HOPE IN JESUS

1 December 2014
Hope In Jesus

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It is not unusual for me to be contacted by a suicidal young person about once a week.  This week was a doubleheader.   Two young people I care very much about were reaching out for a reason to live.  They do not know each other and live a thousand miles apart, but they have so much in common.

You may ask, “What has devastated their lives to the point of such hopelessness?”

Extreme abuse, incest, violence, and hatred are all they knew the first few years of their lives.  A hug, a gentle touch, a kind word was as rare as fine gold.  Pain, fear, anger, sorrow and the resulting rebellion were familiar.  It’s probably safe to assume that an addiction to prescription and/or illegal drugs and/or alcohol was involved.

These two people, like millions around the world, grew up trying to reconcile in their minds why they were treated the way they were treated.   Many assume they are bad and they somehow caused the abuse and neglect because they were told, “You are bad” and “You made me do this to you!”

Many fight to be accepted as “abnormal” in order to fit in somewhere.  This “somewhere” may encourage emotional withdrawal from family, mandate many hours of violent music and games daily, promote self-worthlessness, teach mutilation and lie by saying that evil is good and good is evil.

As Christians and as adults, how do we stop this cycle of lawlessness?

We must do what Jesus commanded his disciples to do just before ascending into heaven (Matthew 28:19).

Boldly make known the gospel (Ephesians 6:19)
If God’s Word says it is right, make a stand that it is right.  If God’s Word says that it is wrong, make a stand that it is wrong.  (Isaiah 5:20)  Easy to say, harder to do!  Right?

Bring them up in the way they should go (Proverbs 22:6)
The Bible is full of instances when God turns his back on individuals and even nations for choosing darkness, including idolatry, witchcraft, magic, and sorcery over His Light.  IDOLATRY is putting ANYTHING before our relationship with God.  Witchcraft, magic, and sorcery use ungodly powers to wreck a life instead of relying on God to direct a life.   These things are strictly prohibited by God in hundreds of examples in the Bible.  Don’t take my word for it. Search God’s Word.  It’s fast and easy with the many online Bible websites.

Go ye therefore and teach (Matthew 28:19)
Teach what?  Teach to forgive even though the criminal is guilty.  Jesus forgives although we are guilty and we do not deserve forgiveness.  Jesus paid the price for our eternal life.

We need to know Jesus and make Jesus known (Romans 10:9)
That same resurrection power that saved Jesus from death provides us with eternal life if we accept, believe, repent, confess, and allow God to change us to look and act more like Himself.

ACCEPT
the free gift of life from Jesus.
BELIEVE that Jesus is God’s only son who died on the cross, yet was raised to life again.  Make the necessary changes to turn away from sin.
CONFESS that Jesus is now Lord of our life—not our thinking, not things, not others.

Forgive ourselves— (Matthew 6:14-15 and Mark 11:25-26)

Forgive God—Forgive God even though it is not God that causes the bad stuff to happen.  God weeps when His children are hurting and will finish off the devil when the time is right (Revelation 20:10).

Hurt people hurt people.   But a kind word turns away wrath (Proverbs 15:1).  Together, let’s break the cycle through prayer and repentance and bring hope to hurting people (Acts 8:22)!

A closing prayer:  I’m sorry, Father God, for believing the lies of the devil.  I know you are good and that I can trust You.  Thank You for loving me!  I have hope in Jesus!

 

Teresa Missidline Mustar
www.personalvictory.org

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