Where To Find Hope (GLMX #439)
This is the “chief of sinners,” Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International, with the Gospel Light Minute X Podcast #439 titled, “Where To Find Hope” I’m here to remind you of what the Bible says, that “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” like you and me.
“The greatest need in our world today is the need for hope.” —Billy Graham
WHEN HOPE IS LOST
Have you ever felt like everything is crumbling around you? When hard times come, it’s surprising how quickly our plans are disrupted. In the blink of an eye, we can find ourselves with failing health, depleted resources, or shattered hopes and dreams.
When the future is dark and unknown—when all earthly hopes are fading—that is the perfect time to look up! The Bible states in Jeremiah 17:7, “Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is”.
HOPE CANNOT OUTLIVE ITS SOURCE
Do you want hope that never fades? Then you need to find your hope in a source which never fails. As long as we look to temporary things for our satisfaction and joy, our hope will always be fleeting and fragile. But when we anchor our hope in God, it will remain eternal and strong, because He is the same “yesterday, and to day, and for ever”.
OUR GREATEST NEED
What is the one thing we need more than anything else? God, who designed us, breathed life into us, and knows all about us has declared that our greatest need is a changed heart.
Even though our first parents were created in innocence, they chose to disobey God and sinned against Him. Every new generation has inherited their fallen nature and followed their rebellious example. Because of this, we find ourselves spiritually “dead in trespasses and sins … having no hope, and without God”.
WE CAN HAVE LASTING HOPE
For hope to be renewed, our relationship with God must be restored. Somehow, the defilement of sin must be washed away, and our deceitful hearts must be made new. People have many ideas about how this can be done, but God has already provided the only way. Jesus said in John 14:6, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me”.
When Jesus died on the cross, He laid down His life as a sacrifice for our sin. He suffered the wrath of God in our place, and shed His Blood so we can be cleansed and forgiven. He then rose from the dead, signifying that God accepted His sacrifice, and proving that sin and death have been defeated!
To have the sure hope of eternal life, we must put our complete trust in what Jesus has done. We cannot “earn” our way back to Him with good works. Only a perfect righteousness—that of Jesus—is enough. When we put our trust in Jesus Christ, God forgives our sins and covers us in the righteousness of Jesus. We receive God’s salvation as a gift of His grace.
WILL GOD MAKE EVERYTHING PERFECT?
Those who trust in Jesus Christ are promised an eternal paradise which exceeds anything we can possibly imagine. The Bible says in Revelation 21:4, that in that day, “God shall wipe away all tears … and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain”.
Until then, believers are assured that God is always with them in every difficulty. He has promised, “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee”. This gives God’s children the confidence to say, “The Lord is my helper”.
If we start to feel overwhelmed by life’s ups and downs, it is good to remember that we can trust the almighty God in every circumstance. Peace comes from “casting all your care upon Him; for He careth for you”.
FIND YOUR HOPE IN JESUS CHRIST
If you realize that you need the hope only God can provide and are ready to turn to God in repentance, what is stopping you from admitting your sin to God, and asking Him to save you? Right now, right where you are, you can talk to Him in your own words, expressing to Him your need and desire for His free gift of salvation. There is forgiveness and hope in Jesus Christ!
The Bible says in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
If you want to be saved from the wrath to come and from an eternity in Hell, and if you believe that Jesus Christ suffered, bled, and died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose again from the dead and you are willing to trust Jesus Christ with all of your heart so you can go to Heaven, please pray with me what is called the sinner’s prayer: Holy Father God, I acknowledge that I am a sinner and I admit that I have sinned against You and that I have broken Your Ten Commandments. I have lied before. I have stolen things before. I have lusted after people and things before. I have dishonored and disobeyed my parents. I have taken Your holy Name in vain. For Jesus Christ’s sake, please have mercy and grace upon my soul and forgive me of all of my sins, my failures, and my faults. As I now believe in Your Holy Son the Lord Jesus Christ. I believe that He suffered, bled, and died on the cross for my sins, was buried and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life. Fill me with Your Holy Spirit and help me to repent of my sins past. Help me to turn from my old, evil life and follow You in the new life. For it is in Your Name I pray. Amen.
Thank you for listening to this Gospel presentation. If you have decided to trust Jesus Christ as your Saviour after listening to this podcast, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know. To find out more about what you need to do after trusting Christ as Savior, visit GospelLightSociety.com and read “What to Do After You Enter Through the Door”.
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