“If you feel like you are walking through a dark valley, hear God’s promises for you: ‘I will give you treasures in this valley! Riches stored in secret places.’ So, beloved, walk forward and unafraid, with faith, be strong and take heart. God is near even if you can’t feel Him. He’s for you, with you and making a way where there is no way. Don’t give up, keep walking, persevere and you will see a breakthrough.” God is a God of breakthrough!
Inspired by the DVD ‘Hope’ by Louie Giglio…
We need to hold on to the CROSS. The CROSS is our hope. The CROSS shows us that we are loved, shows us that God is in control and shows us that what seems negative, lost, off track can be turned for GOOD, with the help of GOD.
Hebrews 6: 19 – 20 says “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where our forerunner, Jesus, has entered on our behalf.”
Make the CROSS your HOPE, your firm and secure HOPE.
“Worshipping God in truth means that we tell Him honestly how we feel and what’s going on in our hearts and after that focus on the goodness of God, and the reality of His kingdom, which is more than our real circumstances.” Saara Taina
God wants us to come to Him despite what we going through, he wants us to be honest about where we’re at. Take time today to worship Him, despite what’s going on.
“I am loveable, I am worthy of care, and that glimmer of light, it makes ALL the difference. The glimmers of light give me hope.” (Unknown)
“You, Lord, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light.” Psalm 18: 28
My prayer for you this week is that God is your HOPE and LIGHT. That this will be your story, darkness turned into light because of Jesus.
“In the most ironic twist of all history, what Satan meant for evil, God meant for good. Jesus’ death on the cross bridged the gap between a perfect God and a fatally flawed humanity. On the day we call Good Friday, God defeated sin, routed death, triumphed over Satan, and got his family back. In that act of transformation, God took the worst deed of history and turned it into the greatest victory… Between the cross and the empty tomb hovers the promise of history; hope for the world and hope for each of us that lives in it.” Phillip Yancey
Have hope, for He is alive!
“Yet it was our weaknesses he carried; it was our sorrows that weighed him down. And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God, a punishment for his own sins! But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed. All of us, like sheep have strayed away. We have left God’s path to follow our own. Yet the Lord laid on him the sins of us all.” Isaiah 53: 4 – 6
Jesus took our messy lives on himself in the ultimate act of love and died a death we deserve because of God’s love for us.