A Calling to Hope

It is amazing the journey we have been on the last couple of years. Little by little, people have lost hope in the midst of the uncertainties. The world at large has found itself more anxious, on edge, and hopeless. Yet, in the midst of it all, we can find peace. Jesus said, “Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let it me afraid.” He even said that He came to give us peace. Not as the world gives, but only peace that Jesus can provide for us.

Think with me for a moment about this season of your life. How are you feeling? How are you coping with the unending changes? Are you standing strong in the midst of the world’s angst? There is no doubt, it is difficult to walk in unending peace, but it is possible. If it was impossible the Bible would not give us the hope of peace.

In fact, this is what the world needs the most. Not just peace, but hope. When I speak of these things, I know instantly that our mind goes to the fact that the world needs peace. But it is not outward peace that we need as much as inward peace. The Bible warns that this world will never have complete peace until we get to Heaven. Jesus did say that in this life we will face many hardships, and He also said that He would give peace.

Here lies the hope! The world will never know peace, yet we as individuals can find peace in Christ. Inner peace is possible through prayer, thanksgiving, and worship. However, peace can also come through resting our hope in something more than this life. When this life is over, it’s not truly over. For those who have trusted in Jesus, there is something beyond this life. We have hope in Heaven.

The reason we are anxious and hopeless is because there is nothing on this earth to hope in. People cannot always be trusted. Sickness and disease are rampant. Life is uncertain and heartache is everywhere. Why not hope in something beyond this life? If we think this world will eventually satisfy us, we are destined for disappointment. But if we keep our eyes on Jesus and our eternal home, we will find peace in the midst of chaos. The problem we have most of the time is that we look for something here on earth to fill the emptiness in our heart. That longing can only be filled by Jesus.

I don’t want to paint a picture of glum, but I find refuge in knowing that this life is not all we have. This is why we must live for more than just this life. We must live to make impact that will affect eternity. To love others, to serve others, to lead others, and to touch the lives of those who need hope.

The Apostle Paul said, “If we who are [abiding] in Christ have hoped only in this life [and this is all there is], then we are of all people most miserable and to be pitied.” I Corinthians 15:19 Amplified Version.

We have a calling to hope. We are to spread that hope to others. Christians should be ones who point others to eternity. If Christians are the ones who lack hope, then how can we ever convince others to believe in the hope of Jesus.

Sunday’s Coming

It’s Good Friday, the day we remember the brutal death of Jesus Christ.  He willingly laid down His life that we might have redemption from our sins.  It is called Good Friday because of the good that came out of His death.  It was on this Friday that they laid Him in a tomb.  The Savior was dead!  But as the famous preacher once said, “It’s Friday! But Sunday’s comin!”

Legacy

“He reigned in Jerusalem eight years, and to no one’s sorrow, departed.” II Chronicles 21:20

Will you be missed when you are gone?  Are you leaving a legacy or will anyone be sad when you pass away?

I know this sounds like a cruel question, but I only intend to provoke thought.  What am I doing with my life that is affecting others for the good, so that I will be missed when I am gone?  Imagine being a king for 8 years and no one being sad when you died.  Jehoram had eight years to make a difference in the kingdom but lived contrary to God’s ways.  The result in the end was a painful death and no one caring that he died.

Our lives are short and we must leave a mark on the world in which we live.  If we are not doing something to impact those around us, we will slip into eternity unnoticed.  The endeavor of our lives should be to touch as many lives as we can and leave a legacy behind us.  Beginning with our family, our church, our neighborhood and our world.

I challenge you, decide today, to begin living different!  Live passionately for others!  Give your life away and see what God can do through you.  In the end, you will be missed!

Together, let’s make a difference in the world we live.  Let’s join together and touch the lives of those around us.

What’s On The Inside

What’s on the inside? 

Often when you look at something from the outside you can determine what is on the inside.  If you look at a Mercedes Benz from the outside, you know the interior is going to look good on the inside. 

I remember going to a nice two story mansion years ago; it was in the nicest part of Pasadena, Texas in the River Oaks Addition.  It must have cost, a million dollars.  From the outside it was gorgeous.  Pillars lined the front with large windows all around the house.  It was a dream house.  When we went inside, we had the shock of our lives,  there was barely any furniture and nothing hung on the walls.  They had bought too much house and could not afford to furnish the inside. 

This is often how we do with our lives.  We fix up our bodies; keeping in shape, dressing nice, making ourselves look the best outwardly, but what about inside?  How come we do not take as much care of our inside? 

The Psalmist prayed, “Cleanse me from secret faults.” (Psalm 19:12) 

We sometimes have faults that no one but God can see.  We are notorious for sweeping our sins under the rug while keeping the rug vacuumed.  Maybe we should clean out from under the rug first and then take care of the rug itself. 

Child of God, we must take extreme care that we do not harbor secret faults.  The eyes of the Lord are every where.  He sees even the deep crevices of the heart.  Ask the Lord to search your heart and when he reveals the secret faults, ask for forgiveness and clean them up.

100 Year Anniversary of the AG

I am grateful to be a part of this great fellowship. For 19 years I have been licensed to preach with the Assemblies of God and I am proud to be an AG minister.

I am a part of this denomination because I believe in it. I believe in what it stands for and what it holds as meaningful to the heart of God. It is evident that God has blessed the Assemblies of God these 100 years. The power of the Holy Spirit is evident in the churches of this great church. 100 years ago, men and women of God decided to start a movement that would be passionate about the Word of God, preaching, missions and the moving of the Spirit.

I, for one, am thankful for their obedience. It was in an Assembly of God church that I surrendered my life to Christ and found His delivering power. It was in this church that I discovered my calling to preach. It was in this movement that I have pastored for 18 years.

The Assemblies of God has been good to me.