Matt Chandler, the pastor of The Village Church in Texas, urges Christians to choose hope over anxiety.
In his sermon titled “Resurrection Hope,” Matt emphasized that we control what we think and feel. We can choose to have hope and we can also choose to be anxious about things. Humans are intellectual and psychological beings and we have the capability to control our thoughts.
“Hope is a choice. Hope doesn’t just happen to you. You don’t just wake up one day and say: ‘Gosh, I don’t know what happened, I sure am hopeful today.’ No, you choose to hope,” Matt said. “You are choosing to fuel and feed and cultivate; anxiety, anger, depression, rage or you’re choosing to cultivate hope and beauty and gratitude and gladness.”
Hope Over Anxiety
Oftentimes, it is our own mind that condemns us. Our own selves can sometimes be the meanest person to us. Christians should be careful of the thoughts we dwell on. Let us not let the lies of the enemy steal our hope and joy.
“No one is as mean to you as you are. Nobody lies to you as you lie to you. Nobody has been crueler to you than you have been to you. You just don’t even listen to what you say to yourself. If another person said to you what you say to you, my guess is you would punch them in the eye,” he explained.
God wants us to put our hope and trust in Him through our obedience. He wants us to experience the fullness of life and the joy that He brings.
“Every ‘thou shalt’ and ‘thou shalt not,’ in the Bible is about God leading you into joy. Every ‘thou shalt’ and ‘thou shalt not’ in the Bible is not God trying to take something from you, but actually, God trying to give you something that’s underneath your … compulsion. … It’s not always easy to obey Jesus, but it’s about you being led into the fullness of life.”
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Reference: Christian Post