Category Archives: Daily Dose of Hope
Matthew 27:50-52 (NKJV) “And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit. Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split, and the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised;”
Each year as Good Friday approaches I am always reminded of the great love that was poured out that day. As Jesus, my innocent Savior, took upon himself my sins so that I could be forgiven and reconciled to the Father.
I am reminded of the great barrier that once stood between humanity and its Maker. In the temple the heavy veil- 4 inches thick, 60 ft high and 30 feet wide weighing 4 tons-reminded the people daily that they were not accepted in the presence of the Holy God. Yet I also see on that day the face of Mercy, pressing against the veil… hoping, longing, waiting for the moment when Love would cry out “It is finished!”. For Mercy knew that in that moment when the veil that once separated humanity from Divinity would be torn in two he would be free. Free to reach the separated. Free to reach you and I and bring us into reconciliation with the Father. Mercy! Mercy! In spite of my sin. In spite of my failures. God shed his blood and had Mercy on my soul. And I have never been the same since I came to accept it.
Today, that same love and mercy is extended to you. Receive it. You will never be the same again.
Psalm 23:1 The LORD [is] my shepherd; I shall not want.
Sheep are very needy animals and to be in want or in need is a very helpless feeling. On their own they are incapable of taking care of themselves and often require special attention. Their survival is dependent upon their shepherd’s care. Like sheep, it reminds us that we too cannot live our lives in seclusion of others either. We are also needy and require care. But how wonderful to know that like a Shepherd, God in His infinite love for us, is our all-sufficient provider. He takes care of us like a shepherd. Because He loves me I shall never want or be in need. This does not mean that He gives me everything I want. It means that He will give me everything I need. There are things we may want that are not best for us. God in His wisdom knows what we really need and he will be sure to provide only what is best for us.
And like a shepherd, who loves his sheep He always keeps a watchful eye on us. At any given moment He is aware of where we are and what we need. We are never out of his sight. When I trust the Lord to be my shepherd I have the security of knowing I belong to his flock. He is my shepherd and I am his sheep. I can be free from being needy or wanting because I know that the Lord will meet my needs the same way a shepherd meets the needs of his sheep. I no longer need to feel helpless. Whatever I have need of I can be sure that my Shepherd will provide it. Even needs that may seem impossible are not too difficult for God to meet. His resources and abilities are not limited by the boundaries of this world. He will provide all of our needs according to His riches in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19)
Can you say with confidence that the Lord is your Shepherd? Are you secure in knowing that you are a sheep in His pasture? Do you know that He always has you in His sight? Do you trust that He will supply all of your needs? Be encouraged today. If you belong to the Lord then you are a sheep of great value to him. God loves you very much and will provide for you always. If you are not sure He is your Shepherd, ask him now by faith to become your Lord and Savior. Ask him to forgive your sins and wash you clean. At the moment you accept his gift of salvation you will become a sheep in his pasture.
Many people have boarded the “Old Ship of Zion”, however many have never left the comforts of the harbor. They have enjoyed the view and dreamed of sailing the sea but never ventured out of the windless port. But a ship was never meant to stay in port forever. It was meant to sail on the seas in adventure. It was built with only one purpose, and that is to carry precious cargo to other ports and peoples. In order to do that it MUST raise its sails and set them to the wind. It MUST pull up the anchor that weighs it down. It MUST leave the safety of the harbor for a time and give itself to the leading and direction of the wind. The three work together, the anchor, the sail and the wind, each knowing what important part they provide to the vessel.
Raising the sails without lifting the anchor will cause horrific stress and strain against the structure of a ship. The wind will catch the sails and want to push the ship where it is going. However the weight of the anchor will drag and strive against the pulling and desperately try to resist following, causing damage, even at times tearing the sail or pulling itself apart.
If the wind of the Holy Spirit is leading you somewhere, then hoist up your anchor and set your sails! Leave the safety of your harbor in obedience and surrender to the Voice that beckons you to come. Bring with you the Precious Cargo of the Gospel’s Good News. Allow the Wind of the Spirit to lead you where He desires for you to go. For He knows the plans He has for you. (Jer. 29:11)
And remember this…. A true sailor never leaves port without a Compass. At ALL TIMES he knows how to find True North. And did you ever give thought to the fact that the Anchor goes with the ship? Though it may have been raised, you can be sure when it’s time to rest or take shelter, it WILL be there to hold you firmly in place through the storm and bring you safely back to the Harbor again. “Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters into that within the veil;” Hebrews 6:19
My prayer for you today is that when you hear the Wind call you on adventure, you have the faith to leave the harbor. Be Blessed ~ Cheryl
Did you know that darkness cannot be measured? It is simply the absence of light. The less light, the more dark it is. The more light, the less dark it is. Darkness can never dispel the light, however light always dispels the darkness.
Jesus said, “Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” Matt. 5:14-16
If Jesus lives in us then no matter where we go, we are agents of His Light. We need never fear the darkness for we have power over the dark with His light. Allow the Lord to use you to impact the darkness around you. Be willing to let his light shine through you to the lost and hurting who live in the dark. They are waiting for you.