Few and Far

Dear Readers,

You have not been forgotten!  I know that posts these days have been few and far between.  I apologize.  Keeping up with the responsibilities of being both a teacher and a student has removed the term “spare time” from my vocabulary.  But as it is Spring Break this week, I have gained some much needed time to sit and share with you once again!

The Scripture I would like to share with you comes from Psalm 26.  Psalm 26:1-3 in the Message says, “(1) Clear my name, God; I’ve kept an honest shop.  I’ve thrown in my lot with You, God, and I’m not budging.  (2)  Examine me, God, from head to foot, order Your battery of tests.  Make sure I’m fit inside and out  (3)  so I never lose sight of Your love, but keep in step with You, never missing a beat.

The thought I would like to center on is what is said in the third verse about never losing sight and never missing a beat.  I don’t know about you but I find it all too easy TO lose sight and TO miss a beat, especially when there is a lot going on in my surroundings to distract me.

Imagine for a moment that you are driving on the road and on the side of the road fire hydrants are exploding water out into the air and there are gigantic flashing neon signs on the other side of the road, your cell phone is ringing, your coffee spills all over the place, other drivers on the road are speeding and swerving in every which direction, up ahead a family of ducks is crossing the road, alpacas are being lifted by helicopter out of the middle of the road, and meanwhile you are being chased by an ANGRY politician and his party of ex-convicts who have a bounty on your head.  Who would remain calm, remember to use signals when changing lanes, stay within the speed limit, and follow the GPS’s directions in the midst of all that? 

Sounds absurd, I know!  But how many of us can feel like that driver– tying to never lose sight, trying to keep in step, and trying to never miss a beat– in the midst of a barrage of relentless and ridiculous distractions?

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What threatens to distract you?

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The rest of Psalm 26 talks about a barrage of threatening distractions…

– deceitful men (Ps. 26:4)

– pretenders (Ps. 26:4)

– evildoers (Ps. 26:5)

– wicked (Ps. 26:5)

– sinners (Ps. 26:9)

– murderers (Ps. 26:9)

– schemers (Ps. 26:10)

– bribers (Ps. 26:10)

…but it also talks about how the barrage of threatening distractions CAN BE WITHSTOOD!  That’s found in the third verse.  Never lose sight of God’s love, keep in step with Him, never missing a beat! 

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What does never losing sight, keeping in step, and never missing a beat mean?

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It means…

Trusting God.  “And I have trusted in the LORD without wavering” (Ps. 26:1, NASB95).

Fearing God.  “Examine me, O LORD, and try me; test my mind and my heart” (Ps. 26:2, NASB95).

Remembering God.  “For Your lovingkindness is before my eyes, and I have walked in Your truth” (Ps. 26:3, NASB95).

Avoiding Compromising Situations.  “I do not sit with deceitful men, nor will I go with pretenders.  I hate the assembly of evildoers, and I will not sit with the wicked” (Ps. 26:4-5, NASB95).

Keeping Turned Toward God.  “I shall wash my hands in innocence, and I will go about Your altar, O LORD” (Ps. 26:6, NASB95).

Being Thankful God Works.  “That I may proclaim with the voice of thanksgiving and declare all Your wonders” (Ps. 26:7, NASB95).

Spending Time in God’s Presence and With His People.  “O LORD, I love the habitation of Your house
and the place where Your glory dwells” (Ps. 26:8, NASB95).

Knowing that God Redeems.  “But as for me, I shall walk in my integrity; redeem me, and be gracious to me” (Ps. 26:11, NASB95).

Being An Example.  “In the congregations I shall bless the Lord” (Ps. 26:12, NASB95).

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“If we set God’s loving-kindness before us as our pattern, to which we endeavor to conform ourselves, being followers of Him that is good, in His goodness…if we set it before us as our great engagement and encouragement to our duty, and are afraid of doing anything to forfeit God’s favor and in care by all means to keep ourselves in His love…this will not only be a good evidence of our integrity, but will have a great influence upon our perseverance in it” (Matthew Henry’s Commentary On The Whole Bible: Complete and Unabridged in One Volume, New Modern Edition Database, Hendrickson Publishers, Inc., p. 778, Psalm 26).

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Never Lose Sight.  Keep In Step.  Never Miss A Beat.

Victoria

 

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May it be…

We have happened upon With True Hope‘s one year anniversary!  Woo Hoo!  With True Hope was officially launched on Friday, June 1, 2012 with the post “with true hope…“, explaining the reason for this blog’s existence– the true hope of Christ Jesus!  As such, the purpose of this weekly blog is to communicate the true hope of Christ Jesus, as a ministry of True Hope Ministries (THM).1  Lots has happened over the course of With True Hope‘s first year…and ALL the glory goes to the Lord God, Jesus Christ!  We’ve had the privilege of writing with the True Hope Ministries team (“Arch Enemies”, Wait, WHO’S worthy of worship!?!, Samaria ), hosting several guest contributors (Humility – A Dirty Word, Light and Darkness, The Lord Our Righteousness), and even conducting an exclusive interview!

So what can we expect for With True Hope’s second year?

I would hope (no pun intended) to see us continue to communicate the true hope of Christ Jesus as He so wills– whether it be through writing with the True Hope Ministries team again, hosting/re-hosting guest contributors, conducting more interviews, or perhaps incorporating vlogging and endeavoring to provide some instructional post (series) especially in the category of Bible Study Tools and Tactics!  Regardless of the means through which we communicate the reality of the true hope of Christ Jesus on With True Hope this next year, it is absolutely necessary that we fervently communicate the reality of the true hope of Christ Jesus– and that will not change.

We’d appreciate it if you would remember us in your prayers that every word we write and/or speak will be what the Lord God, Jesus Christ wills so that With True Hope will accomplish what He pleases!  Thank you for reading and praying!  It is our prayer that you will be blessed and that the Holy Spirit of Jesus Christ will minister to you and give you a reason to have hope with every word on this blog!

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“For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, and do not return there, but water the earth, and make it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; it shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it” (Isaiah 55:10-11, NKJV82).

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“You can heal the heartache, speak over the fear.  God, your voice is the only thing we need to hear.  Words can build us up, words can break us down, start a fire in our hearts, or put it out.  Let my words be life, let my words be truth, I don’t want to say a word unless it points the world back to You.  Let the words I say be the sound of Your grace, I don’t want to say a word unless it points the world back to You” (“Words”, Hawk Nelson)!

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Take joy my King, in what You hear, may it be a sweet, sweet sound in Your ear!

May it be,

Victoria

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with true hope…

With True Hope represents more than just the name of a weekly blog with True Hope Ministries.  It is a sort of play on words since it also represents the inspiration, focus, and reason for launching With True Hope.  So for this “official” initiation of the With True Hope blog, I want to share a bit about the “why” of With True Hope.

With True Hope exists because of the true hope of Christ Jesus.  The most influential passage of Scripture which inspired the name of this weekly blog is found in Ephesians 2.

“[R]emember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from the promise, without hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who were once far away have been brought near through the blood of Christ” (Ephesians 2:12-13, NIV84).

To appreciate the astounding, exceedingly abundant depth of hope even further, I believe it is important to note some background information about this scripture.

“In the beginning”, humanity was created by God to share a perfect intimate relationship with God.  Humanity broke the perfect intimate relationship by sinning against Him, and consequently welcomed a cross-generational, humanly-undoable barrier.  Our resulting status: without God, without hope.

But God!  God pursued us!  God made forgiveness accessible to us!

Leviticus 17:11 says, “For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I [this is God speaking] have given it to you upon the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood that makes atonement for the soul [or ‘for one’s life’]” (NKJV).  Hebrews 9:22 tells us that “without shedding of blood there is no forgiveness” (NASB).  And God delivered!  He, Himself came as the perfect union between God and man─ Jesus Christ.  He, Himself shed His blood, through which our sins are forgiven if we have faith that it is just as He has said.

“For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him. Whoever believes in Him is not condemned” (John 3:17-18, NIV 84).

The resulting status: with God, with hope!

This is what With True Hope is about…encouraging you to know the reality of the true hope of Jesus Christ.  You do not have to live without hope nor without God in any or all aspects of your life because of Jesus Christ!

More With True Hope to come!

Victoria