Faith opens the door to a person called Love, the creator of all things, Jesus Christ. And when you use faith to welcome Love, hope comes along with Him. Jesus then tells us that all those that believe or have faith in Him will not perish but have eternal life, which is our great hope.
In this season of Advent, as we remember the gift of Christ coming into our lives, may we also welcome Him back into our hearts. May we let Him show afresh how much He truly loves us, and in return may we celebrate the gift of Christ by giving God the gift of loving His children.
At the crux of it, either His love is overtaking our fear, or our fear is overtaking His love. This advent season, let’s trust that we have taken up permanent residence in a life of Love. Let’s gather our broken pieces and lay them at the feet of our Savior, knowing we are loved with a love so powerful and consistent it will change and shape us for our good and His glory.
Mutual Christian love reveals the presence of God. This type of love makes the movements of God visible and tangible. God loves us so much that He left us with this incredible gift so that we could experience Him every day.
What an unmeasurable love that it took to sacrifice Jesus that day—an act of love which has covered every generation that has been on this earth these past two thousand years ago. Each person name, face and desire is recognized and cherished by our Maker, each life worth the price that was paid.
Love for others is the inevitably of knowing God. The more we surrender to His love inside us the more in love we become with those around us. Why? Because God is love and the target of His love is people.
When we have the relentless love of our Father, something stirs inside of us, bringing out a fresh wave of love that people haven’t encountered before. This kind of love goes out into the world and changes it. It isn’t just by word or talk, as John says, but it is by the actions that we take and the deeds that come alongside the true love we have.
God’s love, from which all love flows, is the beginning and end of our story. But, somewhere in between, God romances us. He reveals His character, teaches us to trust in Him, and opens our hearts to show us who we are in His eyes. He gently begins to re-write our stories, healing our scars and breathing life into our dead places. Out of our brokenness, love begins to grow
See what kind of love this is? A love that the world doesn't recognize. The world calls things as they are. God calls those things that are not as though they were. The world forces us to prove our identity. Our Father proves our worth in His son Jesus Christ.
Like the sun that unrelentingly breaks through every night, hope enables us to rise each morning, steadfast in the knowledge that our God is with us. On days when we feel like we cannot go on, hope graciously embraces and sustains us, pointing to a God who loves, cares, understands and promises that everything will be ok.
We have been given the lion heart of the King who broke through the gates of Hell and conquered death for us. This beauty is written in the blood of a bold and risky hope. Yes, He leads us out into the unknown, to journeys that we dare not embark on without this gift in hand—a confident anticipation, an alert expectancy and passionate patience.
Confident expectation—that’s what hope is. It is God’s fervent, excited anticipation of how Christlike we will become, because of the work of the Spirit in us. And that Christlikeness has the potential to be so profound that it begins to change the world around us.
What we have access to as heirs of God with Christ is incomprehensible. We have His love, His grace, and His mercy with us daily. This is our hope in the storm, and our assurance when we feel there is nothing ahead for us.
When we see God as our father, it changes everything. At the very moment we put our hope in Jesus, all the fears of this world fall to the wayside. We become children who no longer need to worry about where our provision comes from, or whether we are loved, or what our purpose is. The perfect love of the Father that drives out all fear.
Even though we may mess up, or our circumstances turn south, it doesn’t change who we are in Him. We are alive—not just awake and breathing, but vibrant and overflowing because of Jesus’ righteous and perfect life!
Demonstrating the Father’s heart through acts of generosity during this festive season can stir hope amongst a hopeless people. Beyond the Christmas season, we have the eternal gift of knowing that God’s mercy and kindness towards us does not end once the lights come down and the snow melts away.
The Christian life is not a series of rules set against us, which set us up for failure; that is a hopeless life. No! The life of Christ at work within us has one law: the Law of Life, which sets us up to live the full life of Christ Himself.
In Christ, we couldn’t possibly dream any bigger or greater. In fact, if the size of the vision doesn’t scare us then we have made God too small. This means we can’t do it alone. By design, faith means that I am to believe not just for myself but rather beyond myself. The vision is locked up in other people—and the only way to unlock it is to transform from the incomplete ‘my faith’ to the completion of ‘our faith.’
We look to fill voids, and we indulge in temporal fixes that end up to our detriment; like a cough drop that covers the temporary symptom, but not the root of the problem. Moses placed his faith in a Father he knew would have his best interest in mind. Though seemingly "good" opportunities were placed in front of him in Pharaoh’s house, he believed in God's "great" that lay ahead in his true Father's house.
We can believe the impossible, knowing that even if the dream seems dead or the situation looks bleak, God can revive it! He is for us—He already has the answers to our circumstances, and the faith we have been freely given is our key to see God's promises happen in our world.
In the midst of uncertainty is the peace of knowing that God is more invested in our futures and His Kingdom than we can ever understand or imagine. He is the perfect father and leader, if we are willing to let go and trust.
To live a life of faith is to lift our eyes beyond the realms of the ‘possible’ and defy the barren womb, the broken dream, the desolate situation. It is to choose Heaven’s perspective of an ‘impossible’ circumstance and believe in what we cannot see, calling God’s promises into being by the authority we have inherited through Christ.
Ultimately, unknown destinations are okay because we are not called to a place, but a Person. We are called to Jesus. He is our travelling companion, our navigator and our destination. He is our True North.