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January 25, 2017, 9:31 AM

Godly Optimism

A lot of people have asked me where I get my sermons. Well, there are a lot of sources. Some of my sermons are inspired by what is going on around us...preaching on cultural hot topics. Some just simply come out of my Bible reading. Something that I'm reading may just really get to me and I want to share it with the congregation. Another place of inspiration for sermons is other preachers. I don't do it often enough, but I try to listen to other preachers either through podcasts, the radio, or by watching Youtube. The other day I watched a sermon by an older preacher named, Ben Merold. 

Ben was talking about the difference between growing churches and stagnant churches is optimism. He was not talking about optimism based upon ourselves...kind of a positive thinking idea. He was talking about optismism based on God. He said that leaders of growing churches have high expectations in their church, because they are praying to God and expect Him to do something. 

I wonder if we struggle to be optimistic in our lives because we are depending upon ourselves. We are solely looking for answers and hope within ourselves, and so when we run out of options we get discouraged and depressed. One of the most well-known quotes of Jesus is found in Matthew 11:28. Jesus says, "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." In other words, when you follow Christ the whole world does not rest on your shoulders. We can have optimism and hope, because we serve a God who created the whole world in six days. We serve a God who parted a sea. We serve a God who has raised the dead, healed the sick and the lame, and even caused time to stand still. 

If you find yourself pessimistic with a "glass is half full" attitude maybe you need to think about who you are depending on. Do you have low expectations of life, because you are totally depending on yourself and looking only at your circumstances? 

You can have true optimism, because of the God we serve. I don't always have the answer. I don't always know how to fix something. I don't always know how things are going to work out or get better. But I have a God that does. 

I want to leave you with the words of God spoken directly to Joshua as he was taking on the incredible job of leading the Israelites following the death of Moses. 

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9


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