July 16, 2019

2019 Tuesday Text

Thought to share: Hope in ME. Not the cross-your-fingers, take a big gulp and wish, shallow kind of hope that the world offers. I call you to have absolute confidence in ME alone. Trust in MY perfect character. Anticipate MY never ending goodness. Know that the Truth of Who I AM is a greater reality than your present circumstances. Choose to put your hope in ME.

Psalm 42:5 (NLT) Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again — my Savior and my God!

Psalm 33:18 (TPT) The eyes of the Lord are upon even the weakest worshipers who love him— those who wait in hope and expectation for the strong, steady love of God.

Psalm 20:7 (TPT) Some find their strength in their weapons and wisdom, but my miracle deliverance can never be won by men. Our boast is in the Lord our God, who makes us strong and gives us victory!

 

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October 23, 2018

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Thought to share: why do you let the things of the world annoy you? Why do you let the drama of government or workplace politics suck you into its vortex? Why do you allow the behavior of people to push your buttons? Why do you allow society to consume you?Don’t waste your thoughts or energy. Instead, invest your attention in ME. Give ME all of your thoughts and I will help you sort through the barrage of things life is hurling at you. I will give you clarity and show you where to spend your emotions and energy – what to embrace and what to let go of. Together, we will journey into the center of peace and you will know rest.

Isaiah 26:3 (NLT) You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on You!

Psalm 20:7 (Amp) Some trust in chariots and some in horses, But we will remember and trust in the name of the LORD our God. another way to say this is: some trust in (look to) the government or people to resolve the world’s problems, but we choose to trust in (look to) God because He is the answer. That’s a better way!

Hebrews 12:2 (TPT) We look away from the natural realm and we fasten our gaze onto Jesus who birthed faith within us and who leads us forward into faith’s perfection.

Matthew 11:28 (TPT) Are you weary, carrying a heavy burden? Then come to me. I will refresh your life, for I am your oasis.

The elephant and donkey in the room.

I’ve spent the last two weeks watching the RNC and the DNC. My head is spinning. I’ve listened to so much rhetoric and heard so many promises, it’s hard to keep it all straight. I’ve heard so much slander and name calling, I feel like I should be offended. I’ve been informed of so many strategies and solutions for all the world’s problems, I feel like I should wake up tomorrow in utopia.

We have so much hanging on this election. So much rides on who is voted into office. The economy. The environment. Immigration. Energy. Healthcare. Unemployment. Social injustices. Education. National security. The stability of the United States. World peace. The future of life as we know it.

That’s a lot to rest on one person’s shoulders. The expectation of the resolution of every problem to the satisfaction of every citizen. The expectation that the elected person would never disappoint and will always come through. The expectation that this person will continually give strong, courageous, compassionate, decisive, wise leadership. The expectation is that their leadership will make us feel secure, safe, stable and hopeful. The expectation is that when their term has ended, we will all be satisfied with the condition and status of America and be optimistic about the future of the nation, and in turn of our personal lives.

Do we realize what we are asking? NO ONE could ever fill those shoes. NO ONE could ever do all the things we are asking this elected person to do. NO ONE could ever meet those expectations. Not even a team of the best of the best strategist, thinkers and leaders.

And I think, that is our problem. We are looking for humans to do what is humanly impossible. We are looking for humans to set the world right. We are looking for societal perfection and harmony here on earth. And this is just not possible.

How do I know? Because if it were possible, it would already be done. The world has had its fair share of brilliant, intelligent, creative, forward thinking leaders who were full of ingenuity, compassion and charisma. Many of them have instituted reform and brought change. But no one has lead us to this utopian society we’re all looking for. No one has provided the answer to every problem and workable solutions for every dilemma. No one has brought us long term security and stability. No one has given us sustainable hope. No one has given us peace in any one nation – much less in all the earth.

No one could do this. Except Jesus.

Jesus is the only Ruler who can resolve all our issues and bring true reform to every broken system we have. He is the only one able to bring us security, stability and peace. He is the only one able to do this with justice. We know this because Isaiah 9: 6-8 (NLT) tells us: For a child is born to us, a Son is given to us. The government will rest on His shoulders. And He will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. His government and its peace will never end. He will rule with fairness and justice from the throne of his ancestor David for all eternity. The passionate commitment of the LORD of Heaven’s Armies will make this happen!

Our hope should be anchored in this promise. Our confidence should be placed in the never failing counsel of Jesus who rules in perfect fairness and justice and brings perpetual, sustainable peace. Under His rule, there will be no injustice and no war. There will be no poverty, no sickness and no one is left behind, left out or excluded. I know all this sounds too good to be true, like pie-in-the-sky and fairy tales. But this is Abba’s promise to us, and He will make it happen. He is more than powerful enough to bring this to pass and Jesus is everything needed to accomplish this monumental task. And, those in a relationship with Him will live to experience His magnificent reign.

I’m not saying that we should not prayerfully choose a candidate. I am not saying that we should abandon our system of government. I am not saying that our system doesn’t need reform. Until Jesus brings all this to pass, we still have a responsibility to occupy and govern our society with justice and compassion. We still have the responsibility to care for the planet, each other and the future until Jesus returns.

What I am saying is that our hope can NOT rest in any of this. The government, political system or a human cannot do or give what we really need. We cannot rely on any human to give us what only Jesus can give. We cannot depend on any system to supply what only Jesus can provide. We cannot count on government to be our provider. Systems and government will fail us because they are driven, fueled and lead by humanity. And we are woefully flawed.

David says it like this in Psalm 20:7 (NCV) Some trust in chariots, others in horses, but we trust the LORD our God.

As Believers and followers of Jesus, this should be our anthem, too. Some trust in government. Some trust in the system. Some trust in politicians and leaders. Some trust in promises made by men. But, we – the followers of Jesus – will trust in our God, the Master and Ruler of the universe.

I encourage you, don’t place your hope in government. Don’t put your hope in the political system. Don’t hope in humans and the promises they make. Don’t depend of them to make your life better. Don’t count on them to make a better future for your children. Place all your trust in God, listen to His voice and follow His direction. If we’ll do this, He will take care of us, provide for us and sustain us. We’ll live in peace, security and stability – even before His eternal reign begins.

ps ~ Vote. Exercise your right, freedom and privilege. And if we’ll allow Holy Spirit to guide our choices in the voting booth, we cannot go wrong.