EXPECTATIONS OF GLADNESS
The following is from my monthly newsletter and focuses on a scripture the Lord emphasized to me for 2009...........enjoy.
The righteous are an expectant people in all seasons. The 2009 season is fertile ground for expectations. Hopes for a new year are never built upon the political, economical or medical circumstances in which we live. We don't base our expectations on man's limited understanding or predictions of our financial or medical conditions. And we never base our expectations on past failures or missteps. Instead we declare God's Word over our life. In Proverbs 10:28 His promise shouts loudly in our direction:
'THE HOPE OF THE RIGHTEOUS SHALL BE GLADNESS!'
Our hope is based on the Word of God. 2009 is a season for boldly building expecations on His Word. Limitations aren't God's style. Psalm 119:96 encourages us to live beyond limitations:
"I have seen that everything [human] has its limits and end [no matter how extensive, noble and excellent]; but your commandment is exceedingly broad and extends without limits [into eternity]. (amp)
Verses 97-105 reminds us that God's Word is more powreful than any circumstance or challenge that may come our way. Paul charged Timothy to "preach the word: be instant in season, out of season..."! The amplified version adds "...keep your sense of urgency, whether the opportuntiy seems favorable or unfavorable."
While the world panics and plays "fix-it" within their limits, God's Word boldy declares victory without limits! In 2009 the hope of the righteous is still gladness.
Get your hopes up!
...more to come tomorrow.