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)
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The infant finishes his bottle and smiles contentedly up at his mother. A trickle of milk courses down from the corner of his mouth. It’s a sweet scene because that’s what babies do. They are born with immature digestive systems and no teeth. Mother’s milk or formula are necessary for the child to survive and thrive. As they grow, their teeth begin to come in, their digestive abilities mature, and they can tolerate solid food.
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