Sunday, March 16, 2014

FINDING HOPE

Dear friends, today I just wanted to talk about hope; the hope that we have in Jesus Christ. There are a lot of people, who don't have hope. People at this time are in trial, and suffering in the world pierced by many griefs. They don't feel that they have any hope. Friends, they just feel beaten, and cut down without hope. They feel hopeless. But dear friends, today we can have hope; hope in Jesus Christ. Some people they just want to end themselves, and they feel that they just don't have any hope at all. I know people who have wanted to take their own lives, because they just see what they have done as a failure, because they don't have anything better, there is nothing that they are striving for worth living for. But dear friends, that's why I am here today to talk about hope: because we have something to strive for we have a hope. That is what Paul talked about.

He said to always have an answer as to why you have hoped. I have a lot of hope every day. I live a life of hope, because I know that I'm headed towards the wonderful kingdom of God. But a lot of people don't have that hope. Hope is a fruit of the spirit you realise. But people don't have that hope. Sure they might go to church, sure they might read the Bible, sure they might profess to believe in Jesus, but they still don't have any hope. It is because they haven't come to the reality of Jesus and who he is, and so they don't have the hope, because to them he is not real. But that's what I want to talk today about, even though you might be crushed and down, I am telling you now there is hope. There is the hope of Jesus Christ. The other day, I saw these people, unbelievers, they just don't have any hope. They walk around, and they don't have anything further to strive for than the cares of this life. What do the carers of this life amount to? They amount to absolutely nothing. They pass away. Other people they go through bad times in this life. They go through suffering. Evil things happen to them. We live in a world where Satan roams. Satan is always up to his mischief: killing, stealing, destroying, and telling lies. That's what he is all about. Satan is all about destruction. He is about destroying the innocent, and he's about destroying your life: Destroying your future, destroying your love, destroying your marriage. And the thing is friends, people they give satan power of every single day. And so he comes right in, and he starts to destroying their life, and people lose all hope. It was their own doing. You know friends, our own hands cause our lack of hope and our loss of hope. That is why Jesus Christ is such wonderful news, because he is the way out. He is the way back to hope; hope that there's something better than just your life, that is just going down the drain. A lot of people may have got themselves into so many bad situations from their decisions, that they feel that they are too far gone; they just got no hope. But dear friends, Jesus is the hope, and he is the hope that I found. Now I used to be in a rather bad state of mind at one time. I used to think that there was no hope, because I couldn't see what was the point of striving after things of the world that just ended up in nothing! A lot of people can see that: they can see that the things that people value in this life in the end go up in smoke, and they are worthless. But dear friends, that is for those who have no hope; people who don't have a purpose for their future other than their own pursuits and desires that pass away.

Dear friends, the hope that we have, is that treasure in the field. That is the treasure that I have found. It is the hope of eternal life, through Jesus. And it's not just a hope where I just think that, 'I might get eternal life, maybe if I die then something happens…' No! It is more than that. It is an actually reality; a real relationship with God, where suddenly the Lord no longer is hidden to you. The veil is lifted. I can only talk about these things. I cannot actually show you what I see. But I can tell you truly, that when I came to Jesus, I found him for who he really is; and he is the living God and he is alive, and he is real, and he's here right now friends. What happened was, I came to have the hope of Christ; the hope that comes from Christ that is real. That is what Paul found too. Paul was on the road to Damascus, and the light of Christ shone down on him. Jesus said, "Paul, why are you persecuting me?" And Paul was very scared, and he realise that Jesus Christ is the Lord our God. He cried out, "Lord, what do you want me to do?" And from that day on Paul had hope: hope that was not that religion can give you. Because religion cannot give you hope dear friends. Religion is hopeless. It is void of hope. Religion can give you a whole lot of empty promises, but it will not give you heart satisfaction. You can hope that it is right: you can pin your hopes on a few Bible verses, hoping that this will be alright, but you don't have any connection with God himself, so how can you know where you stand before him? That is why people get a lack of hope and they fall away to sin and pierce themselves with grief, and have many evil things happen to them. They start to feel like: "God where were you? I am just so pierced, and these evil things have happened to me." And yes lots of evil things do happen to people, because as I said just before, Satan is a destroyer. People give him power and he comes right in and he starts destroying your life. He destroys everything. Satan is wicked dear friends. He's full of lies and destruction. He only comes for three things: to kill, steal, and destroy. He will kill and destroy you. That is what happens when people live a life away from Jesus Christ.

But friends, when we come to the Lord, then we're going to have hope, hallelujah! But before we can come to the Lord, there're things we must do. We must want to turn away from our sin. Friends, what is the point of coming to Jesus, and wanting Jesus and his hope, if we still want the world? You have to be prepared to not want the world any more, but want Jesus Christ. And I tell you friends, I have seen that treasure and I went right off after it, and I went and bought that field. I'm just asking you, "Have you bought that field? Have you gone off after that treasure?" You know dear friends, the wonderful treasure in heaven, the hope of God, the hope of eternal life, is not just a hope of Bible verses, it is a hope of reality when you come to know the Lord. You come to hear him, and he starts to speak to you and help you. Satan comes to destroy and condemn and destroy your confidence in God, but Jesus Christ builds it up; if you would only focus on him. You know friends, hope is what it is all about; Hope in Jesus Christ. If your life is taking you places where you don't want to go, where you feel that you've got no hope, and you just want to end your life even -- Some people just want to end their life and other people just want to give up and become bitter and angry, and they just want to go into their shell. Other people they don't have a real bad life but they just chase after their own pursuits -- but the thing is friends even in our fun and entertainment, even in our despair, and even in our depths of grief, friends there is a way out of it all; when we come to realise that at the end of our life it is all empty, and everything we have done on this earth only counts towards our destruction. So when we come to realise that, we can start to see that we need hope; a hope that the world cannot give us, and that is the hope of Jesus Christ: the hope that when you go to him, he is going to get to know you, and the realisation that he is going to lead you on a new way, where you going to have treasure in heaven, and then your heart is going to be in the kingdom of God instead of on all these useless and hopeless things down on this earth! Jesus meant it when he said, "The kingdom of God is like a man who found treasure in a field that was hidden, and went and sold all he had and he went and bought that field." He went and sold away his whole life, and he went and got that field. That is what I am doing: I sell away my whole life, and I go and live for the kingdom of God, that is all I care about. Why? Because I have the hope, and the reason I come on here today, is to share that hope, because there is no use me having the hope and you don't have the hope! What does it gain you, friends, if you do not have the hope that I have? That is why I come on here and I want to share with you this hope that you might have this hope also.

It's not the religious hope that doesn't give you any hope. Christians are so bogged down in their own religion and ideas, because that they don't know Jesus and they don't really have any hope: they get into trouble with condemnation, and self condemnation. They have bad thoughts in their hearts and they feel just so bad. They don't have a grounding at the bottom of their heart where Jesus is. I have a grounding. Satan can come to me, and throw evil thoughts to me, and make me feel bad, yes, but I have a grounding of hope below all that. I have a grounding that didn't used to be there. A hope at the deepest level, where you can be: bold, confident, confidence in prayer, confidence in putting out doubt. Sure doubt comes, it comes to anybody. But then we have that depths of hope within us, and we can put out our doubt. Hallelujah! But the thing is friends, so many people are cut off from God, because of sin. They go and cut themselves off from God and give themselves over to the destroyer every single day. They just continue to practice sin, giving themselves over to the destroyer. Who is the destroyed? It's Satan. Did you know that every time that you go to commit even one sin, that you're giving the destroyer a foothold in your life to destroy your life! He will walk right in there and destroy your life. He will pierce you, with grief. It may not be straight away, but as you give him more power he will start to work his curses into your life. You are going to start to see them too! That is why people they get so full of despair. Their life becomes so evil. But the Christian who knows Jesus; the one who has the hope, he is the one that has come to the Lord. He has got on his knees, and he sought Jesus Christ, and he has turned away from his sin. This person, he is able to be in a prison and sing. Just like Peter and John the apostles when they were locked up in a prison after preaching, and they were all singing. All the guards were surprised. They wondered why they were singing. They had been beaten up and put in the stocks. But they had the hope dear friends, that few people have, because they were having a relationship with Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit and they had left all their sin. But the thing is friends, there are so many lies in this world today, that people they just believe all these liars, and these lies keep them away from the true hope in Jesus Christ. Their lives are just led by lies. That is why they do not have the hope.

They have religion. People they can talk about their religion all day. I sometimes talk to Christians in my day-to-day life. All they really talk about is their church, their church activities, or what's going on in that church. But they are not very interested about their own personal walk with Jesus Christ. In fact it just doesn't seem that there be any relationship with him at all. Then friends, if we have no relationship with Jesus, we have got no hope! We can deceive ourselves, and we can talk and be all happy, and funny, and enjoy ourselves in the world, but deep down we don't have that hope: that grounding of hope, that grounding of joy from the Lord. We just don't have it. I didn't have it either friends. I have been there. I did not have it. I chased my own way, I went to church, I believed; of course I believed in Jesus, but I didn't have that hope. I had uncertainty. The destroyer came right into my life every time I sinned and he started to destroy my life. Because I was giving the power to the destroyer. That is what Christians do everyday. They give the power to the destroyer. And it's only by God's grace that they haven't been wiped off the earth completely. And you know friends; God gives everybody grace to get it right. He is giving us grace to wake up and repent, and get that hope. That is what he gave me. I'm so thankful to God, that he didn't let me perish in my stupidity. I want to read you a scripture Romans 8:1, I read, 'Therefore there is now no condemnation to them which are in Jesus Christ, who do not walk after the flesh, but walk after the Spirit.'

How many times have you heard in your church read you that verse? People often use this verse, as an excuse to be under no condemnation while they live a life of sin following the flesh. I know I was. But if we read again friends: it is written that, 'There was no condemnations to those who are IN Christ, not walking after the flesh.' What do you think happens to you who are not in Christ, not abiding in Christ and following your flesh? Do you think there is condemnation? Yes there is! You are under the power of the destroyer, Satan, walking after the flesh. That is what people do every single day. I get tempted all the time to walk after my flesh. But did you know that it's written: 'If you crucify the flesh daily and walk after the spirit, you will live.' That is what is written. Walking after the flesh, friends, is what causes people who have the destroyer destroy their life and they've got no hope. Walking after the flesh causes you to be filled with condemnation. That's why people have got so much condemnation, and that's why I wanted to talk about Hope today, because people have none! But I found the hope that is why I'm here: because I want to share with you why I have hope; I have hope, because I used to walk a religious path but I was in sin and I didn't feel anything but condemnation. I felt so bad. I had no hope I tell you. I could say that I had hope, I could say that I had a future, but deep down I didn't have hope. I'm talking about deep down, friends. I'm talking about what is really down there in your heart that you do not talk about. And you know what? I just didn't have any hope down there at all. But I found it, I found hope! I found peace and a strength and a grounding at the bottom of my heart. Where did I get that? Did I get it from another religion or are going to church? No! There is only one place to get hope, and that's where I found it; I found it when I realise that Jesus Christ is alive now. So do you know what I did? I went and prayed to him who is alive now. I know he is all around. You have to understand that our God, is all around. I was blocked off from him the whole time in my own sin and my own foolishness. But I set that straight. I started praying to Jesus, and I cried out, 'Lord, know me, know me.' And I started to repent. I turned from my sins. Dear friends, when you come to the Lord you will remember all your sins, and you'll want to turn away from every single one of them. All the smoking, all the drinking, all the swearing, all the cursing, all the lies, all the dishonesty, all the lusting, all the immoral relationships; Jesus will bring them all up before you and he wants you to turn away from them, and you turn away from them with joy, and you don't want to follow them any more. You know what? That wonderful peace comes right over you. I had this wonderful peace come right over me. Hope filled my heart; hope from the Lord. Isn't that wonderful! Hope from Jesus Christ.

From that day I was set free. Friends, I want to talk to you about some sins: sins such as addictions, and cussing and swearing. You can have an addiction in your life, and if you start cussing and swearing, what happens is you start to get addicted to that. That means you are in chains. You are in bondage, it's called bondage. What happens is you speak curses over your life every single day. You speak curses over everybody else, and you curse yourself to the fire. That is why so many evil things start to happen in people's lives, because of their words. I was under the bondage of cursing, and evil speech. It was just one sin, however I was under bondage to others things as well. People say, 'What if you drop a hammer on your toes, would not a curse word just come out?' Well, back then in my sins definitely. Because I was in bondage to sin. But Christians don't often understand that they themselves are in bondage to sin. They don't understand that Jesus sets you free, from that bondage. When the hope came into my heart, I was on my knees in prayer, and I repented of these things, and Jesus set me free! I no longer had the need to sweat. I no longer did. I was free indeed. Why? Because the power of God in heaven is real. And his word is a powerful two-edged sword that will come into your life and divide you and cut the chains. I have had drug addicts message me saying they were in bondage to drugs for years, then they came to Jesus, and suddenly they were without desire any more! Do you think they got that from a rehab centre? Do you think they got that because they've got a strong will? Certainly not! You know what happened? They got freed by the sword of God; he cut away the chains because he is the word, Jesus Christ. That is why I talk about Jesus Christ today, because he is the hope. I read this verse again in Romans 8:1 -- I hope you listen to it -- 'There is therefore no condemnation for those who are in Jesus Christ, who do not walk after the flesh, but after the spirit.'

You see friends, some of these people who message me who were a former drug addicts, they walk after the spirit now. They don't walk after the flesh any more. But after time, people they often go back to the flesh. Jesus once set me free from some sins along ago, when I was lukewarm. I said to Jesus, 'I am not going to do them any more please free me.' And he set me free. I wasn't doing those things for a quite a while. But then I started to walk back after the flesh, and I started to do them again. I became a double fold under the bondage that I had been the first time. It's true: if you walk after the flesh, even Jesus has set you free, you will come under the bondage worse than before. The thing is friends, when we are under bondage, we lose all hope. But I want to talk about Hope today, because I found hope. I found that when you repent, and you come out of your failures, and you make a proper and final decision about it, then you can walk in hope. I had somebody message me once, saying how they used to walk in the spirit, how they used to hear the spirit, but then the Babylon church put their light out; they went off into sin, and they started to listen all the lies they were hearing in church, and ended up far away from Jesus. They say, 'I am away from the Lord. He just doesn't seem to talk to me any more.' Do you know why that is friends? It is because we go following after the flesh. If we follow the flesh which is mankind, or we follow ourselves, and our desires and the dictates of the flesh, what happens is we lose all hope. People they write to me and they say they've got no hope. That is because they don't know Jesus, and they're still following the flesh. But I'm here to tell you friends that you can have that hope today, because I've got the hope. I've got the hope and freedom from sin, from Jesus Christ. I've got the good news. I can show you the good news today, but you have to accept it! I've got this good food: the good food of the good news; the good news that Jesus is alive, Jesus sets you free, Jesus gives you hope, Jesus makes you new person. You no longer have to go and kill yourself. You no longer have to go and feel bad, or you no longer have to have all this self condemnation wondering about when you die, whether you will go to heaven or hell. People go all kinds of ways in life. That is why I address all these issues. I just don't know who is going through what. But the thing is friends, I talk about the hope: the hope of Jesus Christ for that reason. Because it's the only hope that will set you free from your predicament, and it from your troubles. Then we can just keep walking after the Spirit; walking in the power of the Spirit. Hallalujah. It is all Jesus Christ and his hope! Amen, praise the Lord! There was another thing that I really wanted to talk about, and that was prayer, because there is prayer, then there is p r a y e r. When we have the hope of Jesus, or we WANT the hope of Jesus, we are going to really fervently pray. We are going to get on our knees really fervently praying to Jesus, really wanting to know him for real. Not this 5 minute prayer at night, not really being serious to Jesus about what you are saying, and just more interested in what you are going to do tomorrow. No, that is not the prayers God hears.

I am talking about the prayers of the sinner who repents of his sins in tears. He cries out to God to have mercy on him. Is that you? I am talking about the prayers of the righteous who have the hope of Jesus Christ, and who pray for those who are dying without God. I am not talking about religious prayer, where you pray for 5 min in your church, then you go off and do whatever else you what to do for the day. No, I am talking about something you really want to talk about: something you really want in your heart, because maybe you got no hope, and you really want hope. So you are crying out to the Lord to give you hope, saying, 'Help me Lord, give me hope!' The prayers of the righteous availeth much. That is what is written. The fervent prayers of the righteous avail much. I read from John 9:31 where it is written: 'We know that God does not hear sinners, but if anyone be a worshipper of God and does his will, them God hears.' So, if we are in sin believing all these lies that we are not under condemnation while we follow the flesh, how is God going to hear you? How is he going to hear you if you don't repent? And if you don't want to repent, how is God going to do anything in your life, least of all give you hope? I really push these things, because these things I came to realise: if you want the hope, if you want the change, if you really want the treasure in the field, then you've got to clean up your life with a lot of decision making. You've got to make those decisions that must be made. Those decisions to turn away from your sin. You start seeking the Lord fervently. You won't be able to on the last day. I know of people; they have died, and they don't have this hope any more, and they don't have this opportunity. But we have this opportunity friends, but we have to make use of it, so that we're going to find ourselves a reward, in the hope. When we gather together and pray friends, and we pray in one accord, that's when the power of God can move upon the world, and break strongholds. I know a group that was in India, and they decided to get together and pray, because they wanted revival to happen. They were praying, and praying for the Lord, and fasting all in one accord like we should do as a group. That is what church is supposed to be. It is supposed to be believers who have left there a sin, and who are led by the spirit, and who pray. Not having fun and games. It is all about changing the world. We live in a world where there are people dying, and suffering, and terrible evil things are being done to people, by the destroyer. Christians are not doing anything. They are not praying. They are in sin themselves with no hope themselves. But I want to rally people to have hope today, and start praying to the Lord, and have committed their lives to Jesus. Because, when we pray in one accord, what happens things happen. Bondage is broken. This group of Indians in India, that were a part of a fellowship group of Christians, they were praying in one accord for quite a while for a revival to bring people to repent. God gave them that revival. One day people just suddenly started to have a fear of God in their hearts. Even the children were having visions of Jesus. Even Hindus, and their parents were distressed and terrified because they knew that they needed the Lord. A lot of people came to Jesus, and they flocked to the churches to hear the word of God, because they just didn't know what else to do.

Why? They knew they had no hope and were under condemnation, and were under the judgement of God and they just knew that. They just needed hope. Where do we get hope from the judgement of God? The first place they thought they could get it would be were the Christians, so they were told about Jesus, and many accepted Jesus. But why do these things happen? When the church gets together and the believers aren't sinning, and they go and pray as one to God, God changes people. I tell you friends, it is our individual responsibility to get ourselves right with Jesus, so that we can have hope. He can give us hope. Then we can change the world. We can pray which breaks strongholds. A brother prayed every day against a big outdoor entertainment store and it shortly after closed down, closed it's doors. Went out of business. There is power behind everything friends. There are spiritual powers of darkness behind industries on earth, behind certain things like the prostitution industry. They have got spiritual forces behind them. They got to be broken. But why are not Christians praying against these things? Why aren't Christians praying against the things that cause evil things to happen to people? Evil things to happen to children, mothers, fathers, Unbelievers, people who don't know the Lord? It is our responsibility as believers who are filled with the hope, we have to pray for people. There is no use just being fruitless, and dominant, and inactive. Those people won't enter the Kingdom. Dormant, inactive people who follow the flesh have got no hope. They might profess Jesus, they might be very religious and go to church, but they have no hope and they know deep down that they don't have a grounding of peace and hope. But friends, that is why I pray about it; I pray daily that people repent and I urge you to do the same. I urge you to repent, and get yourselves right with Jesus and get to know him for real, so you can be filled with the hope, and change the world as well. Prayer people are world changes. People who are the saints, their prayers go before God as incense.

Do you know 'saints' friends? Saints are people who don't sin. Saints are people who do the righteous works of God. Anyone who is a believer in Jesus Christ, and he has left sin, their who is Jed dedicated to Jesus and has his spirit, she is a saint. Any such person, has their prayers go before the throne of God, and the more prayers go before the throne of God almighty and he acts in this world, that we have destroyed and are causing destruction in. And the enemy gets destroyed. But when the saints of God don't pray, then the enemy gains power and more works of evil happens. Many evil deeds happen. More people falling to terrible things, terrible things happened to them. Dear friends it is when we pray and when we're dedicated to Jesus, then our prayers go before the throne all in one, and revival happen. People start to repent, because God doesn't work just by himself on this earth; he uses people. He uses me and will use you, and he expects you to work in his vineyards. People say, 'Well, why doesn't God just send angels to preach? We don't need to do anything and he just brings everybody to heaven.' But dear friends, how it is down, the reality of how it is -- I am not talking about dreams or movies, I am talking about reality -- the reality of how it is down here is it is by FAITH. Faith and prayer. These are the things he uses, Because it is written that God said, he said: “It is not by might nor by power, but by my spirit that all mountains will be brought low and things happen.” it is by his spirit that things will happen, that walls will be broken down, that spiritual forces will be crumbled, that the powers of darkness shall be broken. Not by power nor by might, but by his spirit. And that's why even a child in the spirit, can do mighty things, where the warrior and man of strength cannot. It is because it is not by power and might in this world in the Kingdom of God. It's by the spirit: it is by Jesus Christ and his Holy Spirit. And that is why friends, we got to stop playing around and we got to get ourselves right before the Lord. We've got to repent. We have to seek him who hears from heaven and we got to know him. We got to have his spirit, friends, so that we can change the world. We can pray in the spirit and change the world. We can be led by the spirit and the Holy Spirit will use us to lead others to himself.

But it's by the spirit only. Not by power and might. Not by wonderful works, not by mighty Ministries, but by the spirit. Anyone who is led by the Lord, bringing people to the kingdom, it is not through them but through the spirit. Because they are a saint. They have turned away from their sins. They are in a connection with Jesus Christ. They have his hope. And because they have his hope, they can go out and do the works of the spirit. Everybody's got a different work. Some people are greater in the works in the spirit, and some are the least, however nobody can judge anyone. We all got to do what we got to do friends, wherever and however. Beware of being a lazy worthless servant who is just playing church and not interested in actually doing anything for the Kingdom of God. There's several parables on this: the parable of the fig tree, the parable of the vine, the parable of the lazy servant, the parable of the rich fool, the parable of the wedding feast, of the servant who had the wrong clothes; all of these illustrate what happens to people who are not interested in being fruitful and serving the kingdom. They say, 'Lord, Lord' only but are not doers of the word. I have talked of the parables of Jesus, and how a lot of these parables illustrate the kingdom of God; like the fig tree. In the parable of the fig tree, there was a fig tree growing and it didn't bear fruit and the Master said, 'Cut it down'. But the vineyard keeper said, 'No, I will fertilise it and if it doesn't bear fruit next year, then we will cut it down. You can see the meaning of that very clearly friends. The master is God, Jesus is the Gardner and the fig tree is you. God says, “Look this fig tree is not bearing any fruit! You are not bearing any fruit in my kingdom, get him out of here. Cut him out of the kingdom. But Jesus says no. He says, “I am going to help this person for a while, and I am going to give him all the opportunities to get himself right with me, and if he still doesn't, then cut him out. That is what's happening right now: Christians are getting cut out of the kingdom because they are not listening.

They are not listening to Jesus. They are not accepting the good spiritual food. They are not getting on their knees and repenting. They just keep following the flesh, and God gets them cut off. We got to wake up to ourselves all the time, and we have to be awake and serious for Jesus, having his hope. The parable of the vine: Jesus is the vine, you are the branches. Without him, you can do nothing, you will wither up and cannot bear fruit. It is true. Without Jesus you cannot bear fruit friends. You need Jesus. You need the hope: the hope of Jesus. That is why I am here, because you need the hope of Jesus being grounded on his hope. I urge you to get the same. Repent and turn to the Lord and be connected to him in prayer. Then you will bear fruit. The parable of the lazy servant: we all know what happened to that servant; he got thrown out into the outer darkness where there is a weeping and gnashing of teeth. If you have fear in your heart because that could be you, then you are not grounded in the hope. You must be following your flesh and under condemnation now. So we got to turn away from our sin. We got to get ourselves right with Jesus, and we got to think about being a faithful servant to his name. Thing about those faithful deeds daily to Jesus. Be serious about him; he is going to give you that grounding of hope. You will not be unfruitful. That is why I talk about coming to the Lord. We all know what happens when we do not, it is not good at all. But we all know that if you do come to the Lord in proper prayer and repentance, dedicate your life to him, stop following all this sin and the flesh, then you are not going to be the branch that gets cut off, or the lazy servant. How about the rich fool? Jesus talked about that parable. It is about a farmer who stored up all this wealth for himself, then he sat back and said, “Well done self, you have done well. Now I will have life easy.”

But God came to him that night and said, “You fool! Your soul is acquired of you tonight, and what do you have to show?” You see all our wealth is burned up before the Lord, and what do we have to show him, if we have just lived after the flesh? That is why I talk about Jesus Christ. He is the hope. You must live for Jesus then you will be grounded in hope, and have fruit. You will not be just piling up for yourself destruction. What about the parable of the wedding feast with the servant and the wrong clothes: this is an illustration of those who are wanting the hope of Jesus, but they are not being serious about turning away from their sin. The clothes represent your spiritual state. When you follow the flesh you dirty your clothes in sin, and your soul becomes polluted in sin. Even one sin is going to pollute you friends; one bad thought. We got to turn it all out when it comes. We got to repent of our actions of sin, otherwise we get to the wedding feast of the lamb and we get thrown out. Do you know what happened to that servant? Jesus said, “Have him cut into peaces and thrown out into the outer darkness, he has got the wrong clothes.” He had dirty clothes, not dressed in the white robes of holiness. Are you liven holy? Or are you in sin still? We have to be serious and we got to start to live holiness, and we got to get on our knees and we got to get that hope into our lives, hallelujah. We need to get that hope from the Lord....