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

Endure

EnduranceThis is a word that makes me think of a struggle to keep on keeping on. In fact the word endure means to “suffer patiently” or “remain in existence”.  When I change the word to “endurance” it is connected to the same root word – just the “power of enduring”.  The Psalmist uses this word to describe the love of God. Check this out….

 1 Praise the Lord.
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;

    his love endures forever.
2 Who can proclaim the mighty acts of the Lord

    or fully declare his praise?
3 Blessed are those who act justly,

    who always do what is right. (Psalm 106:1-3 NIV)

 

The Psalmist opens up this Psalm with praise to the Lord for His enduring love. He then goes on to a history lesson of sorts of how the Lord has had enduring love for his people as they have rebelled time and time again.

I must take a look at my life and my heart as know that the Lord’s love endures for me. I’m aware that there are times I’ve hurt His heart with my choices of behavior or words. His love for me is enduring and incredibly patient as I figure out His will and His way for me to live.  I can’t begin to express my gratitude for His endurance with me while I declare His praise and try to act justly.  He loves it when I “get it”. He loves it when I “do what is right”. His love never gives up and never runs out. He defines the very word patient. I’m so thankful for His enduring love for me. I’m praising His Name because of that amazing love.

Pressing On!
Dwayne

Endurance & Obedience

EnduranceThese two words don’t often go together.  I’m thinking that they actually compliment one another for followers of the Lord.  These two words actually describe Jesus pretty well. He was faithfully obedient and He endured a lot on His way to the cross.  I found some cool verses tucked away in the most symbolic of books. Check this out…

12 This calls for patient endurance on the part of the people of God who keep his commands and remain faithful to Jesus.
13 Then I heard a voice from heaven say, “Write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.”
“Yes,” says the Spirit, “they will rest from their labor, for their deeds will follow them.” (Revelation 14:12-13 NIV)

My heart was stirred with the term patient endurance. That screams out to me that staying power comes from deep within. I should stick to my faith and don’t give an inch.  I want to remain faithful and endure to the end.

The line also moved me, “their deeds will follow them”. I get a little nervous thinking about some of my deeds. After I get a little stressed out over them, I remember His Grace found me.  My bad activity of my past has been erased and I’m now cleaned up because of His Mercy & Grace.   Because He saved me, I want my deeds going forward to honor Him and bless Him not hurt Him.  I want to patiently endure and remain obedient the rest of my days here on earth.

Pressing On!
Dwayne

Endurance

EnduranceHere’s a word that caries with it longevity, stability and courage. When I hear this word, I think of a race and not quitting, but pushing through the hard parts and getting my “second wind” in order to finish the race. The meaning of the word has to do with “the capacity or something to last or withstand wear and tear.” Endurance is “sticking it out” in the face of hurt, pain and even threats on every side.  Paul speaks about the faith of the Christians in Thessalonica. Check this out….

We always thank God for all of you and continually mention you in our prayers. We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Thessalonians 1:2-3 NIV)

 

This is a character quality that I believe to be valuable to attain. If I can endure struggle, I’m stronger for it. If I can endure pain, I’m more resistant to it in the future. If I can endure hardship and struggle, I’m more mature because of it.  My faith gives me endurance or “staying power” even in the midst of insurmountable odds. I want to finish strong this race of life and the endurance to finish is inspired by my hope in the Lord.  I don’t intend to quit or slow down in my pursuit of God’s heart!

Pressing On!
Dwayne