Phil Fischer with Jesus Lives – A Devotion on “Hope, Trust, and Love”
Lately, I’ve been clinging to the promises of God. The world we once knew has changed a lot and at warp speed. The unfamiliarity of present circumstances has had many of us on edge. But God tells us not to be anxious or afraid. Therefore, we need to seek out the source of all spiritual encouragement: The Bible. God’s living word is our spiritual sustenance. Supernaturally, it builds us up and helps us through each day. It equips believers to meet every challenge and obstacle. The Bible is filled with instruction and encouraging promises. In fact, the promises of God have been a great help to me lately since I find myself facing difficulties in each demanding new day. These promises remind me that God has a plan, is in control, will protect and provide for my needs, and that He loves me beyond human comprehension.
“There are many plans in a man’s heart, nevertheless the Lord’s counsel—that will stand.” Proverbs 19:21 (NKJV)
“I know that You can do all things; no purpose of Yours can be thwarted.” Job 42:2 (NIV)
“’For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways,’ declares the Lord.” Isaiah 55:8 (NIV)
It is in Christ alone, not man, that we must place our hope and trust. Man is flawed, sinful, and will always disappoint. God is perfect and cannot lie. He is our hope. He is our future. He is trustworthy while man will fail us over and over. We are not to put our trust in men, wealth, government, or personal accomplishments. Only God can uphold us and help us navigate dark and unprecedented times.
“Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful.” Hebrews 10:23 (NIV)
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11 (NKJV)
“Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.” Psalm 20:7 (NIV)
“Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22-23 (NIV)
Should a day overtake you where feelings of panic, fear, or a sense of being overwhelmed blankets you, I suggest you start reading your Bible. In fact, make a list of God’s promises now so you have them ready when you are under spiritual attack. Truth is the best way to battle the lies of the enemy. A soldier readys himself for battle. He trains his body and prepares his mind. Indeed, we know God doesn’t want us to tremble in our boots during this season of turbulent unrest. We are called to be bold and stouthearted. We have the empowerment of the Holy Spirit to strengthen and help us.
The armor of Christ is always at our disposal, powerful and effective in tearing down strongholds. The peace of Christ is for the taking, but it comes to us only when we have placed our trust in God. Do you trust in the Love of God? Can you lay aside the cares of this world and put your hope in the eternal home that awaits you? Will you cast aside every anxious thought and think of only that which is lovely and pure? This practice can help you pass through the stormy waters that engulf you until once again you are able to face every obstacle in your path without any fear or trembling.
“Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.” Philippians 4:8 (NKJV)