Enduring Our Loss – Keeping Our Hope

So often, it’s been said of me, that I should’ve been born in another time. People often suggest a time, perhaps, like the early 1900’s; I tend to agree.

Upon reflection, my meager length of life has provided such an awe. Greatly, has our nation and its peoples changed; I do not say progressed. Once, we were a people of good cheer, kindness, morals, ethics. Consideration for others was simply a way of life; there was a natural, instinctual, respect for one another.

Such disdain, dissatisfaction…an utter reproach toward the manner in which our once, great nation, has run itself into the reef. We are taking on water and seemingly, in desperate fear of the possibilities of hopelessness.

Hard times come with realization – priorities change, understanding unfolds – what we must do now, what we have done in order to achieve this situation, etc. Eventually, it will come down to survival, hinged upon absolute necessity.

What hopelessness might await our people? Will there come a time wherein, we fully, insightfully and with humility, measure our failure before the Lord? As a nation, as a people, merely as children of our beloved Creator, we will find ourselves before Him. Either in wrath, pleading for mercy or in awe, thankful for additional grace…we will certainly come to an ends.

Gratitude affords me hope, in that, we have solemn promise from the Lord. If we seek Him with all our heart, we shall find Him. God is not hidden from us, and He has not yet turned His back upon us. God is able to have patience, for a time. Nevertheless, God awaits us to present ourselves before Him, not the other way around.

For the people that will continue to walk in God’s ways, remaining in God’s will, we shall know His grace, mercy and love. People who refuse Him, will assuredly know His wrath. Yes, believers shall see times of severe difficulty, but we shall face it with perfect clarity that God loves us and provides a means, a way and an end.

Prayer is a byproduct of faith, which comes from patience. Without faith, we cannot speak prayers to the Father; it would be completely futile and senseless. We must have the genuine faith He exists, that He is the only, true God, as well as hope that our promises shall be rewarded us for our good, faithfulness.

What I hope to convey and trust to assure, is that we shall never be completely without hope. We, His children, shall never be cut off from Him, cannot be removed from His will or cast out. Salvation is secured, hope is constant, faith is required.

Look always unto the Father, seek Him in all your way. Let there be no questions, debates or confusions about a complete certainty; God answers when we speak to Him. God ALWAYS listens and inclines His ear to us.

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Greater Things Than These

Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10 Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you I do not speak on my own authority. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work. 11 Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the works themselves. 12 Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. 13 And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.

Now, in our time, we find ourselves in wonder. We read from this story, a reassurance of the power of Jesus Christ, but also learn of His promise to us. We know Jesus’ capacity but are promised, through Him, that we may and shall do, all things as He. We cannot become greater than Christ, for He is perfect and also the Father and Spirit, in One. But we can accomplish anything, through faith, asking/commanding, in His name.

Also, I am reminded of the passage directly afterward, beginning with verse 15. Wherein, Jesus promises the Holy Spirit shall be sent and given unto us. Do you recall reading this:

15 “If you love me, keep my commands. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be[c] in you. 18 I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. 19 Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. 20 On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. 21 Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.”

Continuing to read this book, we see the incredible promises of what is to become each and every believer, all who call upon the name of the Lord and trust in Him. So what does it mean to believe, in faith, as a Christian? Let’s consider that in a clear light.

You and I have been promised and HAVE received:

1) Not just Jesus in and with us, but also the Father. For the Father is in Jesus and Jesus in Him, and They, in us.

2) The gift and bestowal of the Holy Spirit upon and within us. The Spirit does not come and go, it remains with us. It is within us! Is not the Holy Spirit part of the God-Head? Likewise, it is also the Father and the Son and all, reside within us.

3) An Advocate  to help you and be with you forever— “17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will bein you. 18 I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.”

4) Wisdom is afforded us in this way “But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.”

5) Intercession through Christ – “13 And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.”

6) Comfort – 27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

But what I truly wish to convey to you in this is simple, yet evades us, on so many levels. What does our faith, TRULY assure us of? What can we do with, through, by and asking? Jesus described it perfectly in His words to us.

Read this again “11 Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the works themselves. 12 Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. 13 And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.”

Does this leave you with any question that you and I have the ability of the Father, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit because we are assured the contrary. We are guaranteed, by the Son of God, that we have this and are able.

This is why I assure you of answered prayer!

Matthew 7:7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:

Psalm 34:4 I sought the LORD, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.


Psalm 37:4 Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.


Isaiah 30:19 People of Zion, who live in Jerusalem, you will weep no more. How gracious he will be when you cry for help! As soon as he hears, he will answer you.


Jeremiah 29:13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.


Matthew 7:8 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.


Matthew 18:19 “Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.


Matthew 21:22 If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.”


Mark 11:24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.


Luke 11:9 “So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.


John 14:13 And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.


John 15:7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.


John 15:16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit–fruit that will last–and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.