Let’s continue to find hope directly from the Word of God for our lives. Last month we considered five hopeful truths. Here are an additional five. Read on!
6. JESUS WILL NOT REJECT THOSE WHO COME TO HIM
John 6:37, “No one who comes to me will I ever reject.”
Jesus promises that He will never reject or cast away anyone who sincerely comes to Him. Lie of the devil: Be reasonable, you can’t expect Jesus to keep on welcoming you back. Sooner or later, you’re going to knock on His door and Jesus will say, “Just go away.” I personally find this verse very powerful and reassuring in my own life. John 21:17, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus knows the depths of my soul; He knows I love Him and He will never reject one who loves Him. (St. Thomas More)
7. JESUS DOESN’T WANT US TO WORRY
John 14:1, “Let not your hearts be troubled; believe in God; believe also in me.”
Jesus constantly calls for faith and trust in Him. “Have faith. Where is your faith? O ye of little faith. You have no faith.”
Lie of the devil: You had better be worried. There is plenty to be worried about. Life is full of problems, pitfalls, and potholes. If you’re not worried and anxious, you’re either crazy or dead. The antidote to a troubled, worried, fearful heart is believing and trusting in Jesus. If Jesus can’t handle my problems and worries, who can? 1 Peter 5:7, “Cast your cares upon the Lord, for He cares for you.” Let me do this every day with all my cares!
8. JESUS HAS GIVEN US POWER OVER THE ENEMY
1 John 4:4, “Greater is he who is in you than he who is in the world.”
Jesus in us is greater than the enemy of our salvation.
Lie of the devil: You are no match for me. I was an angelic, preternatural being. You don’t have a chance against me. This fight is over before it begins.
James 4:7, “Submit yourselves to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” This truth should be a source of hope and confidence for us. (St. Teresa of Avila: not “the devil, the devil”, but “God, God.”)
9. GOD GIVES US HIS HOLY SPIRIT
Romans 5:5, “Hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.”
Lie of the devil: God only gives the Holy Spirit to saints, to really holy people, and you’re not one of those. You don’t have a prayer. This Holy Spirit thing may work for everyone else but not for you. Luke 11:13, “If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him.”
To have the Holy Spirit is to have God Himself dwelling within us…and we can for the asking! Ask, seek, knock…
10. JESUS GIVES US HIS PEACE
In John 14:27, Jesus says, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you.” Jesus promises to give us the great gift of His peace. As always, there is the Lie of the devil: “Peace is a joke! There is no peace! Look around, there is no peace anywhere. What makes you think you can have peace?” But we have the promise of God in Phil. 4:7, “And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”
There is a song that says about God’s peace: “the world didn’t give it to me, and the world can’t take it away.”
Peace is a precious, priceless gift. Let us receive the peace that only Jesus gives.
In conclusion, my prayer for you is from St Paul’s Letter to the Romans 15:13: “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.” Amen.