Hope Is Here

 

Hope word with shadow, backgroundI’ve been in plenty of situations where there seemed like only one way out and it felt quite hopeless. I know the struggle of a sleepless night. I know the paralysis that worry delivers. I also know that when the Lord enters the room of my life, HOPE flows from Him. He gives me strength and wisdom to navigate any and every situation I’m faced with. Paul speaks very clearly about the hope we have no matter the situation. Check this out….

Therefore, since we have been declared righteous by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. We have also obtained access through him by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. And not only that, but we also rejoice in our afflictions, because we know that affliction produces endurance, endurance produces proven character, and proven character produces hope. This hope will not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us. (Romans 5:1-5 CSB)

This passage has much depth to it. This is a snapshot of life:

  • Faith
  • Peace
  • Access
  • Grace
  • Rejoice
  • Afflictions
  • Endurance
  • Proven Character
  • Hope
  • Love

I’m trying to wrap my mind around these 10 profound pieces of the journey with God.  It starts with Faith and ends up in Love. The journey with the Lord always goes through the tunnel of affliction and suffering. It’s during those dark nights of the soul that the light of hope in Him is real. The Lord never wastes a dark night to show off His Heart for me. He brings such hope and clarity to most confusing circumstances. He builds my character from the inside out and not from the outside in. My salvation journey begins with faith in Him.

When He enters the room of my heart, there is NOTHING else like it! He brings HOPE and it is a Powerful Presence. #thankful

All My Hope

By Crowder

I’ve been held by the Savior
I’ve felt fire from above
I’ve been down to the river
I ain’t the same, a prodigal returned

(C)All my hope is in Jesus
Thank God that yesterday’s gone
All my sins are forgiven
I’ve been washed by the blood

I’m no stranger to prison
I’ve worn shackles and chains
But I’ve been freed and forgiven
And I’m not going back, I’ll never be the same (C)

There’s a kind of thing that just breaks a man
Break him down to his knees
God, I’ve been broken more than a time or two
Yes, Lord then He picked me up and showed me
What it means to be a man come on and sing (C)

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Pressing On!

Dwayne

Two Rooms

 

My house has many rooms in it. There’s rooms for bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchen, living room, office, recreation room and don’t forget the laundry room. For the most part the rooms are being used exactly as they were planned. My office used to be a bedroom. My office is an old historic house and it has multiple rooms as well that have been redesigned into office space.

The Lord gave Moses instructions for the Tabernacle (aka, the “Traveling Temple”) and this would be a sacred place of worship while they were traveling to their final destination. The coverings were specifically made from animal hides. There was special wood for the poles. The Lord gave specific instructions for two special rooms inside the middle area of the tabernacle. Check this out…

31 ‘Make a curtain of blue, purple and scarlet yarn and finely twisted linen, with cherubim woven into it by a skilled worker. 32 Hang it with gold hooks on four posts of acacia wood overlaid with gold and standing on four silver bases. 33 Hang the curtain from the clasps and place the ark of the covenant law behind the curtain. The curtain will separate the Holy Place from the Most Holy Place. (Exodus 26:31-33 NIV)

There was an inner part to the tabernacle that consists of two rooms separated by this big blue, purple and red curtain. The two places were the Holy Place and the Most Holy Place. The priest only could enter the Holy Place when he was properly prepared. He couldn’t just wander in and hang out there. He was to go the Holy Place on behalf of the people. Once a year, the priest would go into the Most Holy Place. This curtain in the tabernacle that separated these two place was similar to one inside the Temple (God’s permanent home among His people). When Jesus died, this is the curtain that was torn from top to bottom giving all-access to God. We no longer have to go through the human high priest. We now have Jesus who serves as our Savior and our High Priest before God.

I do think it’s cool to have a meeting place even today where I meet with the Lord. I’ve learned to notice Him everywhere and in every room I enter. The Lord is Presence more than He is about a place. The “Place” He cares most about is my heart – the room He really wants to dwell in. I need to rip the curtain around my heart and give Him complete, unimpeded access.

Pressing On!

Dwayne

Access

access cardThis word means “the process of approaching or entering a place”. For example, a stairway gives access to the upper or lower level. The word access also means “the right to use or benefit from something”.  An example of this might be access to a computer system for the bank where my money is kept. In our age of computers, smart phones and tablets, having access is valuable. I have an access code/password on my devices to protect against the access of others without me knowing.

I like knowing that I have the credentials to access certain information and places. I often have to abide by the protocol in order to continue to use my access into those places.

The Hebrew writer speaks of access to God. Under the old covenant (found in the Old Testament), the people only had access to God via the priest. The priest only had direct access to the Most Holy Place of the temple once a year.  When Jesus came, this Most Holy Place became accessible to all. Check this out….

11 But when Christ came as high priest of the good things that are now already here, he went through the greater and more perfect tabernacle that is not made with human hands, that is to say, is not a part of this creation. 12 He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but he entered the Most Holy Place once for all by his own blood, thus obtaining eternal redemption. 13 The blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkled on those who are ceremonially unclean sanctify them so that they are outwardly clean. 14 How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God! (Hebrews 9:11-14 NIV)

 

I get excited when I think through all the Jesus accomplished while He was here. His life set the standard as to how I should live. His death gave me access to the Creator who is NOW present with me each day as I walk out my faith. I am humbled and honored by His Presence. I have been known to seek council from another trusted Christian friend or pastor. I don’t have to go to anyone – I can go straight to God. I often need “God with skin on” and for that, I need a trusted confidant or friend who will speak truth into my life and keep me from stumbling in my faith journey.  I have direct access to God. I don’t need a secret code. I don’t have to go to church three times in a row. I just need faith in Him to have access. That is “freaking amazing”!! He is Amazing! He if Faithful! He is full of LOVE & GRACE!

Pressing On!
Dwayne