Wednesday, November 7, 2012

you've got HOPE

Every day I meet people who are in desperate need of finding some hope.  Many don’t have a relationship with God.  Some know God but have allowed their situation or their pain cloud what they believe about God.

Hope is a result of believing in God.  Hope is a by-product of pointing our lives toward God.  Hope is a natural outcome for the person who is serving other people and seeking to share God’s love with people who are in need of it.  Hope changes our lives and will change others.

One of the verses that I hear from people is this:

For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.  In those days when you pray, I will listen.  If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.

Through the last few years I have met many people who have said that Jeremiah 29:11 is their favorite verse and promise from God.  It is an incredible reminder of who God is and how God wants to work in our lives.  His plans for His kids is for hope and a positive future.  I don’t know about, but that is the kind of future that I need and want.

The next two verses are also important ones.  They remind us of some things that come out of the lives of people who are seeking God.

The first truth is about prayer.  People who put their hope in God and allow God to put His hope in their life are people of prayer.  Did you hear the promise?  God will listen to their prayer!

The second truth is that we will find God when we seek Him.  But notice a word that we often miss.  It is the word “wholeheartedly”.  Big word.  Critical truth.  Seeking God half way will not get you God’s full blessing.  Seeking God half way will not give you the hope that can and will transform your life.

Here is the progression that these verses give us … when we believe God and allow His hope to fill our lives, God will hear our prayers and our lives will be blessed with His greatness and presence.  Sounds pretty awesome to me.

I need that kind of hope.  How about you?

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happy birthday, Julie

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