“Every valley shall be raised up and every mountain and hill made low; the rough ground shall become level, the rugged places a plain. And the glory of he Lord will be revealed, and all mankind together will see the mouth of he Lord has spoken.” (Isaiah40:4-5)
As God’s miraculous power can level the mountains and exalt the valleys of His created world, so He can bring hope to discouraged lived. His promises keep us so He can bring hope to discouraged live.
His promises keep us from being drowned in discouragement and frustration. Periods of fresh starts come to us after great crises. They cause us to realize we need to reevaluate our priorities and face the future optimistically with the One who created and sustains us.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, You give us the hope, which keeps us optimistic that You will always keep us within Your eyesight and ever watchful to keep us moving forward in our faith and yet humble to give you praise and exalted. Our hope was, is, and always will be in You. We trust You, we place our faith in You, and we love you. Let our faith be strengthened, as our faith in You and we derive our hope from You only. Let us always feel your Presence near us. This is our prayer today, that as we are serving you in a righteous manner, that You honor us by guiding our relationship to be one of mutual trust, that our relationship will grow even closer and our hope and praise of You will grow as well. It is is Your holy name that we pray. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“Sunny spirits make even the darkest skies shine!”
“That the Christ would suffer and, as the first to rise from the dead, would proclaim light to his own people and to the Gentiles.” (Acts26:23)
Jesus fulfilled the intention of God’s history with Israel and of the Scriptures. He suffered, died, and was resurrected, providing forgiveness and placing believers in right relationship with God. These verses (13:26, 47) make it abundantly clear that God’s message of salvation was to Jews and non-Jews. Paul was making a point and it was that he was fulfilling God’s command by offering salvation to the Gentiles.
“That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched—-this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to yo the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us. We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. We write this to make our joy complete.” (1st John1:1-4)
Christian hope centers on the reality of the Lord Jesus Christ. We continue to proclaim Christ on the basis of inspired eyewitnesses
Fellowship with God is exercised in prayer. Fellowship implies commonalities. The new creature in Christ (2nd Corinthians 5:17) shares with the Christian His own holiness and eternality. Every Christian should walk with God.
SECOND THOUGHT of the DAY:
“For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all people. A light for revelation to the gentiles and for glory to your people Israel.” (Luke 2:30–32)
Salvation resides in the person of Jesus Christ. The fortunate ones who saw Him in the flesh saw God’s salvation. We can see Him with the eyes of faith and invite others to join us.
He stands as our only hope of eternal life. Every race, color, culture, and language group are welcomed by Christ and His witnesses. Christ has provided salvation. Christ has provided salvation. We announce its availability to all people, no exceptions.