Joy In the Lord? What? Did I Hear Right? :: By Dave Hubley

(There is a special message at the end of this article for those who might happen to read this and do not have Jesus in their life and are looking for peace and a way to better understand the present-day insanity and confusion.)

I sure am enjoying writing this article!

Feeling a little discouraged?

Wondering if there is any light to be found in this world?

It can be a hard search with minimal results, to be sure.

Need a shot of energy and maybe a little swelling of the spirit?

Watch this:

What a testimony!

Who would have expected this on ESPN?

It is certainly not anything you can easily find by use of a search engine.

If not for the Daily Wire (one of my favored daily resources), it is unlikely that I would have gotten this injection of “Vitamin HT” (H for Hope / T for Truth).

I’m obviously not a pharmacist.

“H” for Hope? The Hope that I have, that there are more young people who have seen the Light of the Glorious Gospel of Jesus Christ and are living it large and with courage.

“T” for Truth? That the Truth of the Glory and Love of Christ will shine forth despite the world’s attempts to suppress it, undermine it, and crush people’s spirits.

Is there an ongoing effort to suppress the Truth?

“The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness” (Romans 1:18).

God’s Word says there is, so there is.

“For what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood from His workmanship, so that men are without excuse” (Romans 1:19-20). Emphasis added by me.

In this case, His workmanship is on full display in the hearts, souls, and spirits of these wonderful young and brave sisters-in-Christ.

It is a joy to behold and an encouragement to see!

Thanks to these young women and their obviously supportive coach.

Blessed are you Grace, Jayda, and Alyssa for such a witness.

It is further proof that His Truth is marching on and it cannot be stopped!

I often wonder how much more proof there actually is of the reality of people seeking after Truth, and if it is much more widespread than we could even hope for.

It is indeed out there, and it seems to come out most often in the arena of sports reporting. Even when the “reporting and the reporter” are taken by surprise!

It is indeed encouraging.

Jesus asked Peter, “But who do you say that I am?

“Simon Peter answered, ‘You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.’ And Jesus said to him, ‘Blessed are you, Simon Barjona, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven'” (Matthew 16:15-17).

Like Peter, these young women boldly proclaimed the Truth of the Gospel.

“I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades will not overpower it” (Matthew 15:18).

For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12). Emphasis added by me.

Let’s not forget to pray for these warriors for Christ as well as all the others out there that the mainstream media does not desire to willingly reveal.

I sure look forward to our Home-going.

Take heart, my sisters and brothers.

God is indeed active in this perishing world, and His Word is just as powerful as ever.

“For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so My ways are higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts. For just as rain and snow fall from heaven and do not return without watering the earth, making it bud and sprout, and providing seed to sow and food to eat, so My word that proceeds from My mouth will not return to Me empty, but it will accomplish what I please, and it will prosper where I send it.

You will indeed go out with joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands. Instead of the thornbush, a pine will grow, and instead of the brier, a myrtle will spring up; they will make a name for the LORD, an everlasting sign, never to be destroyed” (Isaiah 55:9-13). Emphasis added by me.

“The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever” (Isaiah 40:8).

Count on it.

The special message I promised you:

For anyone who may read this article and has not trusted in Jesus Christ and therefore has no hope or peace in your life.

You can have hope. You can have the peace that Jesus has promised to all who have made Him their Lord and Savior. The peace that passes understanding.

It requires that you come before God on His terms.

And, what are His terms according to His Word?

  • Genuine repentance (turning to God instead of continuing to reject or ignore Him).
  • Confession of sins (that you are a sinner and acknowledge that to God).
  • That you understand that the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23).
  • To acknowledge to God that you are unable to pay that debt.
  • Belief that Jesus Christ paid your death sentence for you on the cross.
  • To believe that Jesus is the Way, the only Way, that God has established by which humans may be saved from the consequences of their sin and rebellion.

God has made it absolutely clear that there is no one who comes before Him, under His terms, that will be refused.

  • No one: no race, no color, no country of origin, regardless of any previous belief system: no one.
  • No matter what your past sins have been, God can and WILL forgive you because He says He will.
  • Salvation is available to everyone without any exceptions.

If you put all your trust for salvation in Jesus, and Him only, you can follow that prayer up by simply saying, “Thank you, Father God, for hearing my prayer and saving me,” because we can trust Him to keep His Word. He always has. He always will.

“Truly, Truly, I say to you that he who hears My words and believes the One who sent Me has eternal life and will not be condemned. He has crossed from death to life” (John 5:24).

There are no answers and there is no hope in the world by governments, organizations, politics or politicians. There are only lies and deception. But you can have the Truth and the peace you seek.

The answers are in the Word of God. The Bible. If you ask God, with all your heart, He will hear you.

“And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart” (Jeremiah 29:13).

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