Hands To The Heavens

Brand new worship album from Kari Jobe!  Check out her song “Hands To The Heavens”…  Powerful lyrics!  Makes us think: Are we truly expectant for the Spirit of God to move in us– His church?  Come back to the With True Hope blog soon for more on EXPECTANCY.      

“We are Your church
We are Your sons and daughters
We’ve gathered here to meet with You

We lift our eyes
We lay our hearts before You
Expectant here for You to move

With our hands to the Heavens
Alive in Your presence
Oh God, when You come
So pour out Your Spirit
We love to be near You
Oh God, when You come

You are the way
The truth and life we live for
Oh how we long to know You more

Come like a rushing wind
Come light the fire again
Come like a burning flame
Have Your way
Have Your way.” (Hands To The Heavens//Majestic//Kari Jobe)

His Servant,





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?


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.


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.




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three days silent

How long could you go without hearing from a loved one?  If you’re anything like me, it’s probably not for long.  Even the thought of such a separation makes my heart sink.  I was taken aback by a lyric in Lacey Sturm’s latest song, “Mercy Tree”, which I’d like to share with you:  “Three days silent in the ground, this body born for heaven’s crown”.  The song is about Calvary– the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ.  This lyric pertains to the time in between Christ giving up His spirit when He breathed His last upon the cross (Matthew 27:50, Mark 15:37, Luke 23:46, John 19:30) and Christ rising again when He left the grave empty, securing life (Matthew 28, Mark 16, Luke 24, John 20).

three days silent

Oh, how the hearts of those who loved Jesus Christ must have sunk in the        d e s p e r a t i o n   o f   e n d u r i n g   t h a t   s i l e n c e.  I had never deeply pondered what that must have been like before…until now.  It must have been THE longest three days ever!  What a mix of emotions His loved ones must have experienced!  Sadness.  Anguish.  Heartache.   Anticipation.  Yearning.  Fear.  Doubt.

After the Sabbath past, the women among Jesus’ disciples had prepared spices to bring to the grave, intending to anoint the lifeless body of Christ.  However, Christ was not lifeless but rather the absolute opposite!  They approached the grave and “[t]he angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid; for I know that you are looking for Jesus who has been crucified.  “He is not here, for He has risen, just as He said. Come, see the place where He was lying.  “Go quickly and tell His disciples that He has risen from the dead; and behold, He is going ahead of you into Galilee, there you will see Him; behold, I have told you” (Matthew 28:5–7, NASB95).  Just as He said.  You see, Jesus knew that those three days of silence were coming before they came:  “Jesus began to show His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised up on the third day” (Matthew 16:21, NASB95).  He promised that the silence would not last!  And that is good news indeed!

Astonishment!  Hope!  Joy!  Relief!  Delight!  Peace!  Comfort!  Isn’t that what you’d experience in reuniting with a loved one after being apart?  Well, reuniting with Jesus Christ is all that magnified an infinite number of times!  How do I know?  I’m glad you asked…


“On a hill called Calvary, stands an endless mercy tree, every broken weary soul , find your rest and be made whole” (Mercy Tree, Lacey Sturm).


Christ was crucified and resurrected for you and me!  Oh, what a truly bright and glorious day!  Christ conquered death and secured life for those who believe in Him!  This is the reason He came, born of a virgin as it is written, that you and I would never have to be apart from Him!  It was His good pleasure to reconcile us to Himself and give us eternal hope through His sacrifice, the shedding of His blood, on our behalf (Colossians 1:19-23)!  Praise Him for the mercy tree!

Reconciled To Christ, Never To Be Apart From Him!



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Thank the LORD because HE is good! (Beautiful Day)

“Come to ME when you’re weary and I’LL give you hope when you’re hurting, I’LL give you rest from your burden.  Come to ME when you’re weary and I’LL give you hope when you’re hurting, oh I’M gonna carry your burden” (“Come To Me”, Jamie Grace).


“Everybody’s going to go through something big.  Everybody’s going to have something difficult in their life.  But the beauty of it is that no matter how big that stuff is GOD IS ALWAYS BIGGER.  AND HE’S ALWAYS IN CONTROL.  AND HE’S ALWAYS THE KING. No matter how difficult life gets and no matter how many things come in your way that you can’t control, we can always choose to go to JESUS…” — Jamie Grace


1Thank the Lord because HE is good.  HIS love continues forever.  2Let the people of Israel say, “HIS love continues forever.”  3Let the family of Aaron say, “HIS love continues forever.”  4Let those who respect the Lord say, “HIS love continues forever.”  5I was in trouble, so I called to the Lord.  The Lord answered me and set me free.  6I will not be afraid, because the Lord is with me.  People can’t do anything to me.  7The Lord is with me to help me,  so I will see my enemies defeated.  8It is better to trust the Lord than to trust people.  9It is better to trust the Lord than to trust princes.  10All the nations surrounded me, but I defeated them in the name of the Lord.  11They surrounded me on every side, but with the Lord’s power I defeated them. 12They surrounded me like a swarm of bees, but they died as quickly as thorns burn.  By the Lord’s power, I defeated them.  13They chased me until I was almost defeated, but the Lord helped me.  14The Lord gives me strength and a song.  HE has saved me.  15Shouts of joy and victory come from the tents of those who do right: “The Lord has done powerful things.”  16The power of the Lord has won the victory; with HIS power the Lord has done mighty things.  17I will not die, but live, and I will tell what the Lord has done.  18The Lord has taught me a hard lesson,  but HE did not let me die.  19Open for me the Temple gates.  Then I will come in and thank the Lord.  20This is the Lord’s gate; only those who are good may enter through it.  21Lord, I thank YOU for answering me.  YOU have saved me.  22The stone that the builders rejected became the cornerstone.  23The Lord did this, and it is wonderful to us.  24This is the day that the Lord has made.  Let us rejoice and be glad today!  25Please, Lord, save us; please, Lord, give us success.  26God bless the one who comes in the name of the Lord.  We bless all of you from the Temple of the Lord.  27The Lord is God, and HE has shown kindness to us.  With branches in your hands, join the feast.  Come to the corners of the altar.  28YOU are my God, and I will thank YOU;  YOU are my God, and I will praise YOUR greatness.  29Thank the Lord because HE is good.  HIS love continues forever.” (Psalm 118:1–29, NCV05).

Have A Beautiful Day,



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I put another mechanical outline together for a passage of Scripture that I’d like to share with you!  As I mentioned the last time I posted about mechanical outlines of Scripture, this is my rendering with emphases of words, concepts, ideas, etc.  which stand out to me in the outlined passage of Scripture.  You could absolutely create an outline with different emphases for yourself— and I would encourage you to do so.  The passage I’d like to share with you today comes from Psalm 95…


What I have noticed in this passage of Scripture as a result of creating my mechanical outline…

God’s Lordship Is Predominant.  God is Supreme!  He is King!  He is Sovereign!  Almighty!  Above and Over everything and everyone!  And rightly so because He has made everything– He is Maker!

God’s Lordship Is Personal.  Yes, God is Maker of the depths and the peeks and the sea and the land…but He is also Maker of you and me!  He is “a great God and a great King above all”…but do we accept and acknowledge Him as “our God” (vv. 3, 7)?

God’s Lordship Demands Our Praise. “Come, let us…FOR the Lord is…Come, let us…FOR He is…” (vv. 1, 3, 6, 7).  Sing and shout with joyful, triumphant, thankful praise to Him!  He is the Rock of our salvation– completely reliable and dependable!  Worship, bow down, and kneel before Him, revering Him and submitting to Him as Lord– THE Leader and Shepherd of our lives!

Jesus said,  “I am the good shepherd, and I know My own and My own know Me” (John 10:14, NASB95).  Knowing Him, as His sheep, is more than having mere head-knowledge– it is honoring Him as God and giving thanks for His Lordship over our lives!  Living in submission to His Lordship alone is, or should be, our praise– going beyond words or lyrics to a song.

Do we live as “the people of His pasture” and “the sheep under His care”?  Do our lives sing and shout “[t]he Lord is my shepherd” (Psalm 23:1, NASB95)?


What Kind Of People?

“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people, belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of Him Who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light.” (1 Peter 2:9, NIV84)

This is a verse that is quite familiar to most churchgoers.  It is found in the second chapter of Peter’s first letter “to God’s elect, strangers in the world” (1 Peter 1:1, NIV84).  First Peter 1:15-16 explains that we are addressed as “God’s elect, strangers in the world” because “He Who called [us] is Holy, so [we are to] be holy in all [we] do” (NIV84).  In essence we are to be the definition of holy: distinct from the world and consecrated unto God.

We aren’t left hanging there.  We are told exactly what such holy living is…

– living in reverent fear;

– having faith and hope in God;

– obeying the truth;

– being rid of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind;

– longing for the pure, unadulterated Word of God; and

– coming to Him, the Living Stone and being built like living stones into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ (1 Peter 1:13-2:5).

Hmmm, there’s that term “priesthood” again.

Does that mean that we need to walk around in flowing robes with way-too-tall-to-keep-our-balance-hats atop of our heads?  We’d surely stand out if that’s what it does mean!

It pertains to a role or more expressively a character, not necessarily a garb.  And this character is described in Malachi 2:1-9 as well.  As a priesthood, we are to listen and set our hearts to honor the Lord God Almighty, revering God and standing in awe of His Name (vv. 1-2, 5) – living in reverent fear and obeying the truth.  True instruction must be in our mouths and nothing false is to be found on our lips (v. 6a) – being rid of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander.  We are to walk with God in peace and uprightness, turning many from sin and preserving knowledge (vv. 6b-8) – preaching the pure, unadulterated Word of God in what we say AND what we do.

So as we approach the beginning of another year may I pose a question for us: What kind of people are we to be?  Seems like a pretty heavy New Year’s resolution to me.


Wait, WHO’S worthy of worship!?!

August 16, 2012 marked the 35th anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley.  He died in 1977 of heart failure at the age of 42.  I remember very well when he passed away.  I was 13 years old and the news of his death affected me.  I cried, watched the news, cried, listened to his albums, cried, watched his movies, and cried.  He was an icon and everyone in the nation knew who Elvis Presley was.

A couple of weeks ago, I watched a documentary about Elvis on television, and something struck me while I was watching it.  Many people (especially women) worshiped him, they became weak in his presence (some even fainting), many were screaming and shouting out that they loved him, and one woman in particular was lifting her hands (like us church folk do during worship)!  I am sure that even some men would have loved to be him or live the life he was living.  How many people would wait in line to see Elvis in Vegas and spend their money for airfare just to see “the king” as they called him!  How many were not embarrassed to scream his name, act like a fool and become all undone!  I read that around 75,000 people travelled to Graceland for the anniversary of his death!  (A wise pastor once told me, “If you really want to do something, you will find the time, money, and energy to do it”.  How right she is!)

In Luke 4:8 it states,  “Worship the Lord your God and serve Him only.”  Exodus 20:3 says “Thou shalt have no other gods before Me.”  We must worship God and put Him first.  It is so easy to put family, ministry, a job, money, our own will, preachers, church, entertainment (fill in the blank) before the LORD.  Anyone or anything we put before GOD, is the thing we worship.

Why is it so hard for us to put GOD first?  It is our human nature, our sin nature.  I believe that is why so many of us Christians struggle.  We don’t give GOD the rightful place He deserves.  We might say that we do, but do we  really?

Who is the only One who can forgive our sins?  Who is the only One who took our punishment?   Who is the only One who will never leave us forsake us?  Who is the only One who is our Comforter, Healer, Friend, and Provider?  Who loves us unconditionally?  Who is the only One who gives us true hope?  Who is the only One who made a way for us to enter into heaven?   Only the LORD JESUS CHRIST!  I do not know of one person, ministry, television show, or preacher who can do any, let alone all, of these things.


If we ask anything in His Name He said that He will do it.   We must ask Him to help us put Him first, to help us not have any other gods before Him, and to help us worship Him wholeheartedly.

Ask anything in My Name and believe that you have already received it.  (John 14:14)

Dear Brothers and Sisters, the LORD has already made a way for us.   Let us give Him the glory due His name!  With His help it is possible!

Mary, Guest Contributor