HOPE THE KEY 2 LIFE
2. LIFE WITHOUT HOPE L
On the other hand
life without hope is completely different.
Life without hope is hopeless.
Definition of hopeless:
having no expectation of good or success.
When we lose hope
we lose the strength for life.
We no longer have the strength
to get up in the morning.
We do not have the strength
to face tomorrow.
Everything becomes a challenge
and even small tasks
call for a great degree of effort.
I have experienced this first hand.
I have seen the ravages of despair,
hopelessness and depression.
I have seen hope turn to hopelessness,
hopelessness turn to despair,
despair turn to depression
and depression turn to destruction.
The medical fraternity predicts
that by 2020
will be the dominant disease in the world.
cancer or heart-disease,
The world is staring down an epidemic
and I believe it starts when hope is lost.
3. GOD’S DESIRE FOR US
God wants each of us
to live with hope in our hearts.
God makes fresh hope available to each of us.
As this divine hope becomes a reality to us,
we can in turn become
a source of hope to others.
Those who are battling with a loss of hope
need to be helped by those who are full of hope.
If we are connected to the source of hope,
then we can become a source of hope
to those around us.
We can play a role in restoring the hope of others.
4. GOD IS A GOD OF HOPE
There is a connection between faith and hope.
Mere hope is just an expectation for the best,
but faith on the other hand
is a belief that God will come through
for us and as a result we trust Him.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace
as you trust in Him.
A. GOD IS THE GOD OF ALL HOPE!
He is the source of hope.
We need to stay connected
to the source of hope.
I believe that each one of us is born
with a degree of God-given hope.
But for that hope to be sustained
we need to be connected to the eternal,
limitless source of hope – GOD HIMSELF!
B. GOD WANTS TO FILL YOU WITH HOPE!
God wants to come right now
and fill you with hope,
joy and peace.
It is almost
as if that is exactly what we need,
Joy and Peace.
Let Him fill you right now.
The glass must not be ‘half-full’
– it must be consistently full!
God has an endless supply of hope
that you and I need to tap into.
C. IT HAPPENS AS WE TRUST HIM!
May the God of hope fill you with all joy
and peace as you trust in Him.
When we stop trusting God
and we begin to doubt and question,
hopelessness begins to invade
our hearts and minds.
So the key to staying connected
to the source of hope
is to keep on trusting Him.
You may say:
‘But you don’t know
what I have been through!’
and you are right,
but God does and as you trust Him
you can begin to expect
that He will fill you with hope again.
I would like to encourage you
to start trusting God all over again!
LIKE I DID IN THIS PAST YEAR…
AFTER THE DEATH OF MY BELOVED
Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul,
And sings the tune without the words,
And never stops at all.
– Emily Dickinson