When All Hope Seems Gone
July 16, 2007
INTRODUCTION: Have you ever felt like life was so difficult and circumstances so challenging that you began to wonder if things would ever get any better? I mean, each day seemed to bring more discouragement than the day before, and no matter what you did, you just couldn't seem to break through the gloom.
Thank God, for the Christian, there is hope. And when hope seems all but gone, we know that we have a refuge. The Psalmist wrote, "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble" (Psalm 46:1).
QUOTE: Francis Sales, who lived in the 17th century, wrote, "Do not look forward to the changes and chances of this life in fear; rather look to them with full hope that, as they arise, God, whose you are, will deliver you out of them. He is your Keeper. He has kept you hitherto. Hold fast to his dear hand, and he will lead you safely through all things; and, when you cannot stand, he will bear you in his arms. Do not look forward to what may happen tomorrow. Our Father will either shield you from suffering, or he will give you strength to bear it." 1
I. A Wonderful Relationship
II. A Confident Hope
I. A WONDERFUL RELATIONSHIP
In (vs. 1), Paul said we are "justified by faith." That means that when we place or faith in Christ Jesus, and when we accept His payment for our sins, we become part of God's family. John 1:12 says, But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.
Now, as God's child, there are several things we can know:
A. We have peace with God: "Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ (vs. 1).
1. This is a "biggie." Man without Christ is at
enmity with God. In Psalm 7:11, the Bible says that "God is angry with the wicked every day." Before you and I accepted Christ, God was angry with us--we were yet ...
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