Even in those moments of testing and trials there is still a hope that carries me through. When everything around me is against me, when I hear those words from the enemy, “Just give up” Theres always a push, there’s always a reminder of a “Cloud of witnesses” that are cheering us on to never give up, to run with endurance the race that is set before me. But without Hope — it wouldn’t be possible.
Romans 15:4 “For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.”
EVER SINCE THE FALL OF MAN, GOD PROMISED THAT A SAVIOR WOULD COME TO BE THE GAP BETWEEN MAN AND GOD, AND “For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” – 2 Cor. 5:21
Hope Was Prophesied
680 YEARS BEFORE CHRIST WAS BORN, ISAIAH HAD PROPHESIED OF THE COMING KING.
“THEREFORE THE LORD HIMSELF WILL GIVE YOU A SIGN: THE VIRGIN WILL CONCEIVE AND GIVE BIRTH TO A SON, AND WILL CALL HIM IMMANUEL.
Hope Was Coming!
ISAIAH 9:2, 6-7
The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shone. For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore.
IMMANUEL = GOD WITH US. WAS THE PROMISE OF HOPE TO COME AND THE PEACE FOREVERMORE.
THIS IS WHERE OUR HOPE IS FOUND, IS IN THE NAME ABOVE ALL NAMES, JESUS.
What ever promise that God has given you, remember the Hope that lies within Him, for without Him we have nothing and in Him we have our being.
When you value something, you protect it, you cherish it, and you guard it. Do you look at it this way about the anointing? What is the anointing? Why should I guard this anointing? And how to preserve what God has given us will be answered.
First off, the gifts that God has given to us is way different than the anointing.
The gifts of God are the tools in which God has given us to help further the kingdom. The anointing of God is the empowerment of these gifts, make sense?
There are gifted worship leaders and yet there are anointed musicians.
There are gifted pastors but yet there are anointed pastors.
What a gift does:
A gift can fill a room
A gift can entertain a crowd
A gift can stir people up
What a gift cannot do:
Set those who are captive free.
Break off the bondage of those who are in chains.
Isaiah 66:1 “The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor, he has sent me to bind up the broken hearted; To proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound.
What the anointing does:
The anointing does what it’s intended to do, to break the bondages off of the enemy grip. to free those who are walking in bondage.
2 Timothy 1:14 “By the Holy Spirit who dwells within us, guard the good deposit entrusted to you.”
When I was younger, I loved playing hide-n-seek. I don’t mean to brag but I was a great hider. Whenever me and my sister would travel to my grandmothers house for the weekend, my grandmother would always make sure to sneak in a game of hide-n-seek. I was the best at it because I had a sweet spot that no one could find me in.
Years later and I’m grown up and not much has changed. I’m still great at hiding. I’m just not as great as finding my sweet spot. There isn’t one human on this earth that doesn’t know how to hide. We just often fail to hide in the right place.
Where we choose to hide will either lead us to a place of Victory (Jesus) or a place of Defeat.
The Psalmist, David, made huge mistakes. More than once he failed God. He could have hidden behind all of his mess, but he knew where to refuge. He hid himself in the Lord, he hid himself in Calvary’s Shadow.
“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”
History tells us of men who almost made it. “If I were to ask you what Charles Pinckney, Horatio Seymour, Alton Parker and James Cox have in common?” Most people would not know who these men were. These men ran for the United States presidency. Obviously these who did not win, but almost won.
History does not reward the man who almost succeeds, only the one who does succeed. Gods Word also tells about men who almost made it but failed.
For example, the rich young ruler, or King Agrippa, who admitted they were “almost persuaded.” These men apparently died near the door but not inside it. Our World is full of religious men who are so close yet so far.
In my high school days, how long ago those days were. I was not committed at all. My favorite day of school was the last day. I was late to school, and I never paid much attention. I just didn’t have the desire to put forth the effort.
If I was to live a Christian life like my high school days, I would never make it.
The key to living a committed lifestyle for Him is yielding/surrendering our lives to the ministry of the Holy Spirit.
Proverbs 16:3 “Commit your works to the Lord, and your thoughts will be established.”
This verse tells me that plans are not made on our own THEN committed to the Lord.
Three words that sums this up Commitment involves work
23 He took them and sent them across the stream, and everything else that he had.24 And Jacob was left alone. And a man wrestled with him until the breaking of the day.
Jacob was left alone and a man wrestled with him until daybreak. It seems as if the man waited until Jacob was alone, until he was separated from folk who knew him, until he was secluded from things that might have been his source of comfort or strength, until he was at his most vulnerable.
The man waited until Jacob was alone and then came to wrestle with him. The moments before the big moment that come to change our entire form happens; a breaking and shifting of ages, a transition. The ground begins to shake.
This is what happens when we are in complete solitude with the father. Our culture trains us for motion and multitasking – not for slowing and simplifying. We know solitude means confrontation. You see, solitude removes distractions and leaves us, for a few minutes, alone with God. He might ask us to stop doing something or start something we don’t want to. But if we avoid his confrontation, we’ll miss His companionship, counsel, comfort, restoration and so much more. Let’s take some time alone with God.
The Resurrection of Christ brings hope. The late Emil Brunner once said, “What oxygen is for the lungs, such is hope for the meaning of human life.”
As the human organism is dependent on a supply of oxygen, so humanity is dependent on its supply of hope. Yet today hopelessness and despair are everywhere. Peter, who himself was given to despair during the episode of Calvary, writes in a triumphant note, “Blessed be the God and who according to His abundant mercy hath begotten us again into a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus from the dead.”
There is hope that mistakes and sins can be forgiven. There is hope that we can have joy, peace, assurance and security in the midst of the despair of this age. There is hope that Christ is coming soon-this is what is called in scripture “The blessed hope”
Our hope is not in our own ability or in our goodness or physical strength. Our hope is instilled in us by the resurrection of Christ!
letting go sometimes is a hard thing to do, especially when you’re young and you have so many dreams, ambitions and desires that you want to go after. But have you left God out of the equation? Are you going after His will or your way?
When the Lord asks us to do something it can be overwhelming, believe me when the Lord called me to preach, I felt like Moses who didn’t have it all together, the right skills, etc. Those are the people that He wants to use, those who know nothing.
Exodus 3:11 “But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to pharaoh, and that I should bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?”
Q: Who am I? Who are you?
A: You are a blood bought child of God, redeemed and loved who has been qualified to do the task at hand, nothing shall stop you! You can do anything and everything through Christ!
Exodus 4:10 “Then Moses said to the Lord, O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither before nor since You have spoken to Your servant; but I am slow of speech and slow of tongue.”
Excuses, excuses. Our disabilities has no excuse for His ability to use us, no matter what it is. If He has called you, He will equip you!