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Our Journey Online - August 27, 2013

  • 2013 Aug 27
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Finding Confident Hope

13Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.14As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, 15but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, 16since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.” —1 Peter 1:13-16

It doesn’t take much to see that the whole world has gone crazy.

With all this insanity going on, what keeps our faith engaged? Exhorting us to endurance, the apostle Peter urged us to prepare our “minds for action, and being sober-minded, set (our) hope fully on the grace that will be brought to (us) at the revelation of Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 1:13).

The energy to live the Christian life is found in one place—in our focused, conscious choice to put our hope in Jesus. Hope is the confident expectation that something better is coming tomorrow. As you look to the future:

Don’t set your hope on your physical healthset your hope on Jesus. “Though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed day by day (2 Corinthians 4:16).

Don’t set your hope on stuffset your hope on Jesus“For one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions (Luke 12:15).

Don’t set your hope on peopleset your hope on Jesus.“Put not your trust in  . . . man, in whom there is no salvation . . . Blessed is he whose . . . hope is in the LORD” (Psalms 146:3-5).

No leader, pastor, family, or spouse can be everything that we hope and dream they will be. People, places, positions always let us down. Only Jesus is worthy of all our hopes and all our confidence. Maybe you find yourself a little down today. Like Peter standing on the water, the moment you take your eyes off the Lord you start to sink (Matthew 14:22-23). Lift up your eyes, set your hope fully on Jesus.

Our confident expectation is in God, who sees, knows, and will ultimately turn an upside-down world right-side up at the appearing of our Lord. Every righteous decision will be rewarded. Every wrong choice will be judged. Every motive will be revealed.

Do you need energy to keep your faith engaged? Do you need to get refocused on the real solution? Do you need hope that will endure?

Set your hope fully on Jesus. —James MacDonald

Journal:

·         How has my relationship with Jesus satisfied me in the past?

·         How can I tell if my hope is in anything other than Jesus?

Prayer – Father, thank You for sending Your Son to be my hope. You knew that this world would never satisfy my longings, and so You sent Your precious Son to do that. Forgive me when I look to anything else for my hope, and thank You for the pain that reminds me when I have moved my hope into anything other than Christ. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Always True&#58; 5 Great and Precious Promises of God
Always True: 5 Great and Precious Promises of God 

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What if you believed—truly believed with all confidence that God is with you? How would today go for you if you knew without a doubt that God is in control? What would be different in your life if you were sure God is watching and good? What would you risk if you were certain God is victorious? 

Just how would believing God’s promises change your life?  

Ask the greatest Christian you’ll ever meet if they hold on to God’s promises and they’ll all say yes. Believing that God will do what He promises leads to a great life. The greatest Christian you’ll every meet knows, treasures, and is resting in the promises of God. They cling to these assurances that God gives His people so they can walk by faith while they wait for Him to work.

So what exactly does God promise?  In this topical study of what will always be true, Pastor James MacDonald will explore five great and precious promises that God keeps. Enter into this study with anticipation and faith that the God who makes these promises is faithful and true... always true.
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