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Endless Hope Part 2

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Romans 15:13
"Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit."

 

The definition of worldly hope is very uncertain, "maybe something good will happen". Biblical hope is the steady confident expectation of good.

 

Psalms 23:6
"Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life."

 

Romans 15:13 says that you may ABOUND in hope. The word "abound" is the Greek word "perisseuo" which means to superabound, to have in excess. God wants us to superabound in hope.

 

The word hope occurs over 50 times in the New Testament. God knows we would need hope. Our strength to live godly, productive lives depends greatly on the hope in our hearts.

 

2 Dangers of Losing Hope

 

1. Backsliding and sin

 

When some Christians lose hope for healing and breakthrough in their circumstances, maybe in finances, marriage, kids, job there is a danger of sin and backsliding.

 

2. Give up

 

Proverbs 13:12
“Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life.”

 

Where there is no hope there is no endeavour. When hope is gone it is easy to quit and give up. Hope is an anchor.

 

Hebrews 6:18-19
18 that by two immutable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we might have strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold of the hope set before us.
19 This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil,

 

Boats have an anchor to keep them steady in storms. An anchor is fixed to solid earth or rock that stabilizes the boat and prevents it being excessively pushed to and fro, or thrown onto the rocks and smashed.

 

Romans 5:3-5
3 And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance;
4 and perseverance, character; and character, hope.
5 Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

 

Notice the surprising progression, tribulations produce perseverance, perseverance produces character, and character hope. Hope does not disappoint. How can that be? It’s the God factor - His love - that makes the difference.

 

It is often because of the God factor in situations that should be our ruin that God brings about amazingly positive results. In your trials, setbacks and disappointments as you respond rightly to God and trust Him, you can come out with perseverance, character and hope.

 

How to have hope

 

1. By the Word of God

 

Romans 15:4
"For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope."

 

Anyone who will be at student of God’s Word will find hope over and over again. The Word of God is like a sharp edged sword and can slay the enemy and drive away hopelessness. (Hebrews 4:12). Many scriptures exhort us to have hope in God.

 

Psalm 25:3
"No one whose hope is in You will ever be put to shame."

 

Job 13:15
"Though He slay me, yet will I hope in Him"

 

2. Put on the helmet of hope

 

1 Thessalonians 5:8
"But let us who are of the day be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet the hope of salvation."

 

We are in spiritual battle, Satan attacks our mind relentlessly with fear, doubt and hopelessness. We need to put on helmet of hope and reject the thoughts that assail us. If we don’t, we will be tossed up and down by the devil.

 

3. The Promises of God

 

Genesis 12:1-3
1 "Now the Lord had said to Abram: “Get out of your country, from your family and from your father’s house to a land that I will show you.
2 I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing.
3 I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”

 

Abraham’s wife, Sarah, was barren. God gave Him a promise to make him great nation and Abraham was filled with hope. The promises of God give us hope.

 

As Abraham proceeded in his journey he encountered discouragements.

 

In Abraham’s journey of faith, he encountered a lot of very discouraging circumstances that seemed to be the opposite to the promises God had given him, for example, the long wait for Isaac to be born. To help him succeed in his journey and persevere through his disappointments God fed Abraham with promises that filled him with hope and gave him strength to carry on.

 

Ask God for a promise or recall a promise you already have.

 

Romans 15:13
"Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit."

 



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