Monday, January 28, 2013

Giving Thanks Daily - guest writer - by Sam Hajian

A Full Life with God
by Sam Hajian

Are you seeking a relationship with GOD? If God is with you there is reason for HOPE!
The basis of our Relationship with God is Faith
What Has God Promised Us?
Forgiveness
Salvation
A Full Life
Everlasting Life
His Presence
If however we live a life apart from God, we are promised a life in Hell.
Matthew 8:23 – And when he was entered into a ship, his disciples followed him.
Matthew 8:24 – And, behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuch that the ship was covered with the waves: but he was asleep.
Matthew 8:25 – And his disciples came to him, and awoke him, saying, Lord, save us: we perish.
Matthew 8:26 – And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm.
Matthew 8:27 – But the men marveled, saying, What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him!
There will be storms in your LIFE. What can we do?
We can embrace a life with GOD!!
Hope is much more than wishful thinking or a unfounded optimism.
Biblical Hope is best understood as a Sure and Steadfast Anchor for your soul.
I FIND HOPE IN GENESIS
Genesis1:2: And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
Genesis 1:3: And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
WHY?
God is greater than the darkness in your life!!!
God is able to change the emptiness in your life!!
God's will is that.... Evil Will Not Prevail!!
Our Hope is in God. Hope is much more than wishing.
God created it all with His word.
Being in Relationship with God gives our life meaning and hope.
What brings us value and significance and hope is not what we do but WITH WHOM we do it.
Without warning powerful storms will come into your life.
Even as a follower of Jesus... The storm will shake you to your core. (this is what happened to me)
You will be asking where did this storm come from?
When the storm hit the boat, these experienced fishermen, were desperate with fear!!
They asked Jesus.... LORD don't you care?
They questioned if He cared about them or not.
They said we are going to drown!!
They were truly afraid.
Finding our hope with God rather than in our circumstances means that if our external circumstances suddenly change, perhaps even tragically, our Hope remains Intact.... Because God is with us!
The people in the boat thought they had only 2 options... SINK or SWIM.
WHY?
Because fear short circuits Faith.
They had faith, but it was not functioning properly.
THE SYSTEM DOES NOT WORK - when Fear sets in... Faith goes out the window.
Reacting in Fear won't change anything... it will only make things worse.
Hope does not depend on what's happening around your boat.
Hope DEPENDS ON WHO IS IN YOUR BOAT!!!
The reason the disciples thought the boat would sink with Jesus on board is...
because they did not understand WHO He is!!!
Understand He is with us, and He won't leave you!!
It is natural to ask (when the storm hits you )
WHY ME?
What did I do to deserve this?
Remember what the bible says.....
If God is for you, Who can be against you??
HOLD ON Don't give up!!
Even if the storm takes your life, it cannot take your Soul!!
God IS your reason for Hope.
You want to have this relationship with GOD.
The peace that the world has no clue about....
We can face our own death as God is with us.
He will speak to you as you read the bible.
Amazing Grace... I once was lost but now am found...
How Precious did that Grace appear the hour I first believed.
God's grace will lead me home.

© 2013 Sam Hajian, Ps139 group

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