Day 4/7

“a journal” of the Goodness of God!

The Celebration of Advent

Advent—a time to get ready and prepare our hearts for the celebration of the birth of Christ. Advent reminds us to set aside some of the busyness of the holiday season, and to think about the miracle that every day of this season brings.

Advent is all about hope—a hope that goes beyond all others. It’s more than just a feeling or wishful thinking. It’s an awareness that God is actually expecting, looking, and longing to show you His goodness.

Every day can be filled with hope—the confident expectation that something good is going to happen in our life. God wants us to be full of His hope—believing, expecting, and anticipating great things from Him. In fact, the Bible says He is the “God of hope,” full of mercy and new beginnings.

God is good, and He has a good plan for each of our lives. Because He does, you can live your life with expectation, choosing on purpose to be hopeful every day…all throughout the day. The psalmist David said in Psalm 71:14 (ESV), But I will hope continually and will praise you yet more and more.

When we embrace hope on purpose, it can influence our thoughts, our attitudes, and even our outlook on life. It releases joy, and the “joy of the Lord” becomes our source of strength (see Nehemiah 8:10).

Here are just a few ways that you can practice living in “continual hope” this Advent season and beyond…

  • Pray one bold prayer each day
  • Do something fun every day
  • Help at least one person each day
  • Take time every day to think about at least one way God has been good to you

Hope is something that can be developed over time until it just becomes a habit. One of the ways to do this is to remind yourself to be expectant of good things and remember that God is always looking for ways to be good to us (see Isaiah 30:18).

Hope is so important to God that He sent Jesus to be our Hope! Even before Jesus was ever born, there was great anticipation about His birth. Luke 3:15 (NLT) says, Everyone was expecting the Messiah to come soon…. And we can live each day with that same anticipation.

What are you expecting God to do in your life today?

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“Ask God to help you live in hope and declare by faith, ‘Something good is going to happen to me!’”


Read Jeremiah 29:11

Set aside some time this week to think about your hopes and dreams for the future. Then, grab a journal and write down some of those hopes and dreams. Maybe even post some notes around your house reminding yourself to be expectant of good things. Pray and ask God to continue to give you renewed hope for the great plans He has for you.


The Kingdom and Exploits

Somethings seem hopeless as one watches all political intriguing but our faith and hope redefine it all, and we have this amazing little verse of promise to accomplish God’s will :


Those who do wickedly against the covenant he shall corrupt with flattery;


but the people who know their God shall be strong, and carry out great exploits.
Daniel 11:32 NKJV

Keeping faith can become a challenge as the “End Times” approach, but we have the Bible’s encouragement to endure full of faith and hope, knowing that our work is not in vain.

For God is not unjust to forget your work and labor of love which you have shown toward His name, in that you have ministered to the saints, and do minister. And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope until the end, that you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.
Hebrews 6:10‭-‬12 NKJV

Faith and patience! That will bring on the INHERITANCE!

Promises of inheritance of a spiritual nature, unlike the natural realm that requires a death to inherit, can be in practicality immediately received if we consider that “dying to self” daily can BRING THEM INSTANTLY if it enables us to do God’s will.

Hallelujah !

Josiah – Exceeded Even David and Solomon

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35:1 Now Josiah kept a Passover to the Lord in Jerusalem, and they slaughtered the Passover lambs on the fourteenth day of the first month.

35:4 Prepare yourselves according to your fathers’ houses, according to your divisions, following the written instruction of David king of Israel and the written instruction of Solomon his son.

And stand in the holy place according to the divisions of the fathers’ houses of your brethren the lay people, and according to the division of the father’s house of the Levites.

So slaughter the Passover offerings, consecrate yourselves, and prepare them for your brethren, that they may do according to the word of the Lord by the hand of Moses.”

So all the service of the Lord was prepared the same day, to keep the Passover and to offer burnt offerings on the altar of the Lord , according to the command of King Josiah.

And the children of Israel who were present kept the Passover at that time, and the Feast of Unleavened Bread for seven days.

A Thorough Passover like Few Before!

35:16 There had been no Passover kept in Israel like that since the days of Samuel the prophet; and none of the kings of Israel had kept such a Passover as Josiah kept, with the priests and the Levites, all Judah and Israel who were present, and the inhabitants of Jerusalem. In the eighteenth year of the reign of Josiah this Passover was kept.
II Chronicles 35:1‭, ‬4‭-‬6‭, ‬16‭-‬19 NKJV

Prosperity and It’s Lack – Telling Marks of Governments

Current local news of Venezuela and Nicaragua are instructing all peoples of the world now keenly of the success and the lack of it for Socialistic versions of government. In my youth most I knew disapproved of Socialism. And I still agree with them in 2018, for biblical reasons.

And the heavens will praise Your wonders, O Lord ; Your faithfulness also in the assembly of the saints. For who in the heavens can be compared to the Lord ? Who among the sons of the mighty can be likened to the Lord ?

God is greatly to be feared in the assembly of the saints, And to be held in reverence by all those around Him.

O Lord God of hosts, Who is mighty like You, O Lord ? Your faithfulness also surrounds You.

When will the nations realize God is King?

The heavens are Yours, the earth also is Yours; The world and all its fullness, You have founded them.

The north and the south, You have created them; Tabor and Hermon rejoice in Your name. You have a mighty arm;

Strong is Your hand, and high is Your right hand.

If a land lacks these Two Qualities, they are only available through a knowledge of the Creator.

Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne; Mercy and truth go before Your face.

Blessed are the people who know the joyful sound! They walk, O Lord , in the light of Your countenance.

The reason for any prosperity is only when people submit to the sound principles found in scripture. Those words are precious and eternal.

In Your name they rejoice all day long, And in Your righteousness they are exalted.

For You are the glory of their strength, And in Your favor our horn is exalted. For our shield belongs to the Lord , And our king to the Holy One of Israel.
Psalms 89:5‭-‬8‭, ‬11‭-‬18 NKJV

Asking Things “Hard” for Him to Do

Are there indeed things which we can ask that are actually hard for God to do? Yes and no. Clearly here it is as much so stated, but we also know ”Is anything too hard for the Lord?” — also clearly a rhetorical question with the NO answer implied. … So let’s ask for “Double portions!”

So he said, “You have asked a hard thing. Nevertheless, if you see me when I am taken from you, it shall be so for you; but if not, it shall not be so. ”

Then it happened, as they continued on and talked, that suddenly a chariot of fire appeared with horses of fire, and separated the two of them; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven. And Elisha saw it, and he cried out, “My father, my father, the chariot of Israel and its horsemen!” So he saw him no more. And he took hold of his own clothes and tore them into two pieces. He also took up the mantle of Elijah that had fallen from him, and went back and stood by the bank of the Jordan. Then he took the mantle of Elijah that had fallen from him, and struck the water, and said, “Where is the Lord God of Elijah?” And when he also had struck the water, it was divided this way and that; and Elisha crossed over.
II Kings 2:10‭-‬14 NKJV

Ruling Men’s Qualifications

JUST…AND RULING IN THE FEAR OF GOD. Now these are the last words of David. Thus says David the son of Jesse; Thus says the man raised up on high, The anointed of the God of Jacob, And the sweet psalmist of Israel: “The Spirit of the Lord spoke by me, And His word was on my tongue. The God of Israel said, The Rock of Israel spoke to me:

‘He who rules over men must be just, Ruling in the fear of God.

And he shall be like the light of the morning when the sun rises, A morning without clouds, Like the tender grass springing out of the earth, By clear shining after rain.’ “Although my house is not so with God, Yet He has made with me an everlasting covenant, Ordered in all things and secure. For this is all my salvation and all my desire; Will He not make it increase?
II Samuel 23:1‭-‬5 NKJV