Sunday night EXIT movie – depression and suicide affect everyone the rich and famous. Someone pointed out a good point that the makers of the movie almost made it seem like getting saved would end depressions and suicide. We know that is not true. I wanted to show you the movie to make you aware of people around you.
I wrote a blog a few weeks ago about loneliness I wish you would read.
Go to either our church website: www.gracetab.org and click on the pastor’s blog OR go to “Reflections by Gary Washburn”. Be sure to leave a comment and post it on your face book to circulate it.
Loneliness, depression and suicide can be triplets connected together. Not that if you have one you are suicidal but they can easily get connected to one another. Getting saved does not stop loneliness, depression or suicide.
There is another triplet the Bible reveals that work together but also reveals the key missing ingredient in someone serious enough to want to commit suicide. See if you can pick out the One of these three.
“Now abide faith, hope and love, these three.” I Cor. 13:13
We know faith comes by hearing God. Romans 10:17
We know love comes from God who is love. He loves us then commands us to love one another with the love He gives us.
Where does hope come from?
Pic faith, hope love
Hope is the key connection between faith and love.
What people who are lonely, depressed, or suicidal need is hope.
(Hand out witnessing cards here and demonstrate – things are not as they appear right now. It may look hopeless but it is not.)
Without hope even a Xn will not be able to operate with the God kind of faith or love that was born in your spirit. Without hope faith has no direction because hope is like the blueprint for faith to go by.
Without love faith won’t work according to Gal. 5:6. Hope is what connects faith to love so without hope they are disconnected.
FAITH + HOPE + LOVE
FAITH - - LOVE = disconnect
Bible hope is confident expectation in God.
Speaking of Abraham
“Who against hope, believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, So, shall thy seed be.” Romans 4:18
Against all natural hope a ninety year old woman and 100 year old man had a child. When you believe God’s Word about your situation against natural hope, then this hope becomes like an anchor in your soul (Hebrews 6:19).
PIC - ANCHOR
We need hope as an anchor because life can suddenly go from good to bad in a moment – look at Job. Life here is very unstable!
The wind and waves of circumstance tell you that you are going to sink and there is no hope.
You pass your anchor from the realm of the seen into the murky water of the unseen. It travels into the unseen until it hits bedrock.
For us this bedrock is the promise of God’s Word – though unseen it holds us through stormy times.
But if you believe what God says about your situation – against natural hope then His Word becomes your anchor in your soul.
Hope will paint a picture for faith to believe to receive.
Hope will connect faith with God’s love to supply the answer.
Hope looks forward to a promise of God.
Faith reaches out to receive it.
Love rejoices in God who supplies the answer.
Patience stabilizes faith until the answer is manifested.
Faith and patience are twins!
“Through faith and patience we inherit the promises.” Hebrews 6:12
“So after Abraham had patiently endured, he obtained the promise.” Hebrews 6:15
How did he endure one disappointment after another? Will it be this year, then the next and next until it looked as though it would never happen. Did I misunderstand God? Did I even hear Him or am I crazy?
One thing kept him alive and moving forward. HOPE
Ill. This week you need to be a hope dealer to someone who has or is about to give up hope. We must remind ourselves that hope is not always the resolving of our problems like we hope for. Sometimes God has another ending in mind that we may not even know about.
Years ago Quinton gave me a decoration for my office with the acrostic about hope.
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Give someone the gift of hope this week. If they see hopelessness you show these cards. Tell them this is a life lesson. Things are not always as they appear.
Tell them to give God the pen and trust Him to write how this problem in their life will end and that it is not their job to do that. God is real good at writing surprising last chapters – if you let Him.
Lost people are without hope according to Ephesians 2:12. In fact it says they are without Christ, without God, and without hope in world.
“But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet, the hope of salvation.” I Thes. 5:8
- Every believer must be an optimist. For a believer to be a pessimist he would have to deny the faith.
“To put on the helmet of hope is an intentional thing. If mind plagued with hopelessness you may need to cover your mind with speaking scriptures about hope out loud and post them on cards all over your house. Your mind has got to have hope – something to look forward to from God. Keep feeding your mind and speaking the Word of God promises about hope. Be intentional and aggressive and watch your hope rise up. Start to dream again about your future and new things God may want to do in your life.
I am a serious minded hope dealer. When I find someone without hope I will attempt to give them mine. I have faith as a breastplate to protect me. I wear the helmet of hope on my mind to always encourage me. I have the love of God to empower me. The only way I can fail, is if I give up my hope and begin to doubt God. It is too late for that! God has been so good and faithful to me. He has already pulled me out of more hopeless situations than I can remember. Because of this, I have become His hope dealer. Look out devil, here I come to mess up your plans!
Jesus I am Yours. Use me this week to give someone hope in You. I trust You to do this, in Jesus’ name. Amen.