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HOPE
God is our hope, our foundation, we cry/plead to Him in our times of need. The Psalmist here ask God to let him know that He hears his cry. False religions at times just keep repeating prayers given but have no assurance that their god hears their voice. We as the Psalmist want to know personally that our cry to God is heard. We have the promises that He will hear but we want personal confirmation, its’ God let me know today that you have heard my request. Let me not be drawn away with the ungodly and hypocrites. Lord you give them according to their deeds, let them reap what they sow. As with the Psalmist we ask God to not let the wicked, ungodly succeed in their paths against godliness. In our today we pray that those who desire to remove Gods’ influence and acknowledgement from our society not accomplish their goals, that Christianity has no voice of influence in our countries way of life. Now it openly accepts false religions but wants Christianity silenced in public. Then in verse 6 Psalm 28 the Psalmist shows his faith, trust that God has heard his request, that the Lord is our strength to overcome Satan’s temptations as he uses others to attack and discourage us and the Lord is our shield of protection against things that come against us to take us down in our walk with Christ. The last couple of verse are his praise to God for who He is and what He does for Believers walking with Him. Let’s trust, walk and find our comfort and strength in Him. Psalm 28 Unto thee will I cry, O LORD my rock; be not silent to me: lest, if thou be silent to me, I become like them that go down into the pit. 2 Hear the voice of my supplications, when I cry unto thee, when I lift up my hands toward thy holy oracle. 3 Draw me not away with the wicked, and with the workers of iniquity, which speak peace to their neighbours, but mischief is in their hearts. 4 Give them according to their deeds, and according to the wickedness of their endeavours: give them after the work of their hands; render to them their desert. 5 Because they regard not the works of the LORD, nor the operation of his hands, he shall destroy them, and not build them up. 6 Blessed be the LORD, because he hath heard the voice of my supplications. 7 The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him. 8 The LORD is their strength, and he is the saving strength of his anointed. 9 Save thy people, and bless thine inheritance: feed them also, and lift them up for ever.

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VICTORY
The Christian life can be compared to the winning team of a football game. Many mistakes, many failures and some successes, it’s a constant battle with the opposition. But when the time runs out they are finally victorious over the opposition. In life there are only two sides(teams) God’s and Satan’s. You and I are on one of them, no one can be neutral .Luke 11:23 “He that is not with me is against me;…”. The cost paid so we could be on the winning side was tremendous, the suffering and death of God’s Son Jesus Christ at Calvary. He paid the price for us with no possible refund, but then gives us the choice to accept or reject His offer of forgiveness and to be a part of His family. At salvation we receive the Holy Spirit to live within us. His nature within us has the power to win the daily battles and temptations that Satan will place in our path. By faith we rely on Him to give us the victory over temptation, we can’t do it ourselves. It’s the grace of God that teaches us to turn from the Worlds’ view and practices and live our lives to please God. A true Christian may fail and backslide for a time, remember Peter’s denial of Christ. But he soon repented and was restored and used, the evidence is not just what we say but what we do, the normal pattern of living. Does one desire, strive to follow God’s directions to be a faithful follower. What is the difference from the average moral unsaved person? Does Christ in us show to others by our attitudes and actions. The quest for our daily lives is not am I satisfied with what I believe and live, but is God satisfied? “For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world; and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God? 1st John 5:4-5 The hymn writer put truths on victory in the hymn ;
Encamped along the hills of light,
Ye Christian soldiers, rise.
And press the battle ere the night
Shall veil the glowing skies.
Against the foe in vales below
Let all our strength be hurled.
Faith is the victory, we know,
That overcomes the world..

His banner over us is love,
Our sword the Word of God.
We tread the road the saints above
With shouts of triumph trod.
By faith, they like a whirlwind’s breath,
Swept on o’er every field.
The faith by which they conquered death
Is still our shining shield.

On every hand the foe we find
Drawn up in dread array.
Let tents of ease be left behind,
And onward to the fray.
Salvation’s helmet on each head,
With truth all girt about,
The earth shall tremble ’neath our tread,
And echo with our shout.

To him that overcomes the foe,
White raiment shall be giv’n.
Before the angels he shall know
His name confessed in Heav’n.
Then onward from the hill of light,
Our hearts with love aflame,
We’ll vanquish all the hosts of night,
In Jesus’ conqu’ring Name.
Refrain

Faith is the victory! Faith is the victory!
O glorious victory, that overcomes the world

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