Is There Hope?
I Peter 1:1-9
Lisa called her Pastor at four-thirty in the morning. I can't stand living any longer. Inside of me I'm lost and empty. There's so much fear and uncertainty, and a loneliness that never leaves me alone. I don't know what to do. I am so confused. I've got to get away from it all.
I want to love and be happy. I want to be free. I want to love myself and other people. I want my life to have meaning and purpose. I want to be able to look forward to the next day of living and to have peace inside me instead of fear and loneliness. I want the emptiness inside me to be filled with love and happiness. I want to care for other people and make them happy- love the whole world.
I want to be really turned on. I want to smile. I want to live. The question is, how?
But it's too late. I've blown my mind too many times. I've tripped out to many times. I've escaped from reality so long that I'm not sure what reality is. I feel like I am losing my mind, breaking into millions of pieces and floating into space in a thousand of different directions.
I try to reach out and put the pieces back together. But I can't catch them, they float away so fast. I'm coming apart. And I know I'll never be able to put the pieces back together again.
But God did not create us to be ugly stories like Lisa. God did not create us to overdose with drugs and commit suicide. God created us in His own image and offer us the resources to achieve our highest potentialities and capabilities.
Now Peter often failed the Lord, but learned to trust his Savior implicitly.
I. THE PURPOSE TO WHICH WE ARE KEPT
''... kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation.''
God has a glorious purpose for those that have been saved by the shed blood of Jesus Christ. His purpose is to finish what he has started in the life of the believer. Salvation is from the penalty of sin; power of sin, once day the presence of sin.
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