Living in the Light…HOPE IN THE LORD!

John 8:12 NIV

12 When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

Isaiah 40:28-31New International Version (NIV)

28 Do you not know?   Have you not heard?                                                                                                 The Lord is the everlasting God,   the Creator of the ends of the earth.                                               He will not grow tired or weary,                                                                                                                  and his understanding no one can fathom.                                                                                                 He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.                                                            Even youths grow tired and weary,   and young men stumble and fall;                                               but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles;   they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

How do I “hope in the Lord?” As I pray today, I know that putting my “hope in the Lord” is a daily process. Years ago, when I was trying to form some healthy, new “habits”, a motivational book that I read challenged me to “do it daily.” Those words resound in my heart today as I write this blog entry. When I get tired, and we all do, I have to choose again and again and again to put my “hope in the Lord.” I have to do this daily and sometimes even more than once every day.

I like what Jack Wellman says about hope in his article, Hope in God is Hopeless Times:

“Humans have definitions of hope that are different from God’s.   We might hope our team wins the Super Bowl, or we might hope we don’t lose our jobs or our house. But the biblical definition of hope is not a hope-so but a know-so. Our hope in God is surer than the sun rising in the morning. “

Read more: http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/hope-in-god-in-hopeless-times/#ixzz3TREbtLuM

Today, I put my “hope in the Lord!” I pray that you do, too!

Thought you’d enjoy this song: Hope in Front of Me                                                                       https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9KIhYZQ_ovw

Blessings, Gina

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Living in the Light…Is Your Heart Set on Pilgrimage?

John 8:12 NIV

12 When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

Psalm 84:5 New International Version (NIV)                                                                                 “Blessed are those whose strength is in you, whose hearts are set on pilgrimage.”

I read Psalm 84:5 this week and at first I didn’t get it. But I feel like the light is dawning now! For the last few weeks, or I guess actually months, whenever I get discouraged and I turn to the Lord for guidance, I hear Him say just one thing: “Keep on going, Gina! Don’t give up!”

I love the definition that the Merriam-Webster dictionary gives for “pilgrimage”:

a journey to a holy place

When you and I realized that Jesus Christ is “the Way”, we began a pilgrimage or a journey to a holy place. Sometimes the journey has been joy-filled and we have skipped along the path. Sometimes the journey has been faith-filled because we haven’t felt much joy. At those times we may have crawled along the path. The important thing is to remember what the Lord is saying: “Keep on going…don’t give up!” No matter where you are today, set your heart on “pilgrimage”! Keep pressing on in this holy journey!

Lord, help us to keep pressing forward with You!

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Living in the Light…God of the “Steady”

John 8:12 NIV

12 When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

Genesis 49: 24,25

“But his bow remained steady…because of the Almighty…”

Psalm 57:7 “My heart is steadfast, O God…”

steady: firmly fixed, supported, or balanced; not shaking or moving.

steadfast: resolutely or dutifully firm and unwavering.

Lord, today I realize  that I can remain “steady” because You are “steady.” The disciples became un-”steady” when they looked at the waves. (their circumstances) But even then,YOU, THE STEADY ONE, brought them back to “steady” when You said, “Peace, BE STILL!” to their storm. You can do that everyday for me.

Lord, teach me to keep my eyes upon you and to “stay in the steady!” AMEN

From “Praying the Names of God” (a great book!) by Ann Spangler:

“Remember the next time you’re tempted to doubt God’s promises. Nothing can prevent…our Almighty God, from carrying out his plans and pouring out his blessings on those who belong to him. Pain there will be, confusion, struggle, and difficulty, but God can use even these to bless us as long as we trust him.”

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Living in the Light…Give a “Shout Out” to God!

John 8:12 NIV

12 When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

Psalm 89:15   “Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you, who walk in the light of your presence, O Lord.”

acclaim:  to praise enthusiastically and publicly

When was the last time you gave a real “shout out” for the greatness of our God?  As I was praying today, I was impressed with this thought:  “It is time to give a ‘shout out’ to God instead of agreeing with and giving a ‘shout out’ for the enemy.  Every time we rehearse all that the enemy is doing, we are giving him a ‘shout out.’  It is time for us to walk in the victory that was purchased for us at the Cross.

HALLELUJAH…JESUS IS LORD!

Prayer:  Lord, we acclaim You and Your works before men.  We give You a  ‘shout out” for GREAT THINGS YOU HAVE DONE!

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Living in the Light…Going to the High Places

John 8:12 NIV

12 When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

Habakkuk 3:19

“The Sovereign Lord is my Strength;  He makes my feet like the feet of a deer, He enables me to go on the heights.”

As I contemplate “more of Jesus” during this Lent season,  I have to repent of times when my confession is “I am my strength.”  Well, you know that I don’t really come right out and say that, but somewhere in the back of my mind, I convince myself that I can figure things out this time without God.  I love this scripture from Habakkuk…”The Lord is my Strength….”  I want this to become my confession always.  I long to go to the high places and I realize that the “old woman” is not wired to do that.  Just not equipped, no climbing boots, NOPE…nothing in myself that can get me there!  Phew!  That’s a relief!   In order to get there, I have to continually declare that the “old woman” has been crucified with Christ…old things, habits, human strengths…all gone! As I’m going to the high places, the “new woman” that I am in Christ is  learning  each day to declare.  ”  THE SOVEREIGN LORD IS MY STRENGTH!

Just one more step in my 2015 journey of Living in the Light!

Prayer:  Lord…I want more ….I want to go to the high places with You.  No turning back now…NOPE…I’ve got on my Holy Spirit “climbing boots” and I’m shouting from the mountaintops:  “THE SOVEREIGN IS MY STRENGTH!”

HALLELUJAH!

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Living in the Light…Jesus is my Cheerleader

When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
John 8:12 NIV

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 
Hebrews 12:21

His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant!

 21 Matthew 25:21New International Version (NIV) 

Since the beginning of this year, the Lord has been challenging me everyday to be “living in the Light.”  When you do that, the light will expose anything that is in the darkness.  This week the Lord revealed a “chink” in my armor where I still care more about the approval of man rather than the approval of God.

Today, He is showing me that in heaven there is a “cloud of witnesses” who are “cheering” me on to finish my race here well.  They have all arrived!  As much as I appreciate the cheering on by others on both “sides” of heaven, my heart yearns to hear the voice of only ONE…Oh, Lord Jesus…How I long to hear You say to me someday, “Well done!”

And with that being said, after a lot of prayer and few tears today,  I have again, “Decided to Follow Jesus.”

One of my favorite “spiritual fathers”, Oswald Chambers, says:
“Our position is not ours until we make it ours by suffering.”

I know that suffering is the path to the deeper things and I am praising God even in the midst of tears.

Lord, help us to look to You, the Author and Finisher of our Faith and to seek to please You and not men.  Amen and Amen

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Do you “have” the Light?

John 8:12 NIV

12 When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

2 Corinthians 1:12b

“…we have conducted ourselves in the world…in the holiness and sincerity that are from God. We have not done so according to worldly wisdom, but according to God’s grace.”

Are you walking in the “light of life” today? As I have been meditating on John 8:12 for the past few weeks, my constant prayer is , “Lord, teach me how to be living in the light!” But as I look at this verse again, I’m getting a revelation. He doesn’t want me to just be “living in the LIGHT” (like a plant soaking up the sun) but He wants me to HAVE the Light.   He wants me to possess the LIGHT of His presence and His power.   In 2 Corinthians 1:12 b (above) Paul shows us that it is possible to live in the world and to maintain holiness and sincerity. But he reminds us also that we cannot do this with the wisdom of the world but that a life that possesses the LIGHT is a life that is completely the Lord’s life.

As I write this, I have a picture in my mind of a dark cloth with a few holes in it that allow the light to shine through. But much of the light is blocked. Could this picture represent sinful attitudes that block the LIGHT of Christ from flowing through me and into the world? Lord, I want every hindrance removed!

Praying for His Kingdom to Come… O Lord, help us to realize that the LIGHT of Christ is on the inside of us. Help us to really take possession of the LIGHT and to allow it to flow out into the world around us as we live our lives in holiness and sincerity.

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