Devotionals

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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Who will fight your battle?

Who will fight your battle?

We know that Jesus defeated death, Satan and the power of sin at Calvary.

The question we too often as is, “What about my present conflict? Where is His victory for the battle raging in my life right now?”

When Jesus became your Savior, He made you a new creation—and although you changed, the world did not.

Because of this, there are powers that align themselves against you: the world, the devil, and even your own flesh, war against your spirit.

All these pressures push us toward doubt and despair, causing us to wonder, “Where is God in all this? I can’t see Him beyond my daily battles.”

David knew he was no match for Goliath but he also knew that the battle wasn’t his but God’s. When he heard Goliath’s taunts, he testified:

I Samuel 17:46-47
“This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you down . . .
that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel . . .
For the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give you into our hand”

Spiritual victory is never our own; it comes from our Deliverer, Jesus Christ alone.

When you go through the battle or face a storm, remember the battle is not yours, it belongs to the LORD.

Pray: Help me, dear Lord, I need you right now to be my Deliverer! I pray this in Jesus Name. Amen

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?


Are you blaming others?

Do you blame others for things you have done?

Too often, we shift from taking responsibility for ourselves and blame others: someone or something else.

We blame others for our own mistakes.

Yet, if you are responsible for your stuff, you must first, be willing to say, “Yes, I made the mistake.”

Psalm 27:11
“Teach me your way, O Lord; lead me in a straight path”

Jesus knew the responsibility God had given Him, and He was determined to be faithful.

Through Him, we have been given eternal life.

Therefore, we need to learn how to live in that freedom and avoid blaming others.

When you blame others, you lose that freedom.

You will then in bondage to those whom you have betrayed and harmed.

Forgiveness is the act of coming to God honestly and confessing the wrong done and be willing to say “I’m sorry” to those you have harmed.

Pray: Lord, I want to live a free life—one that is only tied to You and not to the sins of this world.
Teach me Your way, that I may walk in it.

This is my Word of Hope for you, today, 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?


Weekend Review – December Week 1

What you have learned this week:

Are you Praying For God’s Will?

Isaiah 40:31
“But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint”

Are you praying God’s Will?

1 John 5:14
“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us”

Are you praying first?

Pray: Father, when I am facing an important task, help me to remember to stop and pray first, asking for Your wisdom and guidance

Are you settling for less than the best?

Pray: Lord, thank You that You will never forsake me and that You are working for my good and Your glory. Help me to obey Your will, remembering that You have great plans for my life.

Are you pursuing true faith?

John 8:12
“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life”

As you review these lessons, think about what you learned


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 found forgiveness?

All of us have been hurt by someone or something. Too often, these hurts never get forgiven. Thus, like a old sore that just festers like an open oozing wound. But here is the good news for today WORD OF HOPE for you.

Psalm 103:2-4 says: “Bless the LORD, O My Soul and forget not all his benefits who forgiveth ALL, (not some) of your iniquities and who healeth all thine diseases, who redeems your life from destruction and crowns thee with loving kindness and tender mercies.”

Remember this: He, God, forgives you. He Heals you. He redeems you.

Then, He crowns you with loving kindness and tender mercies.

Receive God’s Forgiveness and then, extend forgiveness to those who have hurt you and watch what happens.

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?


Are you praying for God’s WILL?

Joseph spent years confined to an Egyptian dungeon.

God knew that Joseph’s faith needed to be tested.

The fulfillment of God’s promises would come, but first, he had to walk hand in hand with the Lord through faith and prayer.

He knew that if he did, he would risk missing God’s will and purpose for his life.

Isaiah 40:31
“But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint”

If God has allowed you to face a difficult place, pray.

But don’t just pray for a way of escape. Instead, pray for the Lord to work His good pleasure into your life.

Trust God and wait for His answer.

God knows the hurts, the disappointments, and the frustrations you face, but He longs to hear you pray.
Pray like Jesus in the garden where he prayed: “Not my will, Father, but yours.” Is this the prayer of your heart?

Pray: God, I come to you in a difficult place. I pray that Your will would be accomplished in this season of my life. Help me to trust You and wait on 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?


Are you praying God’s Will?

When you pray, are you praying God’s will for your life?

You can be sure God’s desires for you will never go against His Word.

As you read God’s Word and study it, ask the Lord to give you a greater awareness of specific promises that He wants you to pray about and believe for.

1 John 5:14
“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us”

As you approach God, pray with praise and thanksgiving on our lips.

Pray with a confession of all sin.

Pray a request that brings Him glory. WHY?

God promises to accomplish His purposes set forth by your words, prayed in His Will.

God uses individual people to accomplish His purposes. Be willing to be used.

Pray: Lord God, Your love, and greatness overwhelm me. I pray that You would align my heart with Yours, that my prayers would be in keeping with Your will.

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?


Are you praying first?

In everything, you should pray first.

In Genesis 24 we see that Abraham entrusted his servant, Eliezer, with a most special commission: the choosing of a wife for his beloved son, Isaac.

Eliezer knew that a job of this importance required prayer and God’s providence.

Abraham not only wanted the best wife for his son because he loved him, but he also knew the significance of his son’s line:

Genesis 17:19
“Then God said, ‘Yes, but your wife Sarah will bear you a son, and you will call him Isaac. I will establish my covenant with him as an everlasting covenant for his descendants after him'”

So instead of choosing a wife among the pagan Canaanites, Abraham sent this servant to his homeland of Nahor. Abraham wanted Isaac’s wife to be a woman of character, faithfulness, and commitment

When Eliezer arrived in Nahor, the first thing he did was pray.

He first and foremost sought God’s guidance in finding a godly wife for Isaac.

Remember James 4:2 “You do not have, because you do not ask God”

Pray: Father, when I am facing an important task, help me to remember to stop and pray first, asking for Your wisdom and guidance.


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?


Are you settling for less than the best?

What do we choose to settle for less than the best?

Too often, we settle for less than the best, something mediocre, rather than accepting the great things God had planned.

When God called Abraham, here is what God said:

Genesis 12:1
‘Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you'”

At the time, that land was called Canaan. But when Abraham left, he only made it as far as Haran, a long way off from Canaan and far from God’s best.

One of the reasons God called Abraham to leave was to free Abraham from his idol worship.

He knew Abraham needed a clean break from his old way of life.

But Abraham didn’t quite make it. Instead, he compromised his blessings. He didn’t leave his people. He took his people with him.

The temptation to compromise and settle for less is something all of us may face.

When this temptation comes, we can either stand strong in the promise of God or miss out on God’s best when we compromise our faith.

The good news is that God will also do the same for us, no matter who we are or what we have done.

He stands ready to lead us to His perfect plan for our lives if we will only follow Him.

Pray: Lord, thank You that You will never forsake me and that You are working for my good and Your glory. Help me to obey Your will, remembering that You have great plans for my life.

This is my Word of Hope for you, today, 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?


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Remember God’s Faithfulness

Have you ever felt this way?

Have you ever found yourself fearful and doubting even though God came through for you miraculously just last week? We all do this. It’s frustrating, but it’s true.

The good news is we’re not the only ones. The Old Testament is packed with stories of God doing miraculous things for His people and then them forgetting about it, reverting to their own broken, self-reliant ways. They did it, too.

Judges 6 and 7 offers insight:

The first ten verses of Judges 6 are incredibly depressing. The people of God have been delivered out of Egyptian bondage. God led them successfully through the desert and into the promised land. God gave them victory after victory, pushing back the enemy every time they walked in obedience to Him. But now the people of God had forgotten all that God had done and refused to listen to His leading. So God let His people be oppressed by the nation of Midian who were incredibly abusive.

The Bible says that every year Israel would plant their crops and work in their fields, but when it was time to harvest, the Midianites would come in like locusts and destroy everything. They’d ruin their crops, kill their flocks, and the people of Israel couldn’t do a thing about it.

It’s the saddest story because the people of God were starving, weak, hiding, and intimidated by an enemy, refusing to listen to the God who could deliver them from it all.

Israel’s God is the one true God who is able to free them and provide for them. He won victories for them, provided for them miraculously more times than they could count. But they forgot about all that, and this is where they ended up.

When we forget what God is capable of, we forget to trust Him, and when we forget to trust Him, we begin relying on ourselves instead. Relying on ourselves never gets us to where we want to go.

I have an idea though, a way to stop this cycle of faithfulness and forgetfulness. Actually, it’s not my idea at all. God’s people have been doing this for thousands of years.

Remind yourselves of God’s faithfulness

Many times in the Old Testament, you’ll find God’s people stopping in a place where God did something miraculous and building an altar. They create a physical, visible reminder of what God did in that place, and to me that’s the best way to remember.

When we take the time to mark God’s faithfulness, to build reminders, to go back and repeat the stories to ourselves of what He’s done, it helps us trust Him the next time.

Reminders, altars of His faithfulness are the key to closing the gap between faithfulness and trust, skipping over forgetfulness altogether.

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 Fruit of Righteousness

Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.
– Hebrews 12:11

The word “chastening” in this verse is the Greek word paideia, an old Greek word for the education or instruction of a child. It comes from the word pais, the Greek word for a boy. However, as time passed, the word paideia came to signify the education of all children. By the time of Plato, the word paideia included not only the education of children, but also of adults.

The concepts of discipline and regimen were so intrinsically interwoven in this word that in Luke 23:16 and 22, the verb form of the word paideia is translated as the word “chastise” and refers to Jesus being whipped or scourged as punishment.

The word paideia describes not only the process of education and change, but also the attitude required to bring about these benefits. An attitude of discipline is obligatory if the flesh is ever to make the needed changes.

Although the benefits of disciplining the flesh are too many to list, Hebrews 12:11 informs us that when this disciplinary process is in full force, it doesn’t seem joyous but rather feels “grievous.” The word “grievous” is the word lupe, the Greek word for pain, distress, trouble, grief, or sorrow. Although the discipline itself is good for us and provides us with the means to change, the flesh hates it when discipline is forced on it!

As a believer, count it joy when God begins to chasten you! Because it will yield the peaceable fruit of righteousness that you need to overcome the flesh! Victory over your fleshly desires comes through righteousness.

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?