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What if you found a beacon of hope in the most unlikely place?
Picture this: in times of struggle, you turn to this verse, and suddenly, you feel a profound sense of peace, knowing God has plans for you to prosper, plans filled with hope and bright futures. This episode of our podcast invites you to explore this enlightening scripture and its promise of hope. We also tease a touching discussion about personal health struggles, set to air in a future episode. Trust us, this is not an episode you want to miss – especially with our holiday special around the corner, inside our strong Lion Within Us community.
'For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the Lord, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.' Click To Tweet Jeremiah 29:11
Welcome to the Lion Within Us, a podcast serving Christian men who are hungry to be the leaders God attends you to be. I’m your host, chris Granger. Let’s jump in. All right, guys, spiritual kick all the time. We’re going to get right into the scripture. This week, we’re going to be in the book of Jeremiah. Okay, jeremiah, chapter 29, verse 11. Now you guys, many of you know this one, but let’s unpack it together, okay, before I know the plans I have for you. It clears the Lord plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you a hope and a future. I absolutely love that scripture Fellows. Love it, the pieces, and so we’re going to look at that together today.
On the spiritual kickoff Before we get into it, though, I know it’s just right after Christmas If you’re listening to this one, it comes out Christmas was literally yesterday, okay, so hopefully you guys had a great Christmas. Hopefully, enjoy the Christmas episodes as well. This week, we’re going to do something a little bit different as well. We’ll have just another week where I will be digging into some things with you individually, just to share what’s on my heart, particularly as we have the new year. That’s just around the corner for us guys. So that’s going to be kind of our focus. This week is going to be on the new year that’s to come, you know, and what the new year that’s that is to come.
I want to just highly encourage you to have right out of a week left in our holiday special that we have running within our for community. So if you’ve been on the fence, I just encourage you to check it out. You know, yeah, we’ve built this community at the line within us. But I know there was a need. I had to avoid a hole in my life and avoid that. I needed to be filled and I needed some guys to come in and help encourage me to come along beside me to disciple. And guys, we built the line within this community. It’s been, it’s incredible, it’s growing and this is just a great time to take advantage of the savings. So I just want to encourage you to check that out. So we’ve got about another week again, if you listen to this one, when it first comes out, comes out. We’re going to run that through January 1st 2024. And then we’ll go from there. Okay, so just want to share that with you guys.
So let’s get right into the scripture and again. You can go to the line within that US to check that out. All right, so let’s get right to the scripture. First of all, I need to understand where is the book of Jeremiah? So that is in the Old Testament. Okay, go past the Psalms, go past the Proverbs. Keep, keep flipping. You’ll get to Isaiah and then you won’t get to Jeremiah. Okay, absolutely wonderful book.
He’s often referred to as the weeping prophet. Okay, because he was commanded not to get married. So you guys made the call on that. Should he be weeping or not? But be careful with who you make that joke with.
Okay, but seriously, this is just a powerful verse of scripture, quite popular. You guys probably have heard this before. It’s on t-shirts, it’s on coffee mugs, it’s on posters, it’s probably in your church somewhere. Okay, in fact, we love this one so much we actually had it painted on a wood canvas. That was part of our wedding and now it’s it’s in our living room. So it’s just a wonderful verse. It’s just a great reminder of God and His sovereignty and, just for me, when I look at it, I remember that day that I was able to say I do. Becca said thankfully, I do. Back to me, and just a great reminder of God’s promises, okay.
So, in fact, when you actually study this, this one verse because often this one verse is what you’ll see plastered right, but when you look at it, this was actually part of a letter, okay, a letter Jeremiah wrote to 3,023 Jews who had been taken to Babylon this is somewhere around 597 BC is when this happened, okay, and this was to exhort them to live as normal a life as possible. Okay, and just think about this. This was an impossible situation they were in. They were captives. So this, a message like this, must have just been like a absolute breath of fresh air. And their situation was, for sure, dire straits, right, and all they could cling to was hope. All they could cling to the hope.
And think about, over the last year, 2023, maybe it was tough for you, you know it was. Maybe you had some really bad things we lost love once. Maybe you had some career setbacks, okay, maybe you felt like nothing that you did with your kids was ever right, you know. Or, even worse, has some personal health struggles, and whatever your situation, I just want to urge you to turn to this verse and just let that seek in, let that just kind of soothe over you, like that, like the sun on a cool morning.
You know, right here in the studio, the way we built this. I have these big windows. I have to cover them up while we’re podcasting, but the sun just blazes in and sometimes I mean meetings of people like are you OK? Because the camera is all messed up, because the sun is just hitting the camera. But it’s hitting me and I just encourage them, like, look, I’m sorry, not going to cut it off, because I just love that feeling of that sun, just just warming you up, particularly on a cool day. Right, so, whatever, you are just just just injured, just I just want to encourage you that the hope that you have it’s in something else, because God knows your plan right, and for God to know your plan at its most basic level, that should give you some assurance that indeed there is a plan.
Ok, we need to know that, no matter what you are, where your circumstances have placed you, because any of our circumstances, quite frankly, they could change. They could change in an instant, right, all it takes is one phone call. One phone call and everything changes, right, one text message and I’m telling you I’m not trying to scare you. I’m just trying to speak to the realities of this thing we call life, and maybe twenty twenty four is the year, as you move forward, where you just need to turn things over to him and truly let let him start leading your life and just handing over maybe some things that you need to consider handing over anxiety, anxiety, finances, your intimacy with your spouse, your career, your parenting, your person, it’s your health. What if you just handed all these things that bother you, the stroke that you struggle with you, handed over to him and you trust in what he desires? Right? That’s going to change things. That’s going to change your outlook.
In fact, the adversities and the valleys we have in life can shape us. They really can to and prepare us to serve others in such amazing ways. So we have this promise from the Lord. We see this right here and we know that he means nothing to harm us, nothing to harm us Right, and sometimes that means we need to take a step back and see our situation from another perspective, primarily his Now. No, we can’t do that all the time, right, and we definitely can’t. We can’t see the way the God sees, but we can definitely take a step back and try to get out of the the lane that we’re always in, because we see two words that are in this verse that cannot be separated. They are hope and future.
And I’m not sure how people, if you’re listening to this right now, you’re not serenity in your life to the Lordship of Christ. I don’t know how you do it. I really don’t know. I applaud you for trying, but I don’t know how you go through this life without having Christ as your savior, because hope, that’s all I have. Some days Just cling to it and it gives me a tremendous amount of peace and comfort. I know that, no matter what, the God of the universe loves me and he wants to have that relationship with me and he wants me to have hope. Right, he wants us to have hope and, with his infinite wisdom, he gives that to us. You guys think about that for just one second.
I don’t know what 2023 dealt you. Maybe it was a baller year. Everything went great, hallelujah, give him praise. Or maybe it was tough. Either way, you have hope, hope for a future, because we know right here he has plans to proper, prosper us, not to harm us, to give us future and hope, as you have that in front of you and we get to heaven, you’re not going to need this hope stuff because you can be there with him, but right here today, we need that hope. We need to encourage others with that.
I want you to, no matter what, no matter what has come your way in 2023, I just want to encourage you to let verses like this Don’t just let this be something that’s on a coffee mug no, understand what it means to you. What is the Holy Spirit trying to show you through this verse right here? Is it speaking to you instead of you right here? Put your name in it. So for me for I know the plans I have for Chris, you know that’s how I would read that and search your name, see what he’s, what he will tell you had that assurance that he wants to be there to comfort you, he wants to guide you, he wants to direct. He does want to harm you, not for a second. And for 2024, just give it to him. Maybe.
Let that be the way that you approach this coming new year. You know what I’m going to have hope, hope and wait whenever you desire God, and I’m going to do everything that I can in my journey to align my activities, my actions, to walk out your will. You know what God? I know I’m going to have some tough days. I know we’re going to have some hard days at the lion within us. We’re going to have some hard days at our farm, within our family, with me personally. I know we’re just I’m going to have hard days, right.
But as one of my favorite pastor says, the alarm clock and the empty tomb is proof that he is not done with you. So if you have that right here today, he’s not done with you. You can have hope. But maybe you’re just sitting here and you’re thinking, well, and that ball drops it all. Well, there’s no one bites the dust and here we go.
And I hope you don’t have that attitude. But if you do, just recognize that’s not from him, that’s from the evil one. The evil one wants you to just get in the rut, be depressed, be anxious and just be stuck. But the God we serve he has, he has designed for us so much more than abundant life, right, we know the evil ones come to steal, kill and destroy. That’s not what God desires for you.
So I encourage you to just go, let verses like this just ministry to you directly and have a hope for a future, because he has a hope for a future for you. So I don’t know who this is, who’s listening to this right now. That needs to hear that. But I just want you to know God loves you and if you, if you surrender your life to the Lordship of Christ, you have that faith, hope and love. Baby, and we got to have that hope and we have to love on others and just spread that love to others and everything that we do. And that’s going to change our direction. It’s going to change the way you think about your business, money, your family, parenting. Everything will change when you start.
Okay, lord, I just want to surrender my will to you this year. I don’t want to do it my way, I want to do your way. Now, that’s a scary prayer. You start praying like that Get ready. I was like how many days to do some crazy stuff. You know, like started podcasts. That serves Christian man, right, it started community, started some of leadership development or moved to a farm. I mean he’s. He’ll tell you do some crazy stuff. Then you got to figure out what you want to be obedient and I pray that you are. I really pray that you are.
And so, as you kind of go into the next year, I want you to think about one word, one word that captures the essence who you want to be in the next 12 months. So think about that is hope, the word right. And what is that? What is that going to be your guiding word? And put that out and just keep that in mind, maybe put it in your notes or something on your phone. But think about that one word. I’m still thinking about me for the line with that. So what that’s going to be, I can just tell you one thing I don’t know what 2024 is going to bring, but I do know who does and that’s given me. That gives me so much joy and so much peace and so much hope.
And for all the listeners out there who listen to us day and weekend, a week out, when we drop all our episodes, just want to say thank you because I’m least in line with them and doing this I never knew and I still don’t know where it’s going. I just know one thing I’m going to be obedient and share messages that are on my heart right to the best of my ability. Serve as best as I can, teach, learn, disciple, be disciple, and to do this for the line within us, it really is a dream come true. It’s hard work, but I just thank you guys for listening. Okay, and if you’ve never surrendered your life to the Lordship of Christ, I’m telling you today’s the day. Don’t put it off any longer. The day to day.
You could just this hope we’re talking about right here. Maybe you’re listening to this message right now and you’re like what in the world are you talking about, chris? Like I can’t have hope. You don’t know how bad things are for me. I’m still trying to figure stuff out. I just maybe you just listen to this one because you the title or something.
You never know how podcasts pop up. I’m just here to tell you you’re trying to find peace here on earth and your circumstances You’re not going to find it. The best thing you can do is understand that we have a Savior and that you are a sinner in need of it. Yeah, you don’t need a life coach or anything like that that’s going to help push you along the way or fix your problems. No, you need a Savior Right Once you understand, first of all, you’re a sinner in need of a Savior. That Savior. His name is Jesus. He came on that rescue mission for all of us. He showed us His full nature of God.
What was it like to be fully God, fully man, right here with us, and go read the Matthew, mark, luke and John that’s called the gospel. Just go read them and just read all about Jesus and then read the last couple of pages of each one of those, because that’s where he pays the penalty for your sin and for my sin. He went to that cross and he bled, he died. They laid Him in a tune. He paid the penalty for all of our sins. He was thinking about you. Wherever you are listening right now. He was thinking about you and he overcame death. He’s a lie. So he paid that penalty, overcame death and we have the free gift of salvation through Him and we surrender to Him Eternal life.
I don’t know how you’re getting off this earth, but I know how I am. But Jesus, he gives us that hope. We have that Holy Spirit. He sends that down to us. We have a new heart and that new heart is going to guide and direct you. It’s going to show you the way, it’s going to teach you if you listen to it, if you’ll be obedient to it. But it all starts with a decision. This is the biggest decision you’ll ever make, and maybe you’ve been putting off this Jesus thing for for how many years, I don’t know, but you’re going into 2024 and you have an opportunity today. For some reason, you’re listening to my voice. I don’t know why.
I fully believe that the Holy Spirit has a year for a reason, but it’s time to give it over to Him. It’s time to truly surrender to the Lordship and maybe you’ve been quote unquote Christian all your life. You go to church, you check all the boxes, but you never truly surrender to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. You can do that today, and it starts just by understanding. You know I’m a center of need for Savior. I believe you are the Son of God and I will confess you as Lord of my life. Let’s do that together.
So, lord, whoever is listening right now, who is? Who’s at that point? Maybe tears running in their cheeks? They’re just, they’re tired, they’re worn out, they’re, they’re busted. Lord, they’re just, they’re broken. They’re just clinging to you and they’re going to surrender. They’re just going to surrender your life to you right now. Lord, I pray you hear their prayer. I pray that they recognize that they are now. They are covered by you. Father, I pray you just put some people in their life. That’s what’s going to encourage them along their way. I pray you just give them peace as they go throughout the day and to the new year, to just understand what it means to walk with you. Most importantly, father, I just pray that they remember to be obedient to the Holy Spirit and do whatever it is you tell them to do in Jesus name, amen.
So if you just accepted Christ as your Savior, congratulations, biggest day of your life. I’m here to tell you, send me an email. I want to send you some resources. I also want to find and get you hooked up with a local church. So we’re going to try, within our Lion, within Us community, no matter where you’re at in the country, we’re going to try to find you a local gospel believing and preaching church. So, chris, at thelionwithinus, send me an email. We’d love to hear from you directly. I’m not going to send you any spam or internet stuff. I don’t have time for that stuff.
To start with, I just want to encourage you. Think about this verse right here Plans that he has for you as you’re thinking about the new year. Lots of you guys are in planning mode. I know you are. Think about the plans God has for you. Remember even once, you have that future and the hope. Hopefully that encourages you. And I also just last encouragement for you to think about join the community. Just join the community. Right now is the best time to do it. I’m telling you we did not build much crap. If it was, we shut it down. But we put a ton of effort into this and we continually put a ton of effort, day in and day out, to give you resources, to give you encouragement. So if you’re tired of looking at the social media feed on your phone and all the stuff that keeps getting you frustrated and worked up, check out ours. Come and join us. It has an app within our community. You can be connected with brothers all over the United States and Canada. Hopefully all over the world soon.
I’m telling you guys, it’s a great chance and this is. If I didn’t personally believe in it, I wouldn’t even talk about it. But I believe in it. I’m in it every day. This opportunity is for you guys to talk with me directly, to talk with others directly. I’m just telling you. It’s what we need more of, particularly as we go into this next year.
Things will get tough. They are economic indicators are going to be in. Our are showing some pretty interesting things. I miss you to take it, and all that doesn’t matter to me, because I have hoping something greater and I hope you do as well. I really hope you do as well. So come back on Wednesday, fellas Actually it’s probably tomorrow so come back, listen to us. We want to a new, have an episode where I want to just go through some things with the line within us for a new year with that could look like for us Give you some encouragement to show you some things that God has shown me along the way. So hope to see you there. Okay, so I know it’s probably a short week for a lot of you guys. Be safe, enjoy yourself. You know, if you don’t listen to any of the episodes for new years, I do hope you have a happy new year.
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