“Many of us are being held hostage by bitterness because we are not willing to give to others what we have been given.” Tony Evans
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ.” Titus 2:13
When it comes to hope, people divide themselves into four categories:
No Hope- These are people who have lost a reason to hope in anything. Since everyone is motivated in the direction of their hope, they are unmotivated. Certain existentialist fits this category, for they see no purpose for existence, considering life futile. In the United States during the 1960’s a number of young people lost hope, wasting themselves on drugs and alcohol.
Illegitimate Hope -These people who embrace an unbiblical hope; they hope in the promises of the world with all of the trappings of success, and leave the world empty-handed. “Like wilted leaves, they slither down the drainpipe of history,” is how one author describes them.
Divided Hope – This category catches a great deal of those that call themselves Christian. They hope in heaven, while also hoping in the promises of the world. Jesus said, “No man can serve two masters:.. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.”172 The Bible calls this double-mindedness. These people, although they wouldn’t want to admit it, believe that Jesus is mistaken.
Legitimate Hope – Possibly the smallest group, these embrace the biblical promises, living for the eternal rather than the temporal.
Of the four categories, those with an illegitimate hope and those with a biblical hope are most likely to be happy; biblical people for obvious reasons, and those with illegitimate hope because they do not know that a legitimate hope exists. If you have no hope you live in darkness. If you have a divided hope you live with the reality that you hope in the wrong thing. In either case you probably are miserable. You can only please God with a legitimate hope.
172 Matthew 6:24
1 Samuel 19-21 Luke 11:29-54 (New King James Version)
Saul Persecutes David
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