TOPIC: Confirmed Hope (Mountain Of Fire and Miracle Ministries Thursday, 6 September 2018)
FIRE SCRIPTURE: Mark 10:28-30
MEMORY VERSE: “If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.” – 1 Corinthians 15:19
Life without hope is worthless. But hope must be grounded on something, for baseless hope is the product of a mind that cannot reason. It should involve not only this life, but also the life after death. If we hope only for what death will eventually terminate anyway, we are more miserable than all men. This means that we as believers must have hope beyond the grave. Christ is not only for this life. He promised us reward not only in this world, but in the world to come. Christ’s resurrection is the foundation of our hope. The resurrection of the human body is a future event that has compelling implications for our personal lives. If the resurrection is not true, then we can forget about the future and live as we please. But the resurrection is true; Jesus is coming again. Even if we die before He comes, we shall be raised at His coming and stand before Him in a glorified body. Paul cited four areas of Christian experience that are touched by the fact of the resurrection. The first area of Christian experience is evangelism. The reality is that if there is no resurrection, why bother to witness and win others to Christ? Why reach sinners who are then baptised to take the place of those who have died? If the Christian life is only a “dead-end street”, then get off it! Each person on earth will share in either the resurrection of life and go to heaven, or the resurrection of Judgement and go to hell (John 5:28-29). We weep for believers who have died, but we ought also to weep for unbelievers who still have opportunity to be saved but are not taking it. The reality of the resurrection is a motivation for evangelism.
The second area of Christian experience is suffering. Apostle Paul faced physical dangers as a servant of Christ (2 Corinthians 4:8 – 5:10; 11:23-28). He was in constant jeopardy from his enemies and on more than one occasion had been close to death. Why endure suffering and danger if death ends it all? “Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we shall die” (Isaiah 22:13). What we do in the body in this life comes up for review at the Judgement Seat of Christ (2 Corinthians 5:10). God deals with the whole person, not just with the “soul”, the body also shares in salvation (Romans 8:18-23). The suffering endured in the body will result in glory at the resurrection (2 Corinthians 4:7-18). If there is no future for the body, then what we do with our bodies will have no bearing on our future. Immorality was a way of life in Corinth, and some of the believers rejected the resurrection in order to rationalise their sins. The believer’s body is the temple of God and must be kept separated from the sins of the world (2 Corinthians 6:14 – 7:1). To fellowship with the “unfruitful works of darkness” (Ephesians 5:6-17) is only to corrupt God’s temple. It was time for the Corinthians to wake up and clean up (1 Thessalonians 5:4-11). The believer who is compromising with sin has no witness to the lost around him, those who, “have not the knowledge of God”. What a shameful thing to be selfishly living in sin while multitudes die without Christ.
The fourth area of Christian experience is death. The heavenly kingdom is not made for the kind of bodies we now have, which is bodies of flesh and blood. So when Jesus returns, the bodies of living believers will instantly be transformed to be like His body (1 John 3:1-3), and the dead believers shall be raised with new glorified bodies. Our new bodies will not be subject to decay or death. Christians have victory in death and over death because of the victory of Jesus Christ in His own resurrection. Jesus said, “Because I live, he shall also” (John 14:19). We experience “the power of His resurrection” in our lives as we yield totally to Him (Philippians 3:10).
CHRIST’S RESURRECTION IS THE FOUNDATION OF OUR HOPE.
Receive the grace to stand against all the wiles of the devil.
1. I plug myself into the resurrection power of the Lord Jesus Christ, in the name of Jesus.
2. Holy Spirit, revive my spiritual life, in the name of Jesus.
3. Weight of sin in my life, be destroyed by the blood of Jesus, in the name of Jesus.
4. I shall not be a spiritual drop-out; I shall make it to the end, in the name of Jesus.
5. Holy Spirit, concentrate and empower me to do exploits for God, in the name of Jesus.
6. My life shall attract people to Jesus, in the name of Jesus.
7. I shall finish well and receive the crown of glory, in the name of Jesus.
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