My Hope Is You

Hope Words in Sky Faith Belief Inspire AspirationsI hope things will get better. I hope that the hardships of life will dissipate. I hope, hope, hope that Lord will rescue me from me. I am sometimes my own worst enemy, but my hope is in the Lord. He is Creator and Sustainer. If I put my hope in anything or anyone else, I’m hopeless. If I put my trust in Him, I have good reason to hope. David penned this beautiful Psalm about hope. Check this out….

1 In you, Lord my God,

    I put my trust.
2 I trust in you;

    do not let me be put to shame,

    nor let my enemies triumph over me.
3 No one who hopes in you

    will ever be put to shame,

but shame will come on those

    who are treacherous without cause.
4 Show me your ways, Lord,

    teach me your paths.
5 Guide me in your truth and teach me,

    for you are God my Saviour,

    and my hope is in you all day long.
20 Guard my life and rescue me;

    do not let me be put to shame,

    for I take refuge in you.
21 May integrity and uprightness protect me,

    because my hope, Lord, is in you. (Psalm 25:1-5;20,21 NIV)

 

My hope is found in following the Lord. I believe His Word. I believe that He alone holds the keys to eternal life. I will trust in Him alone to guide my life and give me wisdom and discernment for the choices I face each day.

The band, Third Day penned a song several years ago that I can still sing the words to. The song can be found here. My favorite part is the chorus:

My hope is You
Show me Your way
Guide me in truth
In all my days, yeah
My hope is You (copyright 1997 Third Day)

Today and every day I want to place all my hope in the Lord!

Pressing On!
Dwayne

Salutation of Hope

Hope Words in Sky Faith Belief Inspire AspirationsI love receiving personal letters even if people don’t know exactly how to write well. Today we use email for a lot of correspondence. A personal letter, especially hand-written, communicates great value from the person because it took some valuable time for them to write it. Sometimes the greeting of the letter sets the tone of the entire letter. It can be positive or negative. Paul gives a great salutation to Titus the recipient of this letter of instruction and encouragement. The salutation encouraged me. Check this out….

I, Paul, am writing this letter. I serve God. I am an apostle of Jesus Christ. God sent me to help his chosen people believe in Christ. I have been sent to help them understand the truth that leads to godly living. Faith and understanding rest on the hope of eternal life. Before time began, God promised to give that life. And he does not lie. At just the right time he made his word plain. He did it through the preaching that he trusted me with. God our Savior has commanded all those things.
4 Titus, I am sending you this letter. You are my true son in the faith we share.
May God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior give you grace and peace. (Titus 1:1-4 NIV)

 

I love the picture that FAITH & UNDERSTANDING are built upon a foundation of HOPE. Paul is anchored to the foundation of HOPE. He believed in the promise of God that eternal life was waiting after this life.

This past weekend I had the opportunity to hear from a family who had an 18 year old son pass away in his sleep due to an enlarged heart. He appeared healthy and robust in every way, yet passed away in his sleep. As they spoke and described the hope they have in eternal life, I was deeply inspired. The hope I have in eternity is a huge part of the foundation of my faith.  I want to continue to build on that foundation my personal faith and my understanding of God’s Word. I want keep on pursuing the heart of God in the midst of ANYTHING that can happen to me in this world. I want my love for Him to grow deeper and stronger each day as I pursue Him resting on that Foundation of HOPE.

Pressing On!
Dwayne

Focused

FieldThere are times when my eyesight frustrates me. I am a mono-vision person. I have one eye for reading up close and the other eye for seeing far away. I recently renewed my driver’s license and as I was doing the eye exam part, I realized I couldn’t get the numbers to focus. The examiner explained to me that mono vision would not work. It felt like someone was trying to focus a movie on a projector that wouldn’t focus.  Some days, my work feels just like that. I can’t seem to keep focused on the task at hand. Distractions pull me away. I recently made a concerted effort to start daily goal setting and writing down a task list to keep me moving forward each day. It has made a huge difference in my productivity.

The church at Corinth had issues with focusing on the wrong things. Paul really calls them out regarding the resurrection of Jesus. They became distracted on this very important topic and couldn’t seem to focus on what was important. He speaks clearly to them about the most important part of our belief system. Check this out….

16 For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either. 17 And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. 18 Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. 19 If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.
20 But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21 For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. 22 For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive.
58 Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. (1 Corinthians 15:16-22,58 NIV)

 

I want to focus on my task list for today, but I also want to keep my eye on the Big Picture of eternity. The things I do and the choices I make today have significance upon my eternal life. I want to focus on the things that Christ puts on my heart today. I want to honor Him writing listing contracts, showing houses, or my activities as a broker. I want to focus on Him first and then all the other activities and tasks will find their place.

Pressing On!
Dwayne

Hope

hope ave and change wayThis is a word that has incredibly deep meaning. I’ve been in a place of incredible hope and I know the opposite of hope, which is despair. Hope is anticipation, expectation & desire for something to happen. Hope often keeps me motivated and moving forward in the journey.  If I lost all hope, it would make it tough to keep being positive and moving forward. Paul writes to the church in Rome about this very subject. Check this out…

5 May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, 6 so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:5-6; 13 NIV) 

Hope changes perspective. Hope brings life with it. Hope pushes out despair and all sorts of fear and doubt. Hope gives me positive perspective and direction. My Hope rests in Christ as I face the every day and/or the mundane tasks of life. I have hope that this life is not all there it. I believe in eternal life with God in heaven. I have hope because I know Jesus, my hope is built on faith in Him.

Pressing On!
Dwayne

Hope For Everyone

Crowd of peopleThere are exclusive clubs that I can belong to that will keep certain people out of the club and certain people in the club. I was rejected from a forum for sign-making because I didn’t do the specific work that the forum represents in my everyday life.  Exclusion is pretty much part of our culture. There are times when it’s simply out of place and wrong. Discrimination becomes a hateful and very unhealthy type of exclusion.

The Jewish people were the first to have Jesus, because He was Jewish. The Lord makes it clear to Peter in a vision that he shouldn’t call anything or anyone that God made unclean. I thought it was a bit funny that the Lord gave Peter this vision 3 times! I think it was a matter of importance and the Lord wanted to make sure it was crystal clear. Peter goes to the home of Cornelius, the centurion and speaks to them about Jesus. Check this out…

 34 Then Peter began to speak: “I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism 35 but accepts from every nation the one who fears him and does what is right. 36 You know the message God sent to the people of Israel, announcing the good news of peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all. 37 You know what has happened throughout the province of Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John preached— 38 how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him.
39 “We are witnesses of everything he did in the country of the Jews and in Jerusalem. They killed him by hanging him on a cross, 40 but God raised him from the dead on the third day and caused him to be seen. 41 He was not seen by all the people, but by witnesses whom God had already chosen—by us who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. 42 He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one whom God appointed as judge of the living and the dead. 43 All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.” (Acts 10:34-43 NIV)

 

I love the scene and the setting and I love how Peter just gets right to the point of Who Jesus is and what He’s done here. He makes it clear that forgiveness is through the name of Jesus. He gives them the gospel flat out and then baptizes everyone there!

At the heart of the matter – Jesus came and brought hope to every man and every nation. It doesn’t matter what country people are from, or what language they speak – the gospel message is the same – Jesus came to save lost people even before they knew they were lost. This situation with Peter and Cornelius gives me such encouragement and hope. The message is clear – Jesus is the Way!

Pressing On!
Dwayne