Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Hope In Christ

The hope I expressed for 2014 has not been strongly fulfilled yet, ( see my blog of January 1st) and I find my friends with all their various problems have found the same thing.

But there is also room for hope - hope for grace here and for immortal life.

Let us hold fast our confidence to the very end for he is faithful that has promised.

(Hebrews 10:23)

8 comments:

  1. Douglas


    Good to see you posting again, albeit with brevity and in weakness.


    At our Bible Study yesterday -- a group whose age range is 78-83 -- we read Philippians 3 : "I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: forgetting what is behind and straining towards what is ahead, I press on towards the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenwards in Christ Jesus."


    You do not have to have the strength to press on ('pursue') with great force - just in the right direction, looking to Him who has called you.


    Brian

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  2. Yes, it has been a difficult few months to hold fast our confidence; but thank you for the reminder that we have so much room for hope. Underneath us are the everlasting arms, He is faithful; and He will accomplish that which concerns me, and you, and all his other blood bought children. So thankful to hear something from you.
    Deborah

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  3. Just happened to read this today in Streams in the Desert

    "All thy waves and thy billows are gone over me" (Ps. 42:7).



    They are HIS billows, whether they go o'er us,

    Hiding His face in smothering spray and foam;

    Or smooth and sparkling, spread a path before us,

    And to our haven bear us safely home.



    They are HIS billows, whether for our succor

    He walks across them, stilling all our fear;

    Or to our cry there comes no aid nor answer,

    And in the lonely silence none is near.



    They are HIS billows, whether we are toiling

    Through tempest-driven waves that never cease,

    While deep to deep with clamor loud is calling;

    Or at His word they hush themselves in peace.



    They are HIS billows, whether He divides them,

    Making us walk dryshod where seas had flowed;

    Or lets tumultuous breakers surge about us,

    Rushing unchecked across our only road.



    They are HIS billows, and He brings us through them;

    So He has promised, so His love will do.

    Keeping and leading, guiding and upholding,

    To His sure harbor, He will bring us through.

    --Annie Johnson Flint

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  4. Thank you Brian and Deborah. It is a huge encouragement to hear from you.

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  5. Jonathan Watson1 March 2014 16:36

    Dear Douglas, I just wanted to remind you of certain things you know so well. These are the great anchor truths that keep our souls sure and steadfast. In these truths about Jesus our Saviour there is hope and rejoicing.

    We are saved from start to finish by grace: when we were 'without strength', 'ungodly', 'still sinners', and 'enemies', Christ died for us, justified, reconciled, and saved us (Rom. 5:6-11). 'For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, shall we be saved by his life.'

    God commends his love;
    Greater could not be;
    While I was a sinner
    Jesus died for me.

    Justified by grace
    I have peace with God;
    In my heart the Spirit
    Sheds his love abroad.

    Thus, where sin abounded,
    Grace did more abound;
    And where death was reigning,
    Life in Christ I found.

    We have seen that grace of God superabound in your life, dear brother, and for this we give God thanks and the glory! God bless you and keep you, Douglas.

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  6. Dear Brother, thank you very much for your helpful remarks. May the Lord bless you.

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  7. Douglas, praying you and your loved ones are being sustained. We're having a March blizzard; but the sun will come out tomorrow.
    Deborah

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  8. Bless you, my brother, Douglas. Can I share a short reading with you? My own recovery from The Stroke continues, but I live life one day at a time, not knowing how far I will rise up, if I have a job I can return to or whether I must now sell my house. But, I know Who knows. And I am lovingly forced to trust Him.


    Anyhoo, I have been reading through the OT, reaching page 431 in my Bible. It is 2nd Chronicles chapter 7, and King Solomon is dedicating God's House. The writer says,


    "When Solomon had finished his prayer, fire came down from heaven and burned up the sacrifice which had been offered, and the Glory of YHWH filled the Temple. The priests could not enter the Temple of YHWH's House because the Glory of YHWH filled his House."


    When you entered into the eternal covenant with God, He bought you personally by the blood of Christ, and his Glory filled you. A glory so great that it raises you up from our passing flesh and blood, into eternal, everlasting fellowship in His presence.


    Even now he goes ahead of you to prepare a place for you. You, like wandering Israel, have no lasting place on this old Earth. It will pass away as we are passing by. We are following Jesus as he leads us to the eternal Jerusalem, where there are no tears or crying, where He alone is our very light by his glory.


    Earlier, in 1 Chr 28, we read that David gave Solomon the instructions for the Holy of Holies. Here there would be "golden cherubim with wings outspread covering the ark of the covenant of YHWH." Christ has stretched out his arms over you, covering you, and protecting the precious covenant which binds you to him. This covenant is eternal life, and no man can snatch you from his hand.


    And the people sang as God's Glory filled his House: "Give thanks to YHWH for he is good, his love endures forever."

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