There are times in a believers life that outcomes of life are bleak. You hear the sound of the bad news entering your body and that gut wrenching feeling immediately arrests you and you are broken. Driven to your knees and hanging over. This is it. I cannot take another blow or another defeat. I am done.
It is at this moment when the sorrow begins to climax that you begin to pray. The character of God should immediately come to the surface that he is loving, compassionate, not desiring that any should perish and is all powerful. You should recall that he gives peace to those whose minds are on him and that when you’re affections are set on him there are words of encouragement to be received.
You should recall that you are more than a conqueror through Christ Jesus. You may be pressed, but with God all things are possible. No weapon formed against you will prosper. He gives his angels charge over you. You are blessed and have a future.
It is important to recall the truth about your situation. That in God the victory is yours. That in Christ you have a bright light future. Never forget your future in Christ.
The believer in Jesus Christ has hope. Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but hope realized makes the heart glad. Whenever you find the turmoil of life enclosing on your joy, grab a hold of hope. What is the believer’s hope?
The believer wins in the midst of losing. The believer wins in the midst of winning. The believer has eternal life. The believer has a constant relationship with his creator. The believer may fall, but will always rise. The world’s critics cannot stop the believer. The believer cannot be delayed, for all things work together for those who trust in Jesus. The believer is triumphant. The believer has a continual source from which to draw. The believer has access to the water that does not run dry. The believer is more than a conqueror through Christ Jesus. The believer is the head and not the tail. The believer knows and loves God. The believer has the ultimate hope in death.
There is no hope for the sinner not saved by Jesus. They have no hope in the midst of prosperity. The sinner enjoys sin for a season. The sinner enjoys walking in freedom from the restraints of faith. The sinner enjoys temporary wealth and riches. Notice how the most wealthy, in fact all the billionaires in America do not profess Jesus as Lord and Savior. God says he has not called many that are rich and noble, but the base things of the earth to confound the wise.
Hope thou in God. Hope thou in God. Your hope will never ever, ever, fail.
Catching fire is more than hunger games. It’s being a light and hope that leads the way for others to pursue victory. Are you a catcher of fire? Do you present others with hope for the future? Is your presence one filled with hope and confidence in God or do you pour on the doubt and despair?
The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob is a living God determined to save his people. He has promised to answer prayer and reveal his secret to the righteous. He is a consuming fire. His eyes are like flames of fire. If you catch his fire you will be like hot coals warming hearts around you.
Do not allow the cold news of homocide and suicide to persuade you to believe that God is sleeping or does not care. You know he delivers and sets free. You know this earth is not the believer’s home. You know that victory over sin, death and disease will be won. You know that catching fire is contagious.
You also know there is strange fire that should not be entertained by the believer in Jesus. This is not the fire from the Lord, but a pseudo fire. The purpose of which is to deceive. How do you tell the difference? Any spirit that confesses not that Jesus came in the flesh is not of God.
The difference is in the name Jesus. Catch this fire and be the hope for others to see and enjoy.
For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known. But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love (1 Corinthians 13:12-13).
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