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Faith or Optimism
Sunday 18th August

1. Faith in God.


We need to know what we believe about Life and the universe 


We need a belief system to structure ourselves in the world, to get along with others 


Belief in good and evil and therefore a morale law and a morale law giver.


A belief and value system allows us to sacrifice today for something we can’t see.


2. Can we say good? 


Can we see good in situations that seem to always go wrong?  This is optimism but as Christians our faith in God’s power if more than positive thinking.


Elvis said, "When things go wrong, don't go with them." Things will go wrong on a daily basis. It's our job to use our creativity and intellect to find solutions and grow through our obstacles.


3. More than optimism 


God is working on our behalf to turn things around.


We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.

Romans 8:28 


Verse in Context 


I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory about to be revealed to us. For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the children of God; for the creation was subjected to futility, not of its own will but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and will obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. We know that the whole creation has been groaning in labor pains until now; and not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly while we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies. For in hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what is seen? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience. Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words. And God, who searches the heart, knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn within a large family. And those whom he predestined he also called; and those whom he called he also justified; and those whom he justified he also glorified. What then are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us? He who did not withhold his own Son, but gave him up for all of us, will he not with him also give us everything else? Who will bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? It is Christ Jesus, who died, yes, who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who indeed intercedes for us. Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all day long; we are accounted as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 8:18-39 


Finding meaning beyond simple optimism develops our character.  


We, by putting our hope in God and faith in Christ, don't let times of pressure steal away our happiness.   


He gives strength to those who are tired and more power to those who are weak.

Isaiah 40:29 NCV


4. Never give up


THEREFORE, SINCE we do hold and engage in this ministry by the mercy of God [granting us favour, benefits, opportunities, and especially salvation], we do not get discouraged (spiritless and despondent with fear) or become faint with weariness and exhaustion.

 2 Corinthians 4:1 AMP


Faith in God and knowing His love though the Holy Spirit causes us to never give up


Since we have been made right with God by our faith, we have peace with God. This happened through our Lord Jesus Christ, who through our faith has brought us into that blessing of God’s grace that we now enjoy. And we are happy because of the hope we have of sharing God’s glory. We also have joy with our troubles, because we know that these troubles produce patience. And patience produces character, and character produces hope. And this hope will never disappoint us, because God has poured out his love to fill our hearts. He gave us his love through the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to us.

Romans 5:1-5 


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