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Feb 2016 – The Ultimate Hope Giver

The Ultimate Hope Giver

1 Peter 1:3

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus, the Messiah! Because of His great mercy, He has granted us a new birth, resulting in an immortal hope through the resurrection of Jesus, the Messiah, from the dead.

Sometime back I read an article about a company in Ypsilanti, Michigan that has invested $20 million in a new advanced Danish-made lottery printing press. This 22-station machine is the most advanced in the instant lottery game business. It prints small pieces of hope. People far and wide invest in these little pieces of paper hoping to win something of value…more money.

If we look to anything in this life that will guarantee us hope, we will be sadly mistaken. Nothing in the world can take the place of true hope, no event, person or thing can ultimately fill the void. There will always be a gap between the truth and the expectations we place on ourselves and others. People and circumstances will often let us down. Newsflash! God will never let you down. He will always be your biggest fan and hope-giver.

The owner of the Ypsilanti lottery ticket company in essence said, they would not have made the investment if they were not confident in the instant gaming business and their hopeful…no, their guaranteed, return on investment. They are counting on you and me to buy these little pieces of hope so they can make money, and pay for their investment, and pocket a lot of profit.

Few people will win the lottery, but countless more can be true winners if we start investing time and attention in listening to that still small voice that continues to try to draw you and me into a greater spiritual relationship with the Lord. God is wooing us even now! The eternal Hope is waiting and will never force His way into your life. He will always give us the freedom to choose for ourselves.

For me, the hope I have in Christ is certainty enough. I need nothing more. No lottery ticket will ever replace this expectation that is closer now than when I first believed. This gift is the jackpot of a hope in what is to come…beyond this life, my friends. Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life has already won! The beautiful thing is that we live from victory, not for victory! That’s right. Living victorious today!

My prayer is that if you are searching for a winner, try placing your faith and trust and hope in the One that guarantees everlasting life! The windfall that you will receive will be instantaneous and the future payoff will be beyond comprehension. It is the real deal.

If you have questions, please seek the Lord and connect with a Christian to come alongside of you during this exciting journey of faith. May God bless you in this adventure! Make the decision today. Please do not put it off! Because your eternal life depends on it. Then, call someone close to you and share the good news. You can certainly call me if you wish and we’ll celebrate in prayer!

Let’s continue to create commUNITY!