Sunday, April 17, 2016

Devotion: Hang On!

Do you ever have those moments where you just want to give up?  What about a recent instance where you face a difficult situation?  You feel that you have done all that you know to do and nothing seems to be working.  And now you are at the end of your rope; at the point where you are just ready to give up?  Don’t let go and give up, instead, “hang on.”

“Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord” (Psalm 27:14).

We are told not to be impatient, but instead to wait on the Lord for he will come to the rescue.  When we place our hope in the Lord, we need to take heart and be strong as well.  We also need to “be of good courage,” and when we do, God will strengthen our heart.  This will help us to endure.

“But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.  They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint” (Isaiah 40:31 NIV).

Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful (Hebrews 10:23 NASB).  Therefore, never lose hope, for there is always hope.  It is in this hope that we are saved.  Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer (Romans 12:12 NIV).  Never lose hope, there is always hope.  For in this hope we were saved.  Now hope that is seen is not hope.  For who hopes for what he sees?  But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience (Romans 8:24-25 NIV).

“For instance, there was God’s promise to Abraham: God took an oath in his own name, since there was no one greater to swear by, that he would bless Abraham again and again, and give him a son and make him the father of a great nation of people.  Then Abraham waited patiently until finally God gave him a son, Isaac, just as he had promised” (Hebrews 6:13-15 TLB).

Abraham waited patiently on the Lord; holding on to the promises of God and God finally gave him a son just as he promised.  As a child of God, you have the right to the inheritance of the new covenant, a better covenant, built with better promises (Hebrews 8:6).  As a child of God, you have the right to good health, wealth, and total life prosperity (III John 1:2).  You have a divine inheritance to the best in life, deserving all the Father has to offer.  Jesus tells us that he came that we “might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly” (John 10:10).  And while you may have the right to good health, wealth, and total life prosperity there be a thief, an adversary if you will, that is come to kill your good health, steal your wealth, and to destroy your total life prosperity (John 10:10).  He walks about like a roaring lion, seeking those that he may devour (I Peter 5:8).  The Bible tells us not to give place or opportunity to the devil (Ephesians 4:27).  The devil wants to steal your divine inheritance.  He wants to steal all of your rights.  He does not what you to prosper in this life at all.  So, don’t give up, “hang on.”

Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful (Hebrews 10:23).

Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, to that hope that we say we have and not be changed.  We can trust God for he who promised is faithful to do what he has promised.  You might be at the end of your rope and ready to let go, but don’t let go.  “Hang on” because you will find God there.  There are more than thousands promises in the Bible and God has not broken one of them.  As you discover them, let them be your reasons to “hang on.”  Remember to keep the faith (Ephesians 6:10-20), stay the course (Philippians 1:16), and always, fight the good fight of faith (I Timothy 6:12).  Things will get better.  It might be stormy now, but it can't rain forever.  Amen.

We pray that today’s inspirational message will give you a new perspective on what it mean to “hang on.”  We also pray that this message will bless you, inform you, and that you will be the better for having read it.  If blessed by this message, please share so that others may be blessed as well.  Amen.

Enjoy your blessings - KW

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