Finding hope in a hopeless world

Hope

Finding hope in a hopeless    world of uncertainty and fear

I feel compelled by the Holy Spirit to share some thoughts and beliefs about a “hope” the world desperately needs, and only God can give.

Jesus accurately described this generation in which we live in 2015. He said, “Men’s hearts failing them for fear” (Luke 21:26, KJV).

I am amazed and struck by the fact that so many people I am encountering these days tell me they have lost all hope. That is a freighting statement for anyone to say, “I have lost all hope.” Those words have embedded in them discouragement, distress, and defeat.

The enemy of our souls, the devil or Satan, has come but for to steal, kill, and destroy, according to Jesus.

Here is what He [Jesus] said in John 10:10, “The thief [Satan] cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly” (KJV).

God’s Holy Word, the Bible provides hope and faith in these troubled times. When all around us seems to give way, and our world seems to cave in all around us, we can turn to God and His Word for the hope and direction we need.

Just remember that God has the final Word on everything and everybody.

Ephesians 1:22-23
He [Almighty God] is in charge of it all, has the final Word on everything. At the center of all this, Christ rules the church. 23 The church, you see, is not peripheral to the world; the world is peripheral to the church. The church is Christ’s body, in which he speaks and acts, by which he fills everything with his presence.
(from THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language © 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson. All rights reserved.)

Jesus said in Luke 12:32, “Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom (NKJV).

God will not withhold any good thing from you. Read Psalm 84:11-12: 11: “For the LORD God is a sun and shield; The LORD will give grace and glory; No good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly.

12 “O LORD of hosts,
Blessed is the man who trusts in You!”
NKJV

In recent days, the Holy Spirit has instructed me not to look at the faults of others [I have many of my own]; but look at the needs of others and endeavor by the grace of God, and with the anointing and power of the Holy Spirit to minister to them as their needs are revealed to me.

In Luke’s Gospel Jesus says, “But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because He is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful (Luke 6:35-36, NIV).