November 21: Mike’s Story

Real hope is an actual relationship with Jesus Christ. It’s the life-change that comes from knowing Him. It is the way to get through hard times. It is the focus for a new day, the purpose for walking through a difficult year.

This week we are wrapping up our Real Hope series with real stories of right now from real people who have experienced the life-changing hope that can only come through Jesus Christ.

Today’s story is from Mike Molter.

Read Psalm 46:1-11

In February of this year I found out I have a disease called MDS. It affects the bone marrow and blood where not enough good cells are produced. The only real treatment is a stem cell transplant and there has to be a donor that matches your immune system. So far, no match has been found for me. I’ve always been healthy and I expected to have many more years. Now, I don’t know.

I’ve shared many times about Jesus and the hope and love that are found through a relationship with Him, and I know I have the hope of spending eternity in heaven because of what Jesus has done for us. The hard part is the here and now, day by day. Some days, especially early on, I get very down. We’ve been very blessed and I have so much to be thankful for, so I try to focus on that and other blessings. I also try to focus on only one day at a time, as the Bible tells us to do, and that helps. What has given me the greatest lift is spending time in Jesus’ presence and asking Him to lift us up. And He does. I’ll spend time reading the Bible, praying and sometimes just being quiet (still). Proverbs 3:5 has given me great hope: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.”

I also find hope by writing down verses about how huge God’s love for us is and how nothing can ever change that (Romans 8:35-39). I love how He tells me that I am in His hands and nothing can ever remove me. (See John 10:28-29.) What an incredible hope to be guaranteed eternity with Jesus in a place that is beyond our wildest dreams (See Ephesians 1:13-14.)

Someone also shared with me these great words of hope from Romans 15:13: “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

The key for hope is trust. Trusting God that He will do what He says He will do and trusting in His promises.

Life is difficult right now and I am uncertain what will happen to me in this life but Jesus is always available. He is always with us. He promises that He will never leave us or forsake us and I believe Him.

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