Hope broke through more than two-thousand years ago in an unsuspecting manger hidden in the outskirts of Bethlehem. And still today, Christ is breaking through for people in unexpected and powerful ways. We can be a people of adamant hope because we serve a good God who always has our best interest at heart.
The Holiday season is a great time for festivity and joy, but for many, it is the most discouraging time of the year. When a heavy heart is all consuming and depression’s presence looms, hope can feel impossible to grasp. But God wants to speak his truth into the broken places of our heart and offer a hope that is genuine and healing that will last.
When the hustle of life leaves us feeling jaded, the concept of rest can seem elusive at best and unattainable at worse. But God calls us to not only set boundaries around rest, but to engage in a disposition of rest at all times. Rest is not an option, it is our way of life.
Oftentimes, we tend to look towards worldly solutions when we run out of energy and strength to battle life's daily struggles. But God provides his children with strength through a very different and much more effective avenue than the world's.
When difficult seasons arise in our life we can feel undone, defeated, and desperate. But God is a provider and he provides strength to us in the most surprising ways to overcome whatever battle we may be facing.
When winter seasons are prolonged, we can use the power of declaration to launch those around us into a new season of growth and victory.
In a world full of false hope, we can place our hope in a safe place, the hands of God, and be a people that stand firm on his promises.
In a world that views loyalty as a temporary contract, God views loyalty towards his children as an everlasting covenant. His loyal love is not fickle and fleeting, it is fierce and ever-pursuing. It is not an empty promise, but an eternal commitment. He is a God who keeps his word and he is a God of loyal love.
God’s love is unlike anything the world has to offer us. It is beyond our wildest imagination, beyond anything we could ever earn or deserve. But God’s love is not a behavior he chooses to put on whenever he’s in a good mood. Love is actually his very essence!
In a world of self-consumption and consumerism, how can we recognize the calling God has on our life in order to contribute our time, talents, energy, and resources for the body of Christ? How can we become co-laborers with Christ in order to launch the Kingdom into greater expansion while loving the bride like God loves her?