Discerning His Body

May 25th, 2017

By THE SPIRIT Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians chapter 11:

23 For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread;

24 and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me.”

25 In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”

26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes.

Many of us have participated in communion countless times over the course of our life.  Most know that taking the cup refers to His Blood as being the sacrifice for our sins to be put away in order that we be reconciled to FATHER.  There has been less emphasis on the meaning of taking the bread beforehand.  Jesus’ body did not remove our sins but instead it deals with the healing of our bodies.

We are to discern His body when we partake of the bread.  The sacrifice of stripes came before the sacrifice of the Blood.  In Matthew 27:

25 And all the people answered and said, “His blood be on us and on our children.”

26 Then he released Barabbas to them; and when he had scourged Jesus, he delivered Him to be crucified.

This scourging was the prophetic fulfillment of Isaiah chapter 53:

4 ​​Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; ​​Yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted.

5 ​​But He was wounded for our transgressions, ​​He was bruised for our iniquities; ​​The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.

Peter also wrote by THE SPIRIT in 1 Peter chapter 2:

24 who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed.

In the communion, first came healing and restoration of the body, then came the sinless nature by His Blood.  This is opposite to Adam when he first gave up his glorified state and then his body began to die.  Jesus is reversing the curse when we properly discern His Body as well as His Blood.  Jesus had prepared the disciples for this revelation during His ministry of healing the sick and preaching salvation.  Matthew wrote by THE SPIRIT in chapter 8:

16 When evening had come, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed. And He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick,

17 that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying:

​​​“He Himself took our infirmities and bore our sicknesses.”

Jesus suffered in two ways- first He bore the stripes on His body and then He shed His Blood on the cross.  Both acts are referred to in communion.  When we take the bread, we should discern exactly what it represents and remember the scourging and the stripes along with the promise “by whose stripes we were healed”.  This is a wonderful promise in itself.  Let us no longer take the bread without considering its underlying meaning.  Let its promise and reality be as clear to us as the importance of His Blood to our salvation.  After all, Jesus said “do this in remembrance of Me”.

How Do We Love FATHER?

May 24th, 2017

In Matthew chapter 22, Jesus spoke:

37 Jesus said to him, “ ‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and great commandment.”

The question is how do we fulfill this commandment?  How do we express our Love to the Creator of the universe?  The Beloved Disciple wrote by THE SPIRIT in 1 John chapter 2:

3 Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments.

4 He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.

5 But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him.

6 He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.

7 Brethren, I write no new commandment to you, but an old commandment which you have had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word which you heard from the beginning.

8 Again, a new commandment I write to you, which thing is true in Him and in you, because the darkness is passing away, and the true light is already shining.

9 He who says he is in the light, and hates his brother, is in darkness until now.

10 He who loves his brother abides in the light, and there is no cause for stumbling in him.

11 But he who hates his brother is in darkness and walks in darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.

The first great commandment is to Love FATHER and we do so by keeping and acting on HIS Word as the Beloved Disciple wrote.  IF we are keeping HIS Word then we are uninterested in what the world has to offer.  The lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life no longer have any power over our focus and attention.  They have become non-events that are of no consequence to those who are keeping FATHER’S Word.  In John chapter 14 Jesus spoke:

15 “If you love Me, keep My commandments.”

When we keep the commandments without question or complaining, we are expressing our Love, trust, and faith in both the FATHER and the Son.  Are there any commandments meant to do us harm?  Not at all.  Each commandment is meant to lead us toward unity, eternal life, and a closeness with both FATHER and Our Lord Jesus Christ.  If we want to be well pleasing to FATHER, let us walk in faith by adhering to HIS commandments.  Let us not do it out of duty or by some formula, but let it become our way of life.  How else can we become HIS expression on earth other than hearing and responding to HIS Pure Word in our lives?  Keeping the first commandment becomes easy as we realize that the motivation of all HIS commands are based on HIS Love for us.  Let us respond accordingly.

Above All Names

May 23rd, 2017

In John chapter 16, Jesus spoke:

23 “And in that day you will ask Me nothing. Most assuredly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you.

24 Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.”

Jesus stated to the disciples (and us) that we are to ask FATHER to meet our needs in accordance with HIS Word and Divine Intent.  Jesus further stated that we are to ask in Jesus’ Name for He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.  We must never use His name without the honor it deserves for His Name is above every name.  Paul wrote by THE SPIRIT in Ephesians chapter 1:

20 which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places,

21 far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come.

22 And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church,

23 which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.

Let us not dishonor the Name of the One who sits at the right hand of FATHER.  Jesus made it clear to the disciples there would be a transition during the period of the cross.  He knew the magnitude of overcoming death once and for all and that it was ordained to take a period of time to complete.  He also divulged to them that He is the Way to FATHER and as men approached FATHER through Jesus Christ their joy would be full.  Paul further wrote in Philippians chapter 2:

5 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus,

6 who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God,

7 but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men.

8 And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.

9 Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name,

10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth,

11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Paul urge us to be of the same mind of Jesus Christ for we are His younger brothers and sisters.  FATHER exalted Him and proclaimed every knew shall bow: in heaven, on earth, below the earth.  That covers everyone with no exceptions.  This speaks of FATHER’S Love to reconcile all men as they are exposed to the pure Love of Jesus Christ.  That Love will permeate every person and no sin will be able to exist but instead will be purged away allowing the person to behold the presence of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

His Name is above all names so let us give Him the honor and dignity He deserves.

Focus on Eternal

May 22nd, 2017

In Luke 18 Jesus spoke after He was approached by the rich young ruler who would not give up his wealth:

24 And when Jesus saw that he became very sorrowful, He said, “How hard it is for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God!

25 For it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”

26 And those who heard it said, “Who then can be saved?”

27 But He said, “The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.”

28 Then Peter said, “See, we have left all and followed You.”

29 So He said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or parents or brothers or wife or children, for the sake of the kingdom of God,

30 who shall not receive many times more in this present time, and in the age to come eternal life.”

Jesus declared that their were notable benefits to following Him for the sake of the Kingdom of Our Heavenly Father.  The temporary is no comparison to the eternal and so we must not let the current state dictate our future.  Those of us who have the benefit of seeing assets wither away over time can appreciate how temporary “things” really are.  The world’s output is in constant deterioration which is no place to put our trust in.  The Spiritual Life will endure beyond this world so we should be investing in the eternal, not the external.

Where we place our trust is critical to our future.  Men will fail us, systems will fail us, and even family will fail us at some point.  We must not be moved when failure of this nature arrives but instead rely on FATHER to minister to us through the Holy Spirit in our time of need.  After all, FATHER knew us first when HE formed us in the womb and established our gifts and callings.  HIS Divine Intent of Love will sustain us in all situations no matter how painful they may be.

31 Then He took the twelve aside and said to them, “Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and all things that are written by the prophets concerning the Son of Man will be accomplished.

32 For He will be delivered to the Gentiles and will be mocked and insulted and spit upon.

33 They will scourge Him and kill Him. And the third day He will rise again.”

34 But they understood none of these things; this saying was hidden from them, and they did not know the things which were spoken.

Immediately after assuring the disciples of the Heavenly benefits, Jesus discloses that His time is short in the physical realm.  He first proclaimed the benefits of eternity before this disclosure.  He needed to assure the disciples that this was not a temporary Way but it was the opening to The Door for them to follow The Way, The Truth, and The Life.  They needed to be assured and keep their focus on the Eternal.  They would soon be challenged in the area of their trust.  At some point we all will be challenged in like manner.  Let us be prepared.

Cares, Riches, and Pleasures

May 21st, 2017

Jesus spoke in Luke chapter 8:

11 “Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.

12 Those by the wayside are the ones who hear; then the devil comes and takes away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved.

13 But the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, who believe for a while and in time of temptation fall away.

14 Now the ones that fell among thorns are those who, when they have heard, go out and are choked with cares, riches, and pleasures of life, and bring no fruit to maturity.

15 But the ones that fell on the good ground are those who, having heard the word with a noble and good heart, keep it and bear fruit with patience.”

More and more people are dealing with the cares of this world, especially with adult children who have made unwise choices and find themselves in great difficulty.  This leads to the rest of the family being impacted as well with the problems at hand.  The media would have us believe that all is fine and normal with the economy but those other than the “elites” know better.  Food prices keep going up, house prices are entering into a bubble again, and good paying jobs are getting harder to find.  These all impact those who focusing on The Word but are being distracted by the above issues.

We must leave the cares of the world outside our prayer closet and focus on the pure Word which will give us peace.  In doing so solutions to problems will come forth and produce fruit to be consumed by those around us.

Riches come and go and there are more examples to refer to in this day and time.  The quest for riches is a tough road to follow unless your calling requires greater wealth.  FATHER will see to it that you have sufficiency for your calling.  If you calling does not require as much wealth, be content with what FATHER has called you to do.  Be at peace in whatever state you are in.  As Paul wrote by THE SPIRIT in Philippians chapter 4:

19 And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

Need and desire may be two different things and if they don’t match, we need to check our intent.

The pleasures of this world are fleeting as well.  How many things are sitting in the closet or garage that were suppose to give us pleasure.  After a few years we may have a garage sale and virtually give away what was once thought to be a prized possession.  The Word is what is precious and enduring thus we need to protect that seed entering our hearts and not allow it to be taken from us by the enemy, cares, riches, or pleasures.

Our long term goal is to mature in Christ and become Christ-like.  “As He is so are we” is what we are ascending to in our daily study of The Word.  Let not the temporary things of this world take our focus away from the eternal.  Let us protect our heart and allow the seed to grow without outside interference.

Prodigal Living

May 20th, 2017

In Luke 15 Jesus spoke:

11 Then He said: “A certain man had two sons.

12 And the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the portion of goods that falls to me.’ So he divided to them his livelihood.

13 And not many days after, the younger son gathered all together, journeyed to a far country, and there wasted his possessions with prodigal living.

14 But when he had spent all, there arose a severe famine in that land, and he began to be in want.

15 Then he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country, and he sent him into his fields to feed swine.

16 And he would gladly have filled his stomach with the pods that the swine ate, and no one gave him anything.

17 “But when he came to himself, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!

18 I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you,

19 and I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Make me like one of your hired servants.” ’

The word squander means to waste (something, especially money or time) in a reckless and foolish manner.  The younger son wanted to make a name for himself so he went to a far country.  The thing he left behind was wisdom and understanding for you need both to properly handle your inheritance, whatever it may be.  Had the younger son been in communication with Our Heavenly Father and led by the SPIRIT, he surely would not have traveled to a far country with a severe famine on the horizon.  Instead, he lived for “today” and wasted his resources.

Before he left home he would have never considered eating pods given to the swine.  Your food preferences can change rapidly when you are in a crisis.  In the famine people hoarded what they had and we find that no one gave him anything.  It is clear that agape Love was not to be found in this severe famine.  Had Love been found, the young man would have be sustained.

Once he finally came to his senses with a little dose of wisdom, he decided to return home knowing that the hired servants were better off than him.  He also realized he had sinned against FATHER as well as his earthly father.  The judgment on the land impacted those who dwelled in the land.  The ultimate result of judgment was to return to where your calling lies and be restored.  His father did not reject him but instead celebrated the fact that he had returned.  The earthly inheritance was not an issue to the father for he knew that riches come and go.  His son is what mattered.

The father was not “scarcity minded” and neither is FATHER.  We must endeavor to be good stewards and not waste resources but if we don’t achieve our expected outcome, we must not condemn ourselves for the loss.  If we lead a repentant life and stay close to FATHER, HE will restore what is lost.  We simply need to learn our lesson.  We should only step out as FATHER tells us and be sensitive to the path HE has placed before us.  Sometimes the path leads back to the prayer closet because we are simply not ready for anything else.  Be patient and keep your ears and eyes open.  Don’t be tempted by prodigal living.

Our Focus

May 19th, 2017

Jesus spoke in Matthew chapter 24:

17 Let him who is on the housetop not go down to take anything out of his house.

18 And let him who is in the field not go back to get his clothes.

19 But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days!

20 And pray that your flight may not be in winter or on the Sabbath.

21 For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be.

22 And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect’s sake those days will be shortened.

23 “Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There!’ do not believe it.

24 For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.

25 See, I have told you beforehand.

Jesus warned us of a great tribulation.  This warning is to prepare us for a major shift around the world so that we would not be caught unprepared.  There will be many of those who read these words and fear will rise up.  However, the elect have been prepared for this time by fully embracing FATHER’S Love and HIS Divine Intent to restore mankind.

More often than not people need a crisis in order to be willing to change.  Only then do they realize their view of life is wrong.  It has been said that there are no atheists in foxholes during a war.  When you are faced with mortality, you are willing to accept GOD.

Jesus reveals that the elect will be among those who experience this event.  They will not be swept away by angels but instead will be the guiding lights to a world in utter darkness.  They will not be moved by the signs and wonders of deception designed to keep the masses in check.  They will be the standards by which all men will know the one and only path available to them- through Jesus Christ.

Because of the elect, the days will be shortened and people will be able to endure the tribulation.  We can see the importance of the elect during this time of tribulation.  Is your focus to simply survive the tribulation or to be a solution for those who will be living in great fear?  Our focus must be to continue in a more intimate relationship with FATHER and fully embrace HIS Love.  As we do, we will be counted among the elect who will serve during this tumultuous time.  When will this time occur?  I don’t know but it is important to keep our focus on being fully mature so that whatever happens we are ready to serve mankind.  Some may say that the great tribulation has already occurred.  It still doesn’t change the focus of the elect.

No Partiality

May 18th, 2017

James wrote by THE SPIRIT in chapter 2:

1 My brethren, do not hold the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with partiality.

2 For if there should come into your assembly a man with gold rings, in fine apparel, and there should also come in a poor man in filthy clothes,

3 and you pay attention to the one wearing the fine clothes and say to him, “You sit here in a good place,” and say to the poor man, “You stand there,” or, “Sit here at my footstool,”

4 have you not shown partiality among yourselves, and become judges with evil thoughts?

5 Listen, my beloved brethren: Has God not chosen the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him?

6 But you have dishonored the poor man. Do not the rich oppress you and drag you into the courts?

7 Do they not blaspheme that noble name by which you are called?

8 If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you do well;

9 but if you show partiality, you commit sin, and are convicted by the law as transgressors.

I have seen on many occasions over the last forty-five years where men have shown partiality to the rich and/or famous.  The ego is a harsh taskmaster and you can easily get caught up in glamor of being around the wealthy.  The ego believes if you stay close to the person, he or she might just hand over some money or other valuables.  That is a rarity especially in today’s self-oriented society.  FATHER is not impressed by wealth or glamor for HE looks at the heart and knows who HE can work with.  The poor man usually has less baggage to deal with thus he is more likely to hear FATHER.  Yes, there are exceptions.

We are warned against becoming judges with evil thoughts and should take this warning seriously.  We should treat each person we come into contact with as a future brother or sister in Christ.  After all, they will all embrace the Love of FATHER at some point and be reconciled to HIM.  At that point, the manifestation of the brother or sister is at hand.  It is only a matter of time.

The poor in this world tend to be rich in faith whereas the rich tend to rely on their wealth and assets.  Little do they realize their money can grow wings and fly away without notice.  I would prefer to be rich in faith knowing that MY GOD shall supply all my needs according to HIS riches in glory.  I know HE Loves me and wants me to be fruitful thus HE will provide sustenance to keep me going, even in the lean times.

The rich will often use the court system to bully the rest of us.  It is simply a form of manipulation which originates from the god of this world.  Those who like to sue have no clue of the commandment “You shall love your neighbor as yourself” .  Jesus expressly gave us this commandment and we have no excuse to sue our neighbor.  Some will try to rationalize why someone isn’t his neighbor and that is just another excuse to exercise selfish motives.  Lawsuits are simply designed to further the current legal system at the expense of the innocent.  Do you think FATHER will judge the system in a harsh manner since it goes directly against HIS Divine Intent of Love?

We are warned that if we show partiality, then we have been determined to do evil, and are judged as evil-doers by the law.  How simple is it to live by the Divine Intent of Love toward all mankind!  You don’t have to be concerned about being a law-breaker but instead are pleasing to FATHER and Our Lord Jesus Christ.

Good Works

May 17th, 2017

We are here to do good works on behalf of the Kingdom.  Jesus made it very plain during the Sermon on the Mount.  Jesus spoke in Matthew chapter 5:

16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

In the Book of Acts, Tabitha was noted for her good works and charitable deeds.  By THE SPIRIT it is written in Acts 9:

36 At Joppa there was a certain disciple named Tabitha, which is translated Dorcas. This woman was full of good works and charitable deeds which she did.

Would we be described in the same manner or are we “undercover”?  Are we spending more time in other areas when we could be doing good works and charitable deeds?  Are we known for our generosity or frugality?  Are we providing examples that could be printed as great examples of those who do good works?

Paul wrote by THE SPIRIT in Ephesians 2:

10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.

We were created for good works so there is no excuse for delaying those works.  People are in need now and we are to be a light unto them so let us place a priority toward this end.  Is there ever and optimum time to begin doing good works?  Our minds can talk us out of taking action today but we must not let the mind dictate the timing of our mandate.

Paul also wrote by THE SPIRIT in 1 Timothy chapter 5 an example of a person who does good works:

9 Do not let a widow under sixty years old be taken into the number, and not unless she has been the wife of one man,

10 well reported for good works: if she has brought up children, if she has lodged strangers, if she has washed the saints’ feet, if she has relieved the afflicted, if she has diligently followed every good work.

Notice that she followed every good work.  There is no “one and done” when fulfilling this mandate.  We are to live a life of giving of ourselves to others in unconditional Love.  We are not doing good works in order to gain favor with the world but instead we are letting our light shine to a dying world who desperately needs to be shown the path.  Paul also instructs the wealthy in 1 Timothy chapter 6:

17 Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy.

18 Let them do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to give, willing to share,

19 storing up for themselves a good foundation for the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.

People with wealth are not omitted from the charge to do good works.  For some this is a great hurdle but they are called to trust not in uncertain riches.  They are to trust in FATHER that they may lay hold on eternal life.

Exercising Our Senses

May 16th, 2017

It is written by THE SPIRIT in Hebrews chapter 5:

12 For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first principles of the oracles of God; and you have come to need milk and not solid food.

13 For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe.

14 But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

The audience were those who were well acquainted of Old Testament principles but needed to get past the imperfect sacrifice and realize the infallible purpose in Christ becoming the High Priest for our sakes.  Does this mean we need to become experts in the written Word?   I think not.  More importantly we need to be able to discern both good and evil by being taught according to FATHER’S Divine Intent of Love.  Many Old Testament students would purpose to learn all 613 commandments and statutes in order to be esteemed by man.   On the other hand, Jesus made it quite clear that the two Commandments of Love fulfilled the entire Law.

If you know FATHER’S Intent then you will be able to discern between good and evil.  Out of HIS Love comes the word of righteousness and brings us toward full maturity.  Memorizing the New Testament does not guarantee proper discernment.  Knowing HIS ways does!

Are you saying not to study The Word?  Absolutely not.  Simply don’t make it more important than your personal relationship with FATHER.  The Pharisees were experts on The Word given at the time yet they could not recognize the Savior of the world when He spoke to them.  They were blinded by their own bias.

Those who tend to be legalistic try to get FATHER to do their bidding by quoting HIS Word to HIM.  That can be a subtle form of manipulation when we try to get our way based on our understanding rather than on HIS Love for us.  What if FATHER does not respond to our request?  We must conclude HIS perfect will and purpose are allowing whatever perceived need we have to be left unfulfilled for the moment.  We must place HIS unconditional Love for us above any need or personal request we have.  Only FATHER can see the big picture and know the timing of HIS responses toward us.

The disciples resisted FATHER’S Will when it came time for Jesus to go to the cross.  One moment Peter had a revelation and the next moment Jesus chastised him by saying  “Get behind Me, Satan! For you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.”  Ouch!

Eternity requires a different outlook than a few short years in these physical bodies.  While on this earth we must focus on maturing in Christ and walking in Love.  If we do then The Holy Spirit is well able to provide us with the essence of The Word applicable to our situation.  As we become “sensitive” to THE SPIRIT, we are exercising our senses.

Consider that Abraham did not have the Old or New Testament to refer to when FATHER was dealing with him.  He only needed a relationship with FATHER and the bond of Trust.  Abraham knew FATHER had his best interest at heart so he was able to fulfill his calling without reading a hundred books on faith.  With that in mind we read Hebrews chapter 6:

13 For when God made a promise to Abraham, because He could swear by no one greater, He swore by Himself,

14 saying, “Surely blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply you.”

15 And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise.

16 For men indeed swear by the greater, and an oath for confirmation is for them an end of all dispute.

17 Thus God, determining to show more abundantly to the heirs of promise the immutability of His counsel, confirmed it by an oath,

18 that by two immutable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we might have strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold of the hope set before us.

19 This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil,

20 where the forerunner has entered for us, even Jesus, having become High Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.

Abraham had faith in FATHER’S oath to him.  We too have an oath by FATHER sealed with HIS Divine Intent of Love.  That is good enough for me.