Tuesday 29 August 2017

Hope builds on nothing less

Day 23 (29 Aug 2017, Tuesday) Psalm 42:11

In the letter to the Corinthians 13:13, Paul writes, ‘And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.’  Here, Paul states that hope remains despite of what spiritual gifts we may possess.  Even if we have the gift of prophecy, it is just a shadow in our lives.

We may exercise the power of healing but it too will disappear.  In contrast, hope remains forever.  Why was Paul giving emphasis to hope?  How is hope great for our Christian life?

Israel had been hoping that God would someday deliver them from the bondage of slavery.  Their forefathers experienced the same hope while they were living in the desert.  It was the promise of Yahweh that was the root of Israel’s hope.  In a similar way, our hope in God should be real and practical as we focus on Jesus Christ, the promised Messiah.

When I was writing this, I was reminded of a hymn written by Edward Mote.  The title of the song is ‘My Hope is Built on Nothing Less.’  He was a Pastor in England in 1834.
One Sunday, Mote visited the home of a member whose wife was very ill.  After they sang the hymn, the woman was healed.
Let us sing this song as a prayer, so that our hope in God will grow into perfection :

“My hope is built on nothing less,
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness;
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly lean on Jesus’ name”

Pray for 8 Mountains of Influence :  Family

Pray for the restoration of God’s intended purpose for this realm - that life might be multiplied and that the God - given destiny for every individual will be realized.
Pray for healing of all broken relationship in families.

Pray for watchfulness and discernment against the enemy’s schemes to break down marriages.
Pray that God will shepherd parents under His command and arm them with His Word so that their marriages will be a light to the world and a role model for the next generation.

Pray for unmarried/singles that they will be completely secure in the love of God and in their identity as sons and daughters of God.  Lacking nothing, they will attain their full potential in life.

 Necf Malaysia

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