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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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The Truth About God and You

As you reflect on last year and believe for a new year, an amazing thing happens as we praise God.

We see more clearly who HE is.

We see that He is the unlimited, holy, eternal King, the all-knowing, all-wise, and all-powerful, one and only GOD of all gods, King of all kings.

We see Him as loving, merciful, and long-suffering and forgiving as well as stern, judging us with righteousness with eternity in mind.

However, when we praise God, we also see clearly who we are not.

The more we grasp all that God is, the more we face all that we sinful and selfish and worthy of death.

Job learned this lesson:

(Job 42:2,5-6)
I know that you can do all things;
no plan of yours can be thwarted . . .
My ears had heard of you
but now my eyes have seen you.
Therefore I despise myself
and repent in dust and ashes

No matter how righteous we are, seeing God’s glory confronts us with the tarnish and stain of our own lives.

But, we don’t have to walk through life with our heads hanging low, instead repent of our sin and trust God!

Cry out to Him to forgive you and strengthen you by the power of His Holy Spirit.

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?


Will you obey the HOLY SPIRIT?

Will you obey when the HOLY SPIRIT speaks to your heart this year?

As a Roman centurion, Cornelius was visited by an angel and heard from the HOLY SPIRIT. Cornelius had 100 men reporting to him. Though he had heard of Yahweh, the God of the Jews, and respected Him enough to donate to the church.

Cornelius was not a committed believer!

But, that changed one afternoon when an angel of the Lord appeared to Cornelius.

Acts 10:4-5
“The angel answered, ‘Your prayers and gifts to the poor have come up as a memorial offering before God. Now send men to Joppa to bring back a man named Simon who is called Peter.’”

The angel in shining clothes appearing inside his house had Cornelius’ attention, and he obeyed.

God was preparing Cornelius’ heart for a life-changing message.

1 John 2:3
“We know that we have come to know him if we obey his commands”

Pray: God, thank You for the power of Your Spirit to lead me and to change lives. Help me to respond in obedience to Your promptings. Have a wonderful new year!

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?


Weekend Review – December Week 4

What you have learned this week:

Do You have a Real Love?

1 John 4:20
20 If a man says, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?

Are You Giving of Yourself?

Exodus 23:19
“Bring the best of the firstfruits of your soil to the house of the Lord your God”

Are You Focused on Jesus Christ?

John 16:33
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world”

Do You have a Measure of Faith?

Romans 10:17 “So then faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.”

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?


Do you have real love?

There are many who say that real love is lust.

The real kind of real love is the kind of love found through faith in Jesus Christ!

Jesus put great emphasis on walking in love. (See Matthew 22:37-39)

1 John 4:20
20 If a man says, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?

Do you see this connection between faith and real love?

Where there is fear, it will stop faith from operating; but perfect love casteth out fear.

When fear is cast out, faith can operate freely.

Today, ask God to fill you with His love.

Let your faith through love be:

1.Activated
2.Energized
3.Expressed
4.Working

Love will force your faith to grow and to increase.

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?


We Need One Another!

God made you and me live in community with one another

We are made for relationship with one another, whether in marriage, family, friendship, work, or a church body.

Proverbs 27:17
“As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another”

In Titus, Paul describes this wonderful opportunity for growth in godliness that comes through relationships.

When we lovingly correct one another, our words can help someone draw nearer to the Lord.

When we live sacrificially for one another, we model Christ’s example and become more like Him.

Display the very heart of God with your life, and you may even open a door to share the Gospel in the workplace.

In our personal time with God, we get to know our heavenly Father, but in our relationships with other people, we get to know ourselves. God uses our loved ones — and those we have a hard time loving — like a chisel to shape us into men and women who reflect the image of Christ to a broken world.

Pray: God, sometimes loving people is hard. I know that I am often unlovable. Give me Your love for others. May my interactions be pleasing to You as I pursue godliness in my relationships.

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?


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Are you focused on Jesus Christ?

How can you take a negative situation and turn it into a positive experience?

Psalm 23:4
“Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me”

David’s words are stepping stones to a great faith.

You may be thinking: But you don’t know my circumstances.

That is true, but while we can’t truly know or understand what you may be experiencing, there is one person who understands perfectly, and that person is Jesus Christ.

He was rejected, betrayed, criticized, and crucified.

If you need someone to identify with the pain that you are going through, do what David did–realize there is one who is walking through the valley with you.

No matter how dark life becomes, He will lead you on to ultimate victory in Him

John 16:33
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world”


Pray:
God, as I face trials and discouragement, help me to remember that You understand what I’m going through. Help me to focus on You and to remember that I’m not alone.

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 giving of yourself?

Many people, however, fail to realize the great blessing that is theirs through giving to God. They withhold their time, talent, and money from the Lord, and by doing so, they miss a tremendous blessing.

Exodus 23:19
“Bring the best of the firstfruits of your soil to the house of the Lord your God”

True praise incorporates giving.

In Exodus 23:19, God admonishes us to honor Him with the “firstfruits” of our crops. We give to God because we know He loves us and has given more of Himself to us than we could ever give back.

You may be wondering if God really cares whether or not you give. He doesn’t need your gift.

What He desires is your declaration of faith in Him.

Through giving, we acknowledge God as the One in control of all things.

God is the One who has provided for every need you have. He is totally faithful.

Therefore, He is worthy of your praise, honor, and worship.

Each of us can give the first portion of our time, talents, and wealth to the Lord.

Pray: Lord, I acknowledge that You are the giver of all good things. I freely open my hands to You. Show me opportunities to be exceedingly generous in loving You and loving my neighbor.

Exodus 23:20
“See, I am sending an angel before you to protect you on your journey, and lead you safely to the place I have prepared for 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?


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Do you have a measure of faith?

Merry Christmas: Here’s a gift for you from God:
A MEASURE OF FAITH!

Romans 12:3
“For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.”

The Greek word for “measure” is “metron” -met’-ron, an apparently primary word; a measure (“metre”), literally or figuratively; by implication, a limited portion (degree): — measure.

The reason that God gave man a measure of faith is that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

The Bible shows us different levels or measures of faith:

1. Little Faith (See Matthew 6:30; 8:26; 16:8 and Luke 12:28)

2. Great Faith (See Matthew 8:10; Luke 7:9)

3. Mountain Moving Faith (See Matthew 17:20)

4. Weak Faith (See Romans 14:1)

5. Dead Faith (See James 2:14-25)

I believe little faith can grow.

Those that are weak in faith can be strengthened.

Dead faith can be resurrected.

That’s the reason the disciples said in Luke 17:5 “Lord, increase our faith.”

When faith begins to be used, it’s like a seed that will grow.

How do you get faith?

Romans 10:17 “So then faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.”

God gives you faith. Now Grow in it. Hold onto 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 3

What you have learned this week:

Do you care for the needy? December 22
Mark 2:5
“When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralyzed man, ‘Son, your sins are forgiven

Have you ever shared your faith? December 21
John 4:39
“Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony.”

What is your weapon against Deception? December 20
Pray:
God, I pray that You would give me discernment and wisdom so that I will be on guard against those who might try to deceive me.

Are you in agreement with GOD? December 19
Matthew 18:19
“If any two of you shall agree…”

How important is truth to you? December 18
John 14:6
“Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me’”

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?


Do you care for the needy?

In Mark 2:1-12, we see four friends who did not allow seemingly insurmountable obstacles to prevent them from bringing their friend to Jesus.

They watched as their quadriplegic friend lay immobile, destined to a life of physical infirmity.

The men developed an irrepressible commitment to bring him to Jesus for healing.

They did not stop in the face of impossible circumstances.

They climbed onto the top of the building where Jesus spoke, dug a hole in the roof, and lowered their friend down to Jesus.

Mark 2:5
“When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralyzed man, ‘Son, your sins are forgiven’”

What struck Jesus first was not the man’s paralysis but rather his friends’ faith.

Like these men, when God brings people into our lives and places their unsaved condition on our hearts, we can trust Him to honor our faith.

Our only task is to bring them to Him. They may have no faith at all, but God will honor our faith.

Pray: God, give me an undaunted faith that my unbelieving friends will come to know You. Help me to do everything possible to bring them to 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?