A Future & A Hope

Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life.

Proverbs 13:12, English Standard Version

A Quick Exegesis

Proverbs 13:12 powerfully states that we need hope in our lives for our hearts to be healthy, but that’s not all it says. We hear the first part of this verse repeated often, but we rarely look at the second part of the scripture, let alone the whole meaning of the verse.

We can look at the Hebrew transliteration and clearly see the author of this verse is talking about a weak or sick heart where “heart” represents our inner man, mind, or will. Let’s take a quick look at all three of these areas. Our inner man can represent our soul as we exist today with its mind, will, and emotions. Our mind containing our emotions takes us to a complicated place of potential positivity and negativity. Emotions are feelings and they are temporary. Emotions are not who we are, they are fleeting within the scope of eternity. Our will represents our free will which God gave humans to make choices for Him or against Him.

The second part of the verse is very straightforward. A desire is a feeling to want something or want something to happen. God places desires in our hearts that support our calling and purpose. We can also create our own desires from our flesh, which can get us into trouble.

The Tree of Life is now more accessible to us because of what Jesus did. We must believe in and trust Jesus to have access to the Tree of Life. The good news is that Holy Spirit came to us, and He teaches us everything we need to know to mature and grow closer to Father God.

Hope Reimagined

In the entirety of Proverbs 13:12, we can see that a person without hope can become desperate and long for a happy life, identity, and purpose. Without a strong identity in Christ as sons and daughters of God, and an understanding of our calling and purpose, we can have a hard time finding meaning in life.

It is without hope one can become depressed, fearful, and even suicidal.

Hope is defined as a feeling of expectation of something happening or trust that a desire will be fulfilled. The thing is, we can trust God. God does what He says He is going to do; He is not a liar. God has made all of us many promises throughout the Bible that we can count on happening. Our Bible is a manual for finding hope, faith, and love.

We need to desire the Word of God, which is Jesus Himself as stated in John 1:1–3 to be set free from negative machinations. Our minds must be on the Word with our faces turned toward God in this season. It’s time to use our righteous and sanctified imaginations to desire the things of God.

I repeat, it is without hope one can become depressed, fearful, and even suicidal.

To have hope, find your calling and your purpose, and walk toward doing them. God will meet you as you walk, and He’ll give you new hope and renewed meaning to live.

LOOK UP!

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Today we are living in uncertain times. We are in great places of self reflection and turmoil. There are questions on the table. How did we get here? What happened and what is really going on?

This country was built on hardship and endurance. The people had grit and an “I can do it spirit.” We still have it. Even if we were taken by surprise. There is no point in giving up or giving in. We still live in a country that is dedicated to God.

We have great God who will subvert the enemy, if we cry out. If we turn our hearts back to God, He will turn the tide. We can no longer be slack in calling out to our God and recommit our lives to Him. It is always darkest before the dawn which is now right before us. We are now in the new era of the Glory of God.

What we are seeing is the direct conflict between good and evil. Evil has been lurking and now has reared it’s ugly head. We are currently in the darkness and just beginning to wake up. We have not addressed evil for what it is. Here are a couple of quotes from Winston Churchill.

“We shall go forward together. The road upwards is stony. There are upon our journey dark and dangerous valleys through which we have to make and fight our way. But it is sure and certain that if we persevere – and we shall persevere – we shall come through these dark and dangerous valleys into a sunlight broader and more genial and more lasting than mankind has ever known.” ~ Winston Churchill

Man will occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of the time he will pick himself up and continue on. Winston Churchill

From Edmund Burke~“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”

In the word of God in Joel Chapter 2 verses 12-17 it states: Joel 2:12-17 KJV 12 Therefore also now, saith the LORD, turn ye [even] to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning: 13 And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the LORD your God: for he [is] gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil. 14 Who knoweth [if] he will return and repent, and leave a blessing behind him; [even] a meat offering and a drink offering unto the LORD your God? 15 Blow the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly: 16 Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders, gather the children, and those that suck the breasts: let the bridegroom go forth of his chamber, and the bride out of her closet. 17 Let the priests, the ministers of the LORD, weep between the porch and the altar, and let them say, Spare thy people, O LORD, and give not thine heritage to reproach, that the heathen should rule over them: wherefore should they say among the people, Where [is] their God?

The condition is we are now in a place where God is not number one in our lives and the world is overtaking us if we do not run back to our God and change our mind about where is in our lives.

The “heathen” in this verse are the ungodly people ruling over us with darkness not love.if we change our minds, God will remove the reproach.

When we cry out to Him and repent(change our minds) he will pour out His Spirit with a mighty outpouring on the whole world before His return.

In the following verses you will see it will also pour out on ALL people afterwards. After the change of hearts.

Joel Chapter 2 verses 18-19 and 28-29.

Joel 2:18-19 KJV 18 Then will the LORD be jealous for his land, and pity his people. 19 Yea, the LORD will answer and say unto his people, Behold, I will send you corn, and wine, and oil, and ye shall be satisfied therewith: and I will no more make you a reproach among the heathen:

Joel 2:28-29 KJV 28 And it shall come to pass afterward, [that] I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: 29 And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit.

The Lord will be our protector and redeemer in this time.

Isaiah 60:1-3 KJV 1 Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee. 2 For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee. 3 And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.

We have a great many things to look forward to. We must just keep LOOKING UP!

Creativity is Free

“Write all this down for the coming generation, so re-created people will read it and praise the Lord!” — Psalm 102:18 The Passion Translation

Use it Wisely

Humans are made to be creative. We are made in the image of God the Creator of everything; therefore, we can create. Creativity is freely given to us no matter our color, culture, creed or religious/spiritual connections.

We make art, we write, play music, strategize, organize, and dream. We are creative.

We express our God-given creative spirit imaginatively and inventively. But we can express it from ungodly flesh or through God’s righteous anointing.

It can seem like the devil can create, but he can’t. He just steals creativity from humanity. He manipulates us and twists the creations we make for use in his worldly kingdom. So, our creative motivations must be for the good of God’s Kingdom and nothing more.

† By God’s grace.

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