Friday, April 14, 2017

When I Need a Resurrection Hope - Devotional - April 14, 2017


This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain into God's inner sanctuary. - Hebrews 6;19

“I hope so….” 

I say the words, but they feel lifeless.  I close my eyes and reach deep inside to find her – hope – but she’s nowhere to be found. 

How did I let her slip away?

That’s when the tears begin to fall.   As I stand at the edge of Easter, looking at the challenges surrounding me, I feel anything but celebratory.  Instead I feel…

Weak.
Vulnerable.
Broken.
….Hopeless. 

Desperately, I start to scroll through my phone.  Maybe I can borrow someone else’s hope for tonight.   My fingers stop as I hear the Holy Spirit whisper, “you’re not going to find hope there.”  I look past my phone to an object that has fallen off my nightstand.  I clear away my tears to see it clearly – a small cross.

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ. - 1 Peter 1;3

The word hope has become very watered down in our culture.  A person playing the lottery “hopes” to win.  A student crams the night before an exam and “hopes” to get a passing grade.  From a worldly perspective, hope is nothing more than the desire for a favorable outcome – a watered down optimism.  The problem with this hope, is that when everything around you speaks to the contrary, this hope dies.

But, as children of God, our hope is not based on our circumstances or our own abilities.  In the midst of our struggles there is a tangible hope we can grasp on to.

Hope in Christ’s sacrifice
There’s a beautiful verse in the song Jesus Paid it All that says, “praise the One who paid my debt, and raised this life up from the dead.”  Every burden that we could possibly bear in life was already bore by our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  So when we begin to feel the burdens of life weighing us down, we need only nail them back on the cross where it belongs.

Hope in Christ’s resurrection
His resurrection means we have a LIVING hope.  It is a hope that was torn to shreds, beaten, and afflicted to the point of death – yet lives!  It is a hope that refused to remain dead.

This is the hope we cling to.

When we are in the middle of spiritual warfare; when we feel unloved, abandoned, rejected, weak, or afraid, our hope is no ordinary hope – it is a resurrection hope.

This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain into God's inner sanctuary. - Hebrews 6;19

I pick the cross up off my floor and hold it.

I stare at it and am reminded – God is not finished.

God will bring dead things to life.

I hold it to my chest and lay down to rest.  Hope is not lost. It is always within my reach.  I just need to keep holding on.


Hi, Friend.  Have you ever felt hopeless?  Mind if we pray together?

Dear Lord, Thank you that You make all things new.  Through your death, burial, and resurrection we have a hope that is not based on worldly things.  Your love and power pave the way for new life with you.  I confess my need for you.  I’ve been trying to lean on my own power and strength for too long. Renew my heart and mind, and prepare me for the path you have before me. Keep your words of truth planted in me so that I can experience your full freedom in my life today and always.  Death could not hold you down, and neither will the challenges that I face keep me from experiencing the victory that I have in you. I grab a hold of your resurrection power today. In Jesus name. Amen.
Happy Resurrection Day.

2 comments:

  1. Julia,

    It is me, Patty.

    It is soooo good to read your e-mail again and it is truly a blessing.

    I love the way you share and tie everything in together. I have truly missed youe blogs. They are so good and meaningful.

    I really enjoyed it because I laugh at the fact this is what I do sometimes. Not much anymore but I have don't this. And it is nice knowing I am not the only one...it makes me smile inside. For this!!! Thank you for touching me tonight with your beauiful writing. I am unable to write so beauiful.

    Thank you again for sharing and it was nice seeing you at church yesterday.

    I hope you are doing well.

    May God bless you many times for stopping and taking a moment to write your blog. I know lots of people are going to truly enjoy it. I did!!!

    Good night and happy easter.

    Love and blessings,
    Patty

    PS You have a great gift and you are sharing it with others. night night - I wish I could write like you. night

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