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June 22, 2021 6:40 am
Love Jesus and our relationship with him. Rejoice in our sufferings they come to us all, but those who know Jesus. They actually rejoice in their tribulations why because they know he is in the midst of those tribulations with us prisoner of hope welcome to moments of hopefully traumatic endurance and hope go hand-in-hand, and they are both essential for all who believe in Jesus today. David shares about the need for endurance and the personal help we each can find in God's promises.
Turn with me to Romans five for part one of the message David calls him to learn these messages about hope mixed with the spirit that surrounds assaults about hope.
Looking at Romans chapter 5 verses one through five. During this series will see how hope fits into the next wrong on the letter upwards toward what doubles to be poor whites. Therefore, since we have been justified by faith we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand and we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance.
Endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us to Jesus be the glory through his word with the context of Romans five verses one through five is found in verse one that verse three skews me. That is its addressing people caught in the quagmire of tribulations. Please note that these verses are for people who love Jesus.
They are people that Paul says who have been justified by faith who know they have been cleared for given by God through Jesus Christ by grace through faith. And they also have evidence of that by having peace with God.
That is peace with God vertically because we know that God has declared us not guilty.
We are not at enmity with God anymore, but also peace within our hearts, because we know his presence dwells within us. We also have access to him by faith. That means we can go to God. Any time any place and pray to him and ask him anything that's a wonderful gift for those who have a relationship with Jesus and also we stand in all of that we stand firmly, solidly knowing that Jesus lives in us in the Christian faith is about a relationship with him, not about rules and regulations. He indwells us. We indwell him and we never have to worry about anything because we know he loves us and is with us of these verses are about people who have been justified by grace through faith. And they have the hope of the glory of God the whole owner that will come back to that at the end of the message they have the hope of the glory of God. Not only that, not only are all these blessings on the idea being forgiven. The idea of having peace with God having access to him having grace and having the ability to hope in the glory of God.
We have more than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, people who love Jesus and are in a relationship with him. Rejoice in their sufferings, not the God because the tribulations and tribulations come to us all. Don't think whether it is despair, depression, discouragement, disease, loneliness, whatever it might be there all kinds of tribulations and trials they come to us all, but those who know Jesus lives in them and they live in him, who have that incredible personal relationship with him.
They actually rejoice in their tribulations.
Why because they know he is in the midst of those tribulations with us and he's somehow using them for our good and his glory. So we cackle with delight amidst the tribulations, knowing they're not going to conquer us.
The one who lives in us has already conquered them and then those tribulations as we climb the ladder. The cause rejoicing, bring us to endurance.
They teach us this valuable lesson that even the secular world knows about how to persevere. So endurance is something it celebrated by all people everywhere, and as we are going through enduring times we realize is that after God has delivered us once he can deliver us again. There's an interesting study done some years ago trying to understand how perseverance happens in rats were placed into a huge barrel of water and they swam and they swam and they swam for several hours within. They finally got so tired they're ready to give up at the last moment.
The doctors reached in and took the rats out, dried him off fed them, rested them. Then, after several hours drop them back into that of water, something fascinating happened, as they gave up after several hours the first time the second time they swam for over 15 hours.
Why because they realized if they been saved wants they could be what saved again so that's what happens in endurance and as you endure and the rescue finally comes, you know that if it happened once again happen again. So endurance is the next step up the U rejoice in your tribulations, which produces endurance, and endurance produces proven character, because those times of trial and tribulation are like fingers around a tube of toothpaste. The communis illustration last week and as your fingers squeeze a tube of toothpaste. It shows what's inside the tube right what comes out toothpaste because that's what's inside. But when we go through trials and tribulations. It's like fingers squeezing our heart and it gives us the privilege of seeing what's really inside of us. And if you find yourselves amidst trials complaining, griping, whining, prayerless. It shows was really in your heart. So God uses trials any endurance in that way to show us what's really in our hearts look at your words again. After complaining, whining, prayerless, all those words you know something bad is within you.
God was to show you whether there's truth faith in him the dependence that we all need upon him, and then after that particular step of proven character. It then leads to hope to hope that now what is hope. Hope is the absolute assurance that something is going to happen. It's something I desire that I'm absolutely certain is going to take place. The word hope, HOPE the acronym holding on to patient expectation holding on to patient expectation. It's looking forward through the lenses of faith and its believing in certainty.
It's going to happen now for those of us who claim to biblical hope we wait for God to tell us something and when we know that God tells us something. And that promise is true. We hold onto that promise, in hope, no matter what else may be going on. Let me divide up what hope really means. For those of us who believe in Jesus. First of all there's personal hope. Personal hope.
Zechariah chapter 9 verse 12 reads return to your stronghold old prisoners of hope. Today I declare that I will restore you double know the children of Israel were in the captivity. When these words were wrote written, they didn't have an immediate hope at all, but they called themselves prisoners of hope, because God had promised them that they would return to their homeland within 70 years. I love that phrase prisoners of hope. If God has promised you something you should become incarcerated in God's prison cell of hope. You live in it you going through endurance.
You know God's come through some previous times. You can therefore hope that he'll come through for you again. You just can't let go of the promise it consumes you.
You think about it all the time. Most every great biblical character had a hope of a dream and a promise from God. God said to Abraham I'm going to give you a son, and through that son all the nations of the world will be blessed. He had to wait 25 years from the time of the promise until it was given to he was 75 when the promise was given. He was 100 when it finally happened.
But God gave him the promise he rested in the dream of that promise until it finally came, the same is true not only with Abraham but Joseph. God said you will one day rule over your brothers in a position of power. It took a long time before that dream actually occurred. But Joseph hoped amidst hope for several years in a prison cell with no way obvious to him that the dream would come true, but he believed it, and when they did.
Samuel, the great prophet of God came to David as a shepherd boy and said one day you're going to be king over all Israel. It took seven years before that promise actually occurred, but David had hope that what God had spoken him through the great prophet Samuel would come true and cling to it no matter what. And God ultimately fulfilled the promise received with Paul. Did you know that according the book of Romans.
Paul had a dream to take the gospel to Spain the farthest Western point in the then Roman Empire and he labored for that dream to come true. And there's every evidence historically, archaeologically and biblically that that dream came true.
Did you know Jesus had a dream. Did you know that is why Jesus left heaven.
The beauty and perfection of heaven to enter this mess here because he had a dream that you and I would not die under sin and spend eternity separated from God's dream was he Diana Cross and forgive us of all of our sins and give us then that forgiveness by grace through faith, not of our works because he knew could never do, never do enough to earn salvation. He was focused on Jerusalem. No matter what happened. He ultimately went to the cross, died and was raised from the dead to give us that gift. The father had told him that's what he was to do every single one of us needs to live in personal hope. We need to have personal dreams we need to ask the father.
Why am I on this planet. What's your dream for my life. And if you're breathing dear friends, God is a dream for your life right now. If you're a young person. God has a dream for your life. My wife Marilyn and I are concerned about what we see among too many young people today. There's no dream whatsoever. They spend their times mindlessly playing video games and entertaining themselves they're being consumed by a culture that emphasizes death, despair, and discouragement. You'll believe that look at most television shows look at most movies. Very few of them have a positive theme of redemption. We used to have family home night when the kids were younger and we would try to pick out a movie that all of us could watch but Marilyn made sure it was a movie that had a theme of redemption. A theme with a hero who overcame odds because we wanted to plant in our kids hearts at the earliest possible ages to have a dream to have something that God placed in their hearts now never forget my daughter Bethany around 15 years of age sitting with Marilyn looking her synced mom I want your life and we all laughed. He arrived at the come on, you go to college and I got a dream big. I want your life. That's my dream. And that's a big dream today. Bethany is a mother, a wife and helping her husband build a strong church for the glory of Jesus Christ. She's living her dream is to dream God laid on her heart.
It's the right dream. So what's your dream young people puts the dream for the advancement of the kingdom of God. The God called you to do this will be onto something. Trying to entertain yourself here your depression and your discouragement will lift as you have a redemptive dream in your hearts about.
You have some gray hair. Well, I'm nearing the end of my life I must spend my life in retirement playing golf all that's a great dream home. Let me share with you something.
God didn't give you pass because you get gray here. Older people should have dreams and some of the greatest older people in the history of humankind have had huge dreams. Winston Churchill became Prime Minister of England at the age of 71. He basically saved Western civilization from Nazi-ism Ronald Reagan. Some consider a great president, became president of the United States at the age of 70. Interestingly, Harlan Sanders, the inventor Kentucky fried chicken in a good home.
You can eat it though anymore and it's so good though while finger licking good. That advertisement was paid for by finger licking good Kentucky fried chicken. Anyway, he began the whole franchise at the age of 6666 Ray croc began the McDonald's franchise work at 52. Grandma Moses consider one of the greatest painters in American history pain in her first picture at the age of 78 she painted into her 90s. Doris Hood never heard or have you at 94 years of age. She didn't like all the laws that allowed kind campaign-finance to be given big-box to political candidates. So she marched from Los Angeles to New York at 94 years of age asking for campaign finance reform, and she ran for House of Representatives office in 2004 at the age of 94.
She didn't win, but she ran at least she pursued her dream.
You can't get a pass just because your little bit older but your dream is you've now retired.
Maybe what your dream, how can you advance the kingdom of God. What can you do that would make this world a better place in which to live the secular world knows the importance of continuing to have personal hope and dreams. Derek Jeter, the great shortstop for the New York Yankees when he was nine years old, wrote a paper in elementary school saying that his dream was to play shortstop for the New York Yankees and he began to feel guilty.
I can't do that.
That's too big dream suet to his parents and he said I'm supposed to write an essay on my dreams not want to be the shortstop for the New York Yankees when David, I'm just not sure now and interestingly his dad said to him, son, it's up to you if you want to change your essay but don't do it unless you change your dream. Derek Jeter was ultimately drafted by the New York Yankees.
Interestingly, in his first 47 games in the minor leagues. He was back in 202. For those of you who aren't baseball and fishing autos. That stinks, and in his first 49 chances at shortstop. He had approximately that many errors but he wouldn't give up. He wouldn't give up and he continued to work hard you continue to pursue his dream and many of you sports fans know the rest of that story into thousand and 19. He'll be a first ballot Hall of Famer in Cooperstown, New York George Lucas experienced failure after failure after failure, until finally the Star Wars idea came about. He has exhorted so many people don't give up your dream keep dreaming, and by the way, have you if you heard the news that that may be Luke in the in the new movie turns evil. Luke Skywalker turns evil.
Say it ain't so. I'll tell you after I see the seventh addition of Starwood children understand the hopes of dreams we should to dear friends, we can live 40 days without food. We can live three days without water we can live approximately eight minutes without air, we can't live one second. We can't live one second what's your hope today. What's your dream today listening to moments of hope with David. Sadly, David joins me in the studio in an insightful conversation about having trained faith in our prayers will be right. I am Tony Marciano, president and CEO Charlotte rescue mission.
When ask you a question will you do when you stand at the intersection of homelessness and addiction to thin the person's shoes for just the second one is it that you really need. You probably been one of the individuals who stood at the end of the interstate ramp Holderness I miss that hungry will work for food, whichever use the money for food and booze and drugs within most likely, you hate your life you addiction has stolen every aspect of hope going to be part of the fabric of society, but every morning, your addiction screams and you surrender to it.
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The rescue Mission provides free Christian residential high quality substance abuse recovery programs to members of our community who otherwise would not be able to afford such services with a passion for holistic transformation in a love for Christ. The missions 120 day program has transformed the lives of thousands of men and women in our community. Charlotte rescue mission is grateful for the financial partnership or moments. Thanks for listening to moments of hope. I am James Easton and Whitney as our pastor David Saleh David, thanks for joining us today hi Jan, it's great being with you today you as well in this morning. The devotion you gave us some really good counsel about trusting God is our prayers we share some of those thoughts with our listeners. I will. Here's the exact David-ism I'm trying to give today to our listeners. That is pray and walk away so Jim, let me start by asking you a question. Do you believe in the power of prayer idea yet. Do you believe it's biblical and has powerful foundation rooted in the Scripture of the important sovereign power of prayer. Yes.
Okay. So having said that, we know that Jesus prayed a lot himself.
The Bible says he often withdrew to pray. In fact, his disciples looked at him and said you know what we have concluded A+ B equals C. The reason for your miracles see is because you a walk away and be you pray a lot and so if that is your example on where your power comes from the disciples said, teach us to pray and of course the Jesus gave them the prayer that we often called the Lord's prayer, which probably should be called the disciples prayer because it was really written for them on how to pray. It's a recipe for how to pray.
Jesus also said in Matthew seven verses seven through 11. For example, keep on asking and keep on seeking and keep on knocking, keep persisting in prayer because if an earthly father wants to give good gifts to his children, and they ask for bread, he wouldn't give them a stone and if they ask for meet.
He wouldn't give them a snake if a loving earthly father wants to give good gifts to his children, how much more does the heavenly father want to give good gifts to his children so prayer seems to be the bridge in order to get what we desire as God's children from the father. Prayer is powerful.
We need to pray, but you know what there sometimes when we pray and we pray and we pray in the answer just hasn't come.
What is the attitude we should have when that happens, and I would suggest here it is. Pray and walk away. Continue to believe in the power of prayer continue to believe that prayer has great focus and God's heart, but there comes a point where you walk away you put the letter in the mailbox. You put the flag up and you walk away when you surrender that prayer to God when you give it to him in faith and trust.
It empowers your prayer life like few other things. So today I just want to encourage everyone to practice this discipline pray pray regularly pray with power, pray persistently but there may come a time when you pray and walk away. When you do. So you're surrendering it to God and he can work then in more powerful and significant ways. I love that and it really releases as of the burden in a sentence. I think the Lord burdens our hearts with something to pray for a situation in our families, or a national or political staying in and really when we can get to that place of truly trusting the Lord.
We can feel that birding left and it is like walking away doing obedience and praying and walking away and love that we know there are three answers in how God answers our prayers forcefully says yes, we love it when he does that immediately. Sometimes he says wait, that's harder. The third one is I got a better plan, and that is giving it to him and trusting him when you walk away, you're saying if it's you got a better plan. Lord I trust you in that I have a childlike faith and I believe you got something even better for me as you have said no to this particular prayer that's so glad such rich insight today. Thank you so much stated and everyone pray continually but pray and walk away. There's power in doing so if you'd like to receive these daily moments of hope from me to you. Please go to moments of hope, Church.org, you can subscribe there for my heart to yours to begin each day in your inbox. 7 AM every morning with a moment of hope moments and hopefully make senior pastor and moments of hope charts, we would love to have you join us from where set this Sunday morning.
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