Pastor's Sunday Sermon
December 10, 2023
The opposite of hope is despair. Despair is rampant in our world, because the world belongs to Satan. But we can have hope through Christ Jesus, and the promises God has given us. Hope is not reserved for the children of God. It is a base human emotion. Hope can lead to things like creative thinking, rational coping skills, improvement in your mood, just to name a few. Both the world and God promises us many things.
The difference is that God always fulfills His promises. J.R.R Tolkien says, " Where there is life, there is hope." Hope may have a special meaning to Christians, but hope is universal. Hope in dire situations can actually foster healing. Hope provides a haven from fear and dread.
Misused hope can have terrible consequences. When we are given false hope, which proves to be false, we are in a worse place then where we started. It can be used as a weapon to demoralize people. Since are living in times of heightened anxiety and dread, we need to be beacons of hope to the world around us. Show them where we rightfully place our hope.
Yes, my soul, find rest in God;
my hope comes from him.
6 Truly he is my rock and my salvation;
he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.
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