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Oct 20

Hope on the Go!

By Ricky Bybee | Ricky's Blog

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” Phil 4:13

To be strengthened by the mighty hand of God is to stop living in your own strength and instead wholly rely on his. God longs to “do far more abundantly than all you ask or think” if you will lean into him for his love, power, and guidance. He has plans far above anything you could ever dream of, and the path to those plans begins with following him moment by moment today. He will faithfully guide you into all the abundant life he has for you, but you must be willing to follow him and live by his strength.

Have a great day 🙂

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Oct 19

Hope on the Go – 19 Oct 21

By Ricky Bybee | Ricky's Blog , Uncategorized

People often ask for our prayers, but do we faithfully pray for them? Many times we see others in great need but find it easier to discuss their plight with friends rather than to intercede for them. But people need and want our prayers.

Paul concluded his call to put on “the whole armor of God” (Ephesians 6:13-17) by writing, “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints” (v.18).Faithful prayer—whether in public or private—is one of the greatest gifts we can give others.

Our intercession may be the key to God’s intervention.

Today, I pray for us,…. all of us. Father, You tell us in scripture that if my people will seek Your face and humble ourselves before You and turn to You, then You will heal our land. The key words in that scripture is “If my people!” I come to You in prayer to heal a broken land and in praise for the healing already taking place in the many lives around me. I ask Father that You allow me to be an instrument of peace, Your mouthpiece of truth and Your example of courage. Enable me to step out boldly in Your word, send the Spirit before me and blaze a way from me to inform the uniformed, pray for the weak and weary, expose the evil one in his wiles and help to lead souls to You. I ask in the precious name of Jesus, Amen

Oct 18

Hope on the Go – 18 Oct 21

By Ricky Bybee | Ricky's Blog

Good morning Father and it is a good morning. Lord, today I ask that You fill my heart with compassion and charity, my eyes with focus in Your will, guide my steps and lead down Your path, my hands that they do Your work. Let my actions reflect You, let my words speak truth…. let not only be a hearer of the word, but a doer of Your word. Let me be a vehicle of Your light to a person walking in darkness today. In Your precious name I ask, Amen.

Psalm 86:11 Teach me your way, O LORD, and I will walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name.

Oct 07

Hope on the Go – 7 Oct 2021

By Ricky Bybee | Ricky's Blog , Uncategorized

Hey God it’s me, I am content and thank You for it. This week’s lesson was “forgiveness”, and it hit home pretty hard…. it’s so easy to say “forgive and forget”, but as I really evaluate where I am in this forgiveness thing, it seems to be easier said than done. It seems that I live my life pretty guarded only letting in those that I choose, want or desire in my life. The deciding factor is “forgiveness”. I find that I have been choosing based on whether I have been wronged, tresspassed against or scorned by others,… even though I have exercised what I think is “forgiveness”, didn’t forget. That’s NOT what I am supposed to do and I get it. It’s so easy to say “I forgive you”, yet so hard to mean it to be true. I praise You for not holding my sins against me and totally forgiving me. I pray to You that You continue to use me, to fill me with the Holy Spirit, to not trespass against others and to guide me in our walk. I pray that You continue to grant me total forgiveness and open my eyes to totally forgiving others as You would and to accept forgiveness with Your grace and humility. I pray that You allow me to fan the spark in others that they may burn bright for You. I pray that You provide me heightened awareness that I may be of better service to You through our Church Leadership, to the Body of Christ and to those who suffer, hurt, mourn and those in need. I praise and continue to need Your understanding of scripture that I may interpret, reproof and use to tell others about Your promise, love and works. I know this is a tall order Father, but I need it! All these things I ask in Your holy name, Amen

Oct 04

WHAT IF? 3 OCT 21

By Ricky Bybee | Ricky's Blog , Uncategorized

“What if?” In my life I find myself asking this question day in and day out. Like driving my car from my rear view mirror. I question my decisions daily and ask myself time after time “What if?” Sometimes, I become obsessed with it. We all want to better our lives and try not to make the same mistakes twice, again, thinking “What if?”. What if I had gone to college? What if I hadn’t joined the Navy? What if I hadn’t met my wife, Jo? I enjoy reflecting on my life, but now in a different way, with my road map, the Holy Bible. Now I realize that I am going to make mistakes, but I don’t dwell on the “what ifs?” any more. I now realize that we are carnal and we will make mistakes, but we don’t need to beat ourselves silly over them.

As I grow through Scripture, I find that the closer I follow the Lord, forgiveness of others and forgiving yourself, that’s right…. I have had to learn to like myself, forgive myself and accept that I can’t handle life’s issues alone. I don’t, Jesus is with me, has always been with me and will continue to be with me. I am rich beyond compare in the love of our Lord, my family and my Church family as I am accepted for who I am and not what someone wants me to be.

I thank God every day for Blessing me. Now I can look in the mirror and be happy with who I am looking at. I have quit asking myself “what if?”, I am taking a stand for our Lord….. My new question,…. “Why not”?

Oct 04

HOPE ON THE GO! 4 OCT 21

By Ricky Bybee | Ricky's Blog

When you read through the Gospels, you’ll find only one scene in which someone addresses Jesus directly as God: “My Lord and my God!” Do you know who said that?It was doubting Thomas, the last disciple to believe the incredible news of the Resurrection. Thomas believed because of Jesus’ scars. “Feel my hands,” Jesus told him. “Touch my side.”

In a flash of revelation, Thomas saw the wonder of Almighty God, the Lord of the Universe, stooping to take on our pain. He saw scars that had been used for good. He saw that tear-streaked face of Jesus.

So where is God when it hurts? We know where God is because he came to Earth and showed us his face. To see how God responds to our suffering, you need only remember how Jesus responded to the tragedies of his day: with comfort, healing and compassion—which simply means “to suffer with.”Where is God when it hurts? He’s right there with us.

Herein lies my HOPE!

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Sep 28

Hope on the Go! 28 Sept 2021

By Ricky Bybee | Ricky's Blog

As I sit this morning, I reflect on my life. Especially on the events that have transpired as of recent. So many blessings. I write of these that I may bear witness to just how great God can be to all of us, if we let Him. As Jesus said to His Disciples as they were traveling on the road (Luke 9:62) “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God”.

I will not look back. He tells me in scripture that the “the harvest is abundant, but the workers are few,… for me to go, among the wolves”, so I go…. without hesitation and without fear!

Thank You Father, for Your calling, for Your direction, for Your care. My mind, heart and soul is open to You, fill me with the Spirit. Grant me safe passage in this world to present Your promise in scripture to the many, to the unchurched, to the non-believer. Let me be an example of Your grace, mercy and hope. Perform Your work and will through me… I praise You for it. Thank you for the blessing of life everlasting. I ask Lord, that You provide comfort and mercy to those who do not know You, that they may become aware of You and all Your goodness and receive You as Saviour. Amen

Sep 27

Hope on the Go! – 27 Sept 2021

By Ricky Bybee | Ricky's Blog

The world tells us to find our self-worth in our looks, what we own, and the people who love us, but none of these will ever make us feel loved or give us a healthy sense of self-worth, because circumstances change and people come and go. The only way to consistently know that you are loved is to look to the cross and see the price Jesus paid for you. He gave you everything! This perspective is the beginning of the journey to find true self-worth. Your self-worth must be based on your position in Christ—you are a child of God!

The only love that brings true happiness and contentment is God’s love. It may not be where you have been looking for love, but I can promise you from personal experience, nothing else but God’s love will satisfy.

Have a great day in Jesus, tell someone that you love them and do it today! Amen

Sep 26

Hope on the Go – 26 Sept 2021

By Ricky Bybee | Ricky's Blog

The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise … Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:9 When I was a kid, we used to sing “The King is Coming”, but that was a life time ago, right?

But how soon? Nearly two thousand years have passed since Jesus told his disciples that he was going to come back. For two thousand years God’s people have been asking, “Lord, when will you return?” But he has not returned. Some believers doubted Jesus’ return. They had believed the promise of His coming, but times were hard and persecution was severe. Scoffers were asking, “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised?” They had no answer.

Sometimes we might wonder too. We hear about persecution and ask, “Why doesn’t Jesus come to end it?” We read about poverty and hunger and deprivation, and we think, “When will it end?” We hear about natural disasters and tragedies, and we wonder why Jesus does not end it all by coming back.

The answer Peter gives is that Jesus has not forgotten about his promise to return. He is “not slow in keeping his promise.” Instead, he is PATIENT!–And today God wants his church to call people back to him.

Sep 24

Hope on the Go! 24 September 2021

By Ricky Bybee | Uncategorized

Why is my faith so weak at times? I’d like to think it’s because my mind’s so strong, but that’s obviously not it. I simply fall into the “What have you done for me lately” camp sometimes. I need to be reminded frequently that God is always with me but that I often forget to do my part; seek His face. I go on about my busy life, and then suddenly need comfort, peace, protection or rest and wonder why I’m not getting it.

Matthew 14:31 says, “…You of little faith, why do you doubt?” Even though He’s proven Himself to me time and again, often I’m right there in the boat with those thick-headed disciples. My dwindling faith amazes even me sometimes.Faith needs to be exercised and nurtured in order to gain strength. The sustenance for faith comes in the good times and the busy times, not just in the needy and desperate times. If I start to doubt God’s love, promises, faithfulness, or even His very existence, try imagining how it would feel to stand firmly claiming those things are false. I can’t do it, can you? So I have to get off the doubting road and get back to the path of believing, then stay put. Ground myself. Time to keep my heart (and spirit) above my head. You may not always be able to see what He’s done for you lately, but what He did once and for all is the undeniable foundation to build lasting faith on. Amen

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