How’s Your Hope Tank?

Could you do with some encouragement today? How’s your HOPE TANK? Is your HOPE TANK full or is it empty? Everyone needs a HOPE TANK. Your HOPE TANK is your emotional reservoir, where you go to fill up again so you can take on the world! Your HOPE TANK is there to refresh you and reenergise you and give you a truthful and optimistic perspective.
 
There are many things that can empty your hope tankā€¦
 
  • Disappointment 
  • Discouragement 
  • Disconnection 
  • Discontentment 
  • Disrespect
  • Dishonour
  • Disillusionment 
  • Deception
  • Despair
 
…and then… there are the lies we believe from the devil and from other people.
Just last week a teenager took his life in our town. Suicide is on the increase in our community and the Australian Bureau of Statistics says that 6 males in Australia commit suicide every day and suicide is the leading cause of death in Aussie males between the ages of 15 to 44. Shocking stats I know, it’s got to stop! What has gone so wrong that causes our Aussie men to take their own lives?
 
But there is always HOPE! HOPE is grounded in FAITH. FAITH is grounded in TRUST. Our TRUST is what we must place in the hands of GOD! Trusting God doesn’t mean that you will have a magic carpet ride, truth is life can deal you some hard blows but God is always there to help you take the hits and keep on going. You were BORN FOR MORE. You were created by God to be an overcomer! But you’ve gotta have HOPEWithout HOPE a man dies. He dies quietly on the inside first, then the devil comes to kill, steal and destroy! Read John 10:10
King David in the Bible suffered from depression and in Psalm 42 verse 5 he says …
 
Why my soul are you so downcast?
Why so disturbed within me?
Put your HOPE in God,
For I will yet praise him,
My savior and my God.
 
King David had a personal relationship with God and he trusted God no matter what! Is it possible that the 6 Aussie men that will take their lives today in Australia could be alive tomorrow if they just had HOPE? If our Australian men would be planted in a good church and anchored in the word of God, would our world be a better place? Isn’t it time that our Aussie men got serious with God and spoke into the lives of our young men with Hope. Let’s be the revolution that saves lives and kicks the devil in the guts! Let’s lead people to God with the greatest message of HOPE that there is. The good news of salvation through faith in Jesus!
Jesus is the only one who can fill our HOPE TANKSGo on, fill your tank today. 

Pastor Nigel 

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