Where is Your Hope?

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kingdom decision graphicPsalm 113: 4 The Lord is high above all nations; 
His glory is above the heavens.

Daniel 4:3 “…His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom
 and His dominion is from generation to generation.

Last weekend we kicked off a critical teaching series about Following Jesus in an Election Year. If you missed it the outline is below and you can catch the full lesson at www.parkviewfamily.com. We began by covering what I believe is the single most important thing every believer needs to settle in times like this.

CHALLENGE: Don’t Let Election Politics Distract You from Living Out Core Faith in Jesus.

Psalm 146:3-5 Do not trust in princes,
 In mortal man, in whom there is no salvation… 5 How blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, 
Whose hope is in the Lord his God, Ps. 20:7 & Acts 14:16-17

Great pressure is applied to pull us one way or another. As of June of this year the Federal Election Commission reported that combined campaigns had raised $890 million so far. Consider some ways believers can get pulled down in an election year:

  • Attitudes of fear or even panic.
  • Hurt relationships through unfair words & judgments.
  • Shifting hope to a particular candidate or party.

CORE TRUTH: God has Authority Over All Nations & Authorities. Daniel 4:34-35

Isaiah 40:15 Behold, the nations are like a drop from a bucket,
And are regarded as a speck of dust on the scales…. See also v. 17. Job 12:23-25, Dan. 4:17- 25 & Isaiah 9:6-7

  • Nations rise & fall under God’s hand.
  • God’s rule is never at risk.
  • God’s purposes are never in danger.
  • Christ’s Kingdom eternally rises over all.

KEY RESPONSE: Anchor Your Faith More Deeply in Jesus & His Kingdom.

Psalm 40:4 How blessed is the man who has made the Lord his trust, and has not turned to the proud, nor to those who lapse into falsehood. See also Ps 27:1 & 28:7 Habakkuk 3:18-19, Isaiah 40:26-31 and Rom. 8:28

HOW CAN WE DO THIS?

  1. Seek Jesus’ wisdom through reflection on His word.
  2. Trust His power, character & purpose.
  3. Engage in ways that honor Jesus.
  4. Take Joy in Jesus’ ultimate, eternal rule.

Rev. 11:15 Then the seventh angel sounded; and there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ; and He will reign forever and ever.” 1Chronicles 29:11-13

Here is what I sensed from the Lord while working on this lesson: Trust Me. Embrace My rule. Rest in my rule. Follow my rule. I am watching, I am aware, I am working. What is important now is that people have their best chance to recognize their own darkness and embrace the light of Jesus’ rule. Our hearts can be strong and our souls rest knowing that an ultimate King is both watching and working to bring everything to a good conclusion for those who have embraced His authority in their own lives.

There is more to think about over the next four weeks. As we get started… take a look at your own heart and make sure you aren’t letting the election distract you from core faith in Jesus.

I hope you will join us this weekend and join the conversation at Parkview Baptist in Lexington 9:15 or 11:00.

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