Our Hope Is In The Lord

by csnyder 29. March 2010 09:41
Our Hope Is In The Lord Ps. 71:4; 130:7; 131:3; 146:5

There is a question that begs to be asked of every believer. In whom is your hope? In the life of every believer, there are "opportunities for trust" that arise. These divine opportunities are a blessing from God so that He can show Himself mighty and faithful, even when we don't understand. I am going to just list a few things that God has been teaching me over the years. I am not in any way implying that I have any of these areas down, that would be untrue. I am however continuing to marvel at the goodness of God which He consistently reveals to me in these areas.

Beginning with Health. Have you ever listened to prayer request. They usually begin with peoples health. We spend more time praying to keep people out of heaven than praying them in. I still am going to seek prayer and divine healing for those that I love and for others. I can't believe God in this area in my own power; the ability to believe is a gift from God and one that I can't work up. What to do when you have health needs or those you love have health needs. This is something maybe new for some. I believe that we should begin by praying for others. Is this trying to manipulate God in some way. Only you will know that, but that is not at all what I am talking about. I believe it is allowing Christ to live out His live in you in this area and to begin to put others before yourself. Watch what happens as you truly begin to pray for others. You will soon come to realize that OUR HOPE IS IN THE LORD.

I believe the second greatest area that brings concern to the lives of believers is one that should not trouble us at all but it does. It is finance, money, or the lack of the same. OK here it is, we will have need. So what to do? Give anyway. You don't give to get, but by giving out of a grateful and thankful heart, you win. It is not yours anyway, it all belongs to God. The Word says in Luke 6:38 "Give, and it will be given to you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, they will pour into your lap. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return." This is not why we give but it still is in the Bible. As we learn to give with a cheerful heart out of our poverty and His riches, we will learn that OUR HOPE IS IN THE LORD.

Sometimes the things that cause us the most anguish are relationships with those that we thought loved us or that we are the closest to. I want say much here. I will just say, "if you get close to people, there will be problems and you will be hurt." Get close anyway. Love anyway, make yourself vulnerable to others, it is worth it. You will come to realize that OUR HOPE IS IN THE LORD. In all other areas, freedom, physical needs, food, clothing, shelter, love, OUR HOPE IS IN THE LORD. You may be saying, "He left out spiritual needs." Everything is a spiritual need, but in that area, OUR HOPE IS IN THE LORD.

Having said all of this, here is a word from the Lord! "Give it up, depend on Me. I am not the center of your life, I am your life and I know what is going on and I care."

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Only Believe

by csnyder 11. March 2010 03:55
Only Believe

Over the years I have met many well-intentioned people that have a great desire to work for Jesus. They wanted to do something for Him. These people had right motives, but right motives don’t necessarily lead to what is of Christ. They were no different than people I have also known who used to say, “do something even if it's wrong”. It may sound appropriate to just do something, but when you do something that you have to undo, you are really backing up. You are not helping a situation; you are in fact hindering the situation. In the world, when you don't know what to do, what you should do is nothing. It goes against the grain of the flesh to just do nothing. If you feel that you must do something for Christ, then you are operating according to the flesh. As you are walking in the Spirit, when you don't know what to do, you do nothing. Another way of saying this is, “when you don't know what to do, wait on God”.,/p> I know this; all that we do, when we are living by faith in Him, will be done with His power. When we live a life of total dependence on Him and believe Him for everything in our lives, our yoke is easy and our load is light. More than we could ever imagine will get accomplished and it won’t burn us out.

In John 6:29, Jesus answered and said to them, "This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He has sent." Eternal life is believing in Jesus; the work of God is believing in Jesus. Do you want to do the work of God; believe in Him. Why do people think that they are saved by grace through faith, and then they are to live according to their best efforts after they are saved? You can't please God with your own efforts after you are saved, any more than you could to be saved. It is trusting Him, to live his life in you before you are saved, and after you've are saved, that pleases Him. Only trust Him, I think there is a song by that name isn’t there.

I'm going to talk about something that may surprise you. When you believe God for his work, there will be those around you that will become angry with you. The Bible says that Jesus did not come to judge but to save. When Christians are walking according to the flesh and are trying to work in their own power; many times they begin to do what Jesus Himself did not do. They begin to judge others based on what they perceive is the work of God. Remember, the work of God is that you believe in Him whom He has sent. You will believe in Him, for whatever He says. He will make His will known to you.

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Bragging On Your Family In Christ

by csnyder 8. March 2010 23:14
Bragging On Your Family In Christ

2 Thess. 1:4 therefore, we ourselves speak proudly of you among the churches of God for your perseverance and faith in the midst of all your persecutions and afflictions which you endure.

When Paul was speaking of the believers in Thessalonica, he could not hold back his proud praise of his children in the faith. He loved them and loved talking about them. You love speaking proudly of those you love. God feels the same way about you. He speaks proudly of you to the heavenly host. I believe that the host of heaven know more about our true identity in Christ than we do many times.

He spoke of their perseverance and faith in the midst of persecutions and afflictions which they endured. They were waiting patiently with a steadfast spirit. They were the same no matter what the circumstances and they believed God in the midst of all the pressures of life. You may be saying, "Thanks for laying that guilt trip on me." That is not my intent at all. I am not telling you these things to get you to do anything at all. I am telling you, who they were is who you are.

Many times, we don't have a clue of the proper outcome in a situation. Here is where faith comes in. Faith is believing that God knows and cares and that He ultimately means it for your good. Faith is a gift from God. You can't have faith in your own power, you can't work up faith. Also, faith is not in faith, faith is in God.

Afflictions and persecutions were endured because of their hope in Christ. I want you to know that there is hope for you in all situations. God knows and God cares, and He does mean good for all things going on in your life. Believe it. Ask God for the ability to believe it, don't fake it. He want get mad at you, He will give you what you ask for and what you need and that is faith in Him.

Their perseverance and faith speak of the righteous judgment of God towards them. What is righteous judgment? It means that God judged them righteous when they believed Him. They were not righteous because they persevered, they persevered because they were righteous. He declared us righteous, the very righteousness of Christ. He became sin on the cross for our sakes and we became the righteousness of Christ. As strange as this may sound, it was for His sake also. He wants us with Him and the requirement is we must be righteous so He took care of that. We get the benefits of this righteousness by receiving all that was His.

As you begin to believe who you are in Him, you will see yourself like Christ sees you and you will see others like Christ sees them. You will be forced to brag on His dear ones because of who they are. You will think about others like Christ thinks about you. Oh what a wonderful day.

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Your New Mind

by csnyder 4. March 2010 16:30
I used to think that if Jesus ruled me, He would tell me to do something, and I would do it. That would mean that there was a “Him” and there was a “me”. By Him giving me directions that I carried out, it would be evidence that we were two different entities…not “one” but “two”.

I now see that we are in fact and not just in theory, “one”. We are one and cannot be separated. He thinks His thoughts in me, and I agree. I agree because when HE thinks, I am thinking right along with Him because we think alike. We literally have the same mind.

Does this mean that I always “do right” or even think “right” at this time? You know the answer to that, NO! I still deal with the flesh. There are things that have been programmed into the physical organ called the brain that are out of place and do not belong. We think that the way we think is how it always was and unless we can change, it is how it will always be.

We don't need to hit the default button for our computer “brain”, but the restore button. The restore button will take a computer back to the way it was when it came out of the box. At that time, there was nothing out of place, no garbage at all. Can that happen? It did happen. God did it when He made you new; old things passed away, all things became new. Remember?

Okay. You may be asking, “How do I physically appropriate this?” You don’t. You just recognize your new state: dead, buried, and raised to walk in newness of life, His life. He is not just in your life; He is your life. You believe it, you have received it. You didn’t just get salvation; you got life, His life.

Along with this life, you received a new way of thinking. This new way of thinking is thinking like one who is totally dependent on another. He doesn’t want you to try and change the way you are thinking or what you are doing. He wants you to surrender to dependence on Him, total dependence. Allow Him to do the thinking through you.

People will think it is you, and they will think it is wonderful, this new, non-judgmental, forgiving, loving you. You will know however, it is Christ in you doing the thinking. But wait a minute…it now really is you. It is you who is doing the thinking. It really is who you are. You really do have the mind of Christ.

When something is deleted on a computer, it is not really deleted until it is replaced with something else. As you yield your mind to Christ, who you were disappears, and who you really are takes over. You think differently because you are different. You are new indeed! You are joined with Christ; you are now “One”.

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About the author

Craig Snyder has been married to Jonni Gooden Snyder for 37 years.  He has three grown sons and one grown daughter.  He has eight grandchildren.

Craig has been in full time ministry since 1974, having been on staff with Campus Crusade for Christ, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and has pastored for over 25 years.

Craig has ministered  with Grace Walk Ministries since 2001 and serves as Director of Missions and also pastors a home church.  He travels extensively in Latin America, and the U.S. and Canada sharing the Grace Walk of our Lord Jesus Christ.