We Have Hope –

The thoughts that are rolling around in my mind this evening:

being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ; -Philippians 1:6

When it comes to our salvation and the refining of our hearts, God holds it all in place. He leads, we follow; it is never out of His control. The reliance is on God, to bring us to where we need to be to become who we were meant to be in Him. Our salvation and our sanctification are in His able hands.

And able they are, because He is faithful and if He began this work in you, He will not leave you hanging; He will not lose interest, He will not lose heart. He will bring you to the end, through every trouble, doubt, and fear.

God began the work of grace in the soul. He had a design in it. It was deliberate, and intentional. It was not by chance or haphazard. It was because He had some object that was worthy of His interposition.Β There is no reason why He should begin such a work and then abandon it. It cannot be because He has no power to complete it, or because there are more enemies to be overcome than He had supposed; or because there are difficulties which He did not foresee; or because it is not desirable that the work should be completed. Why then should He abandon it? God abandons nothing that He undertakes. -Albert Barnes

So even in the worst of it, we have hope. Even when the pain reaches down to our bones and the sorrow seeps into our heart, we have hope. Because God has begun this work in us and He is faithful to complete it.

12 comments

  1. Melody says:

    Hope is so essential to living well! And yes – even in the middle of yuck, we can cling to the promise that we are not finished yet – and that we are works in progress! Nice thoughts!

  2. Joy says:

    Thank you, Rachel. This is such an important reminder – and so needed at this time. Praying for you, missing you. Thought I’d drop by quickly and say that; been thinking of you a lot. <3

    • Joy!!!! So glad to hear from you! This really just made my day! Good to know you found this encouraging in this time. I’m praying for you as well, and missing you a lot. Hope everything is well! <3

  3. Ania says:

    We have hope… because it’s all in God’s hands and not ours! πŸ™‚
    Thank you for this… and your replies to my tweets on Twitter. It’s so good to be encouraged like that. I do have hope..

    Thank you!!!!!!!!
    ANia

      • Oh, that’s just one I took a while back. I usually include a picture in my posts and I didn’t really have anything that went with this one, so I just took my main point from the post and added it to the picture. πŸ™‚

        • Ania says:

          WOW. You really have talent! πŸ™‚ and that’s a really nice design. May I ask which program do you use? I like designing and computer graphics… but I’m really a photoshop “explorer” :)… just trying out new things… I’m not an expert. πŸ™‚

          Thanks
          Ania…

        • Thank you! πŸ™‚ My Dad was a graphic designer before he became a pastor and my mother is pretty artistic as well. It runs in the family I guess. Both my brothers are artists. I’m not as good as them when it comes to drawing by hand, but I seem to have been blessed with some talent in other areas of art. πŸ™‚
          For this picture, I just threw it all together using PicMonkey.com. For more complex designs I use Xara Extreme Pro. As far as photo editing goes, I use a combination of programs and websites… I haven’t been able to get my hands on Photoshop yet though…. one of these days! πŸ™‚
          But like you, I’m still just learning by trying things out.. I haven’t really had any “training.”
          I’d love to see some of your work sometime! πŸ™‚

          • Ania says:

            Thanks for replying… again… and again :D.
            I too, didn’t have any training… I also like Illustrator – lately I’ve been designing some quotes to put in my Bible. πŸ™‚
            Well, I also loved the photos from your newest post – The last one is SO cute!
            Ania

          • haha no problem. πŸ˜‰
            Sounds cool… I like doing stuff like that. πŸ™‚
            And thanks! πŸ™‚ haha I love that last one too! That little guy was too cute! πŸ˜‰

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