We start with hope when we start with God

Good Morning Everyone,
 
Our theme for this month: “The power of hope”
 
Our Bible verse for today: “I rise before dawn and cry out for help; I put my hope in your word.” Psalm 119:147 (CSB)
 
Our thought for today: “We start with hope when we start with God.”
 
Psalm 119 is the longest chapter in the Bible. It’s also a beautiful and powerful testimony to the value of spending time listening to God through the reading of His word. For 176 verses the writer goes on and on about how much he loves reading the law of God, how much he has learned from it, how much he depends on it, and what great hope he draws from it. This was written by a man who appreciated and valued his time with the Lord.
 
Billy Graham is reported to have once said “If I don’t start my day with God, I meet Satan around every corner all day long.”
 
Amen brother.
 
Like the Psalmist and like Billy Graham, I too have found that I need to start my day with God. As I consider the busyness and the challenges that lay before me each day it can sometimes seem overwhelming. But if I first spend time in Bible study and prayer, and then lay out my day before the Lord and invite Him to set my agenda for me, I get peace and purpose and direction. I’m also inspired to approach the day with the sure confidence that God is with me. I know that every place I go, every situation I enter into, God is already there and He has prepared both me and the circumstances so that His will may be done. And so, I approach the day with hope.
 
The same reasoning applies to starting the week by participating in a group worship service and in fellowship with other Christians. Gathering with our church family refocuses our minds, nurtures our souls, lifts our spirits, and prepares us to go back out into the world refreshed, recharged, and ready for the new week. Starting the week in this manner is so important, that the writer of the letter to the Hebrews tells us in Hebrews 10:25 that we shouldn’t miss these gatherings. Just as beginning your day with God prepares you for the new day, beginning your week with God and with other Christians prepares you for the new week.
 
The Bible tells us that God is for us. He is active and involved in our lives. He has a plan and a purpose He is working out in us, and with us, and through us. And in the process, He will give us help and He will give us hope.
 
We start with hope when we start with God.
 
God Bless,
Pastor Jim
 
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