Hope

GOD HAS A SPECIAL PURPOSE FOR YOUR LIFE
―For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. (Jeremiah 29:11)
Do you ever feel that God placed you here for a pur-pose and you feel hopeless because you don’t know what that purpose is? --- It is true that God has a special purpose for you, and hope is realized only in fulfilling that purpose.
GOD’S PURPOSE IS THAT WE HAVE A SPECIAL RELATION-SHIP WITH HIM
God created us for fellowship with him. What I want most from my children is their love and respect. God values us for the same reason. As I draw close to Christ, I sense His pleasure in our relationship. My heart answers with joy and hope.
FIRST – GOD HAS A SPECIAL GIFT FOR US
God’s offer to each of us is stated in the Bible (John 3:16), "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. Here we find that God’s gift is eternal – life without end (Romans 6:23). We don’t work for it, and we can’t buy it, because gifts can’t be earned nor are they purchased.
SECOND – THERE IS ONE HINDRANCE TO MY RECEIVING THIS WON-DERFUL GIFT
Once I realized that God loved me and wanted me to always be with Him, I also became aware of the fact that my sinful nature kept me from Him. God is good, just and holy and cannot fellowship with sin. No matter how much God desired a relationship with me, I knew it could not happen until my sin problem was solved. I had discovered that religion, works and good intentions were not enough. I needed to have my sins removed. We are told, ―All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23)
THIRD – GOD HAS MERCIFULLY SOLVED THIS PROBLEM FOR US

Jesus is God’s answer to the sin problem. Jesus said "I am the Way --- No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6). Jesus is the only one who can bring us to God.
Jesus died on the cross for our sins. God’s Word says, ―For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God (1 Peter 3:18). He died that we might live.
Yes, Jesus is the answer to the problem of our sepa-ration from God because of sin. However, what He has done for us is of no effect unless we receive Him.

FOURTH – GOD LOVES US BUT HE WOULD NEVER FORCE US INTO A RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM - EACH OF US MUST CHOOSE FOR OUR-SELVES

Jesus Christ is alive today. The Word of God informs us ―(Jesus) was delivered up because of our of-fenses, and was raised because of our justifica-tion (Romans 4:25). God the Father’s only begotten Son is alive today and wants to have a personal relationship with us.
God’s Word makes this exciting statement, ―But as many as received Him (Jesus), to them He gave the right to be-come children of God (John 1:12). We must choose Christ and life if we are going to spend eternity with God. If I choose Christ, I must be willing to turn from my sin and turn to Him. Before I met Christ, I was going away from Him. The day I invited Him into my life, I turned from my sin to Him. In the Bible this is referred to as ―repentance. I must also be willing to give Jesus control of my life. He certainly knows better than I do what is best. My trust must be in Him alone.

FIFTH – IF WE CHOOSE TO RECEIVE GOD’S GIFT OF LIFE, WE MUST RECEIVE CHRIST – HERE IS HOW

When I received my wife in marriage, the Bible teaches that we became one flesh. My wife became a blood relation to me and, because of her relationship to me, she became a blood relation to my father as well. Just as my wife’s relationship to my father was made possible by the commitment she made to me, in the same sense my spiri-tual union with Christ made possible my relationship with God the Father.
Have you invited Christ into your life? If not, would you like to do so now?

PRAYER TO RECEIVE CHRIST

(If this prayer is what you want to say to God)
Dear God I know I am a sinner and need for-giveness. I also know that Jesus died for my sin. I invite Jesus into my life. I am willing to turn from my sin and give You control of my life. I gladly receive your gift of eternal life and peace. I know that Jesus is alive today and will be with me always. Amen
―Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13)