Hope vs. Hopelessness

Posted: October 24, 2015 in Uncategorized

Hope is a priceless but fleeting commodity nowadays. It seems like trying to acquire and maintain hope for any length of time is difficult and futile—like trying to catch the wind.

The different forms of media available today are doing very little to instill hope in anyone. In fact, in most (not all) cases they’re promoting fear and hopelessness on an exponential scale.

Why? Because fear sells news and boosts ratings; regardless of the format.

There are multiple news apps available for our cell phones today and any of them will provide sufficient information for you to become depressed in an amazingly short amount of time.

I personally believe it’s extremely detrimental to your mental, emotional, and spiritual health to “feed regularly” on any negative news. I’m not saying don’t be informed, that’s equally foolish. But you should know your limits in how much you can take in and still maintain a positive and confident outlook about your future.

If you can’t do that, you’ll not have much to offer others around you who are looking for the right answers to questions that desperately need answering.

Our Government Can’t Do It!

It’s a “no brainer’ that not one government on the face of this earth is able to successfully handle all the problems that it’s citizen’s face financially, physically, morally, vocationally, etc. They are humans just like us, limited in their ability and knowledge, just like us.

I believe our government officials (many of them) have done their best locally, nationally, and internationally to keep our countries strong, vibrant, safe, and productive. But even when man has the best intentions for good, he can still fall short of providing and maintaining hope to others because, once again, he is just a man and he is limited at best with his abilities.

One Source of True Hope

The kind of hope we need is different than what most people are familiar with. If you asked most people what hope means to them today, you would probably get something like this. “To me, hope means something that I’m optimistic about happening for me, but I can’t really be sure or believe it until I see it.”

The hope I’m talking about is from the bible, based on God’s word, and the blood of His Son, Jesus Christ. It is a: joyful, confident, absolute expectation with anticipation of pleasure accompanying the manifestation of the thing expected and believed for.

Maybe this will drive the point home visually. If you’re a parent and your remember seeing your young children get up early on Christmas morning with great excitement at the thought of opening gifts, that is a good picture of bible hope. The children “know” there’s something under the tree waiting for them, they can see the packages with their names on them, but you have not given them ok to open them and they’re bouncing off the walls with excitement.

That is the most accurate picture of the kind of hope Jesus offers to all who will accept Him.

Unshakable Hope

For you to have the kind of hope I mentioned above, you need to simply receive the truth that you need God’s involvement in your life, your heart, your thoughts and actions.

If you will simply say, Jesus, I believe you died on the cross for me. Please forgive me for the sin of not believing in you and for me trying to run my own life and trying to be my own god? I accept your sacrifice today and want you to be my God and bring living hope into my life. He will do it immediately and you will be eternally sealed by the Holy Spirit and destined for heaven to live there for all eternity.

You may ask, “Is it really that simple?” The answer is yes! Some organized religion and traditional denominational churches teach that you need to spill your guts and confess “all” your sin before accepting Jesus as Savior and Lord. But the bible “does not teach” confession of all sin first to come into relationship with Jesus.

There’s nothing wrong with that if you know at some point the Lord is telling you to do that. But if you do that, make sure it’s someone you know you can trust to keep it confidential.

John 3:16-18 in the NKJV says: 16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.18 “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

Then Romans 10:13 says that whoever calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. If you mean it in your heart when you ask forgiveness from Jesus, you will become His child forever and nothing will ever change that because this promise is written in blood!

When you do that, you “immediately” enter into a relationship with God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit and there is NO ENEMY that will successfully defeat you.

You now have the God who created the earth and personally designed you, living inside your human spirit and He will guide you the rest of your days on earth and be with you through all eternity.

Jesus is the great hope, the living hope, and He is all you will ever need.

He is THE SOURCE of healing, protection, provision, success, wisdom, knowledge, creative and innovative ideas, understanding, peace, joy, fulfillment, happiness, and a million other wonderful experiences that you haven’t even imagined yet.

Please let me know if you invited the GREAT HOPE to live in you.

God bless you,

Dennis

 

 

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