Friday, January 18, 2013

Hope or Give Up?

I'm ready to "throw in the towel!"  Have you ever been there or are you there right now?

There are several situations where I have told the Lord, "I have almost no hope that these situations will every change or work out, but I know with You there is always hope."

Scripture memorization has been very important to me for a number of years.  (I have encouraged [pushed] my Sunday School class to participate and many have done really well!)  I chose my first memory verse for 2013 several weeks ago and wrote it in my new spiral as soon as I received it from Living Proof Siesta Scripture Memorization (Beth Moore) so I would be ready when the new year began.

I woke up really early on December 27, 2012 and decided to begin work on my first verse - not 2013 yet, I know - but I do tend to be a little over zealous at times.  This is the verse:  "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 15:13 NIV)

I know I said "I" chose the verse, but it is obvious to me that it was not really my choice.  God knew what I was going to need in January, 2013.  He knew I was about ready to "throw in the towel."

Am I going to "Give Up" on several situations or am I going to "Hope?"  By the power of the Holy Spirit, I can not only hope, but I can "overflow with hope."  Don't give up!  We can overflow with hope when we trust and allow the Holy Spirit's power to work in and through us.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

"If My People . . . . . ." 2 Chronicles 7:14

In these early days of a new year, I have been reflecting on the state of our country. Are you concerned? When tragic things happen like the shooting of innocent children and their teachers, we wonder how much worse can it get?

 We often blame many of our problems on politicians and leaders of our country and I will just say, they are only a part of the problem. Our main problem: We Christians aren't living like Christians. The familiar verse in 2 Chronicles 7:14 talks about God's people - not politicians or leaders.

 "If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land."
 2 Chronicles 7:14 NIV

 If we want our country to turn around, Christians must start acting like Christians, living like Christians, spending time in prayer and in His Word. We need to know God's Word so we know who He is and know His expectations. We need to put Him first in our lives - make Him the central focus - live to please Him. 

Christians, we have had another wake-up call. It is time to humble ourselves, pray, seek His face, turn from our wicked ways. God promises if we do, He will heal our land and God always keeps His promises!