A Word of Hope daily devotional for those who are lost and broken seeking hope in a hopeless world. Topics designed for the hurting or broken heart.
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In today’s message, I want to teach you how to pray and prosper according to GOD’S own words. First, recognize your spiritual authority as a believer. What is that authority? GOD has given you the power to pray by declaring and decreeing what is written in GOD’S Word. As you speak such a prayer, it goes up to heaven where GOD returns it to perform it so that it accomplishes the purpose He set forth for that Word to accomplish.
III John 1:2 says:
“Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.”
So, pray like this:
Heavenly Father, It is written in III John 1:2 that you desire that I might prosper and be in health as my soul prospers. Therefore, I declare and decree that Your word ensures prosperity and health for myself that I might glorify Your Name. Amen.
My question for you today is this: Are you suffering from grief and sorrow? Isaiah 52 offers hope to you today.
Isaiah 52:4-5 say:
“4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. 5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him, and by his stripes, we are healed.”
Friend, this is a huge nugget of hope for you. Jesus was wounded, bruised and whipped for your healing, His blood was shed for the remission of all your sin and the chastisement of our peace was upon Him so that you can be forgiven and made free.
Often, I hear people say “God doesn’t love me.” “I feel like God is mad at me.” They feel that God is a big, bad judge in the sky with a big baseball bat ready to beat them up. But, friend, there is hope for you if this is you.
Isaiah 12:1-3 say:
“And in that day thou shalt say, O Lord, I will praise thee: though thou wast angry with me, thine anger is turned away, and thou comfortedst me. 2 Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the Lord Jehovah is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation. 3 Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.”
Remember, GOD’S anger is only for a season. He will not remain angry with you. Instead, look up and cry for help and He is there to strengthen you in the midst of your sin. Trust Him and do not be afraid of Him.
Today I want to talk to you about a necessary attitude you must possess if you wish to achieve success in your life. If you study the lives of achievers and history-makers, you will find that all of them remarkably share certain attitudes that helped them reach success.
I am talking about a non-negotiable attitude is found in First Corinthians 15:58, where Paul urges us,
“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord….” 15:58 could be translated:
“… Be constant, stable, enduring, and dependable—one who is always abounding in the work of the Lord….”
Thus, this word “unmoveable” portrays something that is solid, unbending, and not easily excited,
shaken, or affected; a person, building, or place that is constant, stable, enduring, and dependable.
In other words, this is not a flighty, fickle, “here-today, gone-tomorrow,” “on-again, off-again” type of person; rather, this is someone who is constant, stable, and dependable.
Anyone who wants to be great or to do great things must learn to be constant, stable, dependable, inflexible, unbending, and unyielding in the face of challenges. This is a common characteristic shared by all great achievers.
So don’t allow yourself to be inconsistent and wavering in your commitment to accomplish your God-given assignment. In this world where a lackadaisical, “who cares?” attitude predominates, people need to see what true commitment looks like!
Live with this necessary attitude: Be steadfast and immovable in the place where God has called you.
Friend, are you troubled today? do you feel depressed? David writes in Psalm 86 a huge promise of hope to anyone who is troubled today.
“7 In the day of my trouble I will call upon thee: for thou wilt answer me.”
Psalm 86:12-13 says:
“12 I will praise thee, O Lord my God, with all my heart: and I will glorify thy name for evermore. 13 For great is thy mercy toward me: and thou hast delivered my soul from the lowest hell.”
Friend, if you are troubled, receive this promise that God cares for you. Call upon Him today and praise Him, glorify Him and receive mercy and deliverance from your present troubles.
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This is my Word of Hope for you, my friend
Reflect on this message:
1. As you read or hear this message, what does it mean to you?
2. What part of it do you have questions about? Ask God to explain it to you.
3. What should you do now to apply this message to your life?
Mathew 5:4 is today’s promise that I want you to grab for today’s hope:
“4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.”
II Corinthians 1;6-7 says:
“6 And whether we are afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effectual in the enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer: or whether we are comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation. 7 And our hope of you is steadfast, knowing, that as ye are partakers of the sufferings, so shall ye be also of the consolation.”
Two great promises of hope to you who need to be comforted. Receive God’s comfort and hope today. Accept Jesus as your personal savior.
This world is full of oppression. But, even when you are in the midst of that oppression, the promise is that God is there to comfort you no matter how bad the oppression may be.
Isaiah 51:12-13 say:
“2 I, even I, am he that comforteth you: who art thou, that thou shouldest be afraid of a man that shall die, and of the son of man which shall be made as grass;
13 And forgettest the Lord thy maker, that hath stretched forth the heavens, and laid the foundations of the earth; and hast feared continually every day because of the fury of the oppressor as if he were ready to destroy? and where is the fury of the oppressor?”
So when you feel oppressed look up because GOD’S comfort is waiting for you. Don’t be defeated. Don’t forget all that God has done for you. Allow God to comfort you in the midst of your storm.
As we move through the Beatitudes, we come to verse 7 of Chapter 5 of Matthew. It is an important verse that focuses on GOD’S Mercy as today’s hope.
“7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.”
Mercy is defined as the outward manifestation of pity. In other words, GOD having pity on you, His creation. W.E. Vine says, “Mercy assumes a need (in other words, your need, my need) ie the one who receives it and He has the resources adequate of Him who gives it! Notice these two distinct benefits of mercy:
“For my name’s sake will I defer mine anger, and for my praise will I refrain for thee, that I cut thee not off.”
“8 The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.”