Daily Word Archives



Daily word from Open Door ~ September 2011

 

9/30/2011


Thou wilt show me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore. ~ Psalm 16:11


The scripture above tells us where the true path of life will take us - to the Life Giver Himself.


Without God, we merely have an existence which in no way can compare to the life that God gives. A life that death cannot touch is life indeed.


On earth, we tend to measure life as opposed to death in this mortal realm. Or we might measure the "good life" on this earth as opposed to what could be called a menial existence.


But we are talking about the life of God. We see bits and pieces of the attributes of this life in Jesus after His resurrection - how His body of flesh and bone could do things no mortal body could conceive. We also get more information from Paul in I Corinthians 15.


We pray everyone reading will experience the new life in Christ (presently in our spirits) if you are not doing so already - waiting for that day when "...we will be changed" ~ I Corinthians 15:52


That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. ~ Romans 10:9-10

 

9/29/2011

 

"And of the children of Issachar, which were men that had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do;..." ~ I Chronicles 12:32

 

It is interesting to note the description and characteristics of these children of Issachar. It prompts us to ask ourselves:

 

Do we have an understanding of the times so that we know what we ought to do?

 

The question of what to do comes up quite often - probably because much of our time is spent either doing or planning to do something.

 

Some skill in life comes from learning by doing. We usually call this common sense. Yet we often need guidance that is beyond our knowledge or expertise.

 

In the smallest of things, we should endeavor to keep ourselves open to God's guidance and direction. Even if it is something we have been doing for a long time, God may know something we need to watch for, or He may have a way to make it new and improved for this day and time.

 

Regardless of the circumstances, like the children of Issachar we should always endeavor to have a Godly understanding of any situation we are dealing with. Remember first of all to read the instructions - the Bible.

 

9/28/2011

 

Give us this day our daily bread ~ Matthew 6:11

 

This is one of the most recognized verses in the Bible - right up there with John 3:16 and the 23rd Psalm. People often relate it to the Lord's Prayer and the giving of thanks when we bless our food.

 

We further understand that our daily sustenance involves more than just physical food. We need many things to nourish all aspects of our being - spirit, soul, and body.

 

Certainly we need physical fuel but other things come to mind that are essential for well being and daily success:

 

            Wisdom, ability, strength, courage, favor with those around us, the fruit of the spirit, spiritual anointing, clarity of thought, finances, resources, health, prosperity, victory against temptation ... and the list goes on.

 

Many other things could be listed but the point is to recognize that we need these things on a daily basis.  Thus, when we ask for our daily bread, it is a way of asking God for what we need and the proper way to make use of it when we get it.

 

Remember this scripture from the Old Testament that Jesus quoted when He was tempted:

"But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God." ~ Matthew 4:4


When we ask for our daily bread, we recognize that we are looking to God for all we need on a daily basis.

 

9/27/2011

 

Lord , when my days on earth are done

May I wake to see the face of Your Son

Just as I was my life I gave

Because Jesus promised that He would save

 

Since we know that this physical life will end for each of us in some way, it even makes common sense to prepare ahead of time.

 

9/26/2011

 

Making Good Choices

 

It is interesting how we rejoice when we see those around us (family & friends) choose to do the right thing. It is especially fulfilling and heart warming when we see our children choose the right path.

 

In Galatians chapter 5, we note the contrast between the works of the flesh and the fruit of the spirit. Regardless of your particular religious beliefs on these verses, it is obvious that one list is good and the other is bad; one will bless you and the other could destroy you.

 

Further, these verses remind us that there is right and wrong, good and bad - we are responsible for making the choice. What a good start each day would be if we remembered to pray, "Lord help me make the right choices today". Sometimes it is not always clear to our human mind what the right choice is. We need God's Word and His Spirit to guide us.

 

Galatians 5:16 is interesting in light of this discussion: This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.


Two friends were discussing this issue when one said to the other, " You are going to miss it sometime - You cannot always make the right decision". To which his friend replied, "I can try!"


God is pleased when He sees this heart-felt desire put to action.

 

9/25/2011


I Pray Heaven to Bestow The Best of Blessing on THIS HOUSE (of Representatives), and on ALL that shall hereafter Inhabit it. May none but Honest and Wise Men ever rule under This Roof!

John Adams, letter to Abigail Adams, November 2, 1800

It is impossible for the man of pious reflection not to perceive in it [the Constitution] a finger of that Almighty hand which has been so frequently and signally extended to our relief in the critical stages of the revolution.

James Madison, Federalist No. 37, January 11, 1788

Let the pulpit resound with the doctrine and sentiments of religious liberty. Let us hear of the dignity of man's nature, and the noble rank he holds among the works of God... Let it be known that British liberties are not the grants of princes and parliaments.

John Adams, Dissertation on the Canon and Feudal Law, 1765

The propitious smiles of Heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right, which Heaven itself has ordained.

George Washington, First Inaugural Address, April 30, 1789


9/24/2011


Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. ~  Philippians 3:13-14


Many have commented that through Christ, both Paul and the rest of us can put the bad things of the past behind us. That is true but it can also apply to things we may consider good or positive. We cannot rest on the laurels of yesterday - though they may continue to bear fruit and we rejoice.


But today needs tending to with God-given responsibilities - we need our daily bread. We need to continue to press on as Paul writes above. We decide daily to live the Christian life, be a doer of the Word of God, and desire "That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;" ~ Colossians 1:10


We are grateful that we can leave our bad behind, we are thankful for any good foundation we have laid in the past, but today and each day ahead we determine to "...run the race that is set before us" ~ Hebrews 12:1


There is no time like the present to either begin or continue this journey with God.

 

9/23/2011

 

We have a Friend who'll never leave,

Who's closer than a brother;

He's there to meet our deepest needs,

To comfort like no other. ~  Sper from Our Daily Bread

 

The results of a fallen world and man's sinful nature confront us each day. Bad things can happen. We pray for God's protection, His deliverance, and His strength to persevere regardless of what we may face.

 

We know this earthly existence we have now will end in some way. We are so thankful that Jesus paid the price for our eternal redemption.

 

Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: ~ I Peter 1:18-19

 

9/22/2011

 

Interesting Quotes from John Adams


Remember democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.

John Adams, letter to John Taylor, April 15, 1814

That, as a republic is the best of governments, so that particular arrangements of the powers of society, or, in other words, that form of government which is best contrived to secure an impartial and exact execution of the laws, is the best of republics.

John Adams, Thoughts on Government, 1776

Liberty cannot be preserved without a general knowledge among the people, who have a right, from the frame of their nature, to knowledge, as their great Creator, who does nothing in vain, has given them understandings, and a desire to know; but besides this, they have a right, an indisputable, unalienable, indefeasible, divine right to that most dreaded and envied kind of knowledge; I mean, of the characters and conduct of their rulers.

John Adams, Dissertation on Canon and Feudal Law, 1765

9/21/2011


Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. ~ I Peter 5:7


Jesus said the cares of this world, if they enter in, would choke the word it would not bear fruit in our lives. ~ Mark 4:19


Care is something that can get on the inside of us - in our minds particularly. When it begins to replace the Word of God and the faith that the word produces; then fear, anxiety and worry begin to develop within us. If it continues, depression and hopelessness can take root. This is the danger of allowing the cares of this world to take hold within us.


That is not to say that we do not address and deal with problems and difficulties. It is often required that we do so. But if we can deal with the problem and cast the care over on God, we are well on our way to success.


This might take practice and we may need some time to develop and perfect this in our lives. Remember God tells us to do this, therefore, we know we can count on Him to help us.


Do not allow the cares, worries, fears and anxieties to become bigger on the inside of you than God and His Word.

 

9/20/2011

 

Victory in Jesus

 

It has been said that there is no substitute for victory.


Victory in the right way brings fulfillment and a sense of accomplishment in our lives. Consider

other words in the Bible that suggest the same:


success as opposed to failure

triumph as opposed to defeat

prosperous as opposed to lacking

freedom as opposed to bondage


Think about this list in light of what you would want for your children - the choice is clear.


Certainly there will be valleys and there will be challenges to this victory we have. We do not dismiss that in this world we will have tribulation. If you look up that scripture in John 16:33, you will notice that Jesus put the word "but" after that statement.


Does anyone remember the song a few years ago that had these words:


If catch hell don't hold it,

If you're going through hell don't stop...


It reminds us that we walk through the valley of the shadow of death ... don't stop and camp.


II Thes. 2:16 ~ Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace,


As we go through difficulties, we look to God for this everlasting consolation and this good hope that victory and all the good things of God are coming. Let us make sure we "go through" these difficulties and not let our minds dwell on them until they ruin our faith.


It can be a battle and it is not always easy, but we look to God and His Word:


Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ... II Cor 2:14

But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. I Cor. 15:57

...and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. ~ I John 5:4

If God be for us, who can be against us? ~ Romans 8:31

But God, who is rich in mercy... hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:~ Ephesians 2:4-6


These are but a few verses declaring our victory in Christ ~ remembering that we do fight the good fight of faith.

 

9/19/2011

 

Can I enrich someone else's life today?

 

How many lives shall I touch today?

How many neighbors will pass my way?

I can bless so many and help so much,

If I meet each one with a Christ-like touch ~ James from Our Daily Bread

 

Let our works bless others and glorify our Father in heaven. Let this not be something we just enjoy reading or thinking about, but enjoy doing.

 

9/18/2011

 

Interesting Historical Info

 

Francis Scott Key author, born in Frederick County, Md., 9 Aug., 1780 died in Baltimore, Md., 11 Jan., 1843, was the son of John Ross Key, a Revolutionary officer.  He was educated at St. John's college, studied law in the office of his uncle, Philip Barton Key, and began to practice law in Frederick City, Md., but subsequently removed to Washington, where he was district attorney for the District of Columbia.    In 1813 the commander of Ft. McHenry asked for a flag so big that "the British have no trouble seeing it from a distance." When it was finished it measured 30 by 42 feet  

In 1814, he considered entering the ministry, but decided to stay in the practice of law.  His personal writings and testimony sustained many Americans against French liberalism especially.

  The Star Spangled Banner was adopted as our national anthem on March 3, 1931.   Although written to rejoice in the victory of the moment, the last stanza describes what Key the Christian hoped would be a constant characteristic of his beloved country:   4th and last stanza     Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand Between their loved home and the war's desolation! Blest with victory and peace, may the heav'n rescued land Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation. Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just, And this be our motto:  "In God is our trust." And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!   His example is a reminder: Give your best to Jesus, wherever you are and whatever you are doing.

 

9/17/2011

 

In the course of a normal day, do we take the time to do something to improve ourselves, to learn, to grow and develop in any way? So much of our days are taken up with the routines we have developed often just to get us through - whether it be our job, family, home, or personal life. We get to the end of our day and we are just grateful we made it through. It's as if we are just treading water.


If you were an outside analyst called in to assess that person's life, on the one hand you could say they are holding their own, but yet they are not going anywhere and you do not see much progress.


We know that we can be our own worst critic - we know our faults better than any. On the other hand, why can't we say: We know our strong points better than anyone else?


We can do things do help us along the right road when we know what it is. The Bible tells us we need God's help to know the paths each of our lives should take.


We encourage everyone, and especially our young people, to seek God in regards to the plan and course of your life. As you do this, be confident that He is developing the skills, ability, and anointing you will need to fulfill His calling in your life.  


Regardless of our age, it is never too late to begin this journey with God.

 

9/16/2011

 

In the May 2011 issue of the American Family Association Journal was an article entitled: Social media in ministry

 

It emphasized that the social media (like Facebook) can be a great tool, but it cannot replace  relationships. Some interesting highlights included:

 

Churches, both large and small, are using social media to learn about ministry needs in their communities, promote events, receive prayer requests and praise reports, and serve as a communication tool between members.

 

But social interaction over the internet does not and cannot replace  personal relationships. While a quick note to friends over Facebook can bring a measure of comfort to hurting hearts, it can never replace your hand on their shoulder. Also, someone needs to monitor comments on a ministry's page.

 

Finally, social media with all its improvements and re-connections with long-lost friends, can never replace true, deep intimate fellowship.

 

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We would further say that it is the people that do the work of the ministry. It is the people that bring the things of God to others and meet needs. Social media, like music, projection systems, modern facilities, and other "neat" things that are a part of many churches today, are merely tools that God has blessed us to use.

 

Remember, we do the work of the ministry and we thank God for His wisdom to properly use the tools that are available.

 

9/15/2011

 

You think your word or deed is very small,

That what you say will hardly count at all;

But God can take the seed that you have sown

And nourish it until it's fully grown ~ Hess from Our Daily Bread

 

You never know

Where the seed you sow

Is going to grow

 

9/14/2011

 

It is of the LORD'S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.

They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. ~ Lamentations 3:22-23


For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all. ~ Romans 11:32


But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, ~ Ephesians 2:4


Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; ~ Titus 3:5


Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. ~ Hebrews 4:16


Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, ~ I Peter 1:3


Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. ~ Jude 1:21


Even in the Old Testament tabernacle and temple, God met the priest at the mercy seat - not a judgment seat.


When we realize we need mercy, we will never turn it down

 

9/13/2011

 

Let's Get To Work

 

For we are his WORKmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good WORKs, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. ~ Ephesians 2:10

 

Some view "work" as a four-letter word that they would rather not talk about. Note the first time we see the word "work" in the Bible:

 

And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. ~ Genesis 2:2


We can see from this verse and others throughout the Bible that work is not all bad. In fact we like it when work produces things we enjoy. Getting a scriptural viewpoint of work will give us a different viewpoint indeed.


Our daily work is used by God

To help us care for daily needs

And work that's done as to the Lord

Give witness to our words and deeds.


God, give me work till my life shall end - and life till my work is done.


~ D De Haan from Our Daily Bread

 

9/12/2011

 

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;

Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah. ~ Psalm 46:1-3


Our President read from these words at the 9/11 Memorial yesterday. Those who lost loved ones in that attack may have felt that something like this had happened.


The day after the attack, 10 years ago today, the sun rose and all of us in some way faced the demands of another day - regardless of what happened the day before. It almost does not seem fair - whether we are talking about 9/11 or the recent tragedies in places like Joplin, Missouri.


This natural life keeps going and it does not seem to budge even when we are grieving. Therefore we look to the God of all comfort and the peace that Jesus said He would give us. We are much more able to deal with the difficulties of life when we are at peace. That has to come first on the inside.


As we all face the days ahead with different circumstances, we remember the chorus of the song:

God of My Days:


You're the God of my days, King of my nights
Lord of my laughter, sovereign in sorrow
You're the Prince of my praise

The love of my life
You never leave me You are faithful
God of my days

 

We trust that every moment is in His hands

 

9/11/2011


Our prayers are especially with and for those whose lives were directly affected by the events 10 years ago. We pray for the love and strength of God to be mighty in them all.


A song by Michael W. Smith came out of that tragedy entitled: There She Stands


The theme of this song is that our flag is still standing after all that was done that day to pull it and America down. It is a powerful song that endeavors to bring hope into the lives of people.


Beyond the flag, how about us as a people and more specifically, each one of us as individuals?


God knew an evil day was coming and more will follow. We are told in Ephesians 6 to take unto us the whole armor of God that we might be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all ... to indeed stand.


We are to stand in God's full armor ... Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; ~ Ephesians 6:18


God knows what we need when the evil days come and had it written for the church nearly 2,000 years ago. He knew this strength to stand particularly needed to come on the inside of every person so that our hearts do not fail us.


When courage fills us on the inside, then we are ready to act on the outside. May the Spirit of God so fill us that we may boldly say: Here We Stand!


May God bless America.


9/10/2011


O Magnify the Lord


Psalm 34

 

1  I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.

2  My soul shall make her boast in the LORD: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad.

3  O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together.

 

When we magnify something, we do not do it to change it.  We do it in order to see it clearer, to understand it better, to get a better view of all its intricacies, to discover secrets that may be hidden.

 

Likewise when God is magnified in our sight and understanding, we can see a clearer picture of all He is and has. We can therefore both enjoy the things He has for us and better flow with His plan and purpose for us. When He is magnified, others around can recognize and benefit from our loving God.

 

Thus we can say and do - O magnify the Lord!


9/9/2011


Lord, when I learn that someone is hurting

Help me to know what to do and to say

Speak to my heart and give me compassion,

Let Your great love flow through me today

 ~ K. De Haan from Our Daily Bread


What could each of us do for someone else today?


9/8/2011


Self Assessment

 

Notice that little things come before the big things. If you want to have responsibility committed to you in this life, whether it be by God or by man, cultivate faithfulness in the little things—cultivate punctuality, cultivate answering your letters.


Cultivate keeping your promises even if they are only apparently trivial things because there is a God who is watching you. He’s assessing your character. He’s determining whether you are to be trusted with great things. Some people have got all the words and all the qualifications but they never come up with results.


Even if you have to find somebody to work for you or somebody to work with you, don’t go just by the big words and by their qualifications. Watch that person in small things. See how they handle the little responsibilities. Judge them by the way they behave when nobody’s watching them, when issues don’t seem big, because the truth of the matter is, if they are faithful in small things they will be faithful in the bigger things.


If they are unfaithful in the small things, then don’t commit to them the big things. That applies to those with whom you want to work. It applies to you, too. And it’s God’s way of assessing you and determining what you really can deal with. He watches you in the small things to show you how you would handle something bigger.


Remember that you should be willing to accept the standards you place on others.


~ Derek Prince


9/7/2011


But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. ~ Isaiah 40:31


The word "wait" could be applied in a couple of ways:

 

1. The actual act of “waiting” when you essentially have done all that you can do, and you need God to do something.  We are reminded of the children of Israel in II Chronicles, chapter 20 during the reign of Jehosaphat.  They needed the help of God, but the did not sit around doing nothing.  They fasted, the prayed, they came together, and they drew near to God asking Him to draw near to them and He did.


2.  Then there is the waiting on the Lord like a waiter or waitress would do.  These people do not sit around - they are moving, they are busy.  Their job is to see what you need, to take care of it, and not disturb you. Again though, the waiter is taking his cue from the one being waited on - God in this case.


How applicable this can be to our relationship to our Father God.  There are times when we just must wait on Him and His move - while also listening and looking for a way to do something to be obedient.


Regardless of how we endeavor to apply and act on this verse, our attention is directed to our heavenly Father.

 

9/6/2011

 

The word “precious” in the New Testament has the following meanings:


            Unique, invaluable, cherished, loved, treasured, and priceless


New Testament notes 3 things in particular as precious:


Our faith

The promises of God

The blood of Jesus


We take care of things that are precious to us. We guard them, we do not give them to just anyone, we treat them with great importance. Yet, regarding the three things above - we see that God has freely given them to us. Indeed, we see that God must count each of us precious – worth the life of Jesus. Regardless of our circumstances, this should brighten our day.

 

9/5/2011

 

A Job Well Done

 

As we come to Labor Day, the subject of work comes to mind. It often has a negative connotation because of what happened in the Garden of Eden. Yet before the fall, Adam still had things to do. He had dominion and anyone who has been in charge of anything knows that a lot of effort will be forthcoming. Granted, Adam did not have to wrestle with creation and the curse like we do now, but even so, there is honor in work done as to the Lord.

 

For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have showed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister. ~ Hebrews 6:10


Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth. ~ Ephesians 4:28


For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, ye are God's building. ~ I Corinthians 3:9

 

But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed. ~ James 1:25


Regardless of our individual experience and feeling toward work, in this life there is just some doing that needs to get done. In our scriptures above we can see that there is a Godly aspect to labor.


As the title indicates, we like to hear that we have done well. We enjoy the satisfaction it gives us and especially when we see fruit of that labor. Our lives, the lives of others, can be benefitted and ministered to for the better ~ and the kingdom of God can be promoted and demonstrated.


As the scripture says, we all want to hear our Savior say: Well done!


Thus a Godly perspective on our work gives our laboring a good appeal.

 

9/4/2011

 

The hymn "When I Survey the Wondrous Cross" was written by Isaac Watts in 1707. It is said he was preparing for a communion service and wanted a song that would convey the truth about the sacrifice of Christ. The simple melody with its powerful words will definitely impact the soul.

 

Charles Wesley (brother of John Wesley) was born the year that hymn was written. Charles Wesley wrote such hymns as:

 

Christ the Lord is risen today

Hark the herald angels sing

Jesus Lover of my soul

Oh for a thousand tongues to sing


Charles Wesley re­port­ed­ly said he would give up all his other hymns to have writ­ten this one.


If you want to hear a nice version of this song from the Gaithers: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4tUZrxqAzeA&feature=related

 

9/3/2011

 

We should determine how we are going to respond before circumstances & situations provoke us into responding ~ anon

 

A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger. ~ Proverbs 15:1


Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: ~ James 1:19


Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer. ~ Psalm 19:14

 

9/2/2011

 

With longing all my heart is filled

That like Him I may be.

As on the wondrous thought I dwell,

That Christ liveth in me. ~ Whittle from Our Daily Bread

 

Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.

 ~ Isaiah 26:3

 

9/1/2011

 

"The hope of a Christian is inseparable from his faith. Whoever believes in the divine inspiration of the Holy Scriptures must hope that the religion of Jesus shall prevail throughout the earth. Never since the foundation of the world have the prospects of mankind been more encouraging to that hope than they appear to be at the present time. And may the associated distribution of the Bible proceed and prosper till the Lord shall have made 'bare His holy arm in the eyes of all the nations, and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God' (Isaiah 52:10)."
 ~ Life of John Quincy Adams, p. 248.


How are those prospects for mankind mentioned above appearing today? From a natural standpoint many would say not so good. But the future as determined by God still presents this blessed hope for all men to embrace. Even more so in that salvation is closer than when we first believed as Paul mentions in Romans 13:11. We further look to: And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of His Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever. Rev. 11:15


So regardless of these ups and downs we deal with in this brief sojourn, the future is written - both a good one and bad one. We choose which one we will hook up with.


My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus blood and righteousness...


Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast... Hebrews 6:19



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