Optimism Vs. Pessimism 

Which one is your bent?

1.      The Lord is Sovereign

Psalm 24:1 (HCSB)
The earth and everything in it, the world and its inhabitants, belong to the LORD;

Psalm 9:18-20 (HCSB)
18  For the oppressed will not always be forgotten; the hope of the afflicted will not perish forever. 19  Rise up, LORD! Do not let man prevail; let the nations be judged in Your presence. 20  Put terror in them, LORD; let the nations know they are only men.Selah

Satan is no more than a dog on God’s leash.

2.     The Lord is Victorious

 1 Corinthians 15:57-58 (HCSB)
57  But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ!
58  Therefore, my dear brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the Lord’s work, knowing that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.

 Even our worst moments are able to be used for God’s redemptive work (See Ps. 25).

3.     The Lord is Gracious

1 John 4:19 (HCSB)—His love destroys our love for self.
19  We love because He first loved us.

 Ephesians 4:32 (HCSB)
32  And be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving one another, just as God also forgave you in Christ.

 God is able to penetrate the vilest offender with His amazing grace.

4.     The Lord is here and is coming.

 Revelation 3:19-22 (HCSB)
19  As many as I love, I rebuke and discipline. So be committed and repent.
20  Listen! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and have dinner with him, and he with Me.
21  The victor: I will give him the right to sit with Me on My throne, just as I also won the victory and sat down with My Father on His throne.
22  “Anyone who has an ear should listen to what the Spirit says to the churches.” 



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