Real Hope

Where do we turn when the pain is real? Where do we find our hope?

Certain hope is  Strong, Trustworthy, Anchor

An anchor keeps a ship from drifting and to add stability in  storm, we all need those two things in our life, because we are not anchored to something it is easy to allow our lives to drift. 

Real hope is based on God’s word and not my wishes, it’s not based on what I sense, but what God has said it’s not based on my emotion but on what God has spoken

God CANNOT lie 
One truth I am learning is that our savior is BOTH big enough to right all of the wrongs and compassionate enough to care for us (as he displayed by going all the way to the point of death for us).
When trouble comes and there is no a light you can see. 

Trouble that almost suffocates us, Jesus is the one who provides us with the answers. 

There is a God who is big and powerful, but a world that is falling apart

Don’t lose sight, don’t give up, hold on allow yourself to lift up your head to look up and see Christ—because Jesus has overcome the world. No matter what comes remember that Jesus has overcome the world.

Trouble comes, life hurts and life happens, but we have confidence in a Jesus who tells us that he is an overcoming savior.

So when life hurts most we turn to the cross of Jesus Christ – he is our hope the anchor for our soul
At the cross we see that God loves us, and that’s what we need to know most during these times.
-It will assure us that there is a God who loves us unconditionally
God is never not in control of your life
God can use the worse for eternal good
If we fix our eyes on the storm we’ll wonder if God still loves us, but if our eyes are on the cross we’ll know that he always has and he always will

Have you ever stopped to think about what it was like for Jesus’s disciples and his mother Mary after Jesus died. I picture them all huddled together, just sobbing and weeping and trying to comfort each other. Not understanding or being able to make sense of anything that just happened. This sky was black and all of their hopes and dreams seem to have died. Nothing that happened that day seemed to make any sense. What good could ever come out of this bleak scene? This was the scene on Good Friday it seemed like the darkest day of their life and that there was no way that anything good could come out of it. BUT oh what joy and beauty was coming—Easter was coming Jesus was going to resurrect and bring life and hope. But at that point in time all they could see was the horrors of that day. They couldn’t see the bigger picture, how God was bringing good out of the situation.
Friend God is not finished with your life. Easter IS coming. Hope is not lost even if it seems as dark as good Friday did for the disciples.

So let this bring you courage, may you cling to this truth and remember that God brings beauty from ashes. Our suffering is only temporary, and it will one day be over. And our suffering has meaning, it’s not wasted, our suffering can glorify God and is ultimately for our good.

So now in life when the storms happen we are all tempted to run away from God, or be mad at God, but when we look at the cross we can stop asking the question “why are you letting this happen to me” instead another thought emerges, “Jesus this happened to you” everything in my life both good and bad were all put on you, you’ve been there you know and you can relate. I’m going to run to you and not away from you, because you’re the only one who really knows and understands what I’m going through.

 There are so many different places that we can put our hope. But as we see in Colossians 2:17 we are reminded that the things we are tempted to put our hope in are not the real reality. It says These are a shadow of the things to come; the reality, however is found in Christ.”  Instead lets seek to find our hope in Christ—“We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curatin, where our forerunner, Jesus has entered on our behalf he has become a high priest forever…”  (Heb 6:19)

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