One of the message taught in the book of 1 John is the love of God and loving His people. And that loving in action shows obedience to God. Imagine if indeed every Christian actually do that, Christians are walking vessels of love, grace, mercy, healing, restoration and a lot more.
I continue to ponder on 1 John and let me share this below. I believe it is very clear and the message is enough.
For everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.
1 John 5:4 NIV
Genuine Christians are not defeated by the world’s hostility or compelled by it to turn from Christ.
Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.
1 John 5:5 NIV
My friend, if you are reading this It is my hope that you will come to know Christ and anchor your life on Him. He loves you and care for you. He is gentle and kind, He will not disappoint you as your trust in Him.
It has been a difficult and challenging 2 years and it seems it may be far from over. As the new year entered a surge a rise of a new variant grips the world. We have experienced sickness, we have experience grief over the loss of love once and people we know, for the many it can be grief over the world once we know, the loss of what we loved so much ( work, opportunity, routine of life). The world has changed. The dynamics of day to day life and business has changed radically.
What sustained you during this times? What kept you drowning from hopelessness?
As for me it was HOPE. To be very specific it is the sustaining hope that springs from the promises in the Bible. While there were times I felt the darkness of the future, it was the daily meeting with God and His words that kept me to look beyond, to hope again, trusting the grace of God to carry me.
Thank you for coming to this point of reading this sentence. You made it here, you made it to 2022. and I say you will make it through again this year.
“I have put my hope in your word”… words that is constantly repeated on Psalms 119, It gives emphasis where we should set our hopes, God’s word is trustworthy. I am thankful to the person who I was 10 years ago or so, for coming to terms of putting his hope on the God and His word.
There is hope. There is an eternal hope. May I invite to his hope in which I have. You maybe clouded with fear, betrayals, discouragements and pains, fighting and struggling to keep things together. I am inviting you to move an inch or centimeter each day towards a greater hope in the word, with God.
Daily ponder is my attempt to write down one of the many thoughts that took me captive or nor I meditated.
Yearning, Trust and Dependence
What caught me well today are the words…. According to your word.. you have broaden my understanding. These are from Psalms 119:25-32 NIV
Preserve my life according to your word.
Cause me to understand your precepts.
Strengthen me according to your word.
You have broadened my understanding. ( Enlarge my heart at ESV)
May we live our lives according to His word. May our greatest desires and admirations be unto him alone. May we humble ourselves towards Him and ask for His grace to enable us to understand the scriptures. May we depend on him for strengthen in accordance to His words.
I love how these psalms resounds to my to my heart, I kept reading it over and over. In the same way is my declaration for my life. Let me share to you a prayer that arouse from these lines.
I desire to grow greatly in the word, preserve my life according to your word, teach me your decrees, cause me to understand your precepts that I may meditate on your wonderful deeds, strengthen me according to your word, keep me from deceitful ways nor in the lies I tend to permeate in my thoughts, be gracious to me and teach me your ways, when I run in the path of your commands you enlarge my heart, you have broaden my understanding. I ask these today In the name of Jesus.