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Speaking a Message of Hope and Truth

Advent, HopeMarci AnthonyComment
#advent #sowandgather Romans 15:13 May The God Of Hope Fill You With All Joy and Peace As You Trust In Him

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)  

Today more than ever Christians need to speak out about hope and truth.  It is not enough just to speak about hope.  Hope without Christ is the false and empty hope the world offers us everyday. The same can be said of just speaking truth. It can be hard to hear the truth. Sometimes hearing the truth spoken without hope and the grace of Christ can make you feel helpless.  Hope and truth MUST be spoken together with the love of Christ. 

The standard for truth is the Word of God. Satan wants you to believe that popular opinions or even whatever you think is best is the standard for truth. Satan is so good at twisting the truth and turning it into a lie.  We’ve seen it happen; don’t let it happen to you!  Stay alert and intentional!  It says in 1 Peter 5:8, “Stay alert!  Watch out for your great enemy, the devil.  He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.” 

The world will tell us the lie that we can do anything we put our minds to accomplish.  Then,  when we are unable to accomplish what we set out to do, we feel like failures.  The truth is that "we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us"  Philippians 4:13.  When I am at my weakest, that is when Christ is able to accomplish the impossible, that is when my hope is firmly fixed on Jesus, and He gives me His strength.  That is what Paul meant in 2 Corinthians 12:9 "...My grace is all you need.  My power works best in weakness..." (NLT) 

God has warned us and has given us what we need – but YOU have to be intentional!  

Today, it is not enough to give hope and point others to Jesus.  We must also speak the truth; we cannot stay silent any longer!  “How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed?  And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard?" (Rom. 10:14)  We must speak the truth so that others can turn to Jesus, the only true Hope!  We need to start loving others enough to tell them the truth.  It is not our responsibility to make others believe the truth (that is the Holy Spirit’s job) but it is our responsibility to tell others the truth.    

What are our excuses today for not speaking hope and truth?  Fear of not being liked?  We don’t know the Bible?  Being politically correct?  Will God not hold us accountable?  Spend time with God today in His Word and in prayer, and ask Him how you can give hope and truth to people He puts in your path.    

Today, “at just such a time as this”, we need to be women who speak the truth, in love and without apology, and point others to the only true hope there is – Jesus! 

Dig Deeper |

Hebrews 11:1; Jeremiah 29:11; Psalm 42:11 

Action Item |

Write a note or email of hope to a friend today.

Prayer |

Lord, help me to be Your hands and feet and point others to the only true hope there is, Jesus!

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Finding Hope During Advent

Advent, HopeMarci AnthonyComment
Finding Hope During Advent But as for me, I watch in hope for the Lord, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me. Micah 7:7 #sowandgather #advent

But as for me, I watch in hope for the Lord, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me.  Micah 7:7 NIV

What is the difference between hoping, wishing, and wanting? I think I use these words interchangeably when I talk, somehow thinking they all mean the same thing. However, they are very different in meaning. I looked up the words on Dictionary.com and this is what it said: 

  • HOPE – A person or thing in which expectations are centered. Belief, confidence, dependence, expectancy, faith, and security were all synonyms of the word hope. 
  • WISH – To want; desire; long for. A few of the synonyms were, longing, request, thirst, and whim. 
  • WANT – Deficient in some part, thing, or respect. The synonyms were, absent, bankrupt, bereft, and devoid. 

When I looked at the definitions, I noticed that of the three words only hope was dependent on someone else, not me. I like that. My hope isn’t based on anything I can do. It is totally and completely based in someone else – Jesus, and what He already did! 

Before I knew Jesus as my Savior, I knew I wanted something more in my life, that something was missing. I just didn’t know what that void was, much less how to fill it. So I tried filling that void with other things.The more I tried to fill the void, the bigger it felt. Solomon, who was the wisest man that ever lived, said, “…Vanity of vanities, all is vanity.”  Ecclesiastes 1:2 This was true for me. On the outside my life seemed very full, but in my soul and spirit I was empty. I didn’t need something, I needed someone! 

During the time that I was searching for something more, I noticed a friend of mine that seemed so “satisfied” and I longed for that in my life. It wasn’t that she had everything all together. She didn’t. But she had a peace and a joy that didn’t depend on her circumstances.  That is what I was missing and I didn’t know what I could do to get it.   

Have you ever felt that way? Longing for something more, wanting peace in your life? Trying to fill that void with everything imaginable? Is that where you are?  Guess what?  You can have that today!!  Right now, at this very moment! The really great news is that you don’t have to do ANYTHING. It has already been done! I know you’ve heard about it and probably even celebrate His life.

Luke 2:11 tells us, “For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”  We celebrate His birth every year on December 25th!  All you have to do is believe! Believe that Jesus is who He says He is. “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”  Romans 10:9

Dig Deeper |

Lamentations 3:24, Psalm 25:5Romans 5:5                                            

Action Item |

During this first week of Advent take time to bring Hope to others. Consider donating food to a local charity or sponsoring a child from an Angel Tree.

Prayer |

Lord Jesus, thank you that you died so that everyone who believes will be saved.  Amen.

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