Our article today is “The Blessed Hope.” Today we continue our series of articles that God has given us everything we need for life and godliness. As we fast approach the end of days the stress on all of humanity is increasing exponentially. This stress caused in large part by the intensity of natural disasters is having a profound effect on the human psyche causing many to lose hope. Hopelessness has trapped many into a life of endless psychological counseling and psychiatric drug addiction, while many others have turned to a life of crime in an attempt to recoup their losses. I am afraid we are just seeing the tip of the iceberg with strange and erratic behavior with a growing sense of hopelessness to contain it. From individuals eating the face off another individual to running head long into traffic, almost no one is pointing their finger at the increasing demonic influence on humanity. If that were not enough, very many people are losing hope in their elected leaders to solve the world’s problems of mounting debt, staggering unemployment, global terrorism, and a real threat of war. As nation states teeter on the brink of bankruptcy with the fear of unchecked anarchy the world is progressively losing its hope. Hopelessness reigns.
What really concerns us in this article is why are many Christians today losing hope? If Jesus Christ does not come back at a time when you expect Him then you along with many others could be shaken in your faith and lose all hope. Every Christian has decided in his own mind when he believes that Christ will return to rapture His Church. The great debate has continued for hundreds of years arguing pre-tribulation to post-tribulation and everything in between. At any point along this timeline one can say, “I’ve had enough, I can’t handle this anymore, where is the promise of His is coming.” When a man loses everything through natural disaster, the loss of employment, loss of relationships, or some other great tragedy, it’s easy for many to lose hope. And when a man loses hope he tends to give up putting him in the snare of the devil and the coming Antichrist. He will make great promises to relive the world of its present suffering. So how do we garner hope for the here and now? While most Christians think of hope is having hope in the afterlife, they typically expect little hope for the here and now. Nothing could be further from the truth. Hope is a grace to be experienced now in the same way we would experience the grace of love or the grace of faith.
Christians have a living hope that includes the here and now. The Bible says, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28).This is the Christian hope. In our living dynamic relationship with our Father in heaven He lets His will be know through the indwelling Holy Spirit. As we keep in step with the Holy Spirit His will is being worked out in our life. Step by step we will not only feel His presence, but we experience His divine will in our life, with the living hope that God is working all things together for good for those who love Him. This “good” is for the here and now and also for our eternity destiny. We may very well go through some tragic circumstances, because of the great evil in the world. Again the Bible says, “And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; and patience, experience; and experience, hope: (Romans 5:3-4). Here we see the working of hope, refining it through our present difficulties to become that robust living hope that carries us to the finish line. From a worldly stand point everything might appear to be lost, but from a godly stand point we know that our hope will not disappoint us, for nothing can separate us from the love of God. We learn to hope against hope by allowing it to grow, and not diminish like the rest of the world.
We are a people who are rejected and despised by the world. Our journey has been long and at times very treacherous, marked with potholes of defeat and grief. As we press on in our upward calling in Jesus Christ, with a quick glance back we are shocked and overjoyed at how far we have come up the narrow path. We thank Jesus and praise His Holy Name for delivering us from so much peril and certain death for if He had not been there to catch us and put our feet back on the narrow way, all would be lost. Each step of the way we press on because of the living hope within us. For we know God’s Word that says, “That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us: Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which entereth into that within the veil” (Hebrews 6:18-19). Praise God! Hope does not disappoint us for it not only includes this life but reaches beyond this life, for the anchor of our soul has entered within the veil, which represents the presence of God. Amen
“If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable” (I Corinthians 15:19). Why, because we have already had a preview of things to come. The more we grow in Christ and the deeper our walk becomes we know in all assurance that all the wonder and majesty we have experienced in our relationship with the Father is only a foretaste of our blessed hope. When we finally realize that it is no longer I that lives, but Christ who lives in me through the Holy Spirit, it changes everything. For once in our life we feel whole. We feel like we have finally arrived at being who we are supposed to be as humans. This earthly relationship with the Father points to our blessed future without death, or mourning or crying or pain. Magnify the few minutes of bliss in our daily communication with the Father here on earth to experiencing it for all eternity. Multiply the glorious times of walking in His presence here on earth with time that’s everlasting in heaven with the Father. This is a future where all things are made new. We will have new bodies that will not grow old or experience pain but have the liberty to experience all the heaven has to offer. Therefore, our blessed hope looks for that glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ (see Titus 2:13). What a day that will be, where every eye shall see His glorious return and every knee bow in submission to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. This is our blessed hope.
So, don’t be one who loses his hope and falls into the snare of the devil, but cast your hope on things to come. If you feel that God has delayed His return based on your own interpretation of the Scripture, then stand fast in the truth that God will deliver on all of His promises in His time and not yours. You must be persuaded that you will stand firm until the end no matter how long that takes. As the world rushes head long into the abyss you must hang on to your hope in Christ Jesus and the things to come. It will see you through the most difficult of times. Fire storms, extreme heat waves, violent storms or power outages should strengthen your faith not dash your hope. Stand on the assurance that God will never leave you nor forsake you. “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the Love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38-39). Dear friends, don’t lose your hope, which can cause a multitude of emotional and psychological problems, but stand firm on His promises allowing them to strengthen your blessed hope.
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