“Silencio Bruno!”

We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:5 (NIV) 

Recently I had the privilege of watching the movie “Luca” with a group of kids. My favorite line was the exclamation “Silencio Bruno!” One of the characters makes his little buddy shout it over and over before explaining the meaning. Bruno is the name the older character has given the negative voice in his own head. 

We all have a “Bruno” inside our minds that tries to get us to shrink back from all God has called us out to. As God’s Word advises, take captive, silence, any voice that speaks contrary to His Truth over you.

How do you decipher the lie from the truth (because knowing the depths of ourselves, the lies can be pretty convincing)?! The only way is to hold the lie up to the fire of God’s Word. Any lie or stronghold will be demolished, burned up, destroyed, taken captive, silenced by the Word of Truth. 

If “Bruno” gets you running to the Word of Truth time and time again, then the negative pressure has become a privilege. Pressure is a privilege because it gets you to rely on the precious promises of God. God isn’t expecting perfection but a heart that desires to pick up and press in past the plummet of failings. 

So do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord. Remember the great reward it brings you! Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that he has promised. “For in just a little while, the Coming One will come and not delay. (NLT) And, “But my righteous one will live by faith. And I take no pleasure in the one who shrinks back.” But we do not belong to those who shrink back and are destroyed, but to those who have faith and are saved. (NIV) Hebrews 10:35-39

God only creates beautiful, creative, capable, equipped, valuable vessels He can use as a display of His splendor! He knows we ALL fall short of His glory and so He came as our Redeemer. His Word exemplifies the continued use of the imperfect that are willing to perfectly press in within the pressure for the privilege of relying on the power of His promises. 

Today, dear one, “Silencio Bruno!” (and maybe consider who you might encourage to silence “Bruno” in their own head) and press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called you heavenward in Christ Jesus! (Philippians 3:14) 

God bless you muchly~

A Sure Hope

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Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. Romans 5:5 (NKJV) 

The word hope in Hebrew is tiqva and literally means cord. In Joshua 2 the prostitute Rahab throws a scarlet cord out her window in faith that the God of the Israelites would love even her, would save even her… and He does. When the mighty walls of Jericho fall in Joshua 6, the only spot in the wall still standing is none other than Rahab’s house!! 

The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. Matthew 7:25 (NIV) When we tie or anchor our hope to the Rock of Living Hope Himself (Ps. 18:1-2, 1 Pt. 1:3), our Immanuel (God with us in each step) our every step can be lived in unshaken confidence in the Word of God. Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,” says the LORD, who has compassion on you. Isaiah 54:10 (NIV) 

What or who are you tethering your hope to? If you are reading this it’s not too late if you need to re-tie your cord of hope to the anchor of Living Hope dear one. 

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. Romans 15:13 (NIV) 

God bless you muchly~

An Incandescently Bright Future

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“The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him “Immanuel” (which means “God with us”). Matthew 1:23 (NIV) 

Tis the season to search high and low for the perfect gift to warm the heart of another. After finding that gift, have you ever wondered just how many steps it took you? Probably not, even though we have a plethora of devices nowadays that readily calculate our steps for us. At the end of our gift quest it’s not the steps it took that consumes our focus, it’s the joy of the find, the reward for having not given up in the journey, no matter how many steps it took! This brings to mind a verse in Job. 

For now thou numberest my steps… Job 14:16 (KJV) WOW! The same God who keeps track of all our tears (Psalm 56:8) and knows the number of hairs on our head (Luke 12:7) ALSO counts our every step!! An electronic device only counts your steps if it is with you, so the very fact that God tells you He numbers your steps reminds you, in each step, every day, He is WITH you (Josh. 1:9)! Yesterday, today, and forever into the future – WITH you (Heb. 13:8)!

Our future in Jesus is incandescently bright because He lives! Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses (just to name a few from the Bible) spoke blessing over future generations in spite of all their current struggles and imperfections. Their sure hope was not based on faulty humanity but rather in God’s faithfulness to His flawless Word. 

The word incandescent is defined in the dictionary: “Emitting light as a result of being heated.” God declares His Word to be like fire (Jer. 23:29) so within each gifted step this new year, remember and remain wrapped in the warmth of His faithful Word, His precious promises (2 Pt. 1:4) that tell you just Who it is that cares enough to number your steps! His name is Immanuel – God with you (Matt. 1:23). He is at work in you and around you even at this very moment (Jn. 5:17)! Resting in His presence you will radiate incandescently with sure hope (Rom. 5:5)! 

Dear one, keep on in your quest toward the gift of your Heavenly home. Joy and strength are found experiencing God with you on the journey (Neh. 8:10). He …says to you, Do not fear; I will help you. Isaiah 41:13 (NIV)

Jesus is our greatest gift that we get to keep even as we give Him away; He’s the gift that can warm every heart. “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. … for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. Matthew 11:28-29 (NIV) For God so loved the world (YOU) that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16 (NIV) 

YOU are loved; forever and always no matter what. 

God bless you muchly dear one and best wishes as you step into this gift of a new year filled with an incandescently bright hope for your future, because of Jesus!  

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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. Romans 15:13

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