs 3:5-6
Those outcomes are determined by obedience to God’s word which produce an abundant life. A life that is satisfied, safe, blessed and eternally secure.
Scriptures tell us that whatever we do it should be done for the glory (doxa) of God.
Doxa is an ancient Greek word meaning “popular opinion” or “common belief”
Doxa was used by the Greek philosophers in presenting an argument. Their objective was to sway public opinion.
Paul uses the word doxa because in the same way the Greeks used their philosophical arguments to sway the people toward their opinion or view of the world so should Christians by their lifestyle (actions and words) persuade the unsaved that Jesus Christ is the way, the truth and the life.
In other words, the life of a Christian should represent the King of kings to the world.
Whether our testimony is received or not it is a living witness to the world. We represent Jesus Christ and our lives should bring him glory. (doxa)
All that we do is being observed by those who do not know Jesus Christ. As a living sacrifice the Christian is called to give up their own life in order to be a light in the world.
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. Roman’s 12:1,2
A living sacrifice means giving up our life as an offering to God, representing him before the world.
Paul says that, “it is no longer I that live but Christ that lives in me and the life that I now live I live by the faith of the Son of God who loved me and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20
As members of Christ’s body we are not out our own. “We are bought with a price. Therefore glorify God in your body.” 1Corinthians 6:20
Won’t you surrender your life to Jesus today? Be a living sacrifice for his glory!
All to Jesus, I surrender All to Thee I freely give I will ever love and trust You In Your presence daily live I surrender all, I surrender all All to Thee, my blessed Savior I surrender all All to Jesus, I surrender Lord, I give myself to Thee Fill me with Your love and power Let Your blessing fall on me I surrender all, I surrender all All to Thee, my blessed Savior I surrender all All to Jesus I surrender Now I feel the sacred flame O the joy of full salvation Glory, glory, to Your name I surrender all,
Scriptures tell us that if we put our hope in the Lord we will not be disappointed. Isaiah 49:23
To hope is to desire. To want something to be true or to want something to happen. To expect with confidence. To put trust in.
But as for me, I will hope continually, And will praise You yet more and more. Palms 71:14
When our hope is in the Lord our hope will not fail to produce what we are hoping for. This is because God is the source of our hope. He has the answer we are seeking for and he will bring the desired outcome.
Hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us. Romans 5:5
The Lord is my portion or inheritance therefore will I hope in him. Lam. 3:26
The Lord will be the hope of his people. Joel 3:16
The hope of the righteous shall be gladness. Proverbs 10:28
God is the God of hope. Roman’s 15:13
Thou art my hiding place and my shield: I hope in thy word. Psalm 119: 114
Hope (Greek elpis) expects with confidence. Hope seeks. Hope expects an answer. Hope waits patiently. Hope that sees is not hope. Hope waits with expectation. Hope trusts. Hope brings experience and experience with God results in faith being produced.
We are saved by hope but hope which is seen is not hope but if we hope for what we do not see then with patience we wait for it. Romans 8:24,25
Hope is different than faith. Faith (Greek pistis) is to be completely convinced without doubting. To believe and trust with absolute conviction that something is true or to have absolute confidence in without wavering.
Without faith it is impossible to please God because he that comes to him MUST BELIEVE that he is and that he is a rewarder of those who diligently seek him. Hebrews 11:6
Without saving faith salvation can not occur. It takes the God kind of faith to experience salvation. Seeking God with hope happens when the heart is drawn by the Holy Spirit.
Faith comes when the seeking heart reaches out to God with a sincere contrite heart and finds him.
Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. Matthew 7:7
So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Romans 10:17
The born again experience is a miraculous regeneration process of the Holy Spirit. Saving faith is not intellectual assent. Scriptures tell us that the devils believe and tremble. James 2:19
Saving faith, is absolutely positively without a doubt, without wavering ever, trusts in and clings to God regardless of circumstances and regardless of trials, tribulations or persecutions.
Faith is the ASSURANCE of things hoped for. To have assurance is to have confidence without doubt or uncertainty.
Hope comes with experience. Romans 5: 5
In other words by directly observing facts that is gained by knowledge hope will come. Then when hope that does not disappoint comes faith is the result.
Blind faith is not Biblical faith. When we put our hope in the Lord he does not disappoint. After having a need met once or twice experience reveals the outcome is sure. Then we have confidence.
This hope from experience brings confidence which results in faith being produced. You know that you know that you know. Why? Because you have never been disappointed! God always comes through! He never fails!
Hope in the Lord! He never disappoints those who seek him!
Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the Lord. Psalms 31:24
Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost. Romans 15:13