Where is my Hope

Hope is defined as “a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen” according to the online dictionary on google. There are many people that attend church every weekend without any hope that they will find inner peace or understand their purpose. They attend looking for hope, of a better tomorrow. As a follower of Jesus Christ, I honestly say that the loss of hope is one of the deadliest tools of the enemy. The word of God is as true today as it has ever been and yet hope seems to be a mysterious illusion to many. The CDC reports that in America a suicide is committed every 12 minutes. Many believers attend church related events 2-3 times a week looking for hope, and only find temporary moments of peace. In Jeremiah 29-11-13 the word of God states “For I know the plans I have for you, “declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. As believers, we are not immune to the feelings of loss hope, feelings of discouragement, some may even suffer with mental illnesses. The word of God says we are to be the hands and feet of Christ, the word also admonishes us to tell the truth in love (see Ephe 4:15). So, as believers we can no longer stand by with blinders on. Using good words to placate the realities that God’s children our brothers and sisters are hurting. It is not okay to dance with hopeless thoughts while serving on church boards or helping to feed the homeless. While you, yourself is on the brink of losing everything and feel like you have no where to turn. You are the one that attends every worship service, the one that can be counted on feels like there is no one you can count on. God hears you and wants you to know that he is getting ready to bring you out of this place. It is time that we stand up in the pulpits and local ministries and face the realities of hopelessness in the body of Christ. This is one of many war cries for help. The person sitting next to you in church that you don’t bother to get to know. The sister or brother that comes regularly that no one acknowledges. Its time to reach out, as believers we have one single goal to minister to the hopeless, and helpless because, we all will experience these seasons in life. It is our purpose to help our brothers and sisters, through these hopeless seasons, to a place of wholeness in Christ. The word of God is very clear it tells us that we are to stand with each other as iron sharpens iron. No more pretense, we can fake our faith until we make it but, we don’t have to die hopelessly alone struggling with daily life. We have a God that loves us enough that He gave His only begotten son and each other. I challenge you this week to reach out to someone in church, a stranger and greet them. Invite them to sit with you. Get their number, check on them. Each one reach one. By doing this we will all be operating as the body of Christ.

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