By Roy Burner - Minister of the Gospel
Searching for hope is a prelude to receiving. When tragedy threatens, or strikes, one needs to reach out to God who is greater than one's present circumstance. The message of hope can be found in many places in God's Word to direct a troubled soul; such as the Book of Psalms:
For in you, O Lord, do I hope (38:15). Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted in me? Hope you in God (42:5). You are my hope, O Lord God; you are my trust from my youth (71:5).
The treasures of God's revealed truths are accessible to all who are searching for hope! (Comment)
Jesus was sent to heal the broken-hearted (Luke 4:18). That in itself is a vast ministry of reconciliation towards God who is able to bring restoration to His people. Jesus is still, through His Word and God's Spirit, fulfilling those words; reaching out to those seemingly with no hope, with a message of deliverance.
He came to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are oppressed (Luke 4:18). There are many today being held captive (2 Timothy 2:26) that need to be set free from the clutches of the bondage of sin. Apostle Paul revealed one of the reasons this is not happening:
If our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are perishing: in whom the god of this world (or Satan) has blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of God, should shine unto them (2 Corinthians 4:3-4).
One may be searching for deliverance from the senseless destruction of the human body through alcohol, drugs, pornography, etc.. Satan would like to see you enter his dominion of deception and dominance forever. God, through His Son, has come to bring deliverance to the captives, recovering of sight to the blind, and to set at liberty them that are oppressed (Luke 4:18)!
A Psalm of David brings consolation to those who are searching for hope; it reveals answered prayer in a desperate situation:
I waited patiently for the Lord; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry. He brought me up out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a solid rock (Psalm 40:1-2).
God's Spirit brings conviction to the truth of God's Word; towards one's being set free from a life of sin and rebellion against God. Until the last breath of life leaves the body there is hope! God does not forsake you but seeks to save the soul of man, through the atoning blood of His Son (1 John 1:7).
In many Western nations there is a withdrawing from the hope of the Gospel; while in many Third World nations there is an advancing of the Gospel message!
We are seeing persecution of believers in Christ, in an attempt to stop the spread of the Gospel but it is having a different effect; it is drawing people to the Gospel! Where there is seemingly no hope; the Gospel message is "Good News" in that there is hope through Christ Jesus.
Jesus died a horrible death, for you and I, though His shed blood on the Cross of Calvary, that one might be delivered and cleansed of all sin. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9). Jesus death, burial, and resurrection is vividly portrayed in God's Word!
From the very portals of Heaven the invitation of Jesus is extended to all:
I stand at the door and knock (that of one's heart): if any man hears my voice, and opens the door (and only you can); I will come in to him, and will dine with him and he with me (Revelation 3:20).
I have been dining at the Master's table for 41 years now! Searching for hope, in time of distress, is to look to the Lord Jesus Christ, who is faithful, who will not leave you in such a condition!
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Product of the world are those who have become addicted to sin and wickedness through various means available.
A coming out! A day of reckoning; past offenses being revealed, with many being called to task for former abuses, with a new found freedom not formerly granted.
The wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold (or suppress) the truth in unrighteousness.
Ungodly persuasion has been on a upswing; with open reign towards exploiting the ungodliness of man, opposing any who would attempt to countermand.
It takes the right bait to make a catch! What method is our adversary the Devil using to catch his intended victims?
Return to Egypt in this text is used in a figurative sense but during the time of the wilderness experience it was a reality in the hearts of many.
The nature of sin is towards the appeasement of fleshly desires of man and allures one into its deceptive nature while hiding its real intent.
Dwelling in wickedness has become a normality in many once godly nations. There is an adoption of evil ways that far exceeds Babylon which was the hold of every foul spirit.
Breaking free is a reminiscence of the cry of David in the 40th Psalm. David had a sure hope and firm expection of God's help to deliver Him in a time of duress.
Blind leading the blind has attributed to many falling into the snare of deception. The way that seems right may not be the best or righteous way.