When a man losses everything through natural disaster, wars, the loss of employment, loss of loved ones or some other great tragedy, it’s easy to lose hope. And when a man losses hope he tends to give up. To lose your hope and give up puts you into the snare of the devil and the coming Antichrist who will make great promises to relive you of your present suffering. As our world comes crashing in on us, we must not place our hope on the things around us, nor can we place our hope in Christ for only the things of this world. If we do, then we should be pitted more than all men (1 Cor. 15: 19).
Dear brethren, we must look up and beyond the things of this world to our eternal hope in Christ Jesus. When we look to the new heavens and the new earth, it will renew our hope. As we concentrate our gaze upon our heavenly citizenship then it will help us to stand firm in the midst of our greatest tribulations. Not only do we stand firm,”… but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope” (Romans 5:3-4). This hope produced is not relief from our present distress, but hope of our eternal future with Christ Jesus. This is a blessed future without death, or mourning or crying or pain. This is a future where all things are made new. If we have this kind of hope, it does not disappoint us because we feel the love of God being poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit (Romans 5:5). This love give us the assurance that God is with us in the midst of our trials. This love strengthens the inner man allowing us to stand firm in the face of adversity. This love give us the assurance that God will deliver all of his glorious and precious promises on His perfect time.
So, don’t be one who losses his hope and falls into the snare of the devil, but cast your hope on things to come and not on this present world. If you feel that God has delayed His return based on your own interpretation of the Scripture, then stand fast in the truth that God will deliver all of His promises in His time and not yours. Though one thing is sure, He will come again to spare His people from His coming wrath that’s going to come upon all wicked people. (Romans 9:22). You must be persuaded that you will stand firm until the end no matter how long it takes. As the world rushes head long into the abyss you must hang on to your hope in Christ Jesus and the things to come. It will see you through the most difficult times. Fire storms, extreme heat waves, power outages, wars and rumors of wars, etc. should strengthen your faith not dash your hope. Stand on the assurance that God will never leave you nor forsake you.” For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:38-39). Dear friends, don’t lose your hope but stand firm on His promises especially the promise of His second coming to rescue us and to deliver us from the destruction of this evil world.
“And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.
And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come. (Matt. 24:6,7,8,14)
“And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment,” (Heb. 9:27)
“…behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation. (2 Cor. 6:2)
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