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July 30, 2016 12:30 pm
Everyman life doesn't usually feel that way. Jesus speaks of narrow gates wide roads masculine journey is filled with many twists and turns.
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Glad to have you enjoy the show. Don't you hope you do to remedy hope management so I'm hoping to be corny and new. The 20th row just before the start of thugs I called you and I just didn't know it was you. We hope you enjoy the show to talk about the topic of hope in order to talk about why our father wants us to have hope and why the enemy doesn't want us to have hope. Or does actually go to a clip pretty quickly and it's from the hunger games only listen to this evil character. The one that's controlling the world the one that really wants to keep their mind bondage sounds like :-) right now and let's listen to what he talks about on this topic. I hope, and this is the president from the hunger games. If you're not familiar with it, but these limits can to keep everybody under wraps and trying to get control of everybody and let's listen to what he says about hope I got 24 and execute faster, stronger than fear of strangers. So so as you listen to that.
That's pretty pretty telling of a clip right there in the middle of this movie is really insight from the enemy's plan doesn't. It's creepy to think that you know he allow certain things so that you don't completely lay down. Honestly he wants to wants to destroy you. And that's not without question, but he will utilize anything he can manipulate a situation even if it includes giving somebody a little but I hope is a little help. His point is more dangerous than fear are more powerful than fear, and it can be for people fear is a very big part of the enemy's plan and so why would the enemy want to limit our hope.
Why would he gain from that limiting our hope yeah well when we start to lose hope on we start to pull away.
We want to distance ourselves and we just kind of want to be alone now. When that happens that's how the enemy calls the hurt when you're isolated.
It's easier to pick you off and can lead you just about anywhere he wants inside your mind, maybe to vote. Thank you and maybe give a little bit of hope you'll like interact employees and other people's attitude and if you have absolutely no hope may just completely withdraw not see anybody in your right that whole thing.
When we start to move towards hopelessness. We tend withdraw because you just want to be around people really talk to people and I know that's kind of been what's happened for me when I felt those feelings is I don't. The last person want to be around and smites for hope they irritate at that point, but rather a question for you on this topic. I hope it's the enemy wants us to have hopelessness in the midst of things. Where would we find hope in my why would the father wants to have hope in the midst of that great questions, there's no doubt that underneath all that is for me of trusting in the fathers going to get this to come somehow or another all things work together for good for those who believe in the Lord and so in spite of the circumstances. At the end of the day.
Deep inside, I have this hope that you know God is going to make this come out and for that reason I continue on to call on the name of the Lord and to look to him for what my next direction is in spite of the in spite of the know what how dark it may be getting because, down deep, I have this hope. My father has this it's gonna work out. I don't know what the next step is. Especially now, in some cases that may actually bring more intimacy with him.
In other circumstances, as long as underneath that is hope and in hope as actually connect the joy as well for me because of that hope in spite of circumstances like my mother's recent death, etc. there can still be joy because I know my hope is a lot longer timeframe than it used to be used be if I needed to call my mom. That was something I could do in a right this minute, but now part of my hope comes in the hope of glory. And I know there will be reunited again and so it's interesting for me just in the season to see how my hope is changing even to a longer time is it is the reason I would ask that was sometimes, we can feel like things are very hopeless, but we had a interesting discovery before the show on that root word for hope when you go back biblically, look it up that root word comes from want really humorless, which may be totally mispronounced behavior scholars out there, but it's IK "eh" email and it was originally the scarlet cord that hung from Rahab's window and so the first time you see the word is the scarlet cord later on.
Not very far in the story Bruce mother-in-law, Naomi is fixing to head back to Bethlehem and she wants to kiss you know that her two daughter-in-law's goodbye and she says that I don't have a scarlet thread that Dominic get a husband for you so that you will mean I'll be able to have husbands even if I got a husband now and married. You have to wait years in order to have a child for me for my child to grow up to be your husband. So it's kind interesting like this original use of the word. Was like I don't have a scarlet thread of hope that this is going to come through for you, but interestingly now I don't know who translated the book of Job gives a written way before the book of Ruth, but in the book of Job. He uses the same word and uses it in a real cool way that I'm not my mom what you share that story as it was your experience. Recent events it was I was trying to look up the Scripture on my phone and I couldn't find the right moment.
So finding her know that I'll tell you about the story and then rubbing maybe can look up the Scripture. But this weekend we were way the group of us went away just kinda deliver deeper and relationship go deeper with God and during one of our covenant. The silence I was out walking around and I crossed the stump, but will first of all, we were asked naturally wander in the woods because a bear, and I'm mostly right away there wondering where the bear are mostly ghetto all the rules but I was sent there.
There's a something calling me down at the little rodent this walk a little bit this walk will be further now walk a bit further and also nice like I should stop and I stop this look around and really they're just lots of trees and I looked and there's a whole bunch of these trees that had been cut down and see have the stomps where there is no life and then I see one tree that has this one branch that came up out of the stump, but refused to die and was even cooler when you got down and he took a picture of it which I have my phone up and on our website is the actual center of that branch is gone. So kinda grew up around it has a hole in the middle and it went up as total as any of the other trees around it, seeking the sun thought that was really cool and Robbie had the Scripture. The came across a really kinda help tie that in Job 14 seven it says. At least there's hope for tree if it is cut down, it will sprout again. It shoots will not cease.
And you know I knew the story and then when you said what we really look at Bible verses written, relating hope for this show and I was like man you know so much of that cam you know so much about experience for us. For me, was about hope and finding life out of something that's that's dead and and then for you to have that experience and then see this in outcomes for both of us. We lost her mother last 2 to 3 months, and so for both of us. You know to see this. And then we were doing listening prayer and again we heard what were you and I both heard hope and joy which is kind of funny and listening prayer. If you never done it. You just actually are supposed to do that was it's a novel idea. They named it what you so people struggle with that. You really just had a listed in circa God you say to me I don't have any agenda here and I have a questions and really asking what you want to say and if you're quiet long enough, especially in a group of friends interest some really cool things come up some things that you don't really expect to value had some pretty cool experiences. Robbie did, I did but does this time you and I both had hope and joy at the exact same time and I didn't really think that time but we both lost our mothers enough within the last few months and definitely put you in a different place. When I select tree he was looking at going through seasonal life, or there's been lots of things coming to an end in my moms life. Unfortunately, some relationships, things like that and even you Kayla going off to college that that part of his life with us is coming to an end is gone and a new chapter in CNET's Tom was really so cool for my heart is what I saw was out of the things that people look at say that's obviously dad God brings life and so you know there's these things that yes my mom is dead when she passed away even from that passing.
There's been so much life they got sprout from when you think about how Jesus was actually from the stump of Jesse. This branch will come forth and I mean it's what you saw was an extremely biblical thing and that that branch coming forth from the stump. It's it's really some of the city when you say life is really to me was the school I did have a deeper thought that was a life coming from something. It appears that that's the revelation that comes when God move in your life.
Something will happen.
You really will understand the depth like your dream really didn't understand the depth of your dream till sometime later to you really start the process but that's why God works. He wants you to do that the overtime versus three things are eternal, says first first Corinthians 13 faith, hope and love. There's a beautiful progression. There are minute and think about it, so I thought of the verse, but with your faith that will guide you home when there's hope there is love.
If all three of these live forever better better transition the next absolutely cannot talk more about the enemies plan primarily focus on why the father wants us to have this hope in her life and how to go about getting a break so exciting. Family is not, for math, and running regular August 9 and 30th community house look that up online for directions.org directions to midnight when we actually show post show join the band of Brothers August 9 and 30th 730 to 930 radio is listener supported very, very thankful for every dollar but I wanted to take a moment to share a really easy way to support its use Amazon to purchase things you need to do smile.amazon.com is their charity contribution site from their slick good heart ministries and Amazon will donate 5% of your purchase to donate or watch a video on how to do this 30 radio that's messenger the radio. A large would love to have you back with this. I talked about this topic today were hoping that it's really making some sense the and allow them about the whole Courtney thing, but play probably the shortest clip. I think we've ever played because it's short list of the words from Mama steel on the most recent Superman movies, not the one Superman versus Batman, but the prequel to that you listen to this reporter that starting tomorrow. Slain about the S that's on his chest and my world. That's it. That's the shortest clip.
I think we played but you have an interesting story about this whole topic of Superman why that kind of ties in the character's original intent.
This this character goes back a long time, but the intent when it was written was they wanted the character of a superhero.
It was modeled after Jesus Christ.
If you look, you can't be defeated is always well in the comic book. He was always positive and faster than a speeding bullet more powerful than a locomotive note.
He had every characteristics all the characteristics and one of the things they did when they were filming the movie is when he drops down before an army. He drops down with his arms out like a cross which is in the scene from Armageddon.
That's kind of the picture they wanted but when you noted that that characters based on Jesus Christ and they put hope on his chest mean the writers of that comic you know even you know the 40s. They wanted to give these kids an understanding there is a character out there like Jesus was hope and that ties back that if you look at Jesus what he represented all of mankind was hope other people is just a mess to mess message if that's all you're looking for, the Pharisees missed Jesus walked among them in before you came in wasn't a lot of hope in what people were hearing but he came with the gospel.
He can with the message that there is life. There's there's more to be had here.
There's an abundant life. It's available now so this hope just abounded in people whether they were healed from blindness or the leprosy or whatever it might be. It all brought back hope in the midst of the healing and reconciliation with the father yeah a love Jeremiah 2911 for so many different reasons. I never really thought about it for hope until we start going to show but to understand the context of where this coming from the Hebrews are to be exiled. Jeremiah knows and the communication is for I know the plans I have for you, you're going to be exiled to be taken away from home your temples going to be destroyed all these bad things are going to happen but in the midst of that my plans are to prosper you to give you hope and a future.
Now in the midst of our storm.
That's our promise. We carry with us forever because you look when he says that they have no idea that their coming home.
They have no idea that there is going to be from the line of David Brantley comes out it's Jesus Christ that he's given me salvation for the world. They have no idea it would think about it. If you been exiled. Robbie know are you going to be think about the next two years. Are you thinking about you know the Savior is coming. The Messiah is coming somewhere down the line so the enemy wants us to be hopeless because it drives us away from God. We live in hopelessness or mostly hopelessness continuing to take control and we take control.
Often that's in the midst of not trusting God. It's hard to walk in faith with him and also not just try to wrestle control away from them.
Play clip from a guy named Mike University's name Nick majestic.
I think it is. And if you don't know that name his motivational speakers and evangelist is an awesome awesome guy but he was born without any arms and legs and if you watch the movie butterfly circus and haven't seen it. Please go on YouTube, but in the butterfly circus it's 20 minutes it will be amazing easy actor in there that doesn't have any of you sounds like you can tell who is but that's not computer-generated that's really him and he really does do those events in their such as swimming, which is on motel you get to watch it but you to listen.
The little bit of his story on this topic. I hope your back and talk more about it, looking for hope. Just have just lived through life. My parents raised me choice to be sure that the site of the great video. If you they actually have his morning routine how he gets ready seen on YouTube you where he's figured out ways to brush his teeth how to make be self-sufficient and it's really cool but you hear that starting from this person whose parents raised the with the right context.
What hopeless hope doesn't mean I can have pain know and we can hope not to have pain but reality of it is going to have pain that I can hope. Lots of things but we live in a broken world we live in a broken people around us. There's going to be things that hurt.
But that doesn't mean it should. Rather, hope, promise, that's really what I love. That clip is Jesus talking. I look, I don't know is born without arms or legs, but that doesn't have anything to do with my hope, I hope has to be in something deeper in his family were Christian and on. That's where that that really came for Robbie butterfly circus when you watch that movie about hope as well as not know absolutely and you know what appears to be something that's broken and dead, you know that would have no value once he begins to see how God made him for purpose, which in his case is purpose was just to show hope to other people like himself, that you know just be able to accomplish certain things like that YouTube video in real life he lives out the butterfly circus. To what extent, and that other people with disabilities say while if he can do that and he can function and he can help other people, but the end of the movie. II can't run it is just too good if you can do that with a dry eye or your better management. Yeah yeah yeah you it is a is a powerful powerful clip we've used it time to time on the show but it's a hope that we really need in our hearts. The hope that the God is going to come through. Even though we can't see it and you may not always be in the way we expect is it I mean God is always do things that the way we think is a and I can attest to that. That there was a time when I wanted to be our rock star and professional NFL running back didn't happen the way I planned but I found my happiness and far different, more fulfilling life. You could still be a rock star.
Technically yes like Robbie being a midget wrestler yet happened but Lee 61776567. From this I still make it so relevant in this hope.
How do you get hope you you okay Sue said nothing and he said okay I hear you, you don't know what's happened in my life.
Robbie had a couple things in your life.
The test is always been the easiest to get crushed by G you had cancer, he had brain surgery which I will make a joke at right now. That sense of humor that there's been a few little setbacks but in the midst of that. How did you find hope and I've had a chance to interview a lot of people have very similar things, we sense something and just like in listing prayer you should listen if things start to go black you know in whatever situation it may be, you may be falling 35 feet from a tree had first but if you listen he's coming after you and he will give you something special. Based on what he feels like you need. Under the circumstances, crushed underneath the Jeep. He gave me a hug.
I felt no pain at your people for that sort. However, when I had the brain abscess.
I had horrible pain rather than just your the payment time he sent to growth my Sunday school class to help my hand who I knew God had sent and I knew that this can be all right because he center even if some of the go be with the Lord. I could sense he was in this and he was working through it but again it there something down in there where you are looking for.
Where is he coming in this because I know is, and it's he put there.
I don't know where else to put it in slowly but you need to look for if you're not looking for you find it God sending those things, even in the midst of hopelessness find find anything in Scripture that appear to be hopeless, had sent somebody being thrown into the lion's den God was there. Danny was a hopeless and his hope was in the Lord that looked like a hopeless situation. The fiery furnace looked like a hopeless situation for Shadrach me shack and Abednego right and so the have been Scripture is full of all these times looks like it's truly truly hopeless and there is no option.
The, the Israelites back against the red Cedar humors back against the Red Sea. There's no hope within what happens. God shows up in unique way and so all that's happened at times in your life.
I'm sure that you didn't see hope we get God showed up when you were saying that I start thinking about when the Hebrews were crossing the Jordan on and they needed the part and it didn't happen till he put the foot at the water when they got to the water imparted and you have to trust me there something there's a correlation there. I think there's a perpetual that there there as you ate your faith will lead you to hope but your hope will give you more faith now at in my life. The first time I heard from God was a wow moment because all the crazy people in the world that ever said they talk to God or heard from God. I was now part of that was part of some special and I was thinking about just reason that this week is matter fact the things a goddess told me in my life that you know whatever before you missed it when I was fathered by God.
He said we have much to do together and then I look at the ministry and the men that have been working with never would have imagined my worst moments after my first divorcement marriage to be here hopeless place hope to spring Dennis. Her friend is with us today getting a chance to talk with the note, hope springs eternal. That's really the case goes spring eternal when you walk with God we trust that he's given, in the midst of the times that you don't think you show up. He will be there so walk with him. Trust with him and look for the hope see you next week