ARE YOU LOSING HOPE?
When I was in seminary, I took a class in Christian Counseling. While I do not remember lots about it, I do remember this one thing my professor said, "When people come in to see you to talk about their problems, the main thing they need to leave with is H-O-P-E." I have never forgotten that powerful bit of advice.
So many people I know are losing hope - losing hope that their marriage will ever get better, losing hope that they will ever feel better physically or emotionally, losing hope that they will ever conquer their addiction to drugs or alcohol or pornography or food, losing hope that they will ever find their soul mate, losing hope that their disastrous circumstances will ever get better, losing hope that their loved one will ever turn to Christ. Losing hope, losing hope, losing hope.
Are YOU losing hope somewhere today? Have you thrown in the towel in an area of your life because the circumstances say NO WAY?
THE GOD OF HOPE
I love the fact that God describes Himself in the Bible as THE GOD OF HOPE - "Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit" (Rom. 15:13). No matter how bad the marriage, the diagnosis, the sin, the circumstances, GOD IS ABLE!
We can have hope because there is nothing too difficult for Him. And the greater the problem is, the greater the miracle that can take place.
TAKE IT FROM THE STORY OF LAZARUS
If you know the story from John 11, you know that Jesus did the impossible. He spoke a word and raised four-day-old dead Lazarus from the grave. WOW!!
What does that story teach us? It teaches us that He is able! No matter what the issue, He is able. Is there anything in your life more hopeless than the situation with Lazarus? I doubt it. And if He can do a miracle for Lazarus, He can do a miracle for you.
WHAT TO DO TODAY
David said, "But as for me, I will hope continually, and will praise you yet more and more" (Ps. 71:14). Why don't you do the same?
Take that hopeless situation to THE GOD OF HOPE. Place that giant-sized problem you have next to the God who is SO GIANT He measures the universe by the span (the distance between the thumb and pinky). Note: the universe is an estimated 14 billion light years, and one light year is 5.7 trillion miles (you do the math). God measures it all with his outstretched hand. He is ALMIGHTY GOD!!!
Start praising Him for the problem and keep praising Him. He is the God of hope, and nothing is too difficult for Him (Jer. 32:27).
Pastor Jeff Schreve,
From His Heart Ministries
Dr. Jeff Schreve believes that no matter how badly you may have messed up in life, God still loves you and has a wonderful plan just for you. From His Heart provides real truth, love and hope on over 700 radio stations each day, in 182 countries each week on TV, and is always available online. Pastor Jeff takes no income from this ministry. All donations go to furthering the broadcast outreach. As a listener/viewer supported ministry, we thank you for joining with us to help speak the truth in love to a lost and hurting world. Go to www.fromhisheart.org for more information.
How well do you understand yourself? How knowledgeable are you concerning your strengths, your weaknesses, and your pathway to victorious Christian living? In this fun and insightful series, Dr. Jeff Schreve shares practical truths from the Scripture to help you live in harmony with yourself, with others, and most importantly with the Lord. Click here to find out more!
When it comes to problems, you and I always have a choice: "Will I allow this to make me bitter, or make me better?
Doesn't God want you and me to be more and more religious so we can please Him?
One of the great fringe benefits of being a Christian is joy.
Sure, Jesus was kind and tender and gentle when it came to broken, repentant sinners. But when it came to unrepentant, religious phonies, Jesus was as tough as nails and spoke directly and bluntly to them.
I once heard Adrian Rogers define the fear of God as “love on its knees.” I like that definition, because the one who fears God the most, truly loves Him the best.
Have you ever had something very difficult, painful, and heartbreaking come into your life—and the problem seemed to last for a very long time?
Perhaps you heard the story of Bob who died and went to heaven. As Saint Peter was showing him around, he noticed a “complaint box.”
I believed the report. I believed He died on the cross and rose from the grave. The only problem I had was that I believed it as facts on a printed page.
Early in my Christian life, a friend taught me the acronym F.A.T. He said God is looking for FAT disciples.
How do you react when someone is rude to you?
Whatever your weakness, I've got good news: The Lord Jesus can sympathize with it.
I remember saying to myself, "Come on, John. Have a little humility! Who do you think you are, God's gift to the 12?"
The Christian life is a walk with God. And the only way to please God in our walk with Him is to exercise faith. Paul said, "We walk by faith, not by sight." (2 Corinthians 5:7) In this five-message series Dr. Jeff Schreve gives practical, biblical encouragement to help you take God at His Word and step out on His promises, regardless of the circumstances.