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Hope on the Hard Days

1 Peter 3:15 (KJV) But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:

Today was a good day. I laughed and danced and raised my hands in praise to God. But every day in my life is not that way. Yesterday was a hard day. I cried and worried and prayed to the Father. There are ups and downs in my life, just like everyone else.

If people only witness the successes in your life, and never see the hard times, they will think you have a charmed life and that's why you're hopeful.

My strategy is to try and find little patches of sunlight in every day. The best part of yesterday was when my daughter reached out her hand to take mine and said, "I'm so glad you're here." The big hug and kiss The Hubster gave me when I got home was a nice moment, too! 

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Are You a Prisoner of Hope?

Zechariah 9:12 (KJV) Turn you to the strong hold, ye prisoners of hope: even to day do I declare that I will render double unto thee;

In the book of Zechariah, God revealed promises to the children of Israel. They had been through so much: years of slavery, famine and wars. Backs bowed low with burdens of failure and loss, the Jews were reticent to believe better days were ahead.

The things the Lord promised brought great hope to His people. They were assured prosperity, if they followed His Word. In Bible times, cities were fortified with walls of protection, or "strong holds." When enemies threatened, citizens ran to the safety of these fortresses. Promises, prosperity and protection are three gifts we are given when we put our hope in Christ.

Consider this: Do you want to sit in the cell of sin, year after year, serving a life sentence for your guilt and shame? Or will you stage a prison break, and run toward the hope and freedom that your Heavenly Father offers?


Risky Behavior/Rich Rewards

Matthew 14:27-29 (KJV) But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid. And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water. And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. 

As we approach Resurrection Day, I have contemplated the sacrifice Christ made for our future. He took a huge risk (in our eyes). Giving His life for us was a leap of faith. Father and Son agreed on this perilous plan, because They knew we needed saving; and believed we were worth it.

If we can push aside the fear that freezes, there are glorious rewards.  Fear of the unknown, failure and even success can keep us from being overcomers.

When you step out by faith, there is risk and reward. Remember, when Peter got out of the boat, he was going toward Jesus, and when he took his eyes off the Master, he was pulled under.


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What Do You Want to be Called?

John 14:6 (KJV) Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. 

In the first century, Christianity was called "The Way." This phrase conjures up all kinds of imagery. Can you see a straight, clearly defined path in the middle of a tangled jungle?

I am a Christian. For me, it's more of a lifestyle, than just a label. I strive to live every day in service to the Savior. It's not something I put on and take off, like a jacket. My faith is tightly knit into my soul, my heart, my life.

We all wear labels. Whatever you want to be called...Christian, Christ Follower, Religious, Faithful...make sure you are a follower of The Way.

Matthew 3:3 (KJV) For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.


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