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Our Hope
12/10/2008

Our Hope
    
     Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. Matthew 6:19 -20 (NKJV)
    
    
    Well were approaching the end of another year, and we have seen the elections come and go, and now we set our eyes on the future with a new hope that things will improve within our homes, within our work place, within the economy, within our lives, and within the world. With New Years day just around the corner, many people will make new resolutions and promises with the hope of change as a reward.
    
    The word hope has in itself a definition of having a wish to get something or to do something; for something to happen or to be true, especially something that seems possible or likely. That is why the Apostle Paul tells us, that we should be looking towards things that are eternal, because that is where our true hope lies.
    
    So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 2Corinthians 4:18 (NIV)
    
    This is something that we should really remember, especially when were battling that feeling of disappointment. As a Christian, Its crucial to remember that when we put our hope in God and in the things of His kingdom, well never be disappointed
    
    And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us. Romans 5:5 (NIV)
    
    So how is it possible that we can have a hope that is never disappointed?
    
    Well, theres only one-way, and thats because its not human hope that Paul is referring to here; because human hope is pretty much just wishful thinking. The hope that is being spoken of in Romans 5:5 is that hope the each of us in our Christian walk have been given; it is called a Heavenly Hope.
    
    So whats the difference? Well, my human hope is centered upon earthly things. And it can be strengthened or weakened by outside variables of situations and circumstances that are happening at any one given moment of time. So if things are good, then I have great hope, but as things worsen and theyre not so good, then my hope can follow along. But all of these are the type of things that will only last temporarily, and this hope only lasts as long as I am alive.
    
    Now, my heavenly hope, is centered upon the things of Heaven. And these things are things that will last for eternity. These things that I am focusing on will never change, because they have been spoken and ordained by God Himself. So my hope is always strong in these things as long as I am focused on them instead of temporal things. And this Heavenly hope will last from my time of being born again, on earth, until that time Im in heaven.
    
    The benefit of eternal hope is that I dont get all freaked out when things arent going as planed here on earth. When something changes and it causes problems or tribulations, I know and remember that God has allowed it for good in some way (see Gen 50:20). I also realize that whatever trial I may face here is temporary, and as I seek God in it, I know that it is producing much greater glory on that eternal side. I know that whatever disappointments I face and endure here on earth with my faith properly placed in Christ, they will be rewarded with great joy in Heaven.
    
    It is unfortunate that most of us human beings, seem to live as if this life on earth were the main thing, with Heaven and eternity as only a future, and distant passing thought. And for many, they have misused their time and resources, unfortunately the things of eternity have been put off in their lives because they no longer had the time or resources for them. We need to change our paradigm and remember that eternity is a lot longer than the average 70-year life span here on earth. We need to clearly understand that the temporary things that we put so much effort, time, and energy into, theyre going to pass away.
    
    I know that many choices are being presented within the corridors of your mind that are very challenging, and very important to you. But I would encourage you to put them in the proper place with regards to priority and perspective. When you are contemplating decisions always seek the Lord, and His Word for wisdom. Life here on earth is short, and it is temporary. How will you live it?
    
    I know that when I see Christ face to face that my hope will not end in disappointment, and that is where my hope lies.
    
    
    STUDY QUESTION: According to 2 Corinthians 4:18, what should we be focusing on, especially during these tough times?
    
    PERSONAL INVENTORY: Do you find yourself becoming frustrated and loosing hope based on what you are hearing and seeing on the news and in the world?
    
    APPLICATION: Stop basing your decisions and your hope off of the things that you see around you, and start focusing on God, His Kingdom, His Word, and His ways. Give you life to Him, and find your proper hope there. You will be rewarded instantly, as the peace that only God can give comes over you and your mind.
    
    Father, Thank You for Your provisions in all the areas where I am in need. Your grace, love and mercy are a tremendous blessing to my family and I. I find my hope in You more and more each passing day as I focus on Your Word, and I realize that You have always been true to Your promises. Help me to share this with others today. In Jesus precious name, amen&
    
    Be Blessed, Pastor Scott
    
    

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