Getting to the Glory (John 2:1-11)

by Carolyn Hope

The next day there was a wedding celebration in the village of Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, and Jesus and his disciples were also invited to the celebration. (John 2:1-2)

John chapter 2 describes the first miracle of Jesus’ ministry. In this passage, we see the first time Jesus revealed His glory; and it was at a person’s request.

This week, I’d like to take you through this event verse by verse and pull out some of the main themes found in this Scripture. I want to show you the process of this particular situation, starting with a request, and leading to glorious revelation.

Jesus’ revelation and glory are for today in your life, not just two thousand years ago. Be encouraged this week that when you come before God in bold faith and expectancy, you will see miracles and revelation in your own life.

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Seasons

by Carolyn Hope

Every person experiences different seasons in life. Some are long, while some are short. Some are pleasant; others are not. Each season is unique.

There are many different types of seasons, and I’d like to bring some of those to you this week. These include seasons of stillness, of storms, and of strengthening. My hope is that through these brief overviews, you’ll be able to identify such seasons when they come into your life, and you’ll know how to aptly respond to them.

Even if none of these seasons currently apply to you, I want you to know that whatever season you are in is not an accident, nor is it without purpose. God will use even the darkest times to bring about good. He will not send evil into your life; however, He is a God of redemption, and He will turn everything for your good and for His glory. You may have no idea what’s going on, but He has a plan, and His plan is for you to prosper and have a hopeful future.

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Audacious Confidence

by Carolyn Hope

Have you ever noticed a confident person? There’s just something about him that stands out. He walks differently, talks differently, smiles differently. Everything about him is at peace. He’s ready for whatever life throws at him.

There are lots of characters in the Bible who exhibited confidence in their lives, and there are many different types of confidence. I want to bring some of these examples to you this week. Each story is unique and has its own lesson for us, but there is one common denominator in all: the source of confidence. The Scriptures about confidence all have the Lord as the root and base. Confidence in man can only be temporary; confidence in God lasts forever. He is worth trusting and believing. You can be confident in your Jesus – He’ll always show up in a powerful way.

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A Good Shepherd (Psalm 23)

by Carolyn Hope

Psalm 23 is one of the most famous passages in Scripture. In just six short verses, David describes many powerful promises in beautiful imagery. This psalm is especially comforting in light of the words of Jesus in John 10, “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd sacrifices his life for the sheep … I know my own sheep, and they know me …” (verses 11 and 14). We have a Shepherd who loves us and knows us.

There are many promises within this Scripture, but I’d like to bring five of them to you this week. These include provision, protection, and pursuit. As we go through this Psalm verse by verse, I hope you will be encouraged and will see your Shepherd in a new way.

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An Unfailing God

by Carolyn Hope

We have a God who is unfailing. Never once has He failed, nor will He ever fail in the future. People let us down, disappoint us, and deplete our hope. God does not.

There are many characteristics of God, many facets of who He is. In every one of them, He is unfailing. He is unfailing in patience, in grace, and in love. This week, I hope you will find affirmation and confidence in the unfailing nature of our Jesus. He is always for you. He will always pursue you. You can count on Him to come through for you; He will, every time.

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Chosen Ones

by Carolyn Hope

God has a way of picking people that the world would never think to choose. The Bible is full of characters that we would deem less-than-desirable because of all their issues and imperfections. Yet, in His surprising, glorious way, God selects them for His work. He can and does use anyone to build His kingdom.

This week, I hope to encourage you with some examples of the unlikely people that God chose. Some were outcasts, the weak, and the impure. Through their stories, we can see how God’s choice is incredible, certain, and enough. You have been chosen to be a child of God, and you will do great things for Him. You can rest in God’s choice of you; His choice is always the best.

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A Faithful Father

by Carolyn Hope

One of the greatest ways God has shown Himself to me is through His faithfulness. He has never once failed or faltered in His steadfast love. To say that God is faithful means He keeps His word. You can depend on Him to come through for you.

There are many demonstrations of God’s faithful character. I’d like to share some of these with you this week. God is faithful to forgive, set free, and provide. He takes good care of His children, without exception.

Whatever you need right now, God is the answer. Let Him be the One that you seek. He will give you everything that you need. Trust in the Lord; He won’t fail you.

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Choosing Humility

by Carolyn Hope

What is humility? That’s not an easy question to answer. Humility has many sides or faces. It’s like a crystal with several different angles.

There are lots of misconceptions about humility. Humility is not shyness. It’s not the inability to receive a compliment. Neither is humility thinking of yourself as nothing or considering yourself worthless. Humility is not weak or insecure. Sometimes, we tie humility to a specific personality or certain acts that seem spiritual; but that’s not the case.

The truth is that humility is a choice, and it’s one that anyone can make. With that said, there are many facets to this principle. This week, I’d like to highlight a few of those: honesty, vulnerability, clarity, and others. It’s my hope that as you read these descriptions of humility, you’ll be encouraged to become more like Jesus in this way. Regardless of who you are or where you come from, you can follow in the footsteps of those in the Bible who chose humility.

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Loyal Living: As Loving As Jesus

by Carolyn Hope

“The words I say to you I do not speak on my own authority. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work.” (John 14:10)

There is no greater example of loyalty than the one Jesus gave us. His loyalty reaches farther, dives deeper, and speaks stronger than any other. His commitment to His Father, and to His cause, propelled him to give up everything for everyone. He traded the height of His holiness for the humility of a human. He lived perfectly, faultlessly, completely submitted to the Father and to Holy Spirit. He only said what Father said. He only did what He was commanded.

Jesus entered the world in obedience. He lived a loyal life. He died a devoted death. Three days later, He rose in victory! And still, He remains faithful and committed. Not just to Father God, Holy Spirit, or Their plans and purposes; but to you as well. The loyalty of Christ was born out of an immeasurable love in His heart. He is loyal to you because He loves you.

The deepest loyalty is rooted in love. If you’re struggling to be faithful to someone, take a moment and search your heart for a love for them. Learn to love, and loyalty will come. For those whom you are loyal to, ask the Lord to deepen your love and commitment for them. As you grow in love and loyalty, remember that your Father is with you, and He is for you. His love for you is unfailing, and His loyalty to you is endless.

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Loyal Living

by Carolyn Hope

“Loyalty.” There’s a certain ring to that word, isn’t there? But what does it look like? What does it mean to live in loyalty? What are its qualities?

This week, I’d like to consider some people in the Bible who were great depictions of loyalty; people such as David, Jonathan, and Ruth. There are powerful truths and important principles we can learn from their examples. Their stories and lives will tell us that loyalty is faithful. Loyalty is sacrificial, relentless, steadfast, and beyond all else, loyalty is rooted in love.

The quest for loyalty isn’t easy, but it’s worth seeking. It’s worth pursuing. If you’ll study this concept with me, I believe you’ll find that loyal living is challenging, yet attainable. Certainly, with Jesus in you, you can do whatever He calls you to do, and be whoever He’s made you to be. I invite you, I encourage you, to search for loyal characters in Scripture, and to learn from their lives.

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