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February 28: Expectation Before Manifestation

February 28, 2014 by  
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February 28_hope“Thou art my hiding place and my shield: I hope in thy word.”  (Psalm 119:114)

Hope … a desire of some good, accompanied with an expectation of obtaining it, or a belief that it is obtainable; an expectation of something that is thought to be desirable; confidence; pleasing expectancy.

Indeed, Webster has much to say about “Hope”. In the context of the Word of God, we can see that it is very similar to Faith … “expectation of obtaining before actually seeing it manifested”.

As we learn to be “hidden” in the Word of God, and use it as our “shield”, we will find a level of hope arising within us that we never thought possible! And, with that hope will come the manifestation of our faith … the evidence of things unseen and the essence of things “hoped” for! But, the key is using the Word of God to build up our most holy faith in God’s ability to shield us, to protect us, to provide for us, to help us … and so much more!

Are you depressed or despondent today, treat yourself to David’s remedy … “Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted in me? “HOPE” thou in God…” (Psalm 42:5).

Father, my desire is that your Word becomes a PART of me through daily fellowship with you in it so I will know exactly where my hope lies in times of need! Thank you Lord, for HOPE!

“For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock.”  (Psalm 27:5)

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3 Responses to “February 28: Expectation Before Manifestation”
  1. Wijenama Wijesignhe says:

    Thank you for this powerful meditation.

    God Bless you.

    Wijenama

  2. Ross Thompson says:

    I liked the phrase..being hidden in the word of God…very encouraging. Do you have any further thoughts on the practise of being hidden in the word?..Ross T

  3. Jan Ross says:

    Thanks for your comment, Ross. I, too, love the idea of being “hidden” in the Word. In essence, I tend to look at it through the lens of John 3:30, “He must increase, but I must decrease.” Not only does the Word become our shield and protector as I shared in this devotion, but we (as believers) grow to lose our identity as the Word of God becomes our identity. As disciples of Christ, we are to become as He was and is, taking on His character as our flesh (worldly ways) die. 2 Cor 5:17 reminds us that “if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” The “new” is the character of Christ. This all sounds a bit disjointed, I’m sure, but as long as we can see the fact that Jesus is the Word made flesh, we are His disciples and grow to become more like Him to the extent that we are hidden in Him. He becomes our all in all, and our old self is “hidden”. Such are the unsearchable riches of Christ (and so much more!). God bless! -Jan

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