Today I would like to spend a few moments telling you about an old fashion recipe called the “ Touch of Hope. This “ special blend of ingredients might help you,as it help me,with your spiritual growth.
The first ingredient of this special delight is honesty. I struggle for many years with this one in my life. I couldn’t come to grips with being honest with myself, others, and most importantly God. This life controlling issue resulted in a judge retiring me from the free world and sentencing me to 130 years in prison.
While in prison I read a book by a dear Christian sister called “Anatomy of a Lie. In the book she made a profound conclusion that there isn’t any justifiable lie. In the same manner the word said’s “Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue last only for a moment.
The simple truth is that you might get over on yourself and maybe others, but God is always watching and knows the true condition our hearts.
The next stapled of this recipe is openness. I know for myself it took a lot for me to open up and let the Spirit work in my life. However, I did open up and then there was a abundance of peace and comfort.
David came to the same conclusion when he wrote” You do not delight in sacrifices or I would give them to you(God). He then goes on to say,” sacrifices of God are a broken and contrite heart.
We can never please God by Our outward actions, no matter how good, if our inward heart attitudes is not right. Are we truly sorry for our sin? Do we genuinely plan to stop? God is pleased by this kind of humility.
I’m just going to let you know the next ingredient was tough for me, it’s patient I have a hard time navigating the grocery store without getting upset.
God knew my limitations and because of it gave me a stern directive in prison to “ Be still and know I’m God. “ I patiently waited on God for many years and by his mercy and grace I’m writing this on the outside of the fences.
God’s timing is perfect and when we wait patiently on the Lord everything is rightly handle.
Last ingredient in this recipe is effort and requires all of us to give something special of ourselves.
John F. Kennedy once said, “ ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.” As believers we should embrace the same concept and ask not what God can do for us, but what we can do for God. For myself that was to start Cup Of Love Friday’s a ministry of Hope and sharing behind the fences and beyond. Upon my release, God also had me co-found a outreach and transitional ministry call Cons Helping Cons Free To Serve.
In closing, my prayer for you is the words of Paul “ May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”