Hold Onto Hope: LET FAITH SHINE!

Hold Onto Hope: LET FAITH SHINE!

Let us hold fast the confession of our hope [expectation, assurance] without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.  (Heb 10:23 – definition added in brackets)

The hope of the righteous will be gladness . . .  (Prov 10:28 a)

Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.  (Rom 5:5)

Hold fast [firm, unwavering] to the confession of hope that you have in Jesus.  In other words, don’t wimp out and don’t give in!  The reason we hang onto faith, hope, and the Word is because we KNOW that He who promised is faithful, reliable, and true. 

God does not lie (Num 23:19; Heb 6:18) and He will not change.  (Mal 3:6; Heb 13:8)

We never need to falter or wonder.  Because these statements are true, we can utterly rely upon God’s Word.  We can rest in knowing that He watches over His Word to perform it.  (Jer 1:12 NIV) 

For with God nothing is ever impossible and no word from God shall be without power or impossible of fulfillment. (Lk 1:37 AMP)

With God, NOTHING is impossible!  How wonderful and awe-inspiring to recognize this truth.  Thankfully, because of Jesus, we are with God—so we qualify to inherit every blessing and every promise of salvation. 

We have the honor of living our lives, each day, in such a way that we demonstrate how completely we rely upon God’s love, faithfulness and reliability.  We have the privilege of serving as God’s own, very bright beacon shining for Jesus in this ever-darkening world. 

Abide in God’s Word & Be Made Free

Abide in God’s Word & Be Made Free

Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”  (John 8:31-32)

The word KNOW in verse 32, above, means to perceive; understand; recognize; or realize.  This is a knowledge that has inception, a progress and an attainment, according to Strong’s concordance (#1097).  It is the recognition of truth by personal experience.

This personal experience suggests a close, personal relationship.  And verse 32 states that we need to abide in [accept, stand in, obey] God’s Word and thereby confirm ourselves to be Christ’s disciples.

In that context, as we personally come to experience the truth of and dependability of God’s Word, it is that same truth that shall set us free from various challenging and destructive experiences in our lives.  It also sets us free from the hurts that other people have inflicted upon us.

God’s steadfast and unfailing love for you can give you such strength and stability in your emotions that you can be made emotionally whole and healthy. 

The best kindness that you can do for yourself is to abide in the Scriptures, and become more and more stable and secure in their truth—because you know that God does not lie.  (Num 23:19) 

Rest in Jesus, who has given you the grace, freedom, and strength to live your life to His glory daily!