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Biblical hope: the confident expectation of what God has promised and its strength is in His faithfulness.

Peter 1:3-9 ESV
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.


Peace:  A state of tranquility or quiet inwardly or outwardly with others (as in absence of war).

2 Thessalonians 3:16 ESV
Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in every way. The Lord be with you all.

John 16:33 ESV
I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.

Anger: Also known as rage, is an intense emotional state involving a strong uncomfortable and hostile response to a perceived provocation, hurt or threat.

James 1:19-20 ESV
Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.

Proverbs 29:11 ESV
A fool gives full vent to his spirit, but a wise man quietly holds it back.

Work: Exertion or effort directed to produce or accomplish something; labor; toil.

Colossians 3:23-24 ESV
Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.

Luke 10:2 ESV
And he said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his 
 
As followers of Christ we have hope, in an eternity in the presence of our Mighty God. That hope is grounded in God's promises and the gift of life our Loving Father gave us through His Son.  Even in the midst of chaos, we can quieten our hearts with knowledge of our inheritance through Jesus Christ. We have work do do and our world needs to hear our voice. The harvest is great. Do we allow Satan to sow anger
 in our hearts,  or do we roll up our sleeves and bring in the harvest.  We indeed have a choice. How will you be defined?

Be Still

"And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed." Mark 1:35
 
"And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone." Matthew 14:23 This was after he had heard about John, his cousin,  being beheaded and feeding the 5,000.

Jesus took time to go to His Father.  The Son of God sought out time to be alone in prayer and meditation.
I cannot stress enough  the importance of being still in God's presence. It is healing to the weary soul. It is comforting and peace-giving.

How often we scurry through endless chores for days without stopping to seek out our Creator.
Our world is chaotic and full of discouragement, but time with our Heavenly Father brings order to chaos. How silly we think we are when we try to control our days without God.  Jesus sought solace with His Father. We can too. Rest in His care and you will certainly be renewed.
 
 I Am Thine O Lord

"I am Thine, O Lord, I have heard Thy voice,
  And it told Thy love to me;
But I long to rise in the arms of faith,
  And be closer drawn to Thee. Draw me nearer, nearer, blessed Lord,
  To the cross where Thou hast died;
Draw me nearer, nearer, nearer, blessed Lord,
    To Thy precious, bleeding side.

Consecrate me now to Thy service, Lord,
  By the pow’r of grace divine;
Let my soul look up with a steadfast hope,
  And my will be lost in Thine.


O the pure delight of a single hour
  That before Thy throne I spend,
When I kneel in prayer, and with Thee, my God,
  I commune as friend with friend!


There are depths of love that I yet may know
  Ere Thee face to face I see;
There are heights of joy that I yet may reach
  Ere I rest in peace with Thee."

An Eternal Relationship

 

1 John 2:2

He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.

1 John 4:10

 In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.


In these two verses,  Jesus is referred to as the "propitiation for our sins." The Greek word,  hilasmos, is used here and means that God the Son becomes a substitute sacrifice for our sin. He  takes on our guilt, and  on the cross, he suffers our punishment  in our place.  This was done as a result of God's  perfect love for us, absolutely nothing done on our part. Simply put, the Triune God, the Son,  dies in our place as an atonement for our sin. In this act, we are justified before God Almighty and relationship with  Almighty God is the result.

John  explains  to us the process by which we are given eternal life and have relationship with our Creator.  Our part requires that we be  a living vessel for our Lord and Savior. We surrender our lives over to Christ. We are a new person in Christ.  We live in relationship with our Heavenly Father that will last an eternity!

 

 

 

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