Friday, June 1, 2012

Holding on to Hope

There are few sadder sights on earth than the sight of a man or woman who has lost all hope.  In difficult times, hope can be elusive, but those who place their faith in God's promises need never lose it.  After all, God is good; His love endures; He has promised His children the gift of eternal life.  And, God keeps His promises.

Despite God's promises, despite Christ's love, and despite our countless blessings, we still lose hope from time to time.  When we do, we need the encouragement of Christian friends, the life-changing power of prayer, and the healing truth of God's Holy Word.

If you find yourself falling into the spiritual traps of worry and discouragement, seek the healing touch of Jesus and the encouraging words of fellow Christians.  If you find a friend in need, remind him or her of the peace that is found in a relationship with Jesus.  It is Jesus who promised "I have told you these things that you may have peace.  In this world you will have trouble.  But take heart! I have overcome the world." (John 16:33).

The world can and will be a place of trials and tribulations.  But we can be secure, knowing that Jesus is with us as we trust in him.  God has promised us peace, joy, and everlasting life...and God keeps his promises!

Many blessings to you today.  God loves you and so do I.

Pastor Jim