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Jesus is Your Hope, Refuge and Peace Today

Jesus is Your Hope, Refuge and Peace Today

Many Americans today are very troubled about the circumstances they are facing now and in foreseeable future. The Christian knows intellectually that the answer is in Jesus Christ or God, questions; "What will that look like?" "How do I know that He will see me through?"

When Jesus saved you, He also promised to always be with you, "I am with you always, to the end of the age." (Matthew 28:20). This promise has not changed. It is as true as the day that said it.

JESUS IS YOUR HOPE

There are two kinds of hope. There is a hope that the future will turn out fine. One hopes that what they did or said was acceptable.

Biblical hope is the confident expectation of what God has promised; its strength in His faithfulness. "… God, desiring even more to demonstrate to the heirs of the promise the fact that His purpose is unchangeable, confirmed it with an oath, so that by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have taken refuge would have strong encouragement to hold firmly to the hope set before us. This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and reliable" (Hebrews 6:17 – 19 ). "… And hope does not disappoint" (Romans 5:5).

The apostle Paul later reiterates the source of our hope, "For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the abridgment of the Scriptures we might have hope" (Romans 15:4).

JESUS IS YOUR REFUGE

Over the years people have sought ways to protect themselves from disaster. Bomb shelters were built in the 50s for protection from an atomic bomb attack. Other stocked up on freeze-dried food for when normal food supplies are unavailable.

Currently, the rich are establishing a safe haven to stash their wealth. Others are buying cyber money for when the US dollar is the devaluated.

There is a year or more weight to buy generators to power electricity, for when the electric power grids break down and no local electrical power is available. Solar power is only reliable as long as the batteries last and must be replaced.

All these attempts to find refuge in the list above, plus a myriad of others, provide extremely limited protection from disaster. However, God himself is the better way of protection. The psalmist said, "The Lord helps them and rescues them; He rescues them from the wicked and saves them, because they take refuge in Him" (Psalm 37:4). "How great is your goodness, which You have stored up for those fear You, which You have performed for those who take refuge in You, before the sons of mankind" (Psalms 31:19)!

Jesus is there for you! "He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you may take refuge; His faithfulness as a shield and wall" (Psalms 91:4).

JESUS IS YOUR PEACE

Jesus promises, "Peace I leave you, My peace I give you; not as the world gives, do I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, nor fearful" (John 14:27). This piece is available to all who belong to him by faith without exception.

Biblical peace is relational. It is not dependent upon good or evil circumstances. Biblical peace is dependent upon the Lord Jesus Christ and His love, care and protection for His people.

Many capable Christians do not experience Jesus’ piece since they depend upon themselves rather than depending upon Jesus to be the daily source of life and purpose. They want Jesus to help them accomplish their agendas: spiritual, personal and secular, rather than cooperate with him in His direction and purpose for their lives.

The writer of Hebrews identifies one’s preoccupation with themselves, "Make sure that your character is free from the love of money, being content with what you have" (Hebrews 13:5). However, if you entrust yourself to Jesus’ control, "He himself has said, ‘I will never desert you nor will I never abandon you’" (Hebrews 13:5).

As you entrust yourself to Jesus, who will never desert you nor abandon you, you will always experience His peace. If you choose not to entrust yourself to Him you will experience all kinds of fears and anxieties.

Jesus comforts you with this promise, "These things I have spoken to you so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation but take courage; I have overcome the world" (John 16:33).

The apostle Paul, who experience all kinds of adversities and conflicts concludes, "And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:7).

Jesus is your HOPE, REFUGE and PEACE today and forever!

"Now may the God of peace who brought up from the dead the great Shepherd of the sheep through the blood of the eternal covenant, that is, Jesus our Lord, equip you in every good thing to do His will, working in us that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen" (Hebrews 13:20 – 21).

About the Author:

Pastor Bingham is the founder of CupBearers, and was for 17 years a missionary with Cadence International and has been the Pastor of Rocky Mountain Evangelical Free Church for 32 years.  He also served on the CMF Board of Directors for several years. 

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Romans 8:24 - Better in Hope

For in hope we have been saved, but hope that is seen is not hope; for who hopes for what he already sees? (NASB)

For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? (KJV)

We were given this hope when we were saved. (If we already have something, we don't need to hope for it. (NLT)

For in hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope, because who hopes for what he sees? (NET)

Now that we are saved, we eagerly look forward to this freedom. For if you already have something, you don't need to hope for it. (NLT96)

No matter how you slice it, we have hope of the future when we shall be with Christ. Perhaps the New Living Translation, First Edition (NLT96) captures the language for modern thought. Deliverance received is hope now for our future estate. We see now (as through a dark glass) but a little light. However, the light of future glory is nevertheless seen. It is the lamp of hope burning in our hearts, a gift of God's presence.

For we are saved by hope - It cannot be said that hope is the instrument or condition of salvation. Most commentators have understood this as meaning that we have as yet attained salvation only in hope; that we have arrived only to a condition in which we hope for future glory; and that we are in an attitude of waiting for the future state of adoption. But perhaps the word “saved” may mean here simply, we are kept, preserved, sustained in our trials, by hope. Our trials are so great that nothing but the prospect of future deliverance would uphold us; and the prospect is sufficient to enable us to bear them with patience. This is the proper meaning of the word “save”; and it is often thus used in the New Testament; see Matthew 8:25; Matthew 16:25; Mark 3:4; Mark 8:35. The Syriac renders this, “For by hope we live.” The Arabic, “We are preserved by hope.” Hope thus sustains the soul in the midst of trims, and enables it to bear them without a complaint. (Dr. Albert Barnes)

Mat 8:25 The disciples went and woke Him up, shouting, "Lord, save us! We're going to drown!" (NET)

Mat 16:25 If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for My sake, you will save it. (NET)

Mar 3:4 Then He turned to His critics and asked, "Does the law permit good deeds on the Sabbath, or is it a day for doing evil? Is this a day to save life or to destroy it?" But they wouldn't answer Him. (NET)

Mar 8:35 If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for My sake and for the sake of the Good News, you will save it. (NET)

1Pe 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By his great mercy he gave us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, (NET)

Col 1:5 Your faith and love have arisen from the hope laid up for you in heaven, which you have heard about in the message of truth, the gospel (NET)

1Ti 1:1 From Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the command of God our Savior and of Christ Jesus our hope, (NET)

Heb 6:18 so that we who have found refuge in him may find strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us through two unchangeable things, since it is impossible for God to lie. (NET)

Your Anchor

Your Anchor

We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain. Hebrews 6:19

For those of you who have ever seen a shopping center go out of business it often happens when the anchor store goes away.  The big store, such as a grocery, changes locations or closes and consequently the smaller businesses usually can't stay afloat.

Similar to this 'anchor store' your anchor should be Jesus Christ.  He should be what keeps you stable in all areas of life.  If you allow Him to anchor you solidly through reading the Word and praying, life goes much better.  But if you release Him as your anchor you start to 'drift' away similar to a boat not anchored.

Where are you at today?  Anchored or drifting?

PRAYER: My hope is in you Lord. Thanks for being my anchor. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Becky Juett Miller
God's Lemonade Stand

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