Perpetual Hope

perpetualhope.001Christmas is known as the season of perpetual hope. Hope, a simple four letter word that carries so much meaning and something that so many are desperate for…sometimes the only thing people have to hold onto. The only thing they can see to hold on to.

I was thinking the other day about the word perpetual. Dictionary.com defines perpetual as:

  1. continuing or enduring forever; everlasting
  2. lasting an indefinitely long time
  3. continuing or continued without intermission or interruption, ceaseless
  4. blooming almost continuously throughout the season or year.

So perpetual hope means a hope that doesn’t cease, it continues without interruption, it’s everlasting…then really a “season” of perpetual hope is an oxymoron…there is no season for hope, but it is to continue without ending. Hope is essential to our lives even the Word of God says in Proverbs 13:12 that,” Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.”

What is it that you are hoping for this season? Let your heart not be sick in the waiting and let us also keep in our hearts those who have a hope of freedom and pray that 2016 will bring just that.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

A Heart Captivated.

We have all been in a season in our lives where we are not the biggest fan of how situations are turning out, but have you ever been in a season where you are watching the amazing work of God’s love in your life and love the process?  That is current my season.  I am learning much and growing in a new way and my heart is captivated by the situation and God’s love and direction through it all.  It’s felt like a loooong time coming…but God is never late.

You see, lately I have been actively feeding on His faithfulness (Psalm 37:3)…which simply means to be rejoicing in all that God has done for me.

He pursued me in my sin and brokenness and called me holy. (Hebrews 10:10)
He pursued me when I felt ugly and called me lovely. (Psalm 45:11)
He pursued me when I rejected Him and ransomed me anyway. (Hebrews 9:15)

God’s love has pursued me (as well as it does you) and captivated my heart.  His love at work orchestrating situations (as I trust Him) has captivated my heart again and my heart sings about His faithfulness.

We all have times in our lives when we want to do anything but rejoice…but let’s remember that the Israelites 11 day journey turned into 40 years in which many didn’t even make it to the Promised Land.  Why? Because they refused to feed on God’s faithfulness, rejoice in what He had miraculously done for them, they chose instead to complain and had hearts far from Him.  Personally, I want the 11 day journey.  In fact, maybe it’s not so much about the Promised Land as it is about the journey…will we sing and hold onto hope through it or complain and let our hearts be far from God?

May you be encouraged today that God has not forgotten the promises He has made you, He has not forgotten the deep desires of your heart…for you are unforgettable.  I am a firm believer that what matters to us matters to God.  May this month be a time where your heart is captivated by what God is doing (and has done) in your life; that you see His love at work and are able to walk in joy knowing that He is sovereign and working on behalf of those who trust in Him. (Isaiah 64:4)

So go ahead and post the lyrics to Nat King Cole’s Unforgettable on your mirror and let your heart be captivated by the One who loves you…remembering all He has done and rejoicing in all He will do.

His Love Brings You into the Promised Land

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Now the Lord was gracious to Sarah as He had said, and the Lord did for Sarah (and Abraham) what He had promised. Genesis 17:21

Not one of all the Lord’s good promises to Israel failed; every one was fulfilled.
Joshua 21:45

Are there promises from God that you have been waiting on?  Words He has spoken to your heart that you are waiting to see the fruition of?  You are not alone, just remember Abraham, Sarah, Hannah, Moses, all of Israel, heck all of the disciples too.

God promised Abraham and Sarah.  God promised Isaac and Rebekah. God promised Jacob and Rachel. God delivered His promise because He is the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob (Israel) and as Numbers 23:19 says, “God is not human, that He should lie, not a human being, that He should change His mind. Does He speak and then not act? Does He promise and not fulfill?”

Were there people who didn’t make it to the promise? Yes, those who didn’t trust, complained even after all God did for them…an entire generation of people.

Want to make it to your promised land?  Worship, cry out in praise, refuse to complain, and refuse to believe the lie that God’s love isn’t enough to get you there.  Refuse to believe the lie that God’s heart isn’t towards you and that He is good.  Believe that His word, His character, and His love is true.  Believe.

Psalm 26:3 says, “For I have always been mindful of your unfailing love and have lived in reliance on your faithfulness.”

Psalm 37:3 says,

“Trust the Lord and do good.  Live in the land and feed on truth.” (NCV)

“Trust in the Lord and do good. Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.” ( NKJV)

“Trust (lean on, rely on, and be confident) in the Lord and do good; so shall you dwell in the land and feed surely on His faithfulness, and truly you shall be fed.” (Amplified)

As a practical way to feed on God’s faithfulness try doing to two things:
1)      Post His word (scripture) on post its or sheets of paper everywhere-remind yourself daily of God’s character and His heart for you.  Remember the enemy didn’t just deceive Eve into sinning, but He was able to get her to doubt God’s heart for her.
2)      Make a list of things God has done for you; you should have a lengthy list, if you don’t try re-examining.  Review that list and “feed” your heart with God’s goodness and faithfulness.

May this New Year be the year you live in your promise and in the meantime… feed on His faithfulness.  Remember, His love will get you there.  Happiest of New Years!