SPIRITUAL WARFARE: Critical Conditions

Please don’t let the topic first presented, that you may not be interested in at all, stop you from reading this short article. It touches on the heart of why we need to pray – more earnestly as we get closer to Christ’s return.

The Value of Sparrows

I had the grace a few weeks ago of being introduced to an agency that works to save slaves around the world.  That’s not the only work that this agency does.  They help women whose families try to seize their land after the death of their husbands.  They stop sex traffickers.

And after they save the people from violence, they provide them with safe houses where they can heal from all their wounds.

So faced with being asked to pray for the International Justice Mission, I looked at my schedule, scratched my head, and wondered where I would “fit” them in.  And I saw that I could rearrange my noon prayers to make room.  Normally, I would read the noonday prayers, supplemented with a little “outside” reading, and then pray, generally, while listening to the Chaplet of the Divine Mercy being sung.  I got to sing along.  Which I liked.

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The Bible book of John—God’s love letter just to you

The Bible book of John—God’s love letter just to you

This blog touches on the number one book of the Bible commonly recommended for people of little or no “faith.” What we call the Bible is actually a collection of 66 books comprised by numerous authors over a wide timeline. I pray this short blog will give you a strong desire to check out the Bible book of John for yourself—and thereby find out how much God loves you individually.

The book of John (the last of the four gospels, or eye witness testimonies of Jesus’ closest 12 disciples) paints a one-of-a-kind picture of who Jesus was.

Dr. David Jeremiah writes this in his introduction, from The Jeremiah Study Bible, regarding the Bible book of John: “We thirst for a deeper sense of meaning to our lives…Jesus simply said, ‘Here it is. Here is what you have always longed for but never put into words…There is life in His name—eternal life that will sustain us forever and life for today that well refresh and renew us in the middle of the journey.”

I’m going to focus in this blog on the phrase Jeremiah’s phrase “life in His name…will refresh and renew us in the middle of the journey.” I’ll excerpt “refresh” and “renew” phrases from the books of John, from my favorite Bible translations. My hope is not to teach you Christian principles as such but rather to give you a taste of the wonders of the Bible.

These following verses are taken from The New Testament in Modern English—better known as the J.B. Phillips version:

“ ‘It is not that you have chosen me, but it is I who have chosen you. I have appointed you to go and bear fruit that will be lasting; so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he will give it to you.’ ” John 15:16

Even as a person with a heart of prayer myself for many years, I admit this is a fantastic promise, “whatever you ask the Father in my name, he will give it to you.” That involves a spiritual process—not necessarily just using the words “in the name of Jesus.”

These verses are taken from The Message—a very popular contemporary language paraphrase (one put in the words of the one’s—or one person in this case—doing the translating, such as the J.B. Phillips version used earlier):

“ ‘The One that God sent speaks God’s words. And don’t think he rations out the Spirit in bits and pieces. The Father loves the Son extravagantly. He turned everything over to him so he could give it away—a lavish distribution of gifts. That is why whoever accepts and trusts the Son gets in on everything, life complete and forever! And that is also why the person who avoids and distrusts the Son is in the dark and doesn’t see life. All he experiences of God is darkness, and an angry darkness at that.’” John 3:34-36

Think about that Bible promise from God to you—that you can get “in on everything, life complete and forever.”

“Jesus said, ‘Don’t bicker among yourselves over me. You’re not in charge here. The Father who sent me is in charge. He draws people to me—that’s the only way you’ll ever come. Only then do I do my work, putting people together, setting them on their feet…’ ” John 6:43-46

That’s one of the reasons Jesus was tortured to death, was buried in a rock tomb, and rose from the dead—to put people “together, setting them on their feet.”

“ ‘You decide according to what you can see and touch. I don’t make judgments like that. But even if I did, my judgment would be true because I wouldn’t make it out of the narrowness of my experience but in the largeness of the One who sent me, the Father.’ ” John 8:14-18

Numerous Bible characters—and Jesus himself—didn’t talk about spiritual truths “out of the narrowness of experience” but said and did only what they heard the Father say and do.

“ ‘…God intends something gloriously grand here and is making the decisions that will bring it about. I say this with absolute confidence…’ ” John 8:49-51

Here’s another fantastic promise from the Bible book of John just for you, “God intends something gloriously grand here and is making the decisions that will bring it about.”

“ ‘Righteous Father, the world has never known you, but I have known you, and these disciples know that you sent me on this mission. I have made your very being known to them—who you are and what you do—and continue to make it known, so that your love for me might be in them exactly as I am in them.’ ” John 17:24-26

Ultimately Jesus made the “very being” of God the Father “known”—who he is and what he does—“so that” the Father’s “love for” Jesus “might be in” us.

This verse is taken from The New Living Translation—a closer-to-the-original languages version than the original Living Bible:

“ ‘You haven’t done this before. Ask, using my name, and you will receive, and you will have abundant joy.’ ” John 16:24

We ask in prayer so that we’ll “receive, and will have abundant joy.”

These verses are from The Amplified Bible—a study Bible that adds definitions and synonyms (other words that mean the same):

“ ‘[Yes] I will grant [I Myself will do for you] whatever you shall ask in My Name [as presenting all that I AM].’ ” John 14:14

Jesus represents all that “I AM”—an Old Testament expression for God that means whatever we need God is on our behalf.

“ ‘I have told you these things, that My joy and delight may be in you, and that your joy and gladness may be of full measure and complete and overflowing.’ ” John 15:11

In closing, I’d like to say that the Bible book of John is written so that the joy and delight of Jesus “may be in you, and that your joy and gladness may be of full measure and complete and overflowing.” What encouraging words of promise to us!

Priestly Blessings

Priestly Blessings

“To bless in the biblical sense means to ask for or to impart supernatural favor.”

The Prayer of Jabez

Bruce Wilkinson

“…bless you in the name of the Lord!”  

Psalm 129:8

I bless you, my reader, “in the name of the Lord”: may supernatural favor be imparted to you – now.

 

 First level blessings

“May the Lord bring you into an ever deeper understanding of the love of God 2 Thessalonians 3:5 (New Living Translation)

“May you be blessed of the Lord, Who made heaven and earth!” Psalm 115:15 (Amplified Bible)

“May grace (spiritual blessing) and peace be given you in increasing abundance…freedom from fears, agitating passions, and moral conflicts].” 1 Peter 1:2 (Amplified Bible)

“Let Your mercy and loving-kindness, O Lord, be upon us, in proportion to our waiting and hoping for You.” Psalm 33:22 (Amplified Bible)

“May grace (God’s unmerited favor) and spiritual peace…peace with God…unity…undisturbedness] be yours from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ.” Ephesians 1:2 (Amplified Bible)

“…may he be to you a restorer of life and a nourisher and supporter in your old age…” Ruth 4:14-15 (Amplified Bible)

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Second level blessings

“The Lord bless you and watch, guard, and keep you; the Lord make His face to shine upon and enlighten you and be gracious (kind, merciful, and giving favor) to you; the Lord lift up his [approving] countenance upon you and give you peace (tranquility of heart and life continually).” Numbers 6:26-27 (Amplified Bible)

 

Third level blessings

 “May He grant you out of the rich treasury of His glory to be strengthened and reinforced with mighty power in the inner man by the (Holy) Spirit (Himself)” Ephesians 3:16 (Amplified Bible)

“May peace be within your wallsPsalm 124:7 (Amplified Bible)

May mercy, peace, and love be yours in ever-increasing measure.” Jude 2 (THE WORD The bible from 26 Translations)

“May everything good from God our Father be yours!” Colossians 1:1-2(Message Bible) “Let all who seek God’s help live in joy.” Psalm 69:32 (New Living Translation)

“May you have more and more of God’s special favor and peace 1 Peter 1:2 (New Living Translation)

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 Fourth level blessings

“May the God of your hope so fill you with all joy and peace in believing [through the experience of your faith] that by the power of the Holy Spirit, you may abound and be overflowing (bubbling over) with hope.” Romans 15:13 (Amplified Bible)

“Grace and spiritual blessing be to you and [soul] peace from God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah)” Galatians 1:3 (Amplified Bible)

“Have the roots [of your being] firmly and deeply planted [in Him, fixed and founded in Him], being continually built up in Him, becoming increasingly more confirmed and established in the faith…” Colossians 2:7 (Amplified Bible)

“…you are in Him, made full and having come to fullness of life [in Christ you too are filled with the God-head—Father, Son and Holy Spirit—and reach full spiritual stature]. And He is the Head of all rule and authority [of every angelic principality and power].” Colossians 2:10 (Amplified Bible)

“…may the name of our Lord Jesus Christ be glorified and become more glorious through and in you, and may you [also be glorified] in Him according to the grace (favor and blessing) of God and the Lord Jesus Christ…” Thessalonians 1:12 (Amplified Bible)

“May the Lord direct your hearts into [realizing and showing] the love of God and into the steadfastness and patience of Christ…” 2 Thessalonians 3:5 (Amplified Bible)

“ …I pray] that the participation in and sharing of your faith may produce and promote full recognition and appreciation and understanding and precise knowledge of every good [thing] that is ours in…Christ Jesus…” Philemon 1:6 (Amplified Bible)

“May He grant you according to your heart’s desire and fulfill all your plans.” Psalm 20:4 (Amplified Bible)

“God be merciful and gracious to us and bless us and cause His face to shine upon us and among us…that Your way may be known upon earth, Your…deliverances and your salvation) among all nations.” Psalm 67:1-2 (Amplified Bible)

“May the Lord bring you into an ever deeper understanding of the love of God and the endurance that comes from Christ.” 2 Thessalonians 3:5 (New Living Translation)

“May the Lord continually bless you Psalm 128:5 (New International Version)

“May (God’s favor) and peace (which is perfect well-being, all necessary good, all spiritual prosperity, and freedom from fears and agitating passions and moral conflicts) be multiplied to you in…personal…knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.” 2 Peter 1:2 (Amplified Bible)

“May inspire you with wisdom and true insight Ephesians 1:17 (THE WORD The bible from 26 Translations)

“…let the beauty and delightfulness and favor of the Lord our God be upon us; confirm and establish the work of our hands—yes, the work of our hands, confirm and establish it.” Psalm 90:17 (Amplified Bible) *

“Let those who favor my righteous cause…shout for joy and be glad…” Psalm 35:27 (Amplified Bible)

“…let the humble and afflicted hear be glad.” Psalm 34:2 (Amplified Bible)

“…that My joy and delight may be in you, and that your joy and gladness may be of full measure and complete and over-flowing.” John 15:3 (Amplified Bible)

“…He thus purposes to make known and show the wealth of His glory in [dealing with] the vessels (objects) of His mercy…” Romans 9:23 (Amplified Bible)

“May [our] peace-giving God be with you all!” Romans 15:33 (Amplified Bible)

“…may the name of our Lord Jesus Christ be glorified and become more glorious through and in you, and may you [also be glorified] in Him according to the grace (favor and blessing) of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ…” 2 Thessalonians 1:12 (Amplified Bible)

“…may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father, Who loved us and gave us everlasting consolation and encouragement and well-founded hope through [His] grace (unmerited favor), comfort and encourage your hearts and strengthen them [make them steadfast and keep them unswerving] in every good work and word.” 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 (Amplified Bible)

“May the Lord direct your hearts into [realizing and showing] the love of God and into the steadfastness and patience of Christ…” 2 Thessalonians 3:5 (Amplified Bible)

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Fifth level blessings

“May [our] peace-giving God be with you all!” Romans 15:33          (Amplified Bible)

“…may be braced (comforted, cheered, and encouraged) as they are knit together in love, that they may come to have all the abounding wealth and blessings of assured conviction of understanding, and that they may become progressively more intimately acquainted with and may know more definitely and accurately and thoroughly that mystic secret of God, [which is] Christ (the Anointed One).” Colossians 2:2 (Amplified Bible)

“Now may the Lord of peace Himself grant you His peace (the peace of His kingdom) at all times and in all ways [under all circumstances and conditions, whatever comes]. The Lord [be] with you all.” 2 Thessalonians 3:16 (Amplified Bible)

“May Christ…[actually] dwell (settle down, abide, make His permanent home) in you hearts…[That you may really come] to know [practically, through experience for yourselves] the love of Christ…[may have the richest measure of the divine Presence and become a body wholly filled and flooded with God Himself]…by… His] power that is at work within us, is able to [carry out His purpose and] do super-abundantly, far over and above all that we [dare] ask or think [infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes, or dreams]” Ephesians 3:17, 19-20 (Amplified Bible)

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Sixth level blessings

…I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will give you mighty inner strength through his Holy Spirit. And I pray that Christ will be more and more at home in your hearts as you trust in him. May your roots go down deep into the soil of God’s marvelous love. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love really is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is so great you will never full understand it. Then you will be filled with the fullness of life and power that comes from God.” Ephesians 3:14-19 (New Living Translation)

“…we have not ceased to pray and make [special] request for you, [asking] that you may be filled with the full (deep and clear) knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom [in comprehensive insight into the ways and purposes of God] and in understanding and discernment of spiritual things – that you may walk (live and conduct yourselves) in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to Him and desiring to please him in all things, bearing fruit in every good work and steadily growing and increasing in and by the knowledge of God [with fuller deeper, and clearer insight, acquaintance, and recognition]. [We pray] that you may be invigorated and strengthened with all power according to the might of His glory, [to exercise] every kind of endurance and patience (perseverance and forbearance) with joy.” Colossians 1:9-11 (Amplified Bible)

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Powerful Insights: To keep us from Giving Up

Powerful Insights: To keep us from Giving Up

By Roger “The Famous Spearman”

Most of us, eventually, need help to keep us from giving up…

  • in our goals,
  • in our dreams,
  • in our weight-loss,
  • in our marriage,
  • in our life.

Three—of the many—passages that encourage me as a Bible inspired writer include a verse from a Psalm, a small portion of one of the Apostle Paul’s “letters to the churches” in the New Testament, and a phrase from one the first five “historical books” of the Old Testament:
Psalm 36:9 in the New Living Translation says, “for you are the fountain of life, the light by which we see.” God indeed is the “fountain of life” in so many respects—and “the light by which we see” spiritual truth.
Ephesians 1:7-9 in the Amplified Bible says, “…in accordance with the riches of His grace which He lavished on us. In all wisdom and understanding [with practical insight] He made known to us the mystery of His will according to His good pleasure, which He purposed in Christ.” The Bible is a fantastic source of “wisdom,” and “understanding [with practical insight].” It has been said that several of the famous inventors though out history used the Bible as the source of their tremendous insights.
Deuteronomy 8:3 in the Amplified Bible says, “…man lives by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of the LORD.” Three of my favorite Bible versions use the expression “every word” for this verse.
My Young’s printed Analytical Concordance—and an on-line Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance—does not reference the word “every” or “word” from this passage. Even though my three favorite versions use the English word “every” here, it is unclear what word the much more specific Hebrew actually used in this passage.
Although it may not be a Scriptural principle to live by every word of the Bible, it most likely is a principle to occasionally study smaller phrases—or even individual words—of the Bible for even deeper truths.
“In these verses [8–18] “the apostle gives an account of their courage and patience under all their sufferings,” according to The Matthew Henry Commentary on the Bible. It goes on to say that:
“The consideration of the glory of God and the benefit of the church, by means of their sufferings, kept them from fainting, 2 Cor. 4:15. Their sufferings were for the church’s advantage (2 Cor. 1:6), and thus did redound to God’s glory. For, when the church is edified, then God is glorified; and we may well afford to bear sufferings patiently and cheerfully when we see others are the better for them—if they are instructed and edified, if they are confirmed and comforted. Note, the sufferings of Christ’s ministers, as well as their preaching and conversation, are intended for the good of the church and the glory of God.”
“The thoughts of the advantage their souls would reap by the sufferings of their bodies kept them from fainting: Though our outward man perish, our inward man is renewed day by day, 2 Cor. 4:16. Here note, (1.) We have every one of us an outward and an inward man, a body and a soul. (2.) If the outward man perish, there is no remedy, it must and will be so, it was made to perish. (3.) It is our happiness if the decays of the outward man do contribute to the renewing of the inward man, if afflictions outwardly are gain to us inwardly, if when the body is sick, and weak, and perishing, the soul is vigorous and prosperous. The best of men have need of further renewing of the inward man, even day by day. Where the good work is begun there is more work to be done, for carrying it forward. And as in wicked men things grow every day worse and worse, so in godly men they grow better and better.”
In this study, I will not comment on every word of the key passage (2 Corinthians 4:15-16). I will examine 7 inclusive words (from the total of almost 50 words used in these two verses)—that the God of the Bible uses. NOTE Enlarged phrases are taken from the New Living Translation; other versions are noted where used.

Insight 1 – All

I studied journalism for over four years. We were taught not to use inclusive words such as “all,” or “never,” or “everyone.” There usually are—at least one—exception to such descriptions.

Originally, I had purchased printed editions of various Bible versions. All these translations now—and others—are all available over the Internet—free. For this study, I have limited the translations used to my favorite four the Amplified Bible (Amplified), the New Living Translation (NLT), The Message Bible (Message), and the J.B Phillips New Testament (Phillips).

“For all [these] things…”
Verse 15a
NLT

The Amplified, too, uses the word “all.” It starts this section of scripture with the phrase, “for all [these] things are for your sake.” “Every detail”—The Message Bible states—“works to your advantage.” The Phillips (he died before he could do the Old Testament) says, “we wish you could see how all this is working out for your benefit.”
This is one of the numerous all-inclusive phrases God inspired the authors of the 66 books of the Bible to use anyway—that “you could take to the bank.” It seems that every single one of our painful past experiences has the potential to do the things we are examining in this brief commentary.
The God of the Bible can make trustworthy promises that can be fulfilled for all people.

Insight 2 – Grace

“are for your sake, so that as [God’s remarkable, undeserved] grace…”
Verse 15b
NLT

The word grace is a spiritual concept that often is tricky to really grasp. Sort of like scooping up water in your hands; there is usually very little left if it can’t be used very quickly.
We find the phrase “remarkable, undeserved grace” used in the Amplified for our two study verses in the fourth chapter of Second Corinthians. Whatever grace means, it at least is underserved—and remarkable.
Rather than turn to the many quaint theological definitions of grace, I want to explore a few from the Bible itself. I will use the NLT for these explanations:
Ephesians 2:4-9 “It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved… incredible wealth of his grace and kindness toward us.” This passage refers to “kindness toward us” and the theology of having “been saved.”
Romans 3:23-24 “For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Yet God, in his grace, freely makes us right in his sight. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins.” This passage refers to “his grace, freely makes us right in his sight.”

Romans 6:14 “Sin is no longer your master, for you no longer live under the requirements of the law. Instead, you live under the freedom of God’s grace.” This passage refers to living “under the freedom of God’s grace.”
I Peter 5:8-11 “… God himself (from whom we receive all grace and who has called you to share his eternal splendor through Christ) will make you whole and secure and strong. All power is his forever and ever, amen!” Phillips This passage refers to “from whom we receive all grace…will make you whole and secure and strong.”
These quick samplings of New Testament passages use the word “grace,” define it, or elaborate on related ideas. These teach the concepts of kindness, being made right in God’s sight, freedom; being made whole, secure, and strong. We need things like this when we are going through struggles of life.
II Corinthians 12:8-9 “…I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might leave me; but He has said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you [My lovingkindness and My mercy are more than enough—always available—regardless of the situation]; for [My] power is being perfected [and is completed and shows itself most effectively]in [your] weakness’… ”


Many of us have things we have prayed for over and over for God to change. But He says to us every day as His adopted children, “My lovingkindness and My Mercy are more than enough—always available—regardless of the situation.”


The God of the Bible can give grace in its varied forms.

Insight 3 – More

“…reaches more and more people”
Verse 15c
NLT

The phrase “more and more people” is used by the NLT, the Amplified, and the Message.
Many years ago I was fasting and praying: I was newly married, had just moved away from my hometown so my wife at the time could do a student teaching program, had rented our first place together, then lost a job I had recently landed after moving there when the company went out of business.
During a few moments of fading in and out of wakefulness, I had a dream or a vision I have never forgotten; that is very rare for me because I almost never remember my dreams once I wake up.
In it, I was walking through a particular hallway of the junior high (seventh through ninth grades) I went to in Kelso, Washington. I heard someone call out my first name, Roger, but when I looked around nobody seemed to be looking my way. Then I heard my name being called a second time. This time, when I the voice—which I somehow knew was God’s—say, “go to the multitudes.”
That was it. No explanation of what that means; no continuation of the dream or vision.
Although this happened about 30 years ago, I never for this. Bible phrases such as “more and more people” cause me to wonder all over again how that applies to my future: volunteering at with a non-profit agency, landing a different job, finally establishing a career, starting some kind of Christian ministry.
Our goal as “fishers of men” is how can we bring “more and more people” into the family of God, by our peace and attitudes even more than by our verbal witnessing.
The God of the Bible can help us do more and more.

Insight 4 – Thanksgiving

“there will be great thanksgiving”
Verse 15d
NLT

So far we have examined things that bring about “more thanksgiving” Phillips, “increase thanksgiving” Amplified, and cause “great thanksgiving” NLT
There is that word—again—“more.” The related words for how thankful we will be are “increase” and “great.” The Message Bible uses the word “praise” in place of the word thanksgiving.
My wife, Nancy, and I refer to having a great day as a Tony the Tiger day. This expression comes from an old T.V. commercial for Frosted Flakes.
The God of the Bible can give more thanksgiving, then increase that thanksgiving, and then cause great thanksgiving.

Insight 5 – Glory

“to the glory of [our great] God.”
Verse 15e
NLT

When we help ourselves—and others—become thankful it is to “God will receive more and more glory” NLT, “to the glory of [our great] God” Amplified, “Every detail works to your advantage and to God’s glory” Message, “will redound to his glory” Phillips.
The God of the Bible can bring about glory.

Insight 6– Never

“That is why we never give up.”
Verse 16a
NLT

“That is why we never give up though our bodies are dying” NLT, “therefore we do not become discouraged…disappointed because our outer self is [progressively] wasting away” Amplified, “so we’re not giving up on the outside even though it often looks like things are falling apart on us” Message, “this is the reason we never collapse though the outward man does indeed suffer wear and tear” Phillips.

Insight 7 – Daily

“…Though our bodies are dying, our
spirits are being renewed every day.”

Verse 16b
NLT

The Amplified, for our study verses, shows that we are “being [progressively] renewed day by day.” The NLT—and the Phillips version—states we are “being renewed every day.” The Message states that “not a day goes by without his unfolding grace.”


Now we know that at least grace means “being renewed” every single day of our life—without there being even one exception.
The God of the Bible can renew us every day.

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A Word Study Regarding Hope

A Word Study Regarding Hope

By Roger AKA “Boone”

            A “spot on” phrase of words—when hope’s needed—deeply moves the heart.

Words of hope frequently come from unexpected sources. Take sacred books of writing for example. Writers who get their inspiration from sacred books sometimes aim for the “bull’s eye” of providing hope, or good news to their readers.

Even a person of the highest character occasionally fails to keep a promise they make or fail to deliver on a claim they stand behind.

Since the God of the Bible cannot lie, according to the writers of various New Testament books, the promises found in the Bible are money in the bank so to speak regarding the right word—at the right time.

Hope means “a feeling that something desirable is likely to happen,” or “a chance that something desirable will happen or be possible.”

The Biblical God: The author of hope

Psalms is a popular book of the Bible regarding hoping for better futures, encouragement during trying times, and comfort during life’s tragedies. Psalm 130:5 [All passages are taken from the Amplified Bible unless otherwise noted.] uses the phrase “in his word do I HOPE.”

“There is surely a future HOPE for you, and your hope will not be cut off,” states Proverbs 23:18 of the new International Version.

Consider a few of the numerous other Bible phrases including the word “hope.”

“…you shall be secure and feel confident because there is HOPE…” Job 11:18

“How can one HOPE for what he already sees?” Romans 8:24

“The HOPE of [realizing the] glory.” Colossians 1:27

“…your good name my HOPE…” Psalm 52:9, Message Bible

“I wait for the Lord, I expectantly wait, and in His word do I HOPE.” Psalm 130:5

HOPE in the Lord! For with the Lord, there is mercy and loving-kindness, and with Him is plenteous redemption.” Psalm 130:7

  

Generalized phrases regarding hope or comfort

The word “comfort,” which means something that provides relief, closely relates to the word “hope.” The Bible is full of words that bring not only hope but also encouragement and comfort.

“God is ready to give blessings to all,” according to Luke 4:19 in the Living Bible, “who come to him.”

Writers and counselors normally avoid words like “all” and “every.” This blanket promise includes anyone calling them self an agnostic or an atheist. It includes people from numerous different world religions, as well as “believers” who read, study, and meditate on Bible phrases.

Consider some other passages about hope, from the God of the Bible:

He’s a God “Who redeems your life from the pit and corruption, Who beautifies, dignifies, and crowns you with loving-kindness and tender mercy; Who satisfies your mouth [your necessity and desire at your personal age and situation] with good…” Psalm 103:4-5.

These are such unforgettable phrases of hope, encouragement, and comfort: God redeems people from the pits and corruptions of life. God beautifies people whose beauty is tarnished in the eyes of others. God dignifies people who’ve temporarily lost their dignity. God crowns people who seek him with loving-kindness and tender mercy. God satisfies not only necessities but also desires—at whatever age or situation you’re in.

“He will regard the pleas of the destitute,” according to Psalm 102:17, “and will not despise their prayer.”

Second Corinthians 3:5 proclaims that “power and ability and sufficiency are from God.”

“I am your Shield, your abundant compensation, and your reward shall be exceedingly great,” God promises in Genesis 15:13.

The Bible often is a source of comfort during times of crisis. Psalm 9:9 uses the phrase “a refuge and a stronghold in times of trouble (high cost, destitution, and desperation).”

The word (the original description of what’s now known in its 66 book collection, and written by numerous authors over a period of more than 100 years, as the Bible) is “full of grace (favor, loving-kindness) and truth,” according to John 1:16.

The God of the Bible “does not forget the cry of the afflicted (the poor and the humble),” according to Psalm 9:12.

With the help of the God of the Bible, it’s possible to “recover cheerfulness and know gladness” Psalm 39:13.

“The Lord is gracious, merciful, and full of loving compassion,” according to Psalm 111:5.

People are “approved and acceptable” just as they are according to Second Corinthians 5:21 merely, “by his goodness.”

“He hushes the storm” you’re going through according to Psalm 107:29, “to a calm and to a gentle whisper.”

“He soothes,” promises Psalm 65:7 in The Word: The Bible from 26 Translations, “turbulent humanity.”

He’s also “father of the fatherless…gives the desolate a home” and “leads the prisoners out to prosperity,” according to Psalm 68:5-6.

“He will regard the pleas of the destitute,” according to Psalm 102:17, “and will not despise their prayer.”

He “came to proclaim prosperity” and “the news of deliverance” Isaiah 52:7, The Word: the Bible from 26 Translations

“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds [curing their pains and their sorrows].” Psalm 147:2-3

“He has bestowed on us His precious and exceedingly great promises” according to Second Peter 1:4, and his followers have “become sharers (partakers) of the divine nature.”

“How precious is Your steadfast love, O God…with You is the fountain of life; in Your light do we see light,” affirms Psalm 36:7, 9.

That’s the God of the Bible. Have you gotten to know him personally?

In closing, ponder this prayer of promise in Romans 15:13: “May the God of your hope so fill you will all joy and peace in believing [through the experience of your faith] that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound and be overflowing (bubbling over) with HOPE.”

According to this passage, the God of the Bible offers “all joy,” “peace in believing,” “the power of the Holy Spirit,” and an “overflowing (bubbling over) with hope.” Now that’s a powerful promise to put your hope on!

“Boone,” a Bible inspired writer