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Hope

In hope against hope he believed, so that he might become a father of many nations according to that which had been spoken, “SO SHALL YOUR DESCENDANTS BE. Romans 4:18

For in hope we have been saved, but hope that is seen is not hope; for who hopes for what he already sees?
But if we hope for what we do not see, with perseverance we wait eagerly for it
. Romans 8:24

Hope = is the state which promotes the belief in an outcome related to events and circumstances in one’s life. Despair is often regarded as the opposite of hope.[1] Hope is the “feeling that what is wanted can be had or that events will turn out for the best” or the act of “look[ing] forward to something with desire and reasonable confidence” or “feel[ing] that something desired may happen”.[2] Other definitions are “to cherish a desire with anticipation”; “to desire with expectation of obtainment”; or “to expect with confidence”.

In Romans the writer is speaking of Abraham. God spoke to him while he was well advanced in years that he would be a father of many nations. That would be impossible with man because his wife was well advanced in years as well. God spoke a promise to Abraham, in order to get Abraham’s thinking to line up with God’s promise coming to fruition, he changed his name, he changed his confession. His name was Abram and God changed it to Abraham which means ‘father of many nations’. Names were significant back then and so we must assume as he is introducing himself to people that he met or if he was correcting people that he knew that his name is Abraham, it’s the same as saying Hello, I am a father of many nations. He must have been ridiculed, perhaps been called crazy or your loins are dried up you old geezer! It had to be embarrassing and hard for Abraham, but the word says that he hoped against all hope, he hoped against what others said. Approximately 20 years passed, and even trying to do things man’s way, he still conceieved a child with Sari, Issac, which means promise. Abraham’s hope, his literal expectancy became a promise.

I have so many stories of hope, but my hope began one Sunday afternoon when I had no hope. I had spent two years in a bedroom, not driving a car, having no friends, not being able to walk outside to get the newspaper from the yard, never being able to stay home alone, never going shopping as I loved to buy new clothes or shoes, driving myself to the doctor and going to church, having to quit my job and become dependant on my parents at 36 years of age. Wondering if I would ever be able to date again and not be afraid, or to go in public without fear that someone would rob or kidnap me, or to be able to allow a friend to fix me something to drink without me being afaid that they would poison me. To sleep without night mares and with the lights on, oh I so wanted to sleep in the dark. It’s been two years and I don’t see any way out of this prison.

That Sunday afternoon I have come to embrace as a very special day, even though it was my darkest. I was looking out the window thinking how could I kill myself and not survive. I am hopeless, I can’t imagine my life any different or getting better. I thought I would be here a month and now its 2 years. As I am contemplating the best way to kill myself so I don’t have to remain in this world as I am, a woman screamed at the top of her lungs, all things are possible with God!! I turned and looked at a beautiful black female preacher and I looked at the clock on my tv and realized it was the last few minutes of this particular show!…..wow that was for me, but I was still unsure about a God. So I knelt down and I began to logically talk to a God that I was not sure existed…….I know how psychology works and if I think on something positive, I can attract the positive…….so, I have nothing to lose by believing in you and everything to gain if you are real. That prayer had no expectation because I was still borderline hopeless…I thought the prayer kept me alive for another hour, or day, perhaps another week. God began to supernaturally give my life back to me, at the time I did not know to expect, because I was still trying to make logical sense of everything. But God gave my life back to me, everything that I had lost……..I was still emotionally crippled……..he taught me to Hope and to expect and to truly believe that all things are possible with him…….I am still overcoming obstacles from the things that had imprisoned me. I had to have hope in order to commit to a step study that was dedicated to my crime and thank God for that hope because the worst did not happen and I have grown and it encourages me to work hard in the place that I am.

You are going to have to take the position that I had that Sunday afternoon……I’ve heard that all things are possible, and in my child like surrender…..i am taking a chance and believing in you………lord, I have heard the stories and I listened to the testimonies of hope and victory, i cannot see myself ever stopping this one thing, if you love me why did you not intervene, why did you give my parents to me, i feel so ashamed and i am afraid that people are going to judge me, lord do you see i am not getting any younger, afterall, my birthday is in 3 months, how could you let him leave, can i ever manage my emotions? NEVERTHELESS, i have nothing to lose by believing……. teach me to hope, teach me to confess with what lines up with your promise, help me to expect no matter how hard i have to work, how long it takes, you give me the power to change to birth my Issac, your promise! I put my hope in you.

Earnestly believe that God exists, that I matter to him, and that he has given me the power to overcome.

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Posted by on March 25, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

You are in His image

Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth. Genesis 1:26

My parents were very involved in the local church and they had some very close relationships within the church and they were called the crazy 8. The crazy 8 were 4 couples and every Saturday night they would go out to eat and I joined them a lot of the time. One night we were heading home and I guess we were full and talking about calories and gaining weight and this scripture came up. The discussion was about being in God’s image and having glorified bodies and basically not having to worry about consuming food and gaining weight. However, I have come to believe that when God is referencing making man in his image, he is not speaking about us looking like him physically, but being a reflection of Him. We are endowed with his power and we possess all of his attributes such as love, grace, mercy, etc. One of my first teachings that God had me write was about the power of the spoken word. In Genesis 1, we see that God created everything by what He spoke. It is very calcuated on God’s part that the first day He said, ‘let there be light’. Why did light have to be created first? Because without light, nothing can live. As we are in the ‘image’ of God, we possess the same power. The bible references that the same power that resurrected Jesus is dwelling on the inside of us. We have the power to resurrect dead things in our life. So if we are in the image of God, then we have to bring light to our life and that is through our words. The second part of our foundational scripture speaks about authority. You were created in God’s image to rule over yourself and your circumstances. Life and death are in the power of the tongue and those who love it will eat its fruit. In other words, what you are speaking whether life or death, that is what you will receive.

I want to share with you an encounter with God in the book Ezekiel. This was the valley of dry bones. First of all valley is a reference to a low and/or dark place in our life. This was a grave of men who had perished in battle and all was left were bones, no evidence of life……
THE HAND of the Lord was upon me, and He brought me out in the Spirit of the Lord and set me down in the midst of the valley; and it was full of bones. And He caused me to pass round about among them, and behold, there were very many [human bones] in the open valley or plain, and behold, they were very dry. And He said to me, Son of man, can these bones live? And I answered, O Lord God, You know! Again He said to me, Prophesy to these bones and say to them, O you dry bones, hear the word of the Lord, Thus says the Lord God to these bones: Behold, I will cause breath and spirit to enter you, and you shall live. So I prophesied as I was commanded; and as I prophesied, there was a [thundering] noise and behold, a shaking and trembling and a rattling, and the bones came together, bone to its bone. And I looked and behold, there were sinews upon [the bones] and flesh came upon them and skin covered them over, but there was no breath or spirit in them. Then said He to me, Prophesy to the breath and spirit, son of man, and say to the breath and spirit, Thus says the Lord God: Come from the four winds, O breath and spirit, and breathe upon these slain that they may live. So I prophesied as He commanded me, and the breath and spirit came into [the bones], and they lived and stood up upon their feet, an exceedingly great army!!

Woo Hoo!! We see here a low and dead situation and God asked man, ‘can these bones live’? God puts the authority on man — speak life to these dead dry bones! So I have to ask you, what is dead in your life? What situation or circumstance seems impossible or needs a resurrection? You are endowed with God’s power and He has given your authority over every situation and circumstance in your life. Today is the day that you need to breathe life in that situation. Begin today to speak life into that sitation or what seems impossible. Remember, being endowed with God’s power, we have the ability to create light so that things have the ability to live. Be encouraged today that no matter what it looks like, your situation has a chance to live again!!!

Lastly, your circumstance was to increase your faith and trust in God and it is also for somoneone else who needs to be introduced to Christ or who needs to be encouraged…….Let his glory be revealed…..

And I shall put My Spirit in you and you shall live, and I shall place you in your own land. Then you shall know, understand, and realize that I the Lord have spoken it and performed it, says the Lord.

God loves you!!!

 
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Posted by on March 17, 2013 in Uncategorized