Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord God Almighty; who was, and is, and is to come. His name is power, breath and living water. God has done what He said He will do, He is who He said He is, and we can depend on Him. He is our hope. He isn’t the check that is in the mail kind of hope. You could never rely on money, your favorite team, or people, but only rely on God. He made promises in His word that has and will come true.
Faith is looking back at what He has already done. He doesn’t ask us to believe in something that He hasn’t already proved. The reason you can trust the chair that you sit in, is because you already sat in it before now. Hope is looking forward and then it becomes a knowing. So we know it’s not blind faith. It’s a knowing that God keeps His promises. God made a covenant with Abram in Gen. 15:12 – 18 Abram was put into a deep sleep and God passed between the pieces of animal with fire. God kept His promise. Can you think of some promises that God gave to you? For me it was that although weeping lasts for the night, Joy comes in the morning.
God takes people like you and me to change the world; He does that by molding us and changing our heart. He loves us just the way we are, but He won’t leave us the way we are. God is not just concerned about the here and now, as our carnal minds understand, but He is fitting us for eternity. He doesn’t want any to perish, some may think He is slow but He is patient toward us so we will come to repentance. He is looking for a people who is diligent and found by Him in peace, spotless and blameless (2 Peter 3:8-15). We can live as the sort of people to be in holy conduct and godliness; looking for the coming of the Lord because according to His promise; we shall dwell with Him in the new heaven and the new earth. “I’m going home and you’re coming with me,” says Jesus. It matters who we tell because they are looking at our faith. And plus, where else are you going to put your hope? You find peace in God when you put trust in Him.
Antha put her trust in God when she came out to talk to me, but she didn’t know that God wanted her to confess something she had been carrying for 5 years. She opened her mouth and it all poured out and God began to heal her pain. There was so much shame and condemnation weighing her down that once she gave it to God, she literally skipped back to her cell. God has thoughts of peace and not of evil to give her an expected end, says the Lord.
After tonight, everything for Sweetness will be the last one of those. For example, this is her last Thursday night in jail. After 14 months of being locked up, her mind is already thinking of how she can be a disciple for Jesus on the outside. She told Joyce and me about the day she was in solitary confinement when she realized all she had was Jesus and that was all she needed.
God didn’t say that He would keep us from trials and things that make us cry, but He promised He would never leave us nor forsake us. He gave us a rainbow to show us He would never flood the world again. He promised eternal salvation, He promised that He would love us; He promised that He would prosper us. It’s His promise to us, not our promise to Him.
Written by Tracey