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Walking Each Day With the God You Can Trust (25 of 31)
Series: Grace-Energized Men
June 8, 2008
Grace-energized, persevering hope is especially relevant to days in which we live. God wants hope-filled men and women walking through life side-by-side with hope-less worldlings, so that we can point those without hope to our hope in Christ.
In one of Christ's final messages, He tells us that the time period ahead of us called the end of days, is going to be so "hope-less"-that people actually will drop dead from heart failure as they see what is coming.
He then goes on to say that His children are to be different. Jesus wants you and me to be filled with hope.
Open with me to Jesus describing the End of Days in Luke 21; this is Christ's thumbnail or short version of the 22 chapters of the final book of the Bible called the book of the Revelation. There are fearful times coming to this planet. Listen to Jesus speak:
Luke 21:25-27 "And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring; 26 "men's hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth, for the powers of heaven will be shaken. 27 "Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 28 "Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near."
Persevering Hope or
Jesus says that we are headed toward the end of days when people "expire". The word translated 'failing' (NKJV) is aposucho which means that a person's 'breath pops out' or 'expires' because of complete fear. We often see that in earthquakes, fires, and hurricanes that many deaths come among the elderly with heart attacks.
But the end of days will see the ultimate panic attack coming; and many healthy humans will just expire for fear. Jesus only briefly described those days in the ...
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