A Reason to Hope

For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do (Hebrews 4:12-13 KJV).

When reading the above scripture, one would think it is a hopeless situation. There is nothing hidden before God. We stand open and naked before Him. Our best effort of being good isn’t good enough. Our righteousness is as filthy rags. We need an Intercessor, for we are incapable of interceding for ourselves.

But, all is not lost. In fact, we have hope. There is One who’s perfect, and He alone paid the price for our sins. He alone is our Hope and Great High Priest. As children of God, we can approach His throne anytime day or night! It is at His throne we find mercy and grace!

Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need (Hebrews 4:14-16 KJV).

I’m so glad He is our High Priest. He always knows what we’re going through, and He has made provisions for us. We can rest in peace knowing He has everything under control. Our circumstances doesn’t surprise Him because He holds tomorrow in His hands. And that my friend is a reason to hope!

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I wouldn’t say my posts this year are full-length devotions. Instead, I’d like to refer to them as devotion prompts, something to get you started. If you’d like to read more about this subject, Hebrews is a great book to read more about our High Priest. The following scriptures are some of my favorites.

Hebrews 7:24-27

Hebrews 8:1-2

Hebrews 9:12

Hebrews 9:24

Hebrews 10:11-14

Hebrews 10:21-23

What nugget of hope have you found in the book of Hebrews?

Strength in His Design

This past year, I’ve posted pictures with quotes about design.

This week’s design quote is by Charles Eames.

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Design

Although design can pertain to many things, my thoughts when posting were on God’s design to help us live a victorious life. For example…

Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing more to take away. Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Perfection refers to completeness and maturity. Paul said, “Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you” (Philippians 3:13-15 KJV).

Let’s not settle for imperfection, but let us press on that we may be perfect even as our Father in heaven is perfect (See Matthew 5:48).

Good design encourages a viewer to want to learn more. Alexander Isley

Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven (Matthew 5:14-16 KJV).

Our lives are a testimony. And our actions always speak louder than words. Do our actions inspire others to learn more about Christ? Let us shine forth a light that others may see Jesus in us.

Great design is eliminating all unnecessary details. Minh D. Tran

Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God (Hebrews 12:1-2 KJV).

Let us not get tangled up again in the yoke of bondage from which Christ has made us free (See Galatians 5:1 KJV). May we allow the Designer to remove all unnecessary details of our lives.

Strength

I haven’t forgotten about strength. Remember Webster’s definition of strength? It is the ability to resist being moved or broken by a force.

There are three responses to a piece of design—yes, no, and wow! Wow is the one to aim for. Milton Glaser

Jesus said, “Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock” (Matthew 7:24-25 KJV).

It’s not only our actions that matter but our reactions. The way we react to certain situations tells the real story of what goes on when we’re alone. When our faith, hope, and trust is founded upon the Rock, we will withstand the storms of this life in a manner pleasing to our Designer. Let us be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might (See Ephesians 6:10). For He is our strength and power, and He alone makes our way perfect (See 2 Samuel 22:33).

God’s design has a particular purpose. He alone knows the best design, gift, and plan for us. He also knows precisely what it will take for us to accomplish His purpose and to withstand every storm in this life. From “in the beginning” of Genesis to the final “amen” of Revelations, God’s design offers strength and life. All we must do is allow Him to transform us into the perfect design.

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The Lord Is My Strength

The Lord is my strength and song, and he is become my salvation. Exodus 15:2 KJV

Strength, according to Webster, is the ability to resist being moved or broken by a force.

Of course, we know we cannot resist being moved or broken by a force in our own strength. But there is a strength that keeps us spiritually steady, secure, and safe.

When we face seasons of heartache and pain, we must lean into Him, our Lord and Savior, and allow Him to become our song (praise). He is our salvation (deliverance, victory, prosperity, health).

 

The Lord is my

The winner of Some Form of Grace by author Dee Dee Chumley is Becky Gifford Smith.

Becky, thank you for participating. Congratulations!

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In what season did you discover His strength? Please share in the comments. We are made overcomers by His blood and by our testimonies (Rev. 12:11) and we offer hope to the listener.

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