1 Peter 3:15
But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the HOPE that is in you with meekness and fear:
How can we have hope. I know more days than not it is tough to find it and hang onto it throughout the day. Holding onto it simply for your own sanity without trying to put a smile on your face and convincing others you have hope! Right? Can anyone relate to what I am saying?
Well, first off we have NO HOPE if we are looking to this messed up world to provide it for us. This place gets more hopeless by the day! We first must know God! We must know His word and seek Him daily.
Let’s see what the infallible word of God has to say regarding hope.
1 Thessalonians 2:19
For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming?
I find it interesting that in the verse just before 19, the end of verse 18 it says….
But Satan hindered us.
Paul is telling his brothers and sisters that he would have come to them to continue to encourage them and help them but he has been hindered by Satan and that this was temporary and he cannot be with them in presence but HE IS WITH THEM IN HEART.
THEN, he asks for what is our HOPE, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? THEN he asks, are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at His coming?
I glean from this that our HOPE is not in our ever changing circumstances of our lives where we may find ourselves or those we love being hindered by Satan for a brief time. NO, NO, our HOPE is in KNOWING we will be in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at His coming.
Do you believe He is coming? If you do then that is certainly our hope. If you don’t believe it then you need to begin by asking the Lord to help you in your unbelief. Ask Jesus Christ to show you, to teach you, to reveal Himself to you as only He can.
Let’s see what else the word of God has to say.
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have NO HOPE.
For IF we BELIEVE that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.
For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
Wherefore COMFORT one another with these words.
YES…YES, brothers and sisters! Now that is the HOPE I am talking about! We cannot expect to have hope in the things we see around us in this world, but if we keep our minds on the things above we can have hope knowing the Lord God WILL do what He has said He would do!
1 Thessalonians 5:8-11
But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the HOPE of SALVATION.
For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to OBTAIN SALVATION by our Lord Jesus Christ,
Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.
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ENDING WITH THESE WORDS.
If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.
Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.
For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.
When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.
Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.
And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
David Wilkerson | Soldiers for Christ
This is a movie in HD on you tube ‘The two preachers ‘. They have a total of 4 at the moment.
Do you hate wondering about some of the movies Hollywood puts out these days that totally distorts the word of the Lord? Deceiving many who do not know better because they don’t read the word for themselves? This movie is word for word from the book of Acts. They did use the NIV though, but from what I watched I think it is a good movie taken from the word and not out of context.
Islam? I ask where is the peace loving in Islam when they can take an innocent 8 year old girl and beat her and strip her naked and leave her on the side of the street? How can anyone call that peaceful?
This morning this 8 year old girl was listed in our bullitan under prayer requests. It didn’t go into great detail so I looked it up to get more information and below is the article I found. Please pray.
A Muslim family in Pakistan beat an eight-year-old Christian girl and left her naked on the street in order to punish her uncle for courting a Muslim girl, according to reports.
The Muslim family allegedly abducted the Christian girl, named Parwasha, on her way home from school, before beating her and stripping her naked, leaving her clothes in the garbage.
Parwasha’s uncle, Iftikhar Masih, had been dating a Muslim girl named Samina, which infuriated the girl’s family. They decided to take revenge by dishonoring his niece as they felt Samina had been dishonored by Masih.
After being released, the girl ran home to her family, who appealed to the village elders for help. Not receiving any, the family then went to the local police station, but were told that the Muslim family had already filed a complaint against the Christian family for shaming Masih’s Muslim girlfriend, Samina. The police then arrested several members of the Christian family.
In its 2015 report, the U.S. Commission for International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) presenting a damning picture of religious liberty in Pakistan, noting that “the Pakistani government engaged in and tolerated systematic, ongoing, and egregious violations of freedom of religion or belief.”
The report stated that Pakistan’s legal environment is “particularly repressive due to its religiously discriminatory constitutional provisions and legislation” and that the government “failed to protect citizens, minority and majority alike, from sectarian and religiously-motivated violence.”
Pakistan’s Organization for Legal Aid is preparing to file charges of assault for the aggression suffered by the girl, though the outcome is anything but certain.
“Sadly these cases go to Shariah Courts where Christian lawyers are not allowed to defend victims and Muslim lawyers notoriously provide shallow prosecution services,” said Wilson Chowdhry, Chair of the British Pakistani Christian association (BPCA), in reference to a recent similar case.
In this 95% Muslim country, “Pakistani authorities have not consistently brought perpetrators to justice or taken action against societal actors who incite violence,” the USCIRF 2015 report found.
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It is easy to pray for our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ when we see them being greatly persecuted. What about those doing the persecution?
Read this and then you decide what and how to pray.
He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?” “Who are you, Lord?” Saul asked.“ I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,” he replied. “Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.” The men traveling with Saul stood there speechless; they heard the sound but did not see anyone. Saul got up from the ground, but when he opened his eyes he could see nothing. So they led him by the hand into Damascus. For three days he was blind, and did not eat or drink anything.
Saul, on his way to Damascus to persecute the church, is confronted by Jesus Christ. Saul’s response is to fall on his knees in utter helplessness before Him. Jesus charges Saul to enter the city of Damascus where someone will tell him what to do. Saul is blind, begins a three day fast, and now depends on his companions to make it anywhere. Saul’s encounter with Jesus changed his life and shook everything he believed. You cannot truly encounter Jesus and be left the same. Saul did nothing to be worthy of salvation in Christ Jesus. He persecuted the church to the point of murder and was throwing people in jail because of their faith. If you knew Jesus, you were Saul’s enemy: until this day on the Damascus Road. From this point on, people would see a new man who has been born again in Christ Jesus. Jesus transforms your life.
Verse/Commentary courtesy of ‘Verse-A-Day’ android app.
18 Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
19 Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.
20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.
Thank you dear Jesus….