Jordan For Jesus #026 "Hope (All I Need Is Jesus)" (Thursday Series) by Jordan Elizabeth on 2014-09-18 11:50:25
Jesus is our only hope, and without Him we have no hope. If God did not send His one and only Son, into the dark, sinful, hopeless, lifeless, world we would be doomed to an eternity of hell. Because God loved us so much, He chose to send His one and only Son, Jesus Christ, to willingly give up His only life to save the entire world.
This is hope, that we have Jesus and because of salvation in Christ Jesus, we can look forward to spending a life, in heaven, with Him for all eternity. We have hope because there is something beyond this world, sin, and ourselves that can save us from those very things.
God knew that the world needed a savior, a light, a hope, and life, and that is why God sent Jesus to give up all that He is, on the cross, in exchange for all that we are. We find ourselves when we come to the end of ourselves because at the end of self is Christ.
The beginning of true salvation is when you realize you need none of you and more of Christ. Jesus is the anchor that came to save our soul. He is the hope that is sure, unwavering, secure and steadfast. He is not moved and His word, the Bible, is the truth in which our anchor holds because God, which is Christ in the flesh, is the word.
Knowing the Bible, which is the truth, helps a person to know God more as well as mature in faith in Christ Jesus. When you know God's word, which is the Bible, you will not be deceived by satan's lies. When you know God's word, which is the Bible, and when you are anchored as well as rooted in His truth, it helps you to discern God's truth from satan's lies.
When you are tempted by satan, with the things of this world, you will not fall into temptation and deception because God and His truth is more powerful than satan's deception, lies, and temptation. Therefore, you will not be moved because you are rooted as well as anchored in God's truth and God who is the truth.
A lie dies and never succeeds, but the truth prevails as well as always wins out. One of satan's greatest weapons is a person's ignorance of God's word which is the Bible. Satan will do anything to keep you from reading God's word, which is the Bible, because a person who knows the truth is a dangerous threat to satan. Why? Because then you will no longer be tempted by his deception and lies because you will know the word of God.
The Holy Spirit is the truth in which a genuine, Christ-follower abides, and the Holy Spirit is a genuine, Christ-follower's only guide which guides a person into all truth. So many people abandon their hope in Christ Jesus because they think that what they are searching for cannot be found in Christ. Little do they know, Christ is more than everything, and He is sufficient for every need.
If you will delight yourself in the Lord, He will supply all of your needs and give you the desires of your heart. Has He ever failed before? Has He ever been sufficient or lacking? Has He always been faithful and true? Has He always taken care of you?
Now is not the time to be short in faith and hope but to be faith filled as well as full of hope. Be so anchored and rooted in Christ that He is your only influence, guide, and leader in which you follow and seek advice.
Hope in the Lord, and He will renew your strength. Find peace for your soul, in Him, because He is faithful. He never fails and all of His promises are true. Be still! Wait on Him, and He will come to your rescue. He is unfailing hope!
"And so, Lord, where do I put my hope? My only hope is in You." (Psalm 39:7, NLT)
"For You have been my hope, O Sovereign LORD, my confidence since my youth." (Psalm 71:5)
"Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget His deeds but would keep His commands." (Psalm 78:7)
"May those who fear you rejoice when they see me, for I have put my hope in your word." (Psalm 119:74)
"Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the LORD his God," (Psalm 146:5)
"In the same way, wisdom is sweet to your soul. If you find it, you will have a bright future, and your hope will not be cut off." (Proverbs 24:14, NASB)
"For I know the plans I have for you" declares the LORD. "Plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you a hope and a future." (Jeremiah 29:11)
"Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, for the sake of the faith of God’s elect and their knowledge of the truth, which accords with godliness, in hope of eternal life, which God, who never lies,promised before the ages began" (Titus 1:1-2)
"So that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life." (Titus 3:7)
"So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal." (2 Corinthians 4:16-18)
"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead," (1 Peter 1:3)
"Through Him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us." (Romans 5:2-5)
"For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience." (Romans 8:24-25)
"Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer." (Romans 5:12)
"For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope." (Romans 15:4)
"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope." (Romans 15:13)
"Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen." (Hebrews 11:1)
"We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain," (Hebrews 6:19, NIV)
"But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint." (Isaiah 40:31)
Slightly Obsessed #192: Heaven Is Calling: Consider Jesus
Some days we can barely hear it. Other days it drives us to our knees. But it’s always there; that persistent tug in our souls. Whether we trudge through our days or chase the stars of fame and fortune, we can’t drown out the cry that sounds silently in the pit of our being, jarring us with its urgency and moving us with its tears.
No matter what you may be going through in life, I want you to know that God's grace is sufficient for you. You may have messed up, you may have failed, you may have gone the wrong direction, you may have gossiped, or much worse, but God wants you to know that it does not define who you are. He does. He and His grace is much more powerful than anything you might have said or done. Grace always shocks. It always amazes, and it always stuns. Grace is what we all need. It's what everyone groping around lost in the darkness needs to know.
Slightly Obsessed #191: You Can Give Others the Gift of Courage
My father lay propped up in the hospital bed, his face ashen against the white sheets. My step-mother and I huddled around him in the cramped space of the progressive care unit in which he was recuperating. He had suffered three heart attacks in the space of one month. None of us had gotten much sleep in the last few days. So far, we had seen little of either the hospitalist in charge of his care or the cardiologist on staff.
Slightly Obsessed #190: A Warbird’s Lesson
On a recent hot July day, we took in an air show in our town. Vintage planes, including a couple of impressive old warbirds, sat majestically on the tarmac for inspection as we darted from wing to wing to find relief from the withering heat.
These planes are still operable, so although some of them were open for people to walk through, the cockpits were off-limits for obvious reasons. No one wanted a tragedy to happen because an unauthorized person tampered with the controls. People who don’t know what they’re doing shouldn’t be in control.
Slightly Obsessed #189: The Calling
The sound must have been a maddening echo that haunted him at first, tormented by the rooster’s crow that mocked his empty proclamation of loyalty. For three days, his faith lay in the grave with the Savior’s body, darkened by the memory of his public desertion.
Slightly Obsessed #188: Freedom
He was shouting “Freedom” as he plowed his car at twenty-one miles an hour into the granite monument engraved with the Ten Commandments.
A video posted on the suspect’s Facebook page depicted the man in his car facing the monument as a women’s voice, presumably on a car radio, asked, “Where do you go when you’re faced with adversity and trials and challenges?”
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