The Glorious Riches of His Everlasting Hope

Wednesday Worship

Today, Anna is sharing a piece of her journey, words she wrote almost two years ago, together with the children’s worship song that touched her heart. May our LORD Jesus and Savior open our eyes and the eyes of our loved ones to the depths of His love for us. And for our American readers: may the Lord bless your Thanksgiving day tomorrow, as you gather with friends and family around the table. And may our Lord comfort those of you missing someone special at your table this year. May the joy of His everlasting Promises pour into your mourning (the two songs at the end of this post are especially for you 😘).

The Glorious Riches of His Everlasting Hope

This week, the Lord again and again gently opened my heart. As I memorized a piece of Scripture, I began to receive His Word as a Letter of Love, each Word I read that week breathing more and more life and light into me.

Instead of being fearful of His disappointment, I saw His outstretched arms of grace. Instead of holding onto the reins, frightened if I let go all would crumble around me, I slowly began unclenching my fingers and opening them, palms empty before Him.

I have written of the need to do all this, as I found myself returning to my old ways of control, and of my desire to do so, but it is only clothed in the power of the Spirit-breathed Word that I have been empowered by God to begin doing so. It feels as if a weight is being lifted off my shoulders.

Am I “healed” from the enslavement of performance? That I cannot say, but I can say that where I fall backward, the Spirit-infused Word of God has the power to pick me back up and gently lead me forward, unfastening any load I have placed upon my shoulders. And I can say that in these past two years, the Lord has been leading me forward, further and further AWAY from the terror of His wrath, AWAY from the fear of man, AWAY from the fear of His disappointment, AWAY from inner condemnation and further and further INTO the glorious riches of His Everlasting Hope and all-embracing, gently-leading Love. For (2 Corinthians 3: 17 – 18, NIV):

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.

Therefore, we of the Spirit of the Lord (2 Corinthians 3: 3, NIV):

show that [we] are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.

And so clothed in the confidence of Christ (2 Corinthians 3: 6, 12 – 16, NIV):

He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant—not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life…

Therefore, since we have such a hope, we are very bold.  We are not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face to prevent the Israelites from seeing the end of what was passing away.  But their minds were made dull, for to this day the same veil remains when the old covenant is read. It has not been removed, because only in Christ is it taken away.  Even to this day when Moses is read, a veil covers their hearts. But whenever anyone turns to the Lord,the veil is taken away.

Listening to this children’s praise and worship song today, I sung it with gusto, believing every word that left my mouth (click on the link for the words and the song):

All About Jesus, Sovereign Grace

 

Father God, THANK YOU for these beautiful, beautiful truths. Yes! You rescue, redeem, restore and reclaim what is rightfully Yours. Your children, who have run from You are not lost forever, for Your faithfulness will bring them HOME. For You have also brought us Home in the past and still do each day. Thank You for giving us Your Spirit, who daily guides our hearts to return and rest in You. Father God, when our human hearts breathe lies, help us to pour them out at Your feet to receive the powerful, redeeming truths of Your sure and steadfast Word. Thank You for patiently teaching us each and every day to walk in the Light of Your Truth. To pour out our hearts before You that You may clothe us in Your mercy and Your grace. Give us an undivided heart, oh God, that we may fear Your Name above all else. We open our palms right now, emptying all that we are holding onto before You, to receive all that is in YOU alone. Speak to us, Father, for Your servants are listening. In Jesus’ Mighty Name, Amen.

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  1. Hi Anna. I LOVE that song – All About Jesus. I have never heard it before. Thank you for sharing it and for these hope-filled words! May God keep leading us “further and further AWAY from the terror of His wrath, AWAY from the fear of man, AWAY from the fear of His disappointment, AWAY from inner condemnation and further and further INTO the glorious riches of His Everlasting Hope and all-embracing, gently-leading Love.” Love and hugs to you!

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  2. Dear Anna,
    What incredible songs these are! And along with this thought of yours: “Instead of being fearful of His disappointment, I saw His outstretched arms of grace” it all leads to such a place of resting in Him. It’s astounding, really, that our Great Lord would come, Emmanuel, to be with us in our neediness, but yet, that is what GRACE looks like! Thank you so much for sharing these thoughts, for ourselves and for those we love so much, to be drawn back into His fullness. Love and Hugs to you!

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  3. Anna, this is such a moving and powerful post. Your testimony is so inspiring! I am awed, delighted and amazed to hear how far you have come on your healing journey. To move away from those things that enslaved you and to fully embrace the freedom you have in Christ is truly an act of grace, one with myriad steps along the way, no doubt, and clear signs of the inner work within your heart. Thank you, too, for the beautiful prayer and comforting songs you have shared. May God bless and reward your open confession that speaks so marvellously of His life changing Love! Blessings and hugs to you, sweet friend! xo 💜

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    1. Oh Joy, it’s an ever falling down and being raised up again. I wrote this almost two years ago not knowing all I would walk through afterwards. I’ve prayed to be loosed from the fear of man, so what has God done: brought me trial after trial where I’ve been given the choice to follow Him and be rejected by man, or follow man and be praised by man. I am so thankful for His love and His grace. Thank you for all your encouragement. Hugs and love to you.

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  4. Dear Anna, I do sympathise and understand. It’s very much been that way for me too. It appears we only learn our lessons by being placed in situations which constantly test our mettle and our allegiance to Christ. His path isn’t for the faint-hearted. Having our souls honed into greater Christ-likeness is rather like taking a chisel to stone, and scraping away at the dross we collect and the things that do not fit who we are in Him. Praise God for steering you into making wiser choices! And loving you every baby step of the way. xo ❤

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    1. Thank you so much for your love and encouragement. So so true Joy – “it is like taking a chisel to stone and scraping away the dross and the things that do not fit who we are in Him.” May He keep pressing us into Him and keep giving us the boldness and courage to make those “wiser choices”, even when it hurts. xo😘

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