HOPE II - When to Hope
What and How
Hope is the Joyful Expectation of Good
“As Long As I Have Jesus, I Have Hope.”
Isaiah 40:28-31 Have you never heard? Have you never understood? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of all the earth. He never grows weak or weary. No one can measure the depths of his understanding. 29 He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless. 30 Even youths will become weak and tired, and young men will fall in exhaustion. 31 But those who trust in the LORD will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.
HOW: We Partner with Hope with the Way We
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TEXT: Romans 4:16b-24 For Abraham is the father of all who believe. 17 That is what the Scriptures mean when God told him, “I have made you the father of many nations.” This happened because Abraham believed in the God who brings the dead back to life and who creates new things out of nothing. 18 Even when there was no reason for hope, Abraham kept hoping—believing that he would become the father of many nations. For God had said to him, “That’s how many descendants you will have!” 19 And Abraham’s faith did not weaken, even though, at about 100 years of age, he figured his body was as good as dead—and so was Sarah’s womb. 20 Abraham never wavered in believing God’s promise. In fact, his faith grew stronger, and in this he brought glory to God. 21 He was fully convinced that God is able to do whatever he promises.
Hope Against Hope
Romans 5:1-5 Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. 3 Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.
Proverbs 13:12a Hope deferred (delayed) makes the heart sick…
“Is it of eternal consequences?” - Irene Mask
“I am an old man and I have know a great many troubles, but most of them never happened” Mark Twain
“Worrying must work, everything I worry about never happens.” John Burk
When to Hope
“Hope is the Assurance of Father’s Goodness” Eric Reeder
I Corinthians 13:13 Three things will last forever--faith, hope, and love--and the greatest of these is love.
Hope is Eternal