Refusing to Believe

“Afterward He appeared to the Eleven [apostles themselves] as they reclined at table; and He reproved and reproached them for their unbelief (their lack of faith) and their hardness of heart, because they had refused to believe those who had seen Him and looked at Him attentively after He had risen [from death].” – Mark 16:14 (AMP, emphasis mine)

If you’ve read the gospel accounts of the events following Jesus’ death and burial, you know that the disciples did not believe those who reported to them that Jesus had risen from the dead. In my head, their doubt was more of a passive thing, like they couldn’t help but be dumbfounded by the news.

But no, the Word says they REFUSED to believe. They had a choice to believe the report, or not!

It got me thinking. What does God’s Word say that I’ve been refusing to believe? As I seek the Lord to show me what needs to be corrected in my own heart, take some time to do the same:

Do I believe that God really will supply all of my needs (Philippians 4:19)?

Do I really believe that God loves me (John 17:23)?

Do I really believe that Jesus paid the price not only for my eternal salvation, but for my healing and peace (Isaiah 53:5, 1 Peter 2:24)?

Do I really believe that God forgives me the moment I ask Him to (1 John 1:9)?

Do I really believe that God’s going to work this situation out for my good (Romans 8:28)?

A big indicator of your trust in God in any area is your joy level. When your mind touches on the situation, does dread rise up in your heart like a flood, or does a sense of gladness rise up, knowing that God’s Word is working on that particular thing? 

Think about it! If I told you I was sending you a thousand bucks today, would you be mopey and gazing sadly at those catalogs full of items you can’t afford, or would you be expectantly waiting for the mail to arrive and planning what you’d do with it when it came?

You always have a choice to believe or not believe!

Jesus said:

“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” John 14:27 (NKJV, emphasis mine)

And Paul wrote, in his letter to the Colossian believers:

“And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.” Colossians 3:15 (NKJV, emphasis mine)

LET. Let means choice. Let yourself believe God’s Word to you today!

Not sure what the Word has to say about your situation? Send us an email, and we’ll help you out! 

- Tammy

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What Are You Looking at?

I was reading in 2 Corinthians 4 this morning, and I got to verse 17:

“For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory…”

I thanked God momentarily for that verse and what it was promising me, and then went on to verse 18:

“While we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen.”

And again, it was good, but I pretty much kept moving right along… until the Spirit poked me and brought me back to one little word: WHILE.

How does verse 17 happen? WHILE (during, as we do what comes next) we are looking at the things we CAN’T see instead of things we CAN see.

Hallelujah! While you’re keeping your eyes fixed on Him and the answers you can’t see with your eyes in your life yet, GOD, your FATHER, is working things out FOR YOU.

(See also Hebrews 12:1-3, Psalm 34:5-8. Really, you should read these!)

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Unity in the Body

Now take a deep breath and tell your flesh to hush and listen, this is important. I love you!

Recently some evangelical leaders met with the Pope. At first I was a little unnerved myself, having heard for years about how “the Vatican is involved in end times events” and not in a good way.
But I did as we all should do. I took it to the Father in prayer. The Holy Spirit is quite able to speak to each born-again, spirit-filled believer, so I encourage you to do the same. Test things, is this Love? Is this strife? Is this flesh or spirit?

Don’t let mainstream media decide, (so much of what they report is twisted and outright false about all leaders in the churches.) Let the Word decide.

As I prayed, and sought the Lord about this situation and what was the truth, I saw much wailing and gnashing of teeth about “one world religion” , “false prophets” and the like on the comments and internet about this event.

Today as I was praying I heard very clearly in my Spirit this statement, “The coming one world religion is *not* believers in Jesus.”… That sat me up straight. I got total peace. Not full understanding yet, I am still praying and watching and listening. But peace came with that one statement from Him.

God loves you as much as He loves Jesus.. and He loves them as much as He loves Jesus. Let love reign.

Are all people in all church buildings believers? Nope. Doesn’t change the way I treat them. I must love them.

We need to be very careful listening to what the media says about Popes, other Christian leaders etc, since a lot of what I’ve read and seen on the internet hasn’t been true for many years. I am not interested in strife, the Word is very clear about where there is strife there is confusion and every evil work.

The Lord has been talking to us for several years now about stopping judging other believers. (it is not our job) and learning to walk in love. If it involves strife, or attacking others instead of loving them that is not what I am to be doing. We are quick to point out disagreements, and not nearly quick enough to point out “the one faith in Jesus Christ”.. When HE is the focus, then I pay attention

When we spend our time as Christians pointing out “Errors” in other Christians we are doing the work of the devil. He is the accuser of the brethren. I had to repent of it myself some years ago. Our flesh loves to put ourselves above others and think “we’re right and they are wrong”. The Word is the bottom line, not what the mainstream media says.
I encourage you to read the 4-part study that we did here on this blog on division in the body if you’ve not done so yet. Part one is found here: http://christianhopetoday.org/2012/03/16/division-part-1/

Unity of the Faith is not the same as Unity of doctrines. We are coming into the Unity of the Faith.

Watch the following video in full. Pray.. and listen… I am not saying that we all agree on everything, I am saying we agree on Faith in Jesus as the only way to salvation and that God can handle the rest. If we think we have it all right and know all the answers and have nothing “wrong” in our doctrines we need to just stop right there and repent. We know in part, the Word tells us that.

http://kennethcopelandministries.org/2014/07/the-story-behind-brother-copelands-papal-visit/#.U7SBW_ldV8E

I also encourage you to go to the link below and listen to both of Keith Moore’s teaching on Unity. It is what I believe the Holy Spirit is screaming to the body at this moment in time. Will we listen? I AM LISTENING, LORD!!

http://www.kcm.org/media/ondemand/307499

We are praying for you!!

-Kath

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Merry Christmas!! Oh wait…..

Jesus/Yeshua wasn’t born in December, most folks know that. What they may not know is that He was born during the Feast of Tabernacles , also called Sukkot.

This year, 2013, Sukkot began at sundown on September 19th.

I believe this feast (and all the others in the Word) are important for Christians to learn about. So the Lord led me to share with you some study material links, so you can get out your bibles and dig into the Word, follow the Holy Spirit and learn more about your Messiah during this festival time.

Chag Sameach!

http://www.hebrew4christians.com/Articles/Christmas/christmas.html

http://heartofwisdom.com/biblicalholidays/2012/09/28/birth-of-christ-feast-of-tabernacles/

http://www.hebrew4christians.com/Holidays/Fall_Holidays/Sukkot/sukkot.html

http://www.hebrew4christians.com/Holidays/Fall_Holidays/Sukkot/SukkotIntro.pdf

Happy Birthday, Lord!

-Kath

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Hope Notes – August 14, 2013

A friend of mine shared this article on Facebook today.
It was too good to not share.
Please understand, I am not pointing fingers at anyone else but myself. While I endeavor to not talk like this, things come out of my mouth that shouldn’t. Maybe yours isn’t the “F” word, but maybe it’s other ways of speaking the Lord has been talking to you about, like sarcasm or spiteful words etc. I think every believer can be helped by this article in some way. Look at the scriptures, you can’t change things by your own power, let the Word do it’s work.

Anyone have any ice? My toes are swollen from being jumped on :) Thank you Lord for correction!

http://www.charismamag.com/blogs/fire-in-my-bones/18379-why-i-don-t-use-the-f-word

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The Boston Bombing – Blog post by Billye Brim

Thought this was an important blog post to share from Billye Brim.

http://www.billyebrim.org/blog/april_16_2013_boston_bombing

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Resurrection Day… The day does matter…………..

This time of year we hear a lot about “easter”, but the word is not easter in our scriptures, if you look up the word, it is the word “pesach” or Passover. Also called the Feast of Unleavened Bread.

Easter is the name of a pagan holiday that the church used to mark resurrection day to “pull in pagans” many centuries ago, that, eggs, spring and bunnies….Whether this is good or bad isn’t the point of this blog post. But it is a historical fact and so it’s important to understanding the whole picture. The church, I believe, did this with good intentions but it has lead us away from scriptures and that to me is the problem now. So let’s see what God said about this day.

We will start by just reviewing some basics to set a foundation.

Jesus (Yeshua) died as our passover lamb.

He rose 3 days later.

Do not let anyone talk you into the nonsense about 2 and a half days, partial days and all the other stuff out there to try to “explain” away mixing a pagan holiday with the greatest day of the year, which sadly the church did for centuries. The Word says 3 days, the picture given of Jonah is 3 days, and Yeshua rose again after 3 days. The Word says it, that’s the end of it! :)

Now, the hebrew month called Nisan, is the month we are going to pay attention to here. (God set a new calendar in Exodus 12 changing the 7th month to the 1st month. You’ll see this as you study it out. Prior to Exodus 12 Nisan is called the 7th month, after Exodus 12 it is called the 1st month.)

Passover (Pesach) begins at Sundown on Nisan 14 . So Jesus (Yeshua) rose again on Nisan 17 (after 3 full days.

So Resurrection day is Nisan 17

And you will hear folks say it doesn’t matter what day, as long as you remember/celebrate etc. I am not trying to tell you to not enjoy your weekly services with your church and family at all, but I feel it is very important to walk in the truth and to know that the date mattered enough to God that He “marked” it with pictures and shadows of what was coming all through the bible so that we could be assured by the date (foretold signs) that Jesus (Yeshua) is the Messiah.

I am here to tell you God shows us it does matter. He left a bread crumb about Nisan 17 all through scripture pointing us to the resurrection. Each “crumb” is a picture of the greatest event in human history.

  1. Nissan 17, Noah’s Ark safely rested on Mt. Ararat (Gen 8:4) Note that the seventh month was later designated as the first month at the time of the Exodus (Ex. 12:2).
  2. Nissan 17, Hebrews entered Egypt (Exo 12:40-41) 430 years before deliverance.
  3. Nissan 17, Moses led the Israelites through the Parting of the Red Sea (Exo 3:18, 5:3)
  4. Nissan 17, Israel entered and ate the first fruit of the Promised Land (Joshua 5:10-12)
  5. Nissan 17, The cleansing of the Temple by Hezekiah (eight hundred years after entering the promised land. (2 Chronicles 29:1-28)
  6. Nissan 17, Queen Esther saved the Jews from Elimination (Esther 3:12, 5:1)
  7. Nissan 17, The Resurrection of Messiah

I am only briefly giving you this info because it is vitally important that you get into the Word and study it out yourselves and see the amazing miracle of  “Bread crumbs” pointing to Messiah’s resurrection, starting in Genesis :)

The date/day DOES matter! :)

HE IS RISEN!

Here are two other links that give more info for you to study. The odds of these events all happening on the same day are astronomical. Don’t you love when the bible proves that it’s God-breathed?!!!

http://heartofwisdom.com/biblicalholidays/2010/03/01/nisan-17-odds-one-in-783864876960000000/

http://www.jesusplusnothing.com/studies/quick/genesis8.htm

http://savvyinternetladies.com/blog/importance-of-nisan-17/

Be blessed!!

-Kath

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The “Monday Blues”

Hello! This post is the first from the newest Christian Hope writer, Morgan! She’s a teenager with a heart for God, a passion for music, and a desire to help you! Without further blather from me, here’s her first post! – Tammy

Do you have a case of the “Monday Blues”? Do you feel as though you “can’t help” but feel every Monday is a bad day? Well, I can help! Or rather, God can! First off, let me bring it into this light for you: God made everything good, correct? Did He not also make the days? Is Monday a day? Therefore, Monday is good BECAUSE He created it. As is Tuesday, Wednesday, etc.

Now, let me tell you something else. Yeah, Monday’s the day we all go back to school or work, or whatever it is that you do. But also, it’s the start of a brand new week, a fresh start. If you aren’t already, start by reading the Bible and praying. I can’t really tell you how much to pray or read, only the Holy Spirit can do that. Do what you are led to do, and I guarantee that the more you do this, the more enjoyable your days will get until it’s not just enjoyable, but something you look forward to, something you just can’t wait to get to! Get excited for Monday! You have no idea what God has planned for you that day, so don’t let the grumps stop that blessing that could easily happen!

Remember, no one—including God—is forcing you to enjoy today and tomorrow. Only you can decide what you do. Anything God has for you, He isn’t forcing you to take it. It’s up to you to decide if you are going to take it or leave it. Any stubbornness toward this is a little thing called pride. Actually, it’s not little at all. It’s huge. God says in 1 Peter 5:5 that “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” What that means is just that. If you are prideful, He will resist you. But if you are humble, He will give you grace. He will also give you favor along with His grace. Proof of this is located in the New International Version: “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.”

Now, I could keep talking about this for a very long time, but I won’t. Just make it a routine to read and pray according to what He says to do, and please do it with a willing and glad heart. Have a good Monday, everyone. :)

- Morgan

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2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 4,400 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 7 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

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Baer Necessities 01 December, 2012

Baer Necessities 01 December, 2012

So I started off on my first run this morning, arguing with God. Let me clarify—I argued, He kept silent and waited for me to shut up long enough that He could point out to me my stupidity. Again.

“But this is not the actual season Your Son was born. Why do You allow it to be misrepresented?”

“Does it truly matter? Or is it better that they acknowledge His Birth and give Glory to Him?”

“Yeah, but…” I stopped. I know, and He knows, that any time I start a rebuttal with those two words, I’m off track and dead wrong. “All right. Nu?

Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

“Did I put a season on that?”

“Well, no…”

Matthew 1:23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.

“Did I place a season on that?”

“No…but what about Luke, chapter 1, verses 26 and 27?”

And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary.

“That specifies a season that she became with child. That would give us a time frame for His birth.” I hunkered down inside the cab of my truck, waiting for the lightning bolt. It didn’t strike. Instead, another verse entered my mind.

Matthew 18:6 But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.

Yeshua (Jesus) was referring directly to the children, but someone who is new in Christ can also be known as a baby.

Romans 14:13 Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumbling block or an occasion to fall in his brother’s way.

What I believe to be the true season to celebrate His birth has naught to do with how another celebrates it. Neither way is right. Neither way is wrong. Neither way, when you get right down to it, has any bearing on either of us attaining salvation.

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Nothing is written in that verse about believing in His proper date of birth—only that in believing in Him will we get everlasting life.

“Father, forgive me. I was wrong to presume to correct others at this time of year. Let them celebrate as they see fit. It’s not about me. It’s not about them. It’s about believing in Him to gain our salvation in You. I repent.”

Then, another verse came to mind.

Proverbs 21:1 ¶ The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will.

“Wait—what has this to do with—oh, no! You’re going there about my country’s leader again, aren’t you? You know how I feel about him!”

1 Timothy 2:1-3 ¶ I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour…

“No! I don’t like him! I find his actions detestable! He’s evil! He’s a godless heathen! Smite him! Smite him now! Cast him into the Lake of Fire!”

“When I first called to you, you were a godless heathen. Did I smite you, and cast you into the Lake of Fire?”

“Yeah, but—oh, bother…”

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