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A Word of Hope Daily Devotionals


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.
Depression – Guilt – Shame – Unforgiveness – Lack of Faith – Hope in Jesus Christ – Abortion – Rape – Abuse – Opression – life dominating sin: issues of life.
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Weekly Review March Week 5

Here’s what you learned this past week!

What does Good Friday mean to you?
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Quiet Devotion makes the Difference!
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Do you know the Shalom of the Prince of Peace?
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Is your treasure in Heaven?
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Do you know the Mighty God?
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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?

Learn about Sharing the Gospel When Things go Wrong

If I were to tell you that three young men defied what they were required to do by law, what would be the immediate image that jumped into your mind?

Would you think of a few speeding teenagers?

A criminal assaulting a police officer?

A high school student refusing to clean his or her room?

Whatever came into your mind, chances are it was pretty negative. When we consider rebelliousness, it rarely feels like a positive trait. And yet Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego (from the book of Daniel in the scriptures) where just that: three rebellious young boys who were willing to risk their lives because they loved God.

It’s pretty likely you’ve heard the story. These three young man are commanded to bow down to the king, and threatened with a fiery furnace if they refuse. They explain to the king how they won’t bow to anyone who isn’t their God, so he has them arrested and thrown in the flames.

Minutes later the king realizes, they’re in the furnace, but not burning.

When we look at a story like this-of 3 young men who were willing to defy authority-I think we can learn several things about what it looks like to share the gospel.

Here are four of the things I learn reading this story.

1. Jesus is the way, the truth and the life

Jesus teaches his disciples, in John 14:6: “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes through the Father except through me.” This is not a popular thing to say in our world today. In fact, people will call you intolerant for talking like this. They will label you a bigot. But if you really believe that all truth comes from the creator of the universe, it isn’t a matter of tolerance or intolerance. It’s simply the way it is.

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego understood this truth. In fact, they were so certain it was true, they were willing to bet their lives on it. I doubt they were certain God was going to spare their lives when they were thrown into the furnace, but they weren’t trying to protect their lives. They were doing what they knew was right.

How many of us live like this?

2. Not everybody likes the truth (or people who tell it)

You have to know that if you choose to follow Jesus, and to proclaim his truth, not everybody is going to be happy with you. In fact, you can assume many people won’t. This was true for Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, and it has been true for me. The other day I got into a conversation with a friend that turned to this subject. My friend became so angry about the conversation, he got up and left.

I hate that. I was sick about it. It’s not easy to stand strong for a truth when it makes your friend mad. No one wants to lose friends. But you cannot bow to a lie because it is more convenient.

If you are going to communicate the truth of the gospel, you have to be willing to stand strong, even when it causes conflict.

3. The truth of the gospel is often revealed through fiery trials

What’s most amazing to me about this story is that, once the king saw the God of Israel protect the three young men, he believed. Their testimony was that powerful. It swayed the heart of a king. But notice that God did not deliver the young men from having to go into the furnace altogether. He merely delivered them from death in the flames. He stood with them in the middle of the fire.

Sometimes, God does this with us, too.

He reveals himself to us and to others by putting us through fiery circumstances-trials, heartache, grief, loss, unfair treatment. Just know that none of the suffering you face is without purpose. It all points back to Jesus.

4. The way you speak truth should reflect the heart of Jesus

Take time to read the passage (Daniel 3) and note how Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego handled themselves. They didn’t judge anybody else for worshipping the idol. They didn’t get the crowd all riled up against the king or try to lead a rebellion. In fact, they didn’t say a thing against the King or the nation of Babylon. The only way the King even found out about them refusing to bow is because someone else told them.

We can take note from these young men. There is no need to be mean spirited or violent. You don’t need to pull out a bullhorn and yell.

Simply live out your faith with integrity and respect, and people will notice.

What does Good Friday mean to you?

Good Friday, to students, means a free day from school. Good Friday is for many Christians, a Christian holiday commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death on Calvary’s hill. My question for you, is what does this day mean to you?

Isaiah 53:5
“But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds or stripes we are healed.”

Jesus was scourged, whipped, beaten and broken, in horrific ways, we may never fully comprehend, yet he remained strong, choosing to endure it all – for the healing of you and me.

He extended grace and peace and emotional/physical/spiritual healing to us so that we don’t have to remain stuck in our struggle and pain or disease or depression. He holds good in-store for all who call upon His name! He is able to bring greater purpose, greater beauty, greater strength. He never intends for us to remain stuck in the pit of our despair. Jesus breathes renewal of life for you and me! Let the stripes that pierced His back and side pierce your soul and mind today and be healed. Let Good Friday be good in your life today!

This is my Word of Hope for you!


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?


Do you know the Shalom of the Prince of Peace?

What is The Shalom of the Prince of Peace

In Hebrew, the word for “peace” is shalom — a far more meaningful word. Shalom means complete well-being — not just a feeling of mental or emotional clarity.

Psalm 29:11
“The Lord blesses his people with peace”

Seven hundred years before Jesus’ arrival on earth, we read:.

Isaiah 9:6
For unto us a child is born,
unto us a son is given,
and the government shall be upon his shoulder.
And his name shall be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.

Jesus is not just the Prince of Peace; He is the King of Peace. As the King of Peace, He alone is the author and giver of peace.

The deeper, more foundational meaning of peace or Shalom, is “the spiritual harmony brought about by an individual’s restoration with God.”.

We can know lasting, eternal peace because Jesus Himself became our peace through His sacrifice! (see Ephesians 2:14-18).

The Peace of God is the SHalom of the Prince of Peace.

Prayer: Prince of Peace, help me to live in your precious Shalom!

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?


Is Your Treasure In Heaven?

Today there are countless attempts to get rich, to boost your self-image, self-esteem, self-acceptance, and self-fulfillment. But, most of the way of the world fail.

Matthew 6:19-21
19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroy and where thieves do not break in nor steal, 21 for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

Treasure in the Greek is thēsaurós which means to store heavenly treasures.

God is the one who generously gives people success with resources and money (Ecclesiastes 5:19).

God cares more about the condition of our hearts than the condition of our wallets.

That’s why He shows us what’s best for us and our possessions:

It is His desire for you to embrace it and to receive it to the full.

Pray: God, thank You for blessing me with every spiritual blessing in Christ. When I find myself seeking self-fulfillment, help me to remember that I already have a treasure house full of blessings and all I could ever need to be fulfilled is in You.

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?


Do you have inward beauty?


Did you know, your inward beauty and self-esteem come only from knowing that you are cherished, treasured and loved by God.

He loves us so much that He sent His Son to die for you.

He has adopted you into His family to be co-heirs with Christ.

Thus, this is where our inward beauty and value come from.

2 Corinthians 4:16
“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day”

How are you being renewed daily?

Romans 12:2
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Despite what the world tells us, our worth is not based on our circumstances, surroundings, achievements, or material blessings. Our worth is found in WHOSE WE ARE.

Seek not physical beauty but true spiritual inward beauty!

Pray: Father, thank You for loving me and for reminding me that my true beauty comes from within through Your Spirit, that my worth is found in You.

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?


Weekly Review March Week 4

Here’s what you learned this past week!

Have you received the greatest gift of all?
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Do you have peace with God?!
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The Need to Forgive!
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Are you holding the rope of life?
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Do you have the salvation of the LORD?
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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?

Do you know the Mighty God?

WHO IS THIS MIGHTY GOD?

YVHV, the GREAT I AM THAT I AM gave us Jesus Christ, who is the Mighty God.

Jesus Christ is His only begotten Son. His might and divine power are above all other gods

1 Corinthians 6:14
“By his power, God raised the Lord from the dead, and he will raise us also”

Jesus Christ is the only perfect man who died to give eternal life to every believer.

Jesus Christ is the only man who died and rose to life three days later and forty days later ascended to heaven, where He is today sitting on the right-hand of YVHV ever-interceding for you and me.

His name shall be called Mighty God.

How amazing is our all-powerful God!

And the best news is that He loves you more than you want to be loved. Let him be your Mighty God today!

Pray: Mighty God, thank You for all that You did as the perfect man. Thank You for suffering at the hands of men so that I might be saved. Help me to remember who You are and that You are powerful enough to handle all of my problems.

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?


Have you received the greatest gift of all?

What is the Greatest Gift you and I can receive?

Believers in Christ have been given a most wonderful gift,

Romans 8:15
“The Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him, we cry, ‘Abba, Father'”

God has given us the right to bear His name.

He has given us the right to be children of the King, and this new identity is one of the greatest gifts God gives to all those who call upon His holy name!.

Read John 1:12-18
We learn that every person is a creation of God, but not every person is a child of God.

Only those who receive Jesus, as your personal Lord and Savior, can be called children of God.

As a child of God, there is no end to the blessings you can receive.

But perhaps the greatest gift of becoming an adopted child of God is that the King of kings also becomes our adoptive Father

As children of God, can you imagine any greater gift?

Pray: Father, thank You for the honor of being Your child, Your heir, for all eternity. Thank You for adopting me as your child.

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?


The Need to FORGIVE

The line in the Lord’s Prayer reads like this:

Matthew 6:12
“Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors,”

Paul tells us:
Ephesians 2:8-9
It is by grace you have been saved, through faith-and this not from yourselves, it is the gift for-not by works, so that no one can boast”

Forgiving others is not a payment toward our own forgiveness.

It’s a sign of spiritual life. Once we understand God’s forgiveness, it follows that we should become more forgiving of people.

Matthew 18:21-22
“Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, ‘Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?’ Jesus answered, ‘I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times'”

There are two sides to forgiving. The first is transforming your attitude toward the person who has offended you, and the second is transforming your relationship with the person who has offended you. Both take courage.

Real forgiveness has no memory. It does not shut other people in the locker of their past mistakes. It makes room for a genuine, fresh start. Often, this transformation of attitude is all we need to transform the relationship.

Pray: Father, help me to transform my attitude toward those who have offended me and give me the courage to transform my relationship with them.

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?