A Living Hope
1 Peter 1:3-5
1-1-21, Pastor Charles Stanley -- Born again believers in Christ [John 3:3, 7] are born into a living hope. However, people who are without Christ have no foundation for their expectations and desires. Many live with a false sense of security. They assume that what is important in this life is the physical and material. But there is no safety in things (1 Timothy 6:9). Those who pursue wealth and health rather than God find that their dreams either go unfulfilled or fail to satisfy.
Believers anchor their hope in the solid rock of Jesus Christ [Luke 23:53]. His words are always true and His promises always kept. I'll sometimes hear a person project his or her unfulfilled desires on God and then argue that He came up short. But Christians who make a request and submit to God's will always get an answer—yes, no, or wait.
The Lord does not disappoint those faithful & obedient servants who seek His will. Don't misunderstand; we might feel temporarily let down when something we hope for is not speedily fulfilled or in God's plan. But He doesn't go back on the biblical promise to give His children the best (Isaiah 48:17; 64:4). When one door closes, there is another about to open with something better behind it. Friends, the Lord cannot be outdone. We can't even wish ourselves as much good as God has in store. [Jeremiah 29:11]
The best choice a Christian can make is to fix his or her hope on the Lord Jesus Christ. We should welcome whatever fits His will for our lives and turn away from all that does not. Circumstances may shift and change, but Jesus never does. He is a living hope who never disappoints.
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- sad, John 14:1
- have sinned, Psalm 51:1
- facing danger, Psalm 91:1
- faith needs stimulation, Hebrews 11:1
- alone and sad, Psalm 23:1
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