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Posted: August 17, 2017 in love, music, life, religion, bible, depression, Relationships
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“To the angel of the church in Laodicea write: These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God’s creation. Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.

Revelation 3:14 and 20 (NIV)

It’s difficult to comprehend sometimes that God, the One who created all things, cares about each one of us, individually. So much so that He will stand beside each of us in our time of need. And when we turn from Him, He will keep asking to come into our lives because He doesn’t want to lose us.

It starts with the cross, continues with Jesus, and lasts forever because of God’s love.

1 Corinthians 13:13 (NIV)

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

Who have you put your trust in?

My hope is in God. He has proved to me over the years that putting my hope in Him is the best thing I could ever have done.

Long before the world was made, God chose Christ to be given to you in these last days. Because of Christ, you have put your trust in God. He raised Christ from the dead and gave Him great honor. So now your faith and hope are in God. ~ 1 Peter 1:20-21 (New life version)

When was the last time you thanked God for giving Christ for us?

Our faith and our hope in God is built on how much God loves us, and how willingly he sacrificed His Son so we could be forgiven. God had faith that we would love Him when He gave Christ to the world. So now it’s time for us fully repay God, by putting all our faith and trust in Him.

We’re not the only ones who sometimes need to be reminded that we must keep our hope in God…

O Israel, hope in the Lord! For there is loving-kindness with the Lord. With Him we are saved for sure. ~ Psalm 130:7 (New Life Version)

God loves us unconditionally, so why wouldn’t you put all your hope in Him?

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. ~ Romans 15:13 (NIV)

It can be overwhelming when emotion takes over. But when it’s hope that overwhelms you, it is uplifting. What greater feeling is there than having hope in the knowledge that God loves you.

When we hope for something, it can be just a pipe-dream, or it can be because it’s something that we truly believe will become reality.

You are my refuge and my shield; I have put my hope in your word. ~ Psalm 119:114 NIV

When we have hope, it makes life easier to cope with doesn’t it.

If it’s God we place our hope and trust in, we will never be disappointed, because He will never let us down, because He loves us and gives us hope for the future.

In Christ alone my hope is found
He is my light, my strength, my song
This Cornerstone, this solid ground
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm
What heights of love, what depths of peace
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease
My Comforter, my All in All
Here in the love of Christ I stand

Have you ever been in a situation where you’ve felt out of place? It can find it awkward and difficult to know what to do and say to try to fit it.

Have you ever been in a situation where not only did you feel out of place, but you weren’t accepted at all? That can be very difficult and upsetting to cope with.

It may be hard to believe, but Jesus experienced that. He wasn’t accepted by ‘his own people’! But what we must remember is that those that did accept Jesus are saved. In the same way, if we accept Jesus, we too can be saved.

Even in his own land and among his own people, the Jews, he was not accepted. Only a few would welcome and receive him. But to all who received him, he gave the right to become children of God. All they needed to do was to trust him to save them. All those who believe this are reborn!—not a physical rebirth resulting from human passion or plan—but from the will of God. ~ John 1:12-13 The Living Bible

What is faith? It is the confident assurance that something we want is going to happen. It is the certainty that what we hope for is waiting for us, even though we cannot see it up ahead. ~ Hebrews 11:1 (The Living Bible)

It can be hard to have faith in someone or something even when we can see them, so surely it’s harder to have faith in someone we cannot see, God? We maybe cannot see the person God, but we can see His creation, the results of His actions, the result of others having faith in Him, we read of others faith in Him in the bible…between all these things, that must be more than enough to encourage us have faith in God, isn’t it?

What does it mean to have faith in God?

Here’s what it says in Hebrews 11:3 (The living bible):

By faith—by believing God—we know that the world and the stars—in fact, all things—were made at God’s command; and that they were all made from things that can’t be seen.

Do you believe in “things that can’t be seen”? Is your faith in God strong enough to get you through all life is throwing your way?

Have faith, because God will always be with you.