Written by Diane Hunt: Diane Hunt serves on the board of America’s Keswick and is the Executive Director & CEO of Changed Choices, a Christian non-profit in North Carolina. She is also a biblical counselor and women’s event speaker. For more information about having Diane speak at your next event please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted on November 30, 2022 by Elizabeth Welte in Victory Call
Do you ever hear a sermon, read a Scripture, hear a radio program or have a friend say just what you needed to hear that day? Well, this message was one of those messages for me.
Do you ever feel like your situation, your struggle, your battle with sin is just going to continue till you die? You have prayed and tried and prayed some more but nothing seems to change.
A recent sermon at our church was from Luke 8 about Jairus, whose daughter was dying, and the woman with the issue of blood for 12 years. In these situations, both these people were helpless in themselves. Jairus had no power or control to change the outcome of his daughter’s illness. The woman had done all she knew to do to no avail and she had no way to solve her problem.
They both did the same thing. They reached out to Jesus. He was their only hope. “And he fell down at Jesus’ feet and begged Him to come to his house, for he had an only daughter about twelve years of age, and she was dying.” (Luke 8:41-42) “Now a woman, having a flow of blood for twelve years, who had spent all her livelihood on physicians and could not be healed by any, came from behind and touched the border of His garment.” (Luke 8:43-44)
Has it occurred to you, like it did to me that morning, that I am helpless in and of myself to “fix” me. I really need a touch from Jesus. I need Him to take me by the hand and lead me every step. He is my ONLY HOPE. But He IS my only hope.
Why is that important? Because until we recognize that we are helpless, in and of ourselves to change ourselves or our situation, we will try this and try that only to slide back into the pit, discouraged. Instead we need to keep turning to Jesus as our only hope. If we genuinely see Jesus as our only hope we will seek Him out in faith and keep believing that He is our only hope. Our hope is well placed in Him.
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (NIV) “May the God of hope fill you with joy and peace in your faith, that by the power of the Holy Spirit, your whole life and outlook may be radiant with hope.” (Phillips)Romans 15:13
Do you have hope today? YES. HIS NAME IS JESUS.
Think About This: “Our Christian hope is that we are going to live with Christ in a new earth, where there is not only no more death, but where life is what is was always meant to be.” – Timothy Keller
This Week’s Verse to Memorize: “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!” Psalm 133:1