God’s heart is for the helpless

God’s Hope for Your Heart from Psalm 82

GOD’S HEART IS FOR THE HELPLESS

How long will you judge unjustly and show partiality to the wicked?  Give justice to the weak and the fatherless; maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute. (Psalm 82:2-3)

All throughout Scripture, God has harsh words and strong judgments for those in authority who use their power to oppress.  The same is true for those who have the ability to help the needy, but refuse.

This is both a convicting and comforting thing.  Convicting, because this means He also wants you to help the hurting in some way.  Comforting because we all go through seasons of hurt.  If not right now, then eventually you will be weak and afflicted, and in that moment take heart.

God is for you, because God’s heart is for the helpless.

-Pastor Phillip

God’s plan is greater than your perception

God’s Hope for Your Heart from Psalm 74

GOD’S PLAN IS GREATER THAN YOUR PERCEPTION

Why do You hold back Your hand, Your right hand?
Take it from the fold of Your garment and destroy them!
Yet God my King is from of old,
working salvation in the midst of the earth.

(Psalm 74:11-12)

It’s hard to understand why God would ever delay His deliverance.  In those seasons of trial when it seems like we’re surrounded by hardship and hurt, it’s difficult to see those who are against us experience success while we seem to be helpless to do a thing.

Yet, God’s timetable is not the same as ours.  His plans cover infinitely more than just this moment and He never gets caught unaware.  He has always brought salvation to His people before, and He’s not going to stop now!

As you wait for His help in the present, remember how He’s worked in the past.  As you reflect on today, remember all the times He’s been faithful before.  Take heart, and remind yourself of this of this hope-filled truth: God’s plan is greater than your perception.

-Pastor Phillip

God is your continual salvation

God’s Hope for Your Heart from Psalm 71

GOD IS YOUR CONTINUAL SALVATION

Be to me a rock of refuge, to which I may continually come; You have given the command to save me, for You are my rock and my fortress.  (Psalm 71:3)

Life is hard.

Perhaps you’ve discovered this, that every person sees their fair share of trouble and finds themselves in need of deliverance.  Not only that, but maybe you’ve seen that as life goes on, we find ourselves in need of saving again and again.

That’s why we need a Savior!

Here’s good news.  In His great love, our God does not get weary of us coming to Him for help.  He doesn’t tire of our neediness or get annoyed with having to rescue His children again and again.  He is a refuge for His people, not just once, but all the time.

No matter how frequently you find yourself struggling, if you’re in Christ you can take heart in the hope of this truth: God is your continual salvation.

-Pastor Phillip

Your reward is on the way

God’s Hope for Your Heart from Galatians 6

YOUR REWARD IS ON THE WAY

And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.  So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.  (Galatians 6:9-10)

Sometimes doing good gets old.  Don’t pretend like you don’t know the feeling; you do.

You’ve been giving and giving but gotten little thanks in return.

You’ve been working and working but seen little fruit from your labors.

You’ve been praying and praying but nothing seems to change.

Don’t let the waiting wear you out!

Hang in there, your answer is coming.  Keep going, your work is going to pay off.  Hold on to hope, keep doing good, and be encouraged the hope of this simple truth: your reward is on the way.

-Pastor Phillip


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God will hold you up

God’s Hope for Your Heart from Psalm 63

GOD WILL HOLD YOU UP

O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you;
my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water…
My soul clings to You; Your right hand upholds me.  (Psalm 63:1, 8)

David writes this Psalm while in the wilderness.  He is in a barren place, a lonely place.  He’s in a place where he finds himself weary and worn out from the journey.

Have you been in that place?

Maybe it’s a season of turmoil in a relationship.  You try and try but reconciliation seems out of reach.  Maybe it’s a season of dryness in your spiritual life.  You read and pray but it feels like nothing’s happening.  Maybe it’s a season of pain in your body or your mind, and you don’t know how much longer you can stand.

You’re not alone.

In this moment, your Heavenly Father is close at hand, closer than you know.  He loves you, and wants to meet your needs in the best possible way, in the best possible timing!

Yet, it’s not His answers that will bring you the deepest peace, but God Himself.  The greatest news of all is that when you seek God’s presence not as a means to an end, but as an end in itself, you’ll find that everything else will take its proper place.

No matter your circumstance today, turn your heart towards the One who loves you more deeply than you can imagine.  As you do, you’ll find hope in this truth: God will hold you up.

-Pastor Phillip


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God will hear your voice in times of need

God’s Hope for Your Heart from Psalm 55

GOD WILL HEAR YOUR VOICE IN TIMES OF NEED

Evening and morning and at noon, I utter my complaint and moan, and He hears my voice.  (Psalm 55:17)

Trouble strikes at the most inconvenient times.  Here is David, ruler of Israel, man after God’s own heart, yet he is betrayed and attacked by those whom he trusted most.

Betrayal like that is never easy to just “set aside.”  It has a way of gnawing at your soul during the day and hounding your heart through the night.  Yet, God loves you so much that no matter how early or late, how short or how long, He hears your cry and cares about it!

So, don’t be afraid to be honest with God about your pain.

He sees.

He knows.

He wants you to come to Him because He loves you, and when you do, you can pray with hope because of this truth: God will hear your voice in times of need.

-Pastor Phillip


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God is your glorious deliverer

God’s Hope for Your Heart from Psalm 50

GOD IS YOUR GLORIOUS DELIVERER

Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving, and perform your vows to the Most High,
and call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me.
(Psalm 50:14-15)

Days of trouble come for us all.

There is no life that escapes unscathed from the brokenness of this world, no heart that gets by without pain.  There is no family that is spared from the death of a loved one or the loss of a dream, and we all experience sickness and pain.

But God wants to deliver you.

You see, God loves to take care of His children!  Not only that, but He knows that as He frees your heart, He inspires your thanks and praise, and God is passionate about His glory.

He may lift you out of your hardship, or strengthen your heart to endure.  He may free you from your pain, or give you the grace to persevere.  Either way, it’s still His deliverance, because He loves you and knows what’s best for you in every circumstance.

That means that regardless of how you feel today, you can have confidence that whatever you’re asking of God, His answer will be for your ultimate good.

So, trust Him in this today, and as you do, may you find hope in this truth: God is your glorious deliverer.

-Pastor Phillip


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When you lift God up, He lifts you up, too

God’s Hope for Your Heart from Romans 4

WHEN YOU LIFT GOD UP, HE LIFTS YOU UP, TOO

He grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God.  (Romans 4:20b)

In the midst of impossible circumstances, Abraham’s faith stayed strong.  In the face of unbeatable odds, Abraham’s confidence in God only grew.  While those around him said the promise was too good to be true, Abraham knew the One who promised was too good for it not to be.

How did he do it?  How did Abraham remain steadfast in his faith when it was so dearly tested?

He gave glory to God.

No matter how bad your predicament appears, you can stand strong as you give glory to God.  Prayer, praise, testimony and thanks — these are tools that will strengthen your faith in any circumstance, and as you use them, you’ll discover the hope found in this truth: As you lift God up, He lifts you up, too.

-Pastor Phillip


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Jesus has true power just for you

God’s Hope for Your Heart from Acts 19

JESUS HAS TRUE POWER JUST FOR YOU

Then some of the itinerant Jewish exorcists undertook to invoke the name of the Lord Jesus over those who had evil spirits, saying, “I adjure you by the Jesus whom Paul proclaims.”  Seven sons of a Jewish high priest named Sceva were doing this.  But the evil spirit answered them, “Jesus I know, and Paul I recognize, but who are you?”  And the man in whom was the evil spirit leaped on them, mastered all of them and overpowered them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded.  (Acts 19:13-16)

Why did this story end so badly for these men who were trying to do a good thing?  Because they were dealing with power far greater than they realized, and that power didn’t belong to them.

They thought using the name of Jesus was just another incantation like all the rest.  They thought they could use it and duplicate the results they saw from the Apostle Paul.

They thought wrong.

The name of Jesus is powerful beyond compare.  It is not part of some religious ceremony or ritual.  Rather, it is the container for the very nature of Almighty God.

Not only that, but the name and power of Jesus are not available to just anyone, but only those who have trusted Him as Savior by surrendering to Him as Lord and who are filled with the Holy Spirit.

This means that while the seven sons of Sceva were shamed for lack of power, if you’re in Christ, you can stand in Jesus’ name!  So as you face opposition and temptation in this life, take heart, and find hope in this truth: Jesus has true power just for you.

-Pastor Phillip


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God delights in your well-being

God’s Hope for Your Heart from Psalm 35

GOD DELIGHTS IN YOUR WELL-BEING

“Great is the Lord, who delights in the welfare of his servant!”  Then my tongue shall tell of your righteousness and of your praise all the day long.  (Psalm 35:27b-28)

Do you know that God loves to take care of you?

Sometimes He is portrayed as an angry task-master, enforcing a harsh set of commands on helpless people and waiting to punish them when they do wrong…but that is not the God of the Bible.

Sometimes He is painted as a distant deity, detached and disinterested in the daily lives of people so that we’re left to fend for ourselves…but that is not the God of the Bible.

The God of the Bible “so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)  He paid an enormous price to redeem a people for Himself, and that means that if you’re in Christ, He paid that price for you!

The God of the Bible loves to demonstrate His righteousness by taking care of His children, so if you’re in Christ, you can be confident of this.  Though He may allow trials and tribulations in your life for a season, your Father is faithful to deliver, and He will never give up on you or abandon you in your hour of need.

May you rest in these things today, and as you do, may you discover fresh hope as you remember this fantastic truth: God delights in your well-being.

-Pastor Phillip


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