Monday, December 31, 2012

Hope For The Heartbroken

Hope is founded on God's Promises
Is there a promise He has ever broken?
Not one word of all the good promises that the LORD had made to the house of Israel had failed; all came to pass ~ Joshua 21:45

Hope is fueled by God's Providence
Look at what God has done in the midst of joy and suffering!
Deep in unfathomable mines, Of never-failing skill, He treasures up His bright designs, And works His sovereign will. Ye fearful saints, fresh courage take, The clouds ye so much dread, Are big with mercy, and shall break. In blessings on your head. Judge not the Lord by feeble sense, But trust Him for His grace; Behind a frowning providence, He hides a smiling face. ~ William Cowper

Hope is ignited in God's Performance
Our performance is paltry and pale set next to the performances of God.
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth...Genesis 1

Hope is freely given in God's Perfect Son.
His perfect record is ours. His perfect love is ours.
And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him. Colossians 1:21

Hope came down to rescue the hopeless.
Apart from Christ it's all just wishful thinking.
Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. 1 Tim. 1

Is this time of year difficult for you?

Why is your heart broken? Failed marriage? Rebellious child? Broken friendship? Empty checking account? Failing health?

Be encouraged.

Hope is a Person, namely Jesus Christ.

He has come to do for you and for me what we cannot do for ourselves. No amount of trying harder, no new year resolution, no creative scheme nor inventive action plan can do what only Christ can -

save you to the uttermost.

set you free from chains that bind you. 

relieve hurts that haunt you.

forgive you finally, fully and forever. 

rescue you from frantic and futile living. 

straighten crooked paths. 

remove fear upon fear. 

Religion never begins with what we do for God. It always starts with what God has done for us, the great and wondrous things that God dreamed of and achieved for us in Christ Jesus. ~ B. Manning

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! 
According to his great mercy, 
he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection 
of Jesus Christ from the dead. 
1 Peter 1:3

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