September 20, 2020

In Times Like These

In Times Like These

In times like these, many are distressed and despaired by the state of the world.

Despair is real and affects even believers:
• II Corinthians 1:8-9 – Apostle Paul was despaired.
• I Corinthians 15:19 – Our hope is not in this life.

There is good in a job, wealth, and possessions, but when we allow them to be our focus and utmost desire, we allow them to be a doorway to despair:
• Ecclesiastes 2:10-17 – He hated the vanity of life.
• Ecclesiastes 5:10-15 – Naked we came; naked we leave.
• Ecclesiastes 2:18-20 – Our labor is not our hope.

Our hope should not be in the things of this world:
• II Corinthians 4:6-11 – We are troubled but not in despair.
• Philippians 4:4-13 – Content through Christ.

Six reasons not to despair:
1. God promises us something better & permanent
• Romans 8:16-19 – Joint heirs with Christ

2. We should believe His promises:
• Romans 8:24 and 25 – Patience, wait for it.

3. We have a different spirit than the world:
• Romans 8:26 and 27 – The Spirit helps us.

4. We have different goals than the world:
• Romans 8:28-30 – Confirmed to His image.
• II Corinthians 4:15-18 – Temporal/eternal.

5. We have a different leader than the world:
• Romans 8:31-34 – God’s elect
• John 17:14-17 – We are not of this world.

6. The world hates us, but God loves us:
• Romans 8:35-39 – Nothing separates us.
• Psalms 39:7 – My hope is in Thee.

To avoid despair, we need to be patient:
• I Thessalonians 1:2-3 – Patience of hope
• Romans 12:12 – Patient in tribulation
• Romans 15:1-6 – Comfort of Scriptures

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