Show your hope

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For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good. (Titus 2:11-14)

My husband and I both love food. We both love the process of creating new dishes and then enjoying them. We try to eat sensibly and use healthy foods with lots of greens and whole grains. However, when there is a potluck or a buffet, there is a real struggle going on. I think it’s more of wanting to try everything rather than hunger that makes us eat more than we should at those times. It really helps to make a decision before going what we will eat and when we will say, “no more.”

In this world, there are many temptations. Most are not good for our well being. God gives us the ability to say no through his Holy Spirit. This is not a sacrifice to God; it is an act of obedience for our good. To live a life that is self-controlled, upright and godly in this present age is going against the flow of our culture and is difficult. That’s why we need God’s grace to accomplish it. It’s definitely worth continually practicing this way of life for God’s glory shines brightly through it for all to see drawing people to himself. People today need hope, and when they see the hope we have, they want it, too.

Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for the ability to say no to things that are not beneficial to me. I pray that I will continue to look to you for the hope you so freely give. Amen

Faith tip: Today practice saying “no” to things that you know are not beneficial to you.

2 thoughts on “Show your hope

  1. I’ve been pondering sin and temptation lately. We always say that sin is the big problem, but if you think about it, that’s not where it begins. Really, sin is just a byproduct of a lack of faith. Think about it … if we really believe that God is good, all-knowing, greater than us, loves us, is here and in the midst of our every situation … if we really believe He is THAT much greater than us and loves us unconditionally and wants the best for us … of COURSE we would follow His every Word. Of course.

    Sin happens when we believe the lies, instead. That something outside His will will make us happier. That His way isn’t the best in a given situation. That we know what’s best for us. That our way is more fun. That pleasure is the important thing. Etc, etc …. and all really stemming from a lack of faith.

    Faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the words of Jesus. (Romans 10) Spending time in His Word teaches us, but not in a textbook kinda way … His Word is living and it not only reaches our brains, but it wells up in our hearts and spirits. When we read, we KNOW Him more … and the more we know Him, the more we can believe Him. He is BIG! And holy! And present! And loving! And all-knowing! And His plan WILL prevail, and His way IS best for us, no matter what it feels like in the moment. He really will help us through the tough times … and we’ll come out better for it. We methodically learn that He IS who He says He is. And when our faith grows, our sin diminishes.

    Just some thoughts. Love you, Kathy! 🙂

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