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Wednesday, April 10, 2013
We Have Real Hope
"We Have Real
Hope" By Zach Wood Romans 5:1-5
In life, we all have times
when we feel hopeless. Maybe someone gave you the cold shoulder in a desperate
time of need.Maybe you lost your job right in the middle of a serious financial
crisis at home. Or perhaps everyone at work threw more responsibilities on you
when it was the only week you had planned to focus on other tasks that needed
to get done.
It’s so easy sometimes to
lose hope.Satan is a master of finding ways to discourage us and take our feeling
of hope away.Most of us have experienced this at one time or another.However,
if you continue to fall into this rut and stay in it, then something needs to
For a Christian, there is
no situation in which hope can’t be found.You may feel that way initially, but
after you work more through the situation with God’s direction, you find there
really is hope.Many times we tend to give up and not look for or believe in
hope. Jesus Christ gives us every reason to have hope because of what He has
done for us.He promises to be by our side when we hard times pull us down.
Many people have a hope,
but it’s not based on anything real or spiritual.These people just hope
something will turn out or they hope for the best.It’s not a hope found in
Christ.Many people hope the stock market will hold up.Some hope in a salary
that will take care of all their financial needs.Others hope for a nice job in
which they’ll enjoy what they do.And still some hope to have a good family of
their own one day.
It’s not wrong to hope for
these things.However, if these things are all we ever hope for, then we’re not
properly focused and we’re in for a major disappointment!
My prayer is that we will
find joy and the attitude to rejoice in the hope of Jesus Christ even when we
experience the trials of life. Our hope should be found solely in Jesus Christ
and not in the things of this world.