Wishful thinking vs. HOPE. The difference between what you’ve contractually got to anchor your hope to.
- Hope based on a false reality is your greatest enemy. You will waste years of your life anchoring hope to something false.
- Hope based on a true reality is your greatest friend. Hope in truth has repaired lives!!!
Three Contracts Jesus Made with YOU, YOU ARE NEVER HOPELESS!
His work on the cross emptied your container of shame and guilt. You are forgiven, always will be forgiven and never have to worry about being forgiven again!
But there is a great difference between Adam’s sin and God’s gracious gift. For the sin of this one man, Adam, brought death to many. But even greater is God’s wonderful grace and his gift of forgiveness to many through this other man, Jesus Christ.
The impending end, judgement and punishment for sin is very will. Jesus Christ saved you from those fates. Not only will you pass the test, but you will pass the test with complete wholeness, because of Jesus Christ.
16 And the result of God’s gracious gift is very different from the result of that one man’s sin. For Adam’s sin led to condemnation, but God’s free gift leads to our being made right with God, even though we are guilty of many sins.
3. FULL LIVING
You may be going through stuff now and then, but the contract Jesus cut with you enables you access to the greatest life you could ever live. You’ve got to blow up the old, embrace the new life and go for it with reckless abandon.
17 For the sin of this one man, Adam, caused death to rule over many. But even greater is God’s wonderful grace and his gift of righteousness, for all who receive it will live in triumph over sin and death through this one man, Jesus Christ
No Faith: Without faith Hope is a fleeting temporal thing. We find it in another achievement, accolade or promising relationship, but it’s always temporary.
Damaged Faith: We have Hope, but we put it in people, systems, organizations.
Active Faith: Hope is in the “contracts” we’ve cut with Jesus. He’s done great things for us, and we anchor our future hope, no matter what, to his great promises.
Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. 2 Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory.
3 We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. 4 And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. 5 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.
Fallen Condition Focus
The world is hopeless. As sinners we are on a complete collision course with the end. We are without rest, contentment and peace because of our complete inability to remain hopeful. Like gas in the tank of our automobile we spend our hope eventually running on empty and then out.
o It’s Completely Normal to be hopeless.
o It’s actually helpful to be hopeless!
Hopelessness leads us to a place of desperation. We see the end of what is causing hopelessness and the beginning of a new chapter of LIFE!
Hear my prayer, O Lord; listen to my plea! Answer me because you are faithful and righteous. 2 Don’t put your servant on trial, for no one is innocent before you. 3 My enemy has chased me. He has knocked me to the ground and forces me to live in darkness like those in the grave. 4 I am losing all hope; I am paralyzed with fear. 5 I remember the days of old. I ponder all your great works and think about what you have done. 6 I lift my hands to you in prayer. I thirst for you as parched land thirsts for rain. 7 Come quickly, Lord, and answer me, for my depression deepens. Don’t turn away from me, or I will die. 8 Let me hear of your unfailing love each morning, for I am trusting you. Show me where to walk, for I give myself to you. 9 Rescue me from my enemies, Lord; I run to you to hide me. 10 Teach me to do your will, for you are my God. May your gracious Spirit lead me forward on a firm footing. 11 For the glory of your name, O Lord, preserve my life. Because of your faithfulness, bring me out of this distress. 12 In your unfailing love, silence all my enemies and destroy all my foes, for I am your servant.
Even though we encounter difficulties and struggles that seem HOPELESS, because our faith in Jesus Christ to save us from hopelessness is so powerful, we are in fact not HELPLESS!