Archive for August, 2012

I am the Son of God

August 31, 2012

In Matthew 16, Jesus asked his disciples “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” By the time of our text today, Matthew 27, not only had the disciples heard who he was but the those who were ready for His death were too. In the narrative today, the people were not convinced that Jesus was the Son of God, but they surely remembered that Jesus proclaimed to be the Son of God. Everything about our faith in Jehovah hinges on Jesus being the Son of God. Jesus claimed to be the Son of God, and I believe Him by the grace of God. There were many at His crucifixion who doubted. They needed another sign. The sign of getting off the cross in their immediate sight, but God does not prove Himself on anyone’s terms other than His own. Listen to an excerpt from the scene of His crucifixion.

Matthew 27

32 As they were going out, they met a man from Cyrene, named Simon, and they forced him to carry the cross. 33 They came to a place called Golgotha (which means The Place of the Skull). 34 There they offered Jesus wine to drink, mixed with gall; but after tasting it, he refused to drink it.35 When they had crucified him, they divided up his clothes by casting lots. 36 And sitting down, they kept watch over him there. 37 Above his head they placed the written charge against him: this is jesus, the king of the jews. 38 Two robbers were crucified with him, one on his right and one on his left. 39 Those who passed by hurled insults at him, shaking their heads 40 and saying, “You who are going to destroy the temple and build it in three days, save yourself! Come down from the cross, if you are the Son of God!”

41 In the same way the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders mocked him. 42 “He saved others,” they said, “but he can’t save himself! He’s the King of Israel! Let him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in him. 43 He trusts in God. Let God rescue him now if he wants him, for he said, ‘I am the Son of God.’” 44 In the same way the robbers who were crucified with him also heaped insults on him.

 Once more, they wanted God to rescue Jesus now, but they forgot that Jesus said, “‘I am able to destroy the temple of God and rebuild it in three days.” Matthew 26:61 Many attests to Jesus’ resurrection as proof that He was indeed the Son of God. Jesus also said, “11 Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the miracles themselves.” We like the disciples and those who crucified my Lord have to answer the question “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” Jesus has told us I am the Son of God.
If you believe Jesus is the Son of God, think like it, talk like it, act like it. This is the battle of our lives. John 14:23 23 Jesus replied, “If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.

You Get What He says You Will Get

August 30, 2012

As a Father, I have begun to walk in the shoes of my parents. I remember accusing my mother of not being fair because she treated my brother differently in giving him things differently than me. Of course, I did not tell her that. LOL.  You know why. Also remember asking my dad why he did not give me as much money as my brother got on one occasion. In human terms, we are always comparing what we get to what others get. We feel hurt, disrespected and the like when we believe one is not giving us what we believe we should get. We feel that person is being unfair. My kids, especially one of them, are quick to say no fair when one gets and another does not, or when one gets more than the other.

The problem with this line of thinking is that you, my kids and I think too highly of ourselves. Who said that we were entitled to anything even from our parents. Whatever our parents, our family or our friends give us is what they give us. How dare I get upset with a friend because he spent more time, shared more intimate thoughts, gave more of something to another of his friends. Give implies that you did not possess something, so for a person who did not have to get upset over receiving something that was not possessed shows our selfishness and our pride.

In our next unconventional “I am” statement made by Jesus, we see that we even impose our selfish and prideful position on God. We treat God like we treat our family and friends. We expect God to do or give as we say when in reality You Get What He says You Will Get. In Matthew 20, we see the dynamics of this surface as Jesus teaches through the parable of the worker in the vineyard. Let’s listen on the conversation:

“When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman, ‘Call the workers and pay them their wages, beginning with the last ones hired and going on to the first.’

“The workers who were hired about the eleventh hour came and each received a denarius. 10 So when those came who were hired first, they expected to receive more. But each one of them also received a denarius. 11 When they received it, they began to grumbleagainst the landowner. 12 ‘These men who were hired last worked only one hour,’ they said, ‘and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the work and the heat of the day.’

13 “But he answered one of them, ‘Friend, I am not being unfair to you. Didn’t you agree to work for a denarius? 14 Take your pay and go. I want to give the man who was hired last the same as I gave you. 15 Don’t I have the right to do what I want with my own money? Or are you envious because I am generous?

16 “So the last will be first, and the first will be last.”

The point of parable is that God can choose what He wants to choose. If we believe as fallible humans we are entitled to make decisions with we our positions, how much more is my holy God who created all of us? He can choose to do with us as He sees fit. He can choose to give us what He opts to give. “This parable is only a hard saying for those who fail to recognize their absolute dependence on grace for any good thing from God’s hand. There is no room for a Christian to be jealous of the good gifts God has given to another.” Ligonier Ministries

Contrary to our popular belief, we are not entitled to anything. You Get What He says You Will Get. In verse 16, Jesus confirms this. There He says, “So the last will be first, and the first will be last” Ligonier Ministries conveys that positions of honor or prestige in this life by no means assure heavenly approval; indeed, often the reverse will be true. Similarly, as the following parable illustrates (20:1–16), length of earthly labor may not correspond to one’s heavenly reward.” Jesus knew that You Get What He says You Will Get. The question is do we.

What Do you Do When You are not Able?

August 28, 2012

In Matthew 8:2-4, we learned another untraditional “I am” statement by Jesus. After an appeal from a leper to make him clean, Jesus said, “I am willing,” In those verses, Jesus showed that He is willing to help man in his condition that plagues him both physical and spiritual. The man wanted to be cured of his leprosy, but Jesus’ primary emphasis of was not the spiritual cleansing or healing. It was Himself. Jesus knew that telling the man to go to the priest fulfilled the law in Leviticus 14:1–32. The greater knowledge was that Jesus had healed; thus, it was evidence that He was God as leprosy was supposedly only curable by God. Moreover, sin is the leprosy of the soul according to Matthew Henry.

In all the “I am” statements where Jesus claims to be or to do, it evidences who He is – God Almighty. Today in Matthew 9:27-29, we see Jesus again being approached by two men who had been plagued by blindness. They too wished to be cured.

27 As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed him, calling out, “Have mercy on us, Son of David!”

28 When he had gone indoors, the blind men came to him, and he asked them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?”  “Yes, Lord,” they replied.

29 Then he touched their eyes and said, “According to your faith will it be done to you”;

By calling Jesus “Son of David,” which was messianic title, the two men demonstrated their faith in Christ as God. In the question “Do you believe that I am able to do this?”, Jesus proclaims that I am able. Not only is Jesus willing, but He is also able. Being able connotes that He has the ability/power to accomplish a specific task. The Greek word used for able in this verse is dynamai. It means 1) to be able, have power whether by virtue of one’s own ability and resources, or of a state of mind, or through favourable circumstances, or by permission of law or custom 2) to be able to do something 3) to be capable, strong and powerful. It is from the same root from which the word dynamite is derived. Do you see the power of His might? If not, listen to what Job said of God, “I know that you can do all things; no plan of yours can be thwarted.” Jesus told his disciples “…“With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

Jesus answers the question of What Do you Do When You are not Able? We are to have faith in the fact that He says “I am able“. What is it that you have not been able to conquer in your life? What is that which has dogged or plagued you? Be like the two blind men her. Take it to Jesus humbly pleading for Him to have mercy on you.

You Don’t Know My Name

August 27, 2012

Everyone in this world longs to be known in order to meet his/her need to be loved or belong. For her song”You Don’t Know My Name”, Alicia Keys crafts a video of a waitress admiring a regular patron who knows her on the surface. He only knows her by taking his order. She sings of her desire to be known by this man, but she continuously exclaims “You Don’t Know My Name”. Finally, she calls him tells him when he comes in, what he orders etc in efforts to get know him. We all take measures to get to know someone we have an interest in.

Long before Alicia Keys, my Heavenly Father wanted his creature, man, to get to know Him, but man continuously ignores God’s effort to engage man in a relationship. Finally, God comes as man in Christ. Christ makes a number of proclamations about who He is in all designed to provide man the opportunity to have a personal relationship with the Almighty God. Isn’t that ironic? We have a deep need to feel a sense of belonging or love; yet, we spurn God’s repeated efforts to love us. Jesus, during His earthly ministry, made some declarations about who He was. We call them the “I Am” statements. Over this next week, we will look several of them. I hope that we all learn more about who the triune God is from those statements in conjunction with what He does. We know people by what they do.

In today’s text, Matthew 8:1-4, we see people engage Jesus because of what they thought He was. He confirms their presupposition by His actions. Listen in to their conversation:

“When he came down from the mountainside, large crowds followed him. A man with leprosy came and knelt before him and said, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.” Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” Immediately he was cured of his leprosy. Then Jesus said to him, “See that you don’t tell anyone. But go, show yourself to the priest and offer the gift Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.”

The “I Am” statement in this verse is not the typical I Am statement. Here Jesus responds to a man who humbled himself and asked Jesus to heal him, to make him clean. During that time, a leper was consider unclean and forced to live a life unattached to the community. Lepers lived outside the dwelling of the clean and anyone touching a leper made one ceremonially unclean (cf. Lev. 15:7), but in this case the leper is healed and becomes clean rather than Jesus becoming ritually defiled. Jesus did something totally contrary to the norm. The only response Jesus wanted from the man was to offer his life as a testimony to the priest. Jesus was always reaching out to man in efforts to have them know God, to know His name if you will.

By touching a leper and cleansing Him, Jesus demonstrated His power over sin. His power to heal, cleanse and conquer sin. The man said, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.”  “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” Immediately he was cured of his leprosy.” In the I Am  statement in this verse, Jesus proclaims “I am willing“. Jesus was willing to respond to this man, so he could be a testimony of and for God. Jesus is willing in our lives. Are you willing to humble yourself or will Jesus say to you “You Don’t Know My Name“?

Hope in the Root of Jesse

August 24, 2012

As I shared we will finish our excursion into HOPE where we started: with Jesus. The verses below continue to point to Jesus as the HOPE of man. They prophetically proclaim that the Gentiles have a share in the future Jehovah promised in the Old Testament. As Gentiles, our share in God and His kingdom comes through Jesus. Listen to what Paul references below from Romans 15:11-13.

11 And again,

“Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles;
let all the peoples extol him.”[e]

12 And again, Isaiah says,

“The Root of Jesse will spring up,
one who will arise to rule over the nations;
in him the Gentiles will hope.”[f]

13 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.

The Root of Jesse is a clear reference to Jesus. It is verifiable in the genealogical account listed in Matthew 1. That account lists Jesse as the Father of David. David, as king, being the human ancestor of Joseph who is earthly father of Jesus. Verse 12 is a quote from Isaiah 11:10 which says, “10 In that day the Root of Jesse will stand as a banner for the peoples; the nations will rally to him, and his place of rest will be glorious.”

It is clear that Hope in the Root of Jesse is the only Hope we have. When we trust in Him, He will fill us with all joy and peace, so that we may overflow with Hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.  JOY and PEACE to you today.

Accused and on Trial because of Hope

August 23, 2012

Before I move forward, let me say that I nor very many of you who live in these United States of America has experienced what the men who motivated the title of the post for his faith. There are those in the church universal who experience hardships. We call them the persecuted church. Their bodies and lives are challenged for their HOPE in Christ.

Jesus and Paul are those whom I referred as motivators for the post. I can’t tell you how excited I am at this very moment. I am just amazed at God and His plan. Both Jesus and Paul, as proclaimed, suffered for their faith. Both were accused because of their obedience to their faith. Both were put on trial because of their faith. Both were innocent; yet, both suffered because of their faith and obedience. Both are honored by God as their stories live on for eternity in the Word of God.

Conversely, one of the main characters in Acts 26 is King Agrippa. Okay, I must admit that I was just causally looking at the characters this morning, but the Holy Spirit directed me to find out more about Agrippa. Then the contrast of characters came to life. Then the perpetual battle between good and evil, light and darkness came to light. Remember the post Hope For Herod? Herod like others, had heard a lot about Jesus, but did not know who He was. In Luke 23:7-9, Herod’s HOPE was fulfilled. Remember that both Jesus and Paul were Accused and on Trial because of Hope. The commonalities don’t end their. Jesus stood before Herod. Paul before Agrippa. Watch this now. After investigation like the Spirit told me, King Agrippa II was the great-grandson of Herod the Great, who had attempted to kill infant Jesus and who did kill many baby boys in Judea.

Paul, like Jesus, was sharing his testimony about God. Jesus how He came from the Father for those chosen by God. Paul how he came from Jesus for those chosen by Jesus. Listen to a portion of Paul’s testimony in Acts 26.

24 At this point Festus interrupted Paul’s defense. “You are out of your mind, Paul!” he shouted. “Your great learning is driving you insane.”

25 “I am not insane, most excellent Festus,” Paul replied. “What I am saying is true and reasonable. 26 The king is familiar with these things, and I can speak freely to him. I am convinced that none of this has escaped his notice, because it was not done in a corner.27 King Agrippa, do you believe the prophets? I know you do.”

28 Then Agrippa said to Paul, “Do you think that in such a short time you can persuade me to be a Christian?”

29 Paul replied, “Short time or long—I pray God that not only you but all who are listening to me today may become what I am, except for these chains.”

This is too deep for me. I have been reading and trying to write for almost two hours now. It’s too much. Okay, back to the text, Acts 26. This trial really is the last of Paul’s defenses for the gospel.  During his time, the Word captures five speeches defend himself and the gospel. Like Jesus, he was charged with living in opposition to Jewish law and the customs seen in the temple. Like Jesus, he was imprisoned for his obedience to the Word, but none of the charges he was imprisoned for ever lead to a guilty conviction. Nevertheless, both Jesus and Paul were Accused and on Trial because of Hope.

I will come back to this text to continue looking into the similarities of Jesus and Paul. How Paul represents the godly lineage and Agrippa represents the ungodly lineage. The most important thing to note is that if we stand in defense of the gospel by living it and proclaiming it by words we will face opposition. This is what Jesus told Paul. This is what Paul told us. ““For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” Paul also told us that ” 37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8

If you are found worthy, God will afford you the opportunity to stand up for your faith. Then, be ready to be Accused and on Trial because of Hope.

 

Hope For Herod

August 22, 2012

According to InterVarsity Press, “years ago a popular television show often ended with the masked hero riding off into the sunset as someone at the rescue scene inquired, “Who was that masked man?” This passage has very much the same flavor. Reports of Jesus’ activity have reached the nation’s highest political levels. Herod is hearing about what Jesus is doing, and he is attempting to assess who Jesus is. He is perplexed. Like many who encounter Jesus, he is not sure where Jesus fits.

Is Jesus John . . . raised from the dead? (This probably means people speculate that John’s spirit now resides in Jesus.) Others have suggested Elijah, which makes Jesus a prophet of the end times (Mal 3:1; 4:5). The third option is that one of the prophets of long ago had come back to life.Interestingly, all these options have a prophetic thrust. Clearly God is behind Jesus’ activity. But where exactly does he fit? Herod has beheaded John, so why is he hearing such things about someone else? Are prophets proliferating before his eyes? The possibilities pique Herod’s curiosity, and he desires to see Jesus.

This passage continues Luke’s “who is this?” discussion about Jesus. Here Herod serves an as example of one trying to come to grips with who Jesus is. His curiosity and openness end the passage on a note of reflection. Such curiosity is natural when one looks at Jesus from a distance. But who Jesus really is cannot be discovered through secondhand reports and rumors. Genuine testimony about Jesus comes a little later in Luke (9:20). Those who give testimony there will recognize that the One through whom such powerful works occur is more than a prophet.”

Jesus was aware of peoples natural inclination to wonder about him. Remember, He asked the disciples “Who do the crowds say I am?” While Jesus certainly was aware of what people thought, He asked for the benefit of His disciples. Herod, like others, had heard a lot about Jesus, but did not know who He was. In Luke 23:7-9, Herod’s HOPE was fulfilled. He had an opportunity to see Jesus for himself.

When Herod saw Jesus, he was greatly pleased, because for a long time he had been wanting to see him. From what he had heard about him, he hoped to see him perform a sign of some sort. He plied him with many questions, but Jesus gave him no answer.”

Unlike the disciples, Herod did not run to Jesus, but he was offered the opportunity. He wanted to see a miracle but not for the purpose of confirming his faith. He only wanted to be amused. Jesus is not a carnival quirk who role is to amuse. Jesus is God incarnate. By His refusal to answer their questions, Jesus evidenced His value of their questions more importantly their hearts. Jesus knew that Herod had no true interest in following Him for his claim to fame was beheading John the Baptist. Despite it all, Herod’s hope to see Jesus was fulfilled. He was offered HOPE but rejected it.

God shows His son to man, but man rejects the Son and loses HOPE as a consequence.  Hope for Herodis God’s answer to those who will say God is not fair. God gives all man an opportunity to receive Him, but “the mind of sinful man is death,but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace; (Romans 8:6)

 

Hope in the Servant of the Lord

August 21, 2012

We are nearing the end of our posts on HOPE. I want to end where we began – with Jesus Christ. I have maintained that God has called us not to hope in animals, false gods, people, or anything other than Him. Abraham was given this hope and prophecy in which Jesus fulfills. In Isaiah 42:1-4, we see the prophecy about Jesus reiterated. In Matthew 12:17-21, we see proclamation of Jesus as the fulfillment of the prophecy/promise made to Abraham which Isaiah also prophesied.

In Matthew 12:7-21, God has Matthew to restate the prophecy He gave Isaiah about Jesus. Once more, God is calling us to HOPE in Him/Jesus. Here is what God says about Jesus in Matthew 12.

17 This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah:

18 “Here is my servant whom I have chosen,
the one I love, in whom I delight;
I will put my Spirit on him,
and he will proclaim justice to the nations.
19 He will not quarrel or cry out;
no one will hear his voice in the streets.
20 A bruised reed he will not break,
and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out,
till he leads justice to victory.
21     In his name the nations will put their hope.”

Jesus fulfills many promises God made well before His incarnation. God is telling us that “the nations will put their hope” in Jesus’ name. We know that Jesus said in John 17:11 11 I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name—the name you gave me—so that they may be one as we are one. By now, we should know to Hope in the Servant of the Lord.

You still may not be able to draw the conclusion that our Hope lies only in Jesus. Moreover, God says in the name of Jesus. I am not sure what’s going on in your life now, but God is calling all of us to put our HOPE in the name of Jesus. While God may not change our circumstances or our suffering, our HOPE continues to be in Jesus. Hope in the Servant of the Lord.

The Lord’s Love: Our Hope

August 19, 2012

In Lamentations 3, we see what the Christian life really entails. We see good times and bad. We see the ebbs and flows man experiences in trials and difficulties. Isn’t that what our lives are like? As Forrest Gump said, “My mama always said, life was like a box a chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.” We don’t know what’s coming our way, but we are able to know a God who can aid us in our trials and difficulties. In that, we see The Lord’s Love: Our Hope”.

19 I remember my affliction and my wandering,
the bitterness and the gall.
20 I well remember them,
and my soul is downcast within me.
21 Yet this I call to mind
and therefore I have hope:

22 Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail.
23 They are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
24 I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion;
therefore I will wait for him.”

25 The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him,
to the one who seeks him;
26 it is good to wait quietly
for the salvation of the Lord.

The writer, before verse 19, reflected on all the trials and difficulties over the years of his life. After it, he reflected on the benefits or blessings brought to him because of the Lord’s love.

Where are you in trusting in the Lord’s love? Trusting in His causes man not to be consumed. Moreover, it is His love that causes us to have new mercies and compassions each day. Here we learn The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.” We learn The Lord’s Love: Our Hope.

If you want hope, hope in the Lord’s great love. Write down five ways that you personally know God has shown His great love to you. Reflect on these all week.

Assurance of Hope by God through His Power and Plan

August 17, 2012

As I sat with my mother yesterday exclaiming that God and her were the reasons my life has been so blessed, I saw tears roll down her eyes. She said,”Darron, you don’t know how many mothers would want to hear what you just said.” She also said, “Every parent, not someone who births a child but a parent, ever wants is your good. That’s all I wanted for you. I wanted you to grow up to be a man, and you have done that.” Finally now as a parent, I have some insight into what my mom said. I also know about my disobedience and the whippings she put on me to straighten me out.

In our text, Jeremiah 29, today, we hear and see a parent reminding His children in the midst of their discipline that He has their good in mind through this hardship. It conjures up that proverbial, “this is going to hurt me more than it hurts you” statement that I and many others heard when we were about to receive consequences for our wrong doing. My experiences don’t quite capture what this parent is saying. This parent, well, let me give you the background.

In Jeremiah 25, listen to what this parent told His children.

And though the Lord has sent all his servants the prophets to you again and again, you have not listened or paid any attention. They said, “Turn now, each of you, from your evil ways and your evil practices, and you can stay in the land the Lord gave to you and your fathers for ever and ever. Do not follow other gods to serve and worship them; do not provoke me to anger with what your hands have made. Then I will not harm you.”

“But you did not listen to me,” declares the Lord, “and you have provoked me with what your hands have made, and you have brought harm to yourselves.”

Therefore the Lord Almighty says this: “Because you have not listened to my words, I will summon all the peoples of the north and my servant Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon,” declares the Lord, “and I will bring them against this land and its inhabitants and against all the surrounding nations. I will completely destroy them and make them an object of horror and scorn, and an everlasting ruin. 10 I will banish from them the sounds of joy and gladness, the voices of bride and bridegroom, the sound of millstones and the light of the lamp. 11 This whole country will become a desolate wasteland, and these nations will serve the king of Babylon seventy years.”

In essence, I have warned you and warned you. I sent people to tell you to change your behavior, but you did not, so you will be captured for 70 years. Note God’s faithfulness in fulfilling His Word in response to our disobedience. God is faithful in disobedience as well as in obedience. The Israelites were brought into captivity by Nebuchadnezzar just as He said.

When we are going through our discipline, some times we lose sight of what the goal is for the consequence. God, in His faithfulness, did not want the people to lose heart nor settle into the thought that this was all that was planned for them. He reminded them that being in captivity was not the end. He reminded them that He had told them after the 70 years that He would come back for their release recharting their course back to fulfill His plan to use them to bless all nations, but He did not want them to be fooled by what false prophets were telling them, so He sent Word to them.

This brings us to our text today, Jeremiah 29

Yes, this is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: “Do not let the prophets and diviners among you deceive you. Do not listen to the dreams you encourage them to have. They are prophesying lies to you in my name. I have not sent them,” declares the Lord. 10 This is what the Lord says: “When seventy years are completed for Babylon, I will come to you and fulfill my gracious promise to bring you back to this place. 11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. 14 I will be found by you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back from captivity. I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile.”

When life has gotten tough, these verses bring me through. It reminds me of how God relates to His people, of which I am; therefore, I take solace in these verses where He provides a conditional promise about my life and future.

“11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”

God had a plan to prosper me and not harm me, plans to give me HOPE and a future. The future is the next minute, hour, year and beyond this life. Isn’t this what we all want? God says the only way for me to experience His divine plan for my life is to seek Him with all my heart. That gives me Assurance of Hope by God through His Power and Plan. It gives me access to talk to the Father and a guarantee that He will listen.

Through my obedience to Jehovah, I have access to talk to the Father (praying), guarantee that He will listen to my prayers, a plan set to prosper me and to give me HOPE and a future. We must seek Him with all our heart. The Hebrew word for heart is lebab which means inner man, mind, will, heart, soul, understanding. With all we have.