Hope on the Hope, 10AUG – #1217

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I am in the book of Numbers, where the Lord is starting a census counting of His people.

Well, are we also to do that in our own lives? YES !!!!  We are not just think about our own salvation but take a count or account of the people that we know and if they are believers or not – well, sad to say that so many are not….  Sometimes I would pass the big NFL stadium and sometimes it would be full – and I thought “what percentage of those people know the Lord?” – hmmm…. or I would walk into Panera bread after church and it was packed…  and I saw some cute kids yesterday at the ballfield near work and internally prayed for them to know the Lord – to not lose the knowledge of His Spirit that they were born with.

The Lord wants us to know Him – He knows us. He knows EVERY hair on our heads – and EVERY action and words we speak… Although the Lord knows, He does want us to help Him take stock and to take a serious look at His flock. Can we help? We must help. Not condemnation but we must be seed-spreaders. We must show that we have HOPE so that others will know where HOPE comes from.

Numbers 1:1-4 The Lord spoke to Moses in the tent of meeting in the Desert of Sinai on the first day of the second month of the second year after the Israelites came out of Egypt. He said: “Take a census of the whole Israelite community by their clans and families, listing every man by name, one by one. You and Aaron are to count according to their divisions all the men in Israel who are twenty years old or more and able to serve in the army. One man from each tribe, each of them the head of his family, is to help you. 

Lately in my life I remember the advice from Jesus: TAKE ONE DAY AT A TIME – and HOLD ONTO HOPE – and DON’T DOUBT THE LORD – and don’t look to the world for affirmation!!!

Our HOPE as well as affirmation is in Jesus and not in anything else – and the back and forth of society and whims of the world are nothing we should set sail with – instead we should anchor our HOPE with Jesus and let the Holy Spirit both buffer our lives and move us to where HE needs us…  and remember that our journeys are not just for us – they are to interact with the people who need to know that we act due to the love of Jesus – it is not just for this timeframe, it is for ETERNITY…

The Holy Spirit has brought me many examples and scriptures lately of “NOT PLEASING PEOPLE” – but pleasing the Lord by listening and obeying… and not compromising – and not getting tossed back and forth by the waves or risking getting spit out of God’s mouth – OUCH!  The scriptures I have been studying in Revelation remind us to evangelize and our teaching and loving DOES make a difference – and the only way out of an eternal torment is the easy and ONLY WAY – of letting Jesus be the Way in our lives. He IS the Way – so don’t stand in the way of your own ability to let Him lead you…  the Son of Man already knows what He is doing because He knows what IS done – and your salvation and every individual person’s salvation depends ONLY on one’s personal relationship with Him… not deeds but His Deed…  not our worth but His Worthiness…

I am appreciative that the Lord reminds us that He is in charge!!!

HOPE on that HOPE!  Remember He chose us! Don’t fade away from His save.

Pray for the Lord to reveal Himself and His Way to those drifting and losing their way….  Pray for His strength to overtake their folly. Pray for Him to hold onto them until they wake… We as believers will be raptured by the power of Jesus – but those who do not bend their knee to Him as Lord will face eternal hell – sorry to be a straight talker on a caution against Hell but wow, the bible does not lie… The Judgment of the Dead – Revelation 20:11-15  Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. The earth and the heavens fled from his presence, and there was no place for them.  And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books. The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each person was judged according to what they had done.  Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death. Anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire.

I place my HOPE in Jesus – and in nothing less!!!

Amen!

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