Warm Greetings!

Warm greetings!  I sincerely hope this finds that each of you are well.  This is just a short post today to share some of the scriptural truths which impressed me as I was going through my devotional reading earlier this morning.  The passage I was reading comes from 2 Chronicles 17…

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Jehoshaphat, the king of Judah, reigned from circa 874 to 850 BC.  He was the great-great-grandson of Solomon (after whose reign the northern and southern tribes split into the two kingdoms of Israel and Judah, circa 931 BC).  When Jehoshaphat’s great-grandfather (and Solomon’s son), Rehoboam “was firmly established and strong, he abandoned the Law of the Lord, and all Israel followed him in this sin” (2 Chronicles 12:1, NLT04).  When Jehoshaphat’s grandfather (and Rehoboam’s son), Abijah reigned,  the icons of idolatry and adultery (foreign altars, pagan shrines, sacred pillars, incense altars, and Asherah poles) remained in the land.  When Jehoshaphat’s father (and Abijah’s son), Asa reigned, he “did what was pleasing and good in the sight of the Lord his God…remov[ing] the foreign altars and pagan shrines…smash[ing] the sacred pillars and cut[ting] down the Asherah poles” (2 Chronicles 14:2-3, NLT04).

Here is what the above passage tells us about Jehoshaphat:

a. He worshiped God, not the images of Baal.

b. He sought God, not the permeating falsehoods.

c. He obeyed God’s commands, not the evil practices of the kingdom of Israel.

d. He was deeply committed to the ways of God, not the idolatry and adultery that had become commonplace.

Jehoshaphat’s worship of, seeking of, obeying, commitment to, and revived heart toward God was contrary to what had become acceptable in the society for those past near 60 years.  And do you know what Jehoshaphat became?  …A missionary to his own people!

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In the third year of his reign Jehoshaphat sent his officials to teach in all the towns of Judah.  These officials included Ben-hail, Obadiah, Zechariah, Nethanel, and Micaiah.  He sent Levites along with them, including Shemaiah, Nethaniah, Zebadiah, Asahel, Shemiramoth, Jehonathan, Adonijah, Tobijah, and Tob-adonijah.  He also sent out the priests Elishama and Jehoram. They took copies of the Book of the Law of the LORD and traveled around through all the towns of Judah, teaching the people” (2 Corinthians 17:7-9, NLT07).

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Did you know that no less is expected of us?  “Jesus came and told His disciples, ‘I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth.  Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.  Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you.  And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age’” (Matthew 28:18-20, NLT07).  You don’t necessarily have to leave your country, your region, your county, your city, and sometimes even your own household to be a missionary!  Mind blowing, I know.  The Lord Jesus Christ has commanded us…He has commanded YOU, His obedient disciple to teach others whether near or far to be obedient disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ likewise!

Godspeed!

Victoria

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All I’ve Ever Needed

I was reading in Revelation.  As I came to the final chapters, I did a double-take.  Within the span of eight verses virtually the same statement is made twice.

“But I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple.  The city had no need of the sun or of the moon to shine in it, for the glory of God illuminated it.  The Lamb is its light.  And the nations of those who are saved shall walk in its light, and the kings of the earth bring their glory and honor into it.  Its gates shall not be shut at all by day (there shall be no night there).  And they shall bring the glory and the honor of the nations into it.  But there shall by no means enter it anything that defiles, or causesan abomination or a lie, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.  And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb.  In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each treeyielding its fruit every month.   The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.   And there shall be no more curse, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall serve Him.  They shall see His face, and His name shall be on their foreheads.  There shall be no night there: They need no lamp nor light of the sun, for the Lord God gives them light.  And they shall reign forever and ever” (Revelation 21:23-22:5).

This was John’s description of the New Jerusalem as the Lord Jesus Christ revealed it to him.  How profoundly it must have astounded John!  I mean for him to mention it more than once sounds like it’s pretty important to me.  I see such an emphatic reiteration as sort of being like when your mama is trying to get your attention so she uses both your forename AND middle name.  You know?

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The city had no need of the sun or of the moon to shine in it, for the glory of God illuminated it.  The Lamb is its light… There shall be no night there: They need no lamp nor light of the sun, for the Lord God gives them light.

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There is no need, NO NEED, of anything other than Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God!  Are our lives a reflection of this truth?  Is there no need of anything other than Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God in our lives?  If we are not sure we could answer that question how we would like to, what might be keeping us from doing so?  Why is that or are those things keeping us from being able to say that there no need of anything other than Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God in our lives?  How could we ensure to live more and more as there is no need of anything other than Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God in our lives?

I would encourage you to spend time with the Lord Jesus Christ in prayer and in the Word, seeking Him.  Praise Him for graciously and mercifully revealing Himself.  Tell Him your heart, that you are or want to be desperate to live more and more as there is no need of anything other than Him in your life.  And thank Him.

Blessings,

Victoria

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KEEP Knowing Him Better

“For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers.  I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know Him better” (Ephesians 1:15-17, NIV84).

Who has the Lord Jesus placed in your life’s path to encourage in the faith?  Has someone come to mind?  In his letter to the Ephesians, the Apostle Paul expresses his earnest affection for his readers.  “I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers” (see verse 16).  Why?  So that they might “know Him [Jesus Christ] better” (see verse 17).

In the Christian community, saying that one came to “know Jesus” tends to be used to refer to the moment in which one repented and believed in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.  I used to have this perception that “leading someone to know Jesus” meant having them repeat a prayer in that moment to repent and believe in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.  But here’s the thing, I had never realized that coming to “know Jesus” is an ever deepening relationship (i.e.: to KEEP knowing Him BETTER).

The person or persons the Lord Jesus has placed in your life’s path to encourage in the faith may (or may not) have already come to repent and believe in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior in that moment.

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Then how can we encourage those in the faith if they’re already in-the-faith?

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Don’t stop giving thanks for them, remembering them in prayer!  Paul KEPT asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, might give the Ephesians the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that they might ever know Him better!   

“Lord Jesus, I pray today for those You have placed in our life’s path to evangelize, equip, and or encourage to keep knowing You better. May their faith increase!  May they have a truly ever deepening relationship with You, Jesus!  May You give them more and more wisdom to see You and to hear You as You continue to reveal Yourself to them.  Thank you for this privilege You have given us to expresses our earnest affection for You and those You have placed in our life’s path!  And thank you for them!  Amen.”      

In Christ,

Victoria

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HAPPY 2014!

Hello there!  Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by the With True Hope blog 🙂  I would like to wish you a Happy New Year!  I hope that you all had an exceptional 2013 and I pray that you all will have a blessed 2014!  In 2013, we published over fifty posts which were seen by readers in over forty countries around the world!  If you might have missed any of those posts, please feel free to search through the archives on the left-hand side of this site to access all of the With True Hope posts which are organized according to month.

Coming this new year we will be making some improvements to the With True Hope blog such as with its publishing dates, format, and even appearance.  Throughout this process, your understanding, patience, and prayers will be greatly appreciated!  Again, I offer my thanks, thoughts, and prayers to you in this new year!  May you and your loved ones have a joyous year filled with an increase of the Lord Jesus’   g r a c e,   p e a c e,  and   p r e s e n c e   in your lives!

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Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful” – Jesus (John 14:27, NASB95).

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“May grace and peace be multiplied to you through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.   His divine power has given us everything required for life and godliness through the knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness.  By these He has given us very great and precious promises, so that through them you may share in the divine nature, escaping the corruption that is in the world because of evil desires” (2 Peter 1:2-4, HCSB09).

All The Best In Christ,

Victoria

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