Against All Hope

I’m not sure if any of you are like me. I have seasons where I am thinking all of the deep thoughts. I’m not sure what it has been about this summer, but my thoughts have weighed heavy on me. Since the Spring, I have felt a bit tormented in my thought life. It has come in waves and at times has overtaken me.

I have never really been one to deal with a scattered and heavy thought life, but here we are. I can’t help but think that the enemy can sense that the Lord has something of significance awaiting me.

I am also not one to look at the world around me and be so discouraged and yet, here I am. It seems as though there is attack and opposition and hate and oppression at every turn. The enemy is working overtime to destroy us.

I don’t know about you, but I never want to give him the satisfaction of knowing that he beat me. As far as I know, our God calls us overcomers. He says that we are more than conquerors. He calls us to continue to fight the good fight and hold on to hope. Hope’s name is Jesus.

What does it look like to be an overcomer and to have hope when all appears hopeless?

 

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Firstfruits

berries

 

My church has this saying: “When we give our best, the rest is blessed.” It’s usually said in regards to tithing, but it recently had me thinking about how this idea translates into the whole of our lives. It affects our time, talents, skills, resources, attention, passions, devotion, etc. You name it; I think it’s affected.

I often have conversations with co-workers about the life that I live. I am labeled a “holy roller.” It used to bother me, but the more I grow in my faith, the more I embrace it and am proud that I am viewed that way. I am by no means perfect, but God has done such a work in me that I want it reflected in every aspect of my life.

“Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need.” Malachi 3:10

I’m a tither, and no one can convince me otherwise. I used to tithe only on my paycheck, but then I heard a sermon by Pastor Robert Morris. He told story after story of how God enabled him and his wife to give away countless cars, houses and planes to people. He told of how he and his wife tithe on everything. I want to be able to do that! I began to see any and all increase as from God. He is the one that owns the cattle on a thousand hills, and then He is the owner of those hills. What?! How could I ever want to hold on to any resources that come my way? Yes, the 10 percent was alive and well in the Old Testament, but that principle still holds true in Christ’s fulfillment of the law. When I can look at my earthly treasure and hold it loosely, I believe that God knows He can trust me with little or with much.

 

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