Posts Tagged ‘Hope’

The Anchor of Our Soul

April 5, 2014

Hebrews 6:16-20 AMP
16 Men indeed swear by a greater [than themselves], and with them in all disputes the oath taken for confirmation is final [ending strife].
17 Accordingly God also, in His desire to show more convincingly and beyond doubt to those who were to inherit the promise the unchangeableness of His purpose and plan, intervened (mediated) with an oath.
18 This was so that, by two unchangeable things [His promise and His oath] in which it is impossible for God ever to prove false or deceive us, we who have fled [to Him] for refuge might have mighty indwelling strength and strong encouragement to grasp and hold fast the hope appointed for us and set before [us].
19 [Now] we have this [hope] as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul [it cannot slip and it cannot break down under whoever steps out upon it—a hope] that reaches farther and enters into [the very certainty of the Presence] within the veil,
20 Where Jesus has entered in for us [in advance], a Forerunner having become a High Priest forever after the order (with the rank) of Melchizedek.

From Our Daily Bread

We have an anchor that keeps the soul,
Steadfast and sure while the billows roll;
Fastened to the Rock which cannot move,
Grounded firm and deep in the Savior’s love. —Owens

Our hope is securely fastened in Jesus Christ who redeemed us once and for all when He died, rose again, and ascended to heaven.

This hope, the anchor for our soul, is the Rock, Jesus Christ! 

We’ll be steady in the storm if we’re anchored to Christ the Rock.

Related:
The Anchor Holds
The Strength of Our Anchor

Waiting for the Hope

July 12, 2009


“For we through the Spirit by faith wait for the hope of righteousness”
-Gal. 5:5

There are times when things look very dark to me–so dark that I have to wait even for hope. It is bad enough to wait in hope. A long-deferred fulfillment carries its own pain, but to wait for hope, to see no glimmer of a prospect and yet refuse to despair; to have nothing but night before the casement and yet to keep the casement open for possible stars; to have a vacant place in my heart and yet to allow that place to be filled by no inferior presence–that is the grandest patience in the universe. It is Job in the tempest; it is Abraham on the road to Moriah; it is Moses in the desert of Midian; it is the Son of man in the Garden of Gethsemane.

There is no patience so hard as that which endures, “as seeing him who is invisible”; it is the waiting for hope.

Thou hast made waiting beautiful; Thou has made patience divine. Thou hast taught us that the Father’s will may be received just because it is His will. Thou hast revealed to us that a soul may see nothing but sorrow in the cup and yet may refuse to let it go, convinced that the eye of the Father sees further than its own.

Give me this Divine power of Thine, the power of Gethsemane. Give me the power to wait for hope itself, to look out from the casement where there are no stars. Give me the power, when the very joy that was set before me is gone, to stand unconquered amid the night, and say, “To the eye of my Father it is perhaps shining still.” I shall reach the climax of strength when I have learned to wait for hope.

from: Streams In the Desert
Waiting for the Hope

Sunlight On Your Face

March 4, 2009
Psalm 112:4   Even in darkness light dawns{arises} for the upright, for the gracious and compassionate and righteous one.

Soon after posting Upright Dawn and thinking about light dawning in the darkness I heard the following song.

You Led Me
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Good morning
The night is over and gone
I thought once
This dark would last for so long
.
Pre Chorus
Feel the sunlight
On my face
You have brought me
Through this place
.
Chorus
Jesus, Jesus You found me
Through the long night you led me
You set me free

Do you see
Just what you’ve done in my life?

You gave me
More then I hoped for; now I

Pre Chorus
feel your sunlight
On my face
You have brought me
Through this place

It brought me such hope! There is no place so dark that the light of the Son can not reach.

If I say, “Surely the darkness will overwhelm me, and the light around me will be night,”  even the darkness will not be dark to You; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to You. –Ps 139:11-12

So if you find yourself in a dark place today, take heart, the Lord Jesus makes a way where there is no way. He cares for those who belong to Him. He leads His own out of the darkness into the light of dawn, into the rising Son.

Rejoice! Seek the Son! Feel the Sonlight on your up turned face leading you out of the darkness of night into the light of the full day. The upright WILL behold His face!

Keep your face turned towards the sunshine
And the shadows will fall behind you.

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Psalm 11:7   The LORD is righteous, He loves righteousness; The upright will behold His face.

Numbers 6:24-26   The LORD bless you, and keep you; the LORD make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD turn His face towards you and give you peace.”

Cry Mercy

January 1, 2009

Psalm 91:1, 4    He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.  … He will cover you with his feathers, and under His wings you will find refuge; His faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.

Psalm 57:1   Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me, for in you my soul takes refuge {trusts}. I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings until the disaster has passed.

This cry arose from David when he was hiding from Saul in a cave. His cry for mercy is doubled showing his urgent need for the Lord’s intervention. Are you sitting in a cave of darkness? A seemingly hopeless place? Needing the Lord’s intervention?

Double your cry for mercy
Hope and trust in the Lord with all of your might
From the depths of your soul, your inner most being
Cry out for mercy
TRUST in the LORD!

And be placed in the shadow of the Almighty
He will cover you with His feathers
Safe under the Lord’s protective wings
You will find refuge
Mercy and grace.

Protective wings hover over the Lord’s mercy seat. Exodus 25:20


For the Lord takes pleasure in those who hope in His mercy.
The One who calls you is faithful and He will do it. –1 Thess 5:24

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Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me,
For in You my soul takes refuge {trusts}.
I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings
Until the disaster has passed.

Psalm 57:1

 


The Lord takes pleasure in those who reverently
And worshipfully fear Him,
In those who hope in His mercy and loving-kindness.

Psam 147:11

Spread Your Wings

December 31, 2008

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Are you in the middle of a storm? Growing faint? Weary?  

Remember to spread your wings and 
Hope in the LORD! 

Isaiah 40:28-31    Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; 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. 

Dare to soar! 

You’ll never know how high you can fly, unless you spread your wings 
Hope in the LORD 
Wait 
Anticipate the wind 
Let go of the ground 
AND 

Expect to fly!

Fly by the very breath of God 
Be lifted higher by the roar of the Lion of Judah 

Spread your wings 
Soar 
Join the roar!