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If you have entered into covenant with the Almighty through the instructions (Torah) in his word, you have received of his Spirit. That Spirit is known in Scripture as the Spirit of Truth. He is God and he promises to lead us into ALL truth. If you haven't or do not know what God's covenant in the blood of Messiah is all about, we will gladly share those instructions with you so that as many of us as possible can prepare for the coming time of great trouble. There is true hope in these times, and it is all in knowing what YHVH has to say about all that is happening in the present-day world. We invite you to fellowship with us.
Francisco & Rosa Luna
"You are my place of safety and my shield. Your word is my only hope."
Hope; what a beautiful yet highly misunderstood word! We use it to express our wishes which have no basis for expectation, and because we do, we miss the significance of what the word truly conveys to our understanding. "I hope it doesn't rain." "I hope our summer months are not as hot as last year." This is the way many use the word hope.
"So what" you say, "how does this make any difference in one's spiritual life?" I'm glad you asked!
Words are units of communication. They are significant in and of themselves and become that much more significant when joined to other words to create and convey a thought, express an idea, or define a concept.
In chapter 11 of Genesis, we find the founders of Babylon speaking one language, agreeing on one idea, and expressing one concept that had no way to fail because there was no "interference" to disturb their understanding of each and every unit of communication they used. They understood each other perfectly. God has testified in his word:
"And YHWH said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do." (Gen 11:6)
In other words, "they cannot fail." Because this was not what he had planned for his planet, he confused them by giving them a myriad of languages that served as "interference" to their understanding of each other. The word Babylon means "confusion." Perhaps this will give us a glimpse of the importance of understanding the units of communication that we use.
Why do I emphasize this? Because the word that is so often used to express one's wishes, "hope", is not defined as a "wish." Wishing is baseless and has its roots within a system of fables. The word hope is defined as "to wait, to trust in expectation."
From this one word we glean a treasure of understanding if we apply it to the verse of Scripture with which we started. "Your word is my only hope" is a deliberately strong statement. It is inerrant in its declaration. There is no variance or weakness in the statement. It lines up precisely with the words of Messiah, "By every word that proceeds from the mouth of God."
The only expectation I have is that which you have spoken my God! I take you at your word and trust that you will perform that which you have spoken because you are integrity itself! I stand not upon baseless whims and vain philosophies; but upon the rock that is the written word of my God who is not a man that he should lie or the son of a man that he should fail to keep his word!
This is what makes the word of God so delicious to all those who have awakened from the sleep of death in the dust of the earth. Those who have had an encounter with the living God are stirred up by the word that proceeds from the mouth of God. It causes a stirring within their spirits just as surely as the angel troubled the waters that brought healing to those who rushed into the pool first. (JN 5:4)
This is the river of living water that flows from deep within the inner being of one who has understood what it means to humble him or herself under the mighty hand of God.
Every word that God speaks has power in it and is to be thoroughly understood by those he calls into this grace. That is our task! How can we convey a precise, genuine, and powerful message from God if we ourselves have not understood the importance of understanding, obeying, and wielding the powerful weapon that is God's word?
If we find it too hard to devote ourselves to this, perhaps it is because we do not value the prize that comes with our calling. We work hard for those things which perish and our eyes see the benefit that comes from our devotion to those tasks; yet the task of applying our hearts and minds to understanding God's word seems extremely difficult only when we do not believe what God is saying. Those who believe are in great company because "Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness."
So what is the connection between hope and belief? All of our beliefs about God are contained within a unit of communication known as FAITH. How we come by those beliefs determines the validity of our faith. If we know from having given our heart and mind to the study of the word; then the understanding we have is genuine and can be proven from Scripture without "interference." If we have simply "adopted" someone else's set of beliefs as our own, there is always that lack of security in what we know that is the "interference" itself. Our faith has an orderly structure that is formed by age-old precepts given by God to holy men who faithfully documented what he told them.
It is our faith that generates our HOPE. Our hope is what we expect from God! We can only hope in accordance with what we believe! That is why it is written:
"The hope of the righteous shall be gladness: but the expectation of the wicked shall perish." (Pro 10:28)
Perhaps now we can better understand what Scripture means when it says:
"Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." (Heb 11:1)
"For we walk by faith, not by sight" (2Cor. 5:7)
Until next time, if our faith is one, (Eph. 4:5) does it not also follow that our hope is also one? This is why we seek after the faith and knowledge of the Son of God. We are destined to become one perfect man in Messiah. (Eph. 4:13)
Shalom! Francisco Gomez Luna, Dvar Emet Ministry