Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Tell the sons of Israel to raise a contribution for Me; from every man whose heart moves him you shall raise My contribution. This is the contribution which you are to raise from them: gold, silver and bronze, blue, purple and scarlet material, fine linen, goat hair, rams’ skins dyed red, porpoise skins, acacia wood, oil for lighting, spices for the anointing oil and for the fragrant incense, onyx stones and setting stones for the ephod and for the breastpiece. Let them construct a sanctuary for Me, that I may dwell among them. Exodus 25:1-8.
Constantly bearing in mind your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the presence of our God and Father. Thessalonians 1:3.
But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13:13.
Today your LORD (יהוה) God says:
Faith, hope and love, these three are what make your life extraordinary and a life of joy. Love is the greatest of the three because faith and hope are empowered by love. Knowing and believing in My love for you no matter what you have done or do makes you able to exercise faith and hope in any situation.
Hope is a supernatural expectation of good. Faith is the substance of things hoped for, in other words, it is confidence of a good result. Confidence that your hope will be realized and not disappointed. Faith your vision of better things will come to pass.
Hope is a vision of a good future, a good outcome and income, a gaining of your heart’s desire. If you have no hope you are in despair, you are stuck in the situation of need or abuse or failure; trapped in a snare, a cage you cannot break out of. Hope sees freedom from what is holding you down. Life without hope is a life of no desired future. Disappointed hope makes the heart sick.
Faith is what breaks the snare, moves the mountain, obtains healing, and brings the vision into reality. Faith essentially is believing what I have promised I am able to perform and, in fact, on this side of the Cross, I have already perform and done for you. Faith now is knowing you already own (title deed) what you do not see yet but can claim as yours. If you are in a position of ownership it is solid ground that you will win. You just have to enforce your rights.
People get a lawyer to help them enforce their rights and obtain witnesses and testimony that support their case. Are you aware that I have given you an advocate to plead your case, to give testimony on your behalf? The Paraclete, the Advocate, yes, the Holy Spirit. Jesus told you that when He returned to Me, He would send you another Advocate to be with you and in you always. And My Spirit in you witnesses that you are My child and testifies that your sins and offenses I remember no more. He witnesses to Jesus who died for your sins and bore your diseases and became poor so that by His poverty you could become rich. But there is more that gives testimony on your behalf. There are three witnesses: the Spirit, the water, and the blood.
And whatever sin, failing, or fear is holding you back from walking in this joy, Jesus has taken that and nailed it to the Cross canceling out the decree against you! When you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, I made you alive together with Him, having forgiven you all your transgressions, having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against you, which was hostile to you; and I have taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. When I had disarmed the rulers and authorities, I made a public display of them, having triumphed over them through Him. Colossians 2:13-15.
Everyone born again by taking Jesus as Lord overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even your faith. Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is My Son. Jesus Christ is the one who came by water and blood. He did not come by water only, but by water and blood. And it is My Spirit who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth. For there are three that testify: the Spirit, the water and the blood; and the three are in agreement. You accept human testimony, but My testimony is greater and it is the testimony I have given about My Son. Whoever believes in My Son accepts this testimony. Whoever does not believe My testimony has made Me out to be a liar, because they have not believed the testimony I have given about My Son. And this is the testimony: I have given you eternal life, and this life is in My Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have My Son does not have life. You who believe in the name of My Son have eternal life. And if you do have this testimony in you then you have confidence (faith) in approaching Me that if you ask anything according to My will (hope for), I hear you. And if you know that I hear you—then you know that you have what you asked of Me (love). 1 John 5:4-15.
If you don’t know that you are loved and worthwhile you cannot have hope and you cannot have confidence that what you do hope for is yours already. But I have testified to you that all My promises are “yes” to you in Christ Jesus, your Lord. And this should bring you joy and gratitude. But if you have no gratitude, you will be destroyed by doubt. If you have the wrong self-image, then you will not have hope or faith that you are able to do the great things that I have planned for you. If you don’t have a close relationship with Me you will not have true faith or hope for you will not know Me. And eternal life is to know Me, the one true God, and the one I have sent, Jesus Christ you Lord. And when you do know Me and believe in the love I have or you, then you will have joy unspeakable filled with glory that no one can take from you.
A clean heart is a heart filled with faith, hope and love. Psalm 51.
Here. It all starts here. Now faith is! This is the acceptable time, this is the day of salvation. Not just in the future, but today. And it all starts in your heart. A journey of the heart to joy.
Here in your heart. I am telling you I am here. Now. Wherever I am it is a house of God and a gate of Heaven. You can go by a new a living way in the Spirit to the Holy of Holies. There to speak to Me at the Mercy Seat.
I am here. God with you, Immanu-el. You are dwelling in Me and I in you as in the tent of the meeting, the tabernacle in the wilderness, and traveling with Me across the wilderness to the Promised Land. And the journey began with the blood of the lamb on that first Passover as I led My people out of Egypt. That was the redemption out of slavery that healed them and made them strong (none feeble) and rich (laden with silver and gold). And the blood continued to continually cover their sins as I introduced the sacrifices to be made daily on the bronze altar at the door of the tent of the meeting. It was but a shadow of the good things to come in Jesus, He died once for all and His blood brought an eternal redemption that speaks before Me. 1 John 1:7-9. For I have given you the blood to make atonement on the altar for the life is in the blood. And the blood, as in the Passover, kept the destroyer from them as the blood of Jesus does today.
And do you remember where I told Moses I would speak to him? As I gave Moses the plan for My dwelling among the Israelites and showed him the details for the Holy of Holies, the ark of the testimony, and the propitiatory (Mercy Seat), I told him, “There I will meet with you; and from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubim which are upon the ark of the testimony, I will speak to you about all that I will give you in commandment for the sons of Israel.” Exodus 25:22. And later I tell you again, “Now when Moses went into the tent of meeting to speak with Him, he heard the voice speaking to him from above the mercy seat that was on the ark of the testimony, from between the two cherubim, so He spoke to him.” Numbers7:89. And that is where I speak to you today, deep within in the Holy of Holies from the throne of grace where you receive mercy and grace and help just when you need it. Hebrews 4:16.
But how you travel with Me makes a difference in your life. The majority of the Israelites, though I dwelt and traveled among them and led them by the cloud and the pillar of fire, tested Me, spurned Me, and continually grumbled and complained, all by doubting My promises. They had no faith, hope or love. But Caleb, Joshua and Moses were different. They honored Me by honoring My Words which they valued and treasured, kept My Words and walked humbly with Me. Micah 6:8.
Look at your thoughts and your words today. How are you traveling on the pathway of life? By now you should all be on the Highway of Holiness, Isaiah 35:8-11, for Jesus has opened for you a new and living way right to the Holy of Holies where only Moses heard My voice before. Now My Son has given you all access. He is the door and so much more.
I love you. Travel with Me through the journey of life in faith, hope and love, but the greatest of these is love. I have faith (“Have the faith of God”), I have hope (Jesus is your hope), but I AM LOVE.