A lot can change in a person’s life over the weekend. You can add to the number of your family by the birth of a baby, change job titles, become the owner of a new car or pet, or get married and gain a new name. I gained a new name this weekend, but I didn’t get re-married. I spoke to a group of 400 ladies who were on fire for Jesus at The Way of Holiness Church in WV. These Pentecostal women knew how to worship! We rocked the house for Jesus in such a way that I got a name change. I became a Bap-a-costal!!
Definition; (bap-a-costal: a mix between a baptist and a pentecostal).
This weekend God showed up and out in a might way! I went to minister, but I was also minister too. They were a sweet fellowship of women who loved to sing about—pray about—and shout about God’s wonder working power!
The topic was on hope. Who among us doesn’t need hope these days? No one I can think of. While we are born into a living hope at our rebirth, we still fight a constant battle to maintain the assurance of our hope. Why? Because just as Christ warned, you and I will face lots of adversity in this fallen world. It’s easy not to give into hopelessness when trouble enters your life. The good news is hopelessness can be fought by the Word of God.
The Lord’s truths are for our instruction and guidance. They are meant to encourage us and provide us with strength and endurance. We all need that. Remember, endurance is what it took for the snail to reach the ark!
The main goal of God’s Word is to provide us with hope. Within the Scriptures we find that with God there are no hopeless situations; only people who have grown hopeless because of their situations. These people have misplaced hope. They’ve put their hope in things of the world such as titles, finances, children and success instead of in God.
You see, putting our hope in the world and putting our hope in God are two different things.
Hope in the world is no more than wishful thinking. For example, we might “hope” we don’t gain weight or “hope” to win the lottery. This is wishful thinking and often disappoints. But hope in God does not disappoint. It’s a guarantee. When we hope in God we not wishing. We are expecting. We expect God to keep His promise. We expect Him to come through. And He does—usually in a knock your socks off kind of way!
If you’ve been disappointed lately. Perhaps it’s because you’ve put your hope in the wrong thing or person. Trying putting in God. He’s the answer. The only One who can make a real difference in our lives!
It was an awesome conference because we serve and awesome God—who is our hope—our only hope!
Join me this Tuesday, March 31, at 6:38 am Eastern Time as I talk with Lori and Larry Live on Family Net Radio. Our topic will be Conquering Fear with Faith