Hang on to Hope
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Hang on to Hope
I recently saw three powerful pieces of art — two films and a stage production — that carried hope even in affliction. This verse from Psalm 119 has been in my mind and spirit since.
Remember your word to your servant, in which you have made me hope. This is my comfort in my affliction, that your promise gives me life. (Ps 119: 49-50)
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One film, Messianic Rabbi Jonathan Cahn’s The Harbingers of Things to Come, is based on his books The Harbinger and The Harbinger II: The Return. In the documentary, Cahn identifies nine events or harbingers leading to the Babylonian conquest of Israel and Judah, the destruction of the temple and the exile of the Jewish people. Cahn correlates those harbingers to events in America, starting with the strike on the Twin Towers in New York City on Sept. 11, 2001. These parallels are shockingly on target. As an intercessor, I was discomfited and distressed anew by America’s march to judgment.
That judgment is in no small measure linked directly to the murder of more than 63 million children through state-sponsored killings (Lev. 20: 1-5; Ps. 106: 37-38). The second film I saw, The Matter of Life, explores how America became a killing field but shows how the tide is turning through the courageous actions of several abortion foes. IFA covered the film and director Tracey Robinson May 10 and Nov. 30, 2021. I wept at the evil but rejoiced at the heroes saving babies’ lives daily.
The gruesome reality of abortion also hit home with the New York City-based production Oh Gosnell: A Show About The Truth, covered on www.HeadlinePrayer.org on May 14. This work is drawn from court documents linked to the prosecution of Dr. Kermit Gosnell who killed several — perhaps thousands —of babies born alive by snipping their spinal columns.
Seeing Harbingers, The Matter of Life and Gosnell almost back-to-back sobered me and led me to reflect upon the righteousness of the Lord’s judgment. For years, I have been praying judgment — which has come and is coming — would be limited in scope and duration. That prayer was not misplaced; the Lord calls us to pray for such mitigation. My hope, however, was misplaced. Frankly, I was hoping to avoid all judgment.
Recently, though, the Lord showed me extreme action was necessary. He told me, “Be uplifted for this will lead to the necessary correction. Be sure — those who have rebuffed Me cannot hide the reality of My Presence. Know their hearts’ hardness requires this move. In this way, Mercy lies.”
My hope no longer rests upon avoiding judgment, but upon the Word — Jesus Christ Himself — of the Lord, whose love and mercy abounds even unto those who slaughtered and are slaughtering Rachel’s children (Matt. 2: 16-18).
Dearest Intercessors, remember the Lord’s Word — not the avoidance of affliction — is Hope’s home. His promise of mercy in Christ is our comfort and our life. Hang onto that Hope!
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Author Joyce Swingle is an intercessor and contributing writer for Intercessors for America. With her husband Drama Evangelist Rich, Joyce shares the Gospel of Jesus Christ around the world through theatre and speaking. Joyce also has performed on screen. Prior to going into full-time ministry, Joyce worked for about 20 major magazines and now works in pastoral ministry and Christian counseling. She and Rich live in New York City. Photo Credit: Ben White on Unsplash.
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Lord God, thwart these evil plans that are commencing TODAY. Do not let the power that has been misused via the COVID pandemic continue to be perpetrated. We pray that increased vaccine mandates will not stand. Do not let Biden cede United States health authority to the World Health Organization. Make all ratified, freedom-stealing amendments and treaties, worldwide, become null and void. We pray that all global health magnates would not have consensus in plans they may seek to make. Let all other related, and unrelated, plans harmful to sovereignty and freedom fall apart, fruitless. Annihilate the World Health Organization’s ratified Pandemic Treaty. Preserve our freedoms, worldwide. Destroy the New World Order and the Great Reset
Saw Jonathan Cahn’s movie last week and was awed and amazed by the biblical verses he used to compare the fate of ISRAEL to the fate of NYC during 911.. We as a nation have turned away from God and we are experiencing the plagues of Covid, racism abortion, breakdowns the family systems, and gender isms to name a few.
It is because of the LORD’s love we are not consumed….Lam 3:19-27.
God’s great mercy during very troubling times in our nation and throughout our world! WE CAN AND DO TRUST HIM!
Father God, I ask in Jesus’ name today that You would bind, hinder, frustrate, and destroy the New World Order and all plans to implement it. We ask You for righteous leaders who will protect and enforce and re-institute FREEDOM in every area, throughout the world
Thank you Lord Jesus for the strong and secure HOPE we have in YOU !!! Your sons and daughters will be protected and provided for as we go through the horrible things that are happening now. May whatever happens be totally your will. God our Father you are sovereign and let us trust you completely ! Nan🙏🥰
So true – hope does not necessarily mean we are spared from the furnace, as Daniel’s three friends found out when they said, – “If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to save us from it, and He will rescue us from your hand, O king. But even if He does not, we want you to know, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.” Their hope was not in avoiding the furnace but in the One who would be with them in it and deliver them through it. We have this “hope” “as an anchor for our souls” in this storm tossed world. I often pray I will not have to experience or go through something, better I should ask for God to accomplish His work in me through whatever furnace it is at the moment – for life is full of furnaces. (see post “life in the furnace” at http://www.mtothe5th.wordpress.com)
Lord, keep us faithful and dependent upon You. This is where both our strength and hope exists.
Thanks, but I hear about it too late to see the movies and take someone.
Thank you. I agree, the way through is not easy. The Lord is holy. He has mercy, but He is still a God of justice. We cannot escape judgment, He rains on the just and unjust. We must toughen up for what is ahead. We will be lights and our enemy desires to extinguish them.
I am encouraged by this article. Thank you, Joyce. I agree that we must pray for God’s justice and His mercy, as we persevere in prayer. Our Hope is in Christ Jesus, alone.
Jesus, we pray that every plan to implement global control, including the plans of the World Health Organization, would be frustrated, destroyed, and come to nothing