You may remember the name Danny Gokey from American Idol. He Put out an amazing song called ?Hope in front of me? this song has inspired me.

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The message of hope seems to be diminished in some ways to some people! But I say that the hope we have in Jesus Christ is real and true. The hope that we have is alive and we need to do what we can as a church body to share that real and true hope!

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Psalm 71:4 ?Deliver me, O my God, out of the hand of the wicked, out of the hand of the unrighteous and cruel man.?

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Psalm 71:5 ?For thou art my hope, O Lord God: Thou art my trust from my youth.?

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We need to show the youth of today how to trust in the hope that is found in Jesus! We all need hope, but not everyone we see has hope. A lot of people are living a defeated life! Some of us are waiting for hope to spring up, some of us are waiting for hope to walk by! Some of us want hope to come and spin around us all the time! But the real truth is if we look around us and we believe God’s truth hope is already here in Jesus!

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My friend Don Ackerman recently shared a quote it said ?No matter how long someone has traveled down the wrong road they can always turn around.”

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That rings with the true sentiment of hope! Even if we as human beings don’t believe people can change. God can change us with Hope and HE alone allows U-turns!

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I am thankful that even when others count me out and they think there’s no hope for me God never gives up on me.

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This is not only the mindset we need to have for our youth but for mankind, we never should give up on others and the good thing is that God never gives up on us. We can’t look at the youth of today or anyone else for that matter and say ?Well they’re way too different. We can’t help them!? We may not be able to help them but you know who can? God All mighty can. HE is in the business of reconciliation. The same God that saved us and changed us can change the world starting today. This is living hope!

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The youth of today don’t seek for position or power instead they want acceptance and security as they cling to an adult who loves and cares for them! Will we be those adults that bring acceptance, security, love and understanding, and will we be willing to share that with the youth of today? To be mentors and guides to guide them into truth and real hope?

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But to be honest most days a lot of people, not just young people but all people, have bought into the fact that they’re worth nothing! I want to tell you that this is a lie from the enemy and YOU MATTER!

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It’s time to take the young people back from the enemy, we need to take everyone back from the enemy from the lies and deception that he and this world offers.

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?The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.? (John 10:10 KJV)

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The enemy and this world want to own you and the thief, the enemy the devil, wants to kill, steal and destroy you! That’s a scary commentary of how things can be but do not hang out there! We want to hang out in the hope that Jesus says that he has come that they might have life and that they might have it more abundantly. That is God’s very heartbeat for us! To have life and to have it more abundantly!

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The Bible says

?Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.? (Romans 8:37 KJV)

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We are more than conquerors that means we have hope and victory in him that loves us!

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Think on these truths of hope in the weeks and days to come and remember you have victory in Jesus!

 

In Christ,

Pastor Bill Johnston

 

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