What Kind Of Hope

While looking for something to meditate on this morning, I found some of these scriptures in Bagsters Devotional Sept 7. I asked myself “What kinda hope do I have”? Do I have a lively hope of being with Him in eternity. Or am I just miserable while carrying my cross and going through the fire,not remembering what Christ went through and how His resurrection sealed my hope and place me on a path towards Him. Each of us should know by His word that we are appointed to these things by God and should be praising Him and giving Him glory for the grace and mercy He has provided.  

Again as I ask myself, I also ask each of you that say you believe to understand that the devil also believes and trembles (James 2:19).  I turn to the old faithful verse that so many are using out of context (Jn 3:16). Read on down through to Jn 3:20-21 and you’ll see that if one truly believes in Jesus Christ as their Saviour, they will have a lively hope and forge forward toward that light with is God.  

They will desire to meditate on His word to learn those truths (jn 3:21) that please this mighty King of kings and Lord of lords.  Folks, this doesn’t mean just your Church responsibilities, no it means personal time each day you set aside to truly speak with God and study His word that these things might become manifested (visible & clear) in your lives.  Take a look at these verses and meditate on them “John 3:20-21 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. 21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.” 

The word truth in Jn 3:21 is defined in Strong’s as “the truth as taught in the Christian religion, respecting God and the execution of his purposes through Christ, and respecting the duties of man, opposing alike to the superstitions of the Gentiles and the inventions of the Jews, and the corrupt opinions and precepts of false teachers even among Christians”.

So how can we know if that which one tells us or preaches to us is the truth, if we are not walking toward the light and are being made manifested in that light through the study of His word? The word light in Strong’s says “God is light because light has the extremely delicate, subtle, pure, brilliant quality of truth and its knowledge, together with the spiritual purity associated with it”. So take time to meditate in His word and then follow up with prayer.  Martin Luther gave a good friend of his a model in his letter “A Simple Way to Pray”. Luther directed in this letter that we should warm the heart up through meditation in the word before we pray. 

I hope as I review my life to see if my hope of being made manifested in Him, that each of you will do the same, because we aren’t all going to heaven as the song many sing “When We All Get To Heaven”. So my readers, remember John 3:16 isn’t a blank check that you cash in at the Gates of Glory, man has responsibilities to walk toward God/Christ (the Light of the world) and endure until the end(John 6:27) and being saved daily if we are truly His child until we enter into His Kingdom. 

Next I will be studying up on why one just has Hope and is not always fully assured without a doubt.  I became more enlightened on this subject this morning while discussing it with my pastor and friend Brother Barrett Holloway. 

In Faith and Hope I write,

Larry Hatcher

hatcher@upwardway.com

www.upwardway.com

Scripture

 2 Peter 1:10

Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:  

John 6:27

Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed. 

1 Peter 1:3-5

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, 5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 

Rom. 12:12

Rejoicing in hope. 

Col. 1:5

The hope which is laid up for you in heaven. 

I Cor. 15:19

If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable. 

Acts 14:22

We must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God. 

Luke 14:27

Whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple. 

I Thess. 3:3

No man should be moved by these afflictions: for yourselves know that we are appointed thereunto. 

Phil. 4:4

Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice. 

Rom. 15:13

The God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost. 

I Pet. 1:3

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. 

I Pet. 1:8

Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory. 

Rom. 5:2

By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

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Our Servant Jesus Christ

Mark 10:45 For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.

While reading my morning devotional, I ran across this verse and I found the word minister to be defined in the Greek as servant. I thought to myself what a burden Jesus must have carried His 33 years here on this earth. I feel in times of distress such as I am in now, that it is to much for me to continue on, and then my thoughts race through my head at all the things Jesus Christ our GOD in the flesh endured throughout His life here on this earth for such a sinner as I am. All I can do is tuck my head in sorrow and put on my armour and continue the fight while seeking His help.

He came to serve His children including me and He continues to minister (serve) me because He chose me and He loves me and He says He will never leave me He is my helper in times of need and in times I’ll never know about. Heb 13:5 …and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

He also sent me a Comforter that I must learn to trust in my times of need.

Jn 16:7-11 Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. 8 And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: 9 Of sin, because they believe not on me; 10 Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more; 11 Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.

Please pray for this needy creation.

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Salvation; Past, Present and Future

2 Timothy 3:14-17
2019-02-12
by Larry Hatcher

WARNING, DON’T BE DECEIVED

Many times I have written about salvation not being a single event in one’s life. A walk down the aisle where one might acknowledge to the preacher or councilors question “Do you believe in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour” with “yes, I believe in Jesus Christ as my Lord and Saviour” doesn’t necessarily mean they are one of God’s children saved by the blood of Christ. One needs not to be persuaded to be a Christian, one only needs to recognize they are a lost sinner in great need of a Saviour.

One can be a moral upstanding member of the church, who is faithful in attending God’s house and go to hell. I guess I stress this so much because I once walked down the aisle and said these very words that “I believe in Jesus Christ” and was baptized and joined the church and faithfully attended the house of worship. I even studied the word of God most every day.

It would be many years after my so called conversion before God began dealing with my heart concerning my condition. You see, I faithfully sat under the true gospel for several decades without ears to hear (Mat 13:8-9) of which I gained much head knowledge with no inward lasting signs of being sanctified or holy (1 Cor 1:30).

After many discussions of my back surgeries and living in much pain with thoughts of not wanting to live another day, God sent a friend my way to ask me “have you examined yourself, are you saved?”. It was with these words that I began seeking my God and Father crying out begging Him with the words “Lord if I’m not yours, make me yours”.

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Seek Him Often ==> Daily

For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome. 12 Then you will call upon Me, and you will come and pray to Me, and I will hear and heed you. 13 Then you will seek Me, inquire for, and require Me [as a vital necessity] and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart. 14 I will be found by you, says the Lord….
Jer 29:11-14 AMP

– Call upon Him today and every day dear ones.
– Pray unto Him today and every day dear ones.
– Listen for Him today and every day dear ones.
– Seek Him today and every day dear ones.
– Search for Him with all your heart today dear ones.
– Then and only then will you find Him each and every day.
– Hold on to Him now, let not the worldly cares separate you from Him presence.

Amen and may God bless His children

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Coming to Christ by Thomas Willcox (1621-1687)

“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28).

To believing, there must be a clear conviction of sin, and the merits of the blood of Christ, and of Christ’s willingness to save upon this consideration, merely, that you are a sinner.

When we come to God, we must bring nothing but Christ with us. Any ingredients, or any previous qualifications of our own, will poison and corrupt faith.

Believing is the most wonderful thing in the world. Put any thing of your own to it, and you spoil it. Christ will not so much as look at it for believing. When you believe and come to Christ, you must leave behind your own righteousness, and bring nothing but your sin: (Oh, that is hard!) leave behind all your holiness, sanctification, duties, or else Christ is not fit for you , nor you for Christ. Christ will be a pure Redeemer and Mediator, and you must be an undone sinner, or Christ and you will never agree.  Continue reading

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