December is a month when we are inviting people to our church services and Christmas events. Have you extended an invitation to anyone yet? We want to create opportunities for people to encounter Christ!
The Bible is a book of life altering opportunities, offers and options. God’s Word explains the twists and turns of life and gives us wisdom and perspective about our decisions and circumstances. God does not promise us immunity from difficulties. He does, however, absolutely guarantee that there is nothing that can separate us from His love.
Think about it. On the one hand, the Bible explains and warns us that there is a devil who is roaring and destroying (he knows His time is short so he makes a lot of noise) and he is trying to overwhelm us with trials, temptations and bad things. There is no escaping the fact that living in this world can get really hard but God’s Word also shows us that Jesus is inviting us to a life so abundant and full that our deepest pains, losses and sorrows can be redeemed. Real hope is all about the promise of good overcoming bad, of dark nights fading in the sunrise and even our final enemy, death, being swallowed up by life.
God is inviting us to experience lives of substantial hope, of overcoming faith and of deep and lasting joy in spite of the challenging things we experience. I encourage you to listen to a message of Kay Warren (the wife of Pastor Rick Warren from Saddleback Church in California) on Finding Hope Again. She is an example of overcoming loss and adversity and still holding onto her confidence and hope for the future!
God is inviting you to Hope again. Here are some promises to encourage your heart, especially if you are facing difficulties!
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” I Pet 1:3 (NKJV)
“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.” Jeremiah 29:11 (NLT)
“We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.” Romans 5:3-5 (NLT)
Inviting you to Hope Again!