HOPE I - WHAT IS HOPE?

HOPE I - WHAT IS HOPE?

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.

HOPE

hope (hōp/) noun

noun: hope; plural noun: hopes

    1 a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen.

Biblical Definition of Hope - the Joyful Anticipation of Good

WITHOUT HOPE

Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

“For the person who has stopped hoping, failure is inevitable.” - Dutch Sheets, ‘Tell Your Heart to Beat Again’

JOYFUL VS HAPPY

Hope is the JOYFUL Expectation of Good

Proverbs 17:22 A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit saps a person’s strength. 

Proverbs 13:12 Hope differed (delayed) makes the heart sick.

Hebrews 12:1 …run with endurance the race that God has set before us. 

“Those with the most hope will have the most influence.” - Bill Johnson

“any area of our life for which we have no hope, is under the influence of a lie”

TALK TO YOURSELF

Psalm 42:11 Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God. 

Psalm 103:1-5 1-2 O my soul, bless God. From head to toe, I’ll bless his holy name! O my soul, bless God, don’t forget a single blessing!

3-5 He forgives your sins—every one. He heals your diseases—every one. He redeems you from hell—saves your life! He crowns you with love and mercy—a paradise crown. He wraps you in goodness—beauty eternal. He renews your youth—you’re always young in his presence.

DON'T DRIFT

Hebrews 6:18-19 So God has given both his promise and his oath. These two things are unchangeable because it is impossible for God to lie. Therefore, we who have fled to him for refuge can have great confidence as we hold to the hope that lies before us. 19 This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain into God’s inner sanctuary.

A SEASON OF HOPE

Advent Devotional - Come and Behold Him (Dr. Brian Simmons)

Psalm 80 - “represents a song of lament that was a prayer members of tribes of Judah offered up to God. They were in decline, they were in trouble, they had been rejected by God because of rebellion.

Sounds familiar, doesn’t it?

(200 years later) They were in decline, in trouble, they hadn’t heard from God in nearly four centuries, and they were waiting for the Anointed One—the “Branch-Man, the Son of your love, the Son of Man who dwells at your right hand” (Ps. 80:17)”

“As the church looks around us this Christmas season, we may feel like Israel felt: we’re in decline, we’re in trouble, our nation needs restoration. While we could pray this prayer along with Israel, the truth is God fulfilled their hearts’ cry—and ours!

The promised Branch-Man came in full glory and power to reveal God, rescue, revive, and restore us.

And because he did, nothing can ever stop us—not even the power of death will be able to overpower the church (Matt. 16:18).”

Excerpt From: Brian Simmons. “Come and Behold Him (The Passion Translation).” 

Colossians 1:26 — the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the Lord’s people. 27 To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.

HOPE IS THE ANSWER

Romans 12:12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.

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.