Wednesday, January 21, 2015

hope leads to the future

Here is something we need to make sure we all agree on.  Salvation is vital.  Jesus is our Savior.  He is all we need.  It is all about Him.  In our sphere of influence and in our daily life we can lead others to come to know Jesus.  We are the equipment.

Armed with our salvation and story we can win our world to Jesus.  In the passage we look at today there are some connections we can take to heart and will push us closer to Him.  Listen in.  This is good stuff!

For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.

This past Sunday I shared with our church from Jeremiah 29 about having a heart connected to God so we can help and share with others.  We share from hope.  That is the hope that Jesus gives us.

But the problem is we are human.  Humans look at things from a flawed view and most often see destruction, pain and that the end is near.  When God gets involved, our minds change, our view broadens and opens the future for us.

We can either look at things with a positive or negative view.  We can either see things as drear and empty or much better as seeing possibilities and hope.  God desires to give us a future.

That future is the view that God wants us to have.  We have no purpose when we think we have no future.  We have and live with passion and purpose when we know that God has planned our future and desires to show it to us through time.  But the choice is ours.  Either human or divine thinking.  Either death or life.  Either hopeless or full of hipe.

God speaks to the people He loves even though they are in a very difficult place.  What He says brings them comfort, strength and wisdom.  For these things to sink in what God said had to be believed.  It really is a matter of the heart.  If we are going to have the impact God wants us to have, we have to do things His way.  Our heart is the key to it all.

Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.

We cannot see what God wants us to see or grasp what He wants us to grasp without a heart that has bee prepared by Him.  The people of God in Jeremiah 29 were in exile.  They were slaves and far away from home.  They were uncomfortable, but God in these verses reminds them that He has a plan.  His plan says He listened to their prayers, and that the days ahead are going to hold great things.

The same is true for us.  If we look from God’s point of view, we will have hope and be able to see our future.  I think this can be described like being on a hike and working your way up the hillside.  When you get to the top and look over the peak, there is beauty and a view that is incredible

God wants to show us those incredible views.  God wants to fill us with endless hope.  Take Jeremiah 29:11 as God’s promise.  Maybe take it as a wake up call to see the future.

If we see our future from the point of our pain and desperate current situations, we are going to have trouble.  We must realize that our home really is in heaven, and this world and our time here is short.  We are just visiting, but we can and must make the best of it!

So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God’s household,

1 Peter 2:11  NASB
Beloved, I urge you as aliens and strangers to abstain from fleshly lusts which wage war against the soul.

John 14:3  NASB
If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also.

We are aliens.  That doesn’t mean we are from another planet.  It does mean that our citizenship is not here on earth.  Our citizenship is in heaven where Jesus is preparing our eternal home. 

It is easy to let life and our humanity to get in the way of living by faith.  To miss what God has for us is dangerous and wrong.  That is why we must embrace our future that God has prepared.  He will provide as we trust Him.  He will show us the best things as we trust Him.

Now He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness;

Man’s view … lots of pain.  God’s view … lots of hope.  The future is your choice and mine.  To choose man’s view is to throw out our confidence and our faith.  But we must hold tight to our faith and take a look often, very often at the future God has provided for us.

Hebrews 4:16  NASB
Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

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