Triumphant Hope in Jesus

“In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” 1 Peter 1:6, 7

“Now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now we know in part, but then I shall know fully, just as I also have been fully known.” 1 Corinthians 13:12

(A poem on renewal of hope after experiencing loss or a setback to faith.)

You Came Through Difficult Days

You came through difficult days–at times you felt vulnerable and disappointed.
But remember you’re a child of God, and you’re still very much anointed.
Philippians 4:13 says you can do all things you’re called to do–
Just keep your eyes fixed on Jesus–that’s Hebrews 12:2.
God is totally for you–His Word has made it clear.
Don’t let past adversities cause you to doubt or fear.
We don’t fight against flesh and blood, but it’s a spiritual battle we wage;
Holding fast to your confidence is vital–it’s not time to disengage.
“Onward Christian soldiers, marching as to war,
With the cross of Jesus going on before.”
That’s an old familiar hymn sung down through the years;
And you have carried on so bravely, though sometimes there were tears.
As you continue in God’s Word, it will be a lamp unto your feet
And a light unto your path, bringing fellowship that’s sweet.
In studying the Bible, you’ve come to understand
That all that is good is from the Father’s hand.
Jesus went about healing, showing the Father’s true heart.
He commanded the waves to be calm and the winds to depart.
The Old Testament account of Joseph tells of much that he withstood;
But from what was meant for evil, God brought forth only good.
So keep listening to the Holy Spirit and using God’s Word as you pray;
It’s the trustworthy sword of our armor–don’t let the enemy have any other say.
Plead the blood of Jesus…For our well-being, He was scarred;
Stay strong in your precious faith in His Word, knowing it will guard.
A beautiful chapter of promise is Psalm ninety-one;
We can claim it at each daybreak and even when the day is done.
Surely you’ve gone through a hard place; but you’ll find by remaining bold
And confident in the Lord, Jesus Christ, your faith will be greater than gold.
“In the world you have tribulation, but…I have overcome the world,” Jesus said.
Stand firm in that truth and you will find that God has wonderful things still ahead.

P. A. Oltrogge

“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

“Therefore, everyone who hears these words of Mine; and acts upon them, may be compared to a wise man, who built his house upon the rock. And the rain descended, and the floods came; and the winds blew, and burst against the house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded upon the rock.” Matthew 7:24, 25

“…rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer.” Romans 12:12

“This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast and one which enters within the veil, where Jesus has entered as a forerunner for us, having become a high priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.” Hebrews 6:19-20

“Every good thing bestowed and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation, or shifting shadow.” James 1:17

“Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and anointed us is God, who also sealed us and gave us the Spirit in our hearts as a pledge.” 2 Corinthians 1:21-22

“But thanks be to God who always leads us in His triumph in Christ….”
2 Corinthians 2:14

Psalm 91 (entire Psalm)

“that being justified by His grace, we might be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.” Titus 3:7

Joining Forces in Prayer

There are so many needs requiring very many prayers.
Lately, the needs seem to come in layers upon layers.
Pray that aid will get through to meet all the needs,
And give tangible help, as the Lord leads.
We’re in a world battle of great spiritual proportions;
We serve a good God–He doesn’t send the misfortunes.
Many can be helped through our prayers and our giving,
And by sharing God’s Word, which restores hope for living.
I’m so grateful for those who actually go forth to care
For those in a crisis, showing Jesus is there.

P. A. Oltrogge

“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” Ephesians 6:12 (KJV)

“The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” John 10:10 (KJV)

“Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. And of some have compassion, making a difference….” Jude 1:21-22

Original Intent

(Reference: The Bible–as might be spoken by the Creator)

For My original intent, we have to look back
To a man and a woman–not a thing would they lack,
With a bountiful garden and glorious days ahead–
But sin entered in and things were different instead.
From beautiful Eden they then had to leave,
Yet children were planned for Adam and Eve.
And so it’s continued down to this day–
A man and a woman–not any other way.
To change this design, gives Me displeasure,
And won’t have My blessing by any sort of measure.
Don’t fail to see that it’s in My Book–
Turn to Romans 1:26, 27 and there take a look.
And with mother and father, children are glad;
That’s My original intent–the only one I’ve had.
When one parent’s missing, I’ll be there to fill in,
But “parents” of one kind–to My mind, it’s sin.
Any other thinking, I’d have people forsake.
They can turn the corner–an established road’s there to take.
I know there are some who want it both ways,
But My original intent is still the standard I raise.

P. A. Oltrogge

And He (Jesus) answered and said, “Have you not read that He who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘For this cause a man shall leave his father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife; and the two shall become one flesh?'” Matthew 19:4-5

“…but for Adam there was not found a helper suitable for him. So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and he slept; then He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh at that place. And the Lord God fashioned into a woman the rib which He had taken from the man, and brought her to the man. And the man said, ‘This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh; She shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.'” Genesis 2:20-23

See all of Genesis, chapters 1 through 3

As for God, His way is perfect; the word of the Lord is tried; He is a buckler to all them that trust in Him. II Samuel 22:31