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Summary: Maybe you can live 40 days without food? 8 days without water? 4 minutes without air --- but you just cannot live without hope. THERE COMES A DAY WHEN THE DUST SHALL SING --- HOPE ON

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PLANT THE SEEDS AND WAIT FOR THE DAY ---

When dust shall sing! ARE WE PRISONERS OF HOPE?

By Wade Martin Hughes, Sr. Kyfingers@aol.com

TEXT:

Zechariah 9:12 Turn you to the strong hold, ye prisoners of hope: even to day do

I declare that I will render double unto thee;

Zechariah 9:12 (NLT) Come back to the place of safety, all you prisoners who still

have hope! I promise this very day that I will repay two blessings for each of your

troubles.

I. HOPE IS A WINDOW --- DUST? THERE IS JUST SOMETHING ABOUT DUST?

HOPE CAN DIE IN THE DUST? HOPE CAN ARISE OUT OF THE DUST? ...

IN DARK TIMES THERE IS A GOD OF LIGHT.

Jeremiah 17:7 Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is.

Jeremiah 17:17 Be not a terror unto me: thou art my hope in the day of evil.

A. Hope is a window.

I heard a Sunday School teacher speak of the day of the ringer washer. She enjoyed

watching her neighbor hang the sparkling clean clothes on the line through the spring

and summer and fall. Soon winter approached and the teacher said she noticed the

neighbor's clothes were not as sparkling clean as they had been. Almost weekly she

could see the clothes hanging on the line were dingy and dirty? One day near spring as

her husband carried in the coal and placed it by the fireplace.

The lady SPOKE the words, how dingy the neighbors clean clothes had grown through

the winter? She said: MAYBE WE NEED TO BUY HER SOME NEW IMPROVED TIDE?

Spring came and they quit burning the coal in the fireplace. One Saturday the husband

washed the windows outside and the wife washed the windows inside.

On the next wash day, the lady noticed how white and clean the neighbors clothes were.

THEN THE LADY REALIZED THE CLOTHES WERE SPARKING CLEAN THE WHOLE TIME.

The coal dust from the fireplace had glazed over her windows.

The dim, dingy, dirty was on HER WINDOWS...

B. LIFE HAS A WAY OF SLOWLY, GRADUALLY BUILDING UP AND DISTORTING OUR

VISIUAL FIELD UNTIL HOPE IS LONG GONE?

C. There are several lessons I would like to teach to anyone that will listen.

KEEP YOUR WINDOWS CLEAN BEFORE SPEAKING NEGATIVE.

One of those lesson is simple to state, but DIFFICULT TO PRACTICE...

D. THERE IS HIDDEN FROM THE MIND THE POWER OF THE SPOKEN WORD...

The Creator knew the power of the spoken word... God stepped out of the eons

of time and said:

God said: (Gen. 1:3) LET THERE BE LIGHT... With words God launches His Creation...

Let there be light --- THERE WAS LIGHT...

II. LIFE IS ABOUT DUST AND DIRT --- BUT LIFE IS MORE THAN DUST AND DIRT ---

A. THE WORDS: LET US MAKE MAN and God stoops to the DUST --- GROUND and

God creates man from the DUST...

Genesis 2:7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed

into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

B. Just imagine as God the Father, Jesus the son, and the Holy Spirit look down on

the FORM OF THE BODY OF THE MAN. God says: THIS IS GOOD..

C. The work is not complete. God breathes the BREATH OF GOD into the MAN.

Now the breath of God has consumed the DUST.

The dust is not DUST anymore --- THE DUST BECOMES HOPE --- A LIVING SOUL.

If you want to touch the DIVINE, it is simple... Breath into the palm of your hand...

D. God's words were so powerful that HOPE ARISES OUT OF THE DUST..

III. WE TEND TO LOSE SIGHT OF THE GOAL. FROM DUST THAT ART --- IS TRUE.

--- WHILE I LIVE I HAVE HOPE! AND TO DUST YOU SHALL RETURN

--- BUT THE CHILDREN OF GOD CAN SAY THESE POWERFUL WORDS

... LIFE IS MORE THAN VANITY, WHEN I AM DEAD I SHALL LIVE AND

I SHALL SPEAK THE LANGUAGE OF HOPE...

A. The SMART MAN SPOKE: We shall return to our maker --- but SOLOMN SPOKE an

INVALID CONCLUSION --- Vanities of vanities: Everything is USELESS...

Ecclesiastes 12:7 Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit

shall return unto God who gave it. 8 Vanity of vanities, saith the preacher; all is vanity.

B. Before Jesus came to earth and spoke life...

JOB SPOKE FOR A FACT --- I SHALL SEE GOD...

Job 19:25 For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter

day upon the earth: 26 And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my

flesh shall I see God:

IV. MY FRIEND WE MUST NEVER FORGET THE POWER OF THE WORD OVER THE DUST.

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