Exhortations

Stay Hopeful

Stay Hopeful With God’s Promises.

Be hopeful, inspired, and motivated by God’s promises. When God says something, he will do it. Have faith and trust in Him, and you shall have it.

Jeremiah 29:11—For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

2 Peter 1:4—God granted us his precious and great promises so that through them, he may give us encouragement and a greater hope to become partakers of His divine nature. Hope is great and can bring us more incredible dreams and soul inspiration. Unfortunately, most of the time, our hope is distracted by the corruption offered in this world. Our sinful nature always submits even to a simple sinful desire.

When we lose hope, we lose our dreams, and no matter how hard we try to deal with the inspiration that will brighten our hope, the motivation to hold on to that hope depletes and may not recover the strength it had before. Motivation needs the energy to move forward, and inspiration is energy that boosts our hearts and souls to relive or recapture the promised hope is true. Righteous living afar from the effortless living of the wicked is a factor in regaining the power of truth. Walking away from the truth, we submit ourselves to a Deceiver. 

We do not need to strive hard to sin because of our sinful nature because sin is always on top of us and never leaves us. Instead, we need to seek the kingdom of God and His righteousness before anything will be added unto us. We must do godly work to make ourselves worthy of acceptance and blessing. The Bible says faith without work is dead, and we need patience for the promise to come. Patience is faith at work. 

God’s patience towards us is greater than the patience we are giving in return. God patiently waits for us to change our hearts and walk away from wickedness. We must confess, repent, and humbly submit to God our Father so that His plan that not even one of us perishes will be enough to please the Father. With the Holy Spirit within us, let us be glad and use it as an inspiration rather than an obstruction so we may live a life to be thankful.

For those who love God, all things work together for good; all those who are called according to his purpose and responded will be blessed. The Scripture says that many are called, and few are chosen. What does it mean to you if you respond to God’s calling? Yes, you are the chosen one. We should not be confused with the Son as the Chosen One and the true children of God as the chosen ones.

Joshua testified that “not one word has failed of all the good things that the Lord God promised and all have come to pass and to repeat it, not one of them has failed.”  What more testimony of the great men of God do we need that God’s promises will not be broken and will never come back void? God will give us a future and hope; we better believe it or regret it.

We should not lose hope: “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9 ESV

Enjoy God’s presence through His Spirit; we will never be wrong. “Delight yourself in the Lord; he will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4 ESV

John 14:27—“Peace I leave with you; my Peace I give you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. So let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.”

Psalm 84:11—“For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor. Therefore, no good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly.”

God is all in all!

Bishop Joseph

Bishop Joseph Vitug, Ph.D. - Bishop Emeritus

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