133- Firmly Established Hope
December 18, 1984
The phone just rang—it was Michele with a compassionate heart. Yesterday when I asked Dan about counseling with someone he suggested Carla, but now I’m thinking Michele.
Received a letter from Bruce, in Florida.
Both Michele and Bruce said the same thing: stand on the Word.
Luke 21:33 Heaven and earth will pass away, but MY WORDS will not pass away.
I can depend on God’s word.
1 Corinthians 1:7 and our hope for you is firmly grounded, knowing that as you are sharers of our sufferings you are also sharers of our comfort.
There is HOPE. It is firmly established hope. We have sufferings as Christians, but we also have much comfort:
1-in Christ – 2 Cor 9:8 And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed
2-in the Holy Spirit – John 14:16 I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you forever.
3–in the Father of all mercies, the God of all comfort – 2 Corinthians 1:3 Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and the God of all comfort.
I still feel my burdens are far beyond my ability to cope right now.
2 Corinthians 1:8-9 For we…were burdened excessively, beyond our strength, so that we despaired even of life; indeed, we had the sentence of death within ourselves so that we would not trust in ourselves, but in God who raises the dead.
There is a reason for these sufferings which are putting our own resources to death. It is so we will not trust in ourselves but in God.
2 Corinthians 1:10 who (God) delivered us from so great a peril of death, and will deliver us, HE ON WHOM WE HAVE SET OUR HOPE. AND HE WILL YET DELIVER US.
I really was in despair. I was clinging to God the best I knew how, but I was very depressed. At some point during these months that we lived at the Grandview place, I loaded the boys into the car and drove up to the church property and told Dan that I felt completely hopeless and could only see blackness. He said, “It’s the devil. Don’t listen to his lies.” He prayed a quick prayer for me and something awful broke off of me. It had been sucking me into darkness and hopelessness. Jesus said: And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. John 8:32 Praise God, I was free. It was that easy. And that spirit never returned.