The Promise of Hope

God doesn’t require that we suddenly become perfect; all of us will fall short. He does call us however to live our lives in the light with Him… that we may grow in our faith and in relationship with Him. He loves us and desires freedom for us.  1 John 1:5-10 says…

“This is the message we heard from Jesus and now declare to you: God is light, and there is no darkness in him at all.  So we are lying if we say we have fellowship with God but go on living in spiritual darkness; we are not practicing the truth.  But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin. If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth.  But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.  If we claim we have not sinned, we are calling God a liar and showing that his word has no place in our hearts.”

When we trust God with our failures we have the promise of hope, through the blood of Jesus Christ, giving us forgiveness of sins and right standing before God.  I often wonder what the Apostle Paul might have felt like as he studied his past. He would have seen his persecution of Christ followers; he would have seen Stephen’s death taking place under his authority. He would have seen that moment of revelation on the road to Damascus where his zealous heart as a Pharisee encountered Jesus and stood in truth before God…realizing he was not fighting for God but against his son. Listen to Paul’s words in Philippians 3:9 -11

“I no longer count on my own goodness or my ability to obey Gods laws, but I trust Christ to save me. For Gods way of making us right with himself depends on faith. As a result, I can really know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised him from the dead. I can learn what it means to suffer with him, sharing in his death, so that, somehow, I can experience the resurrection from the dead!”

I love that last verse… just as God resurrected Jesus through him he can resurrect my life!

Paul goes on to say in verse 12

“I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection! But I keep working toward that day when I will finally be all that Christ Jesus saved me for and wants me to be.”

Paul pressed on forgetting the past and looking forward to what is ahead, we should never let our past or failures keep us from God or from the good he has planned for us. When we acknowledge our sin and accept Jesus’ forgiveness our lives are resurrected in His. But then we are called to step out of  darkness and walk in the light through our faith in Jesus. Trusting that when we look toward Him, He can supply all that we need to live a godly life.

About Julie Armendariz

Hi, I am a Artist, Photographer, Christian, wife & mom. I love hiking, nature, poetry & spending time with my family. This Blog is a place for me to share my Art, Photography, writing and faith.
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