Our world, your life, is filled with heartache and despair. If not right this moment, just give it a little time. The Ole preachers of days gone by would say you are either in the midst of trials and troubles, coming out of them or headed into the valleys of trials and trouble. That my friend is the true reality show. Display the family, the person, the church and visit the trials they are all going through.
From children killing and getting killed, to crime in the workplace, infidelity now a recreational sport, and the church throwing away words like sin, repent, hell, and the blood of Jesus. I had the sad experience of sitting where the pastor went nine weeks without telling the complete gospel story and didn’t speak of sin but of how to behave better and for an invitation to suggest the people go see someone else if his “lesson” leads them to want to “talk to someone.” The pastor shouldn’t be the only person to go to but should be One of them!
The people of God who seek to live as such can be so caught up in the tragedies of life that hope begins to wane. I truly believe the answers to our tragedies and the despair in life is hope. Naturally, or should I say spiritually, it is the Hope of Jesus Christ. Living like Jesus desires for us will not take away all trials but will lessen despair and provide what is needed to live a victorious life.
Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13 NASB)
1. The Resource for our Hope. (God)
You can look in the self help books but hope will not be found there.
Neither will you find it in religion, other gods, nature or each other.
Only in your personal, abiding relationship with Jesus Christ as your Savior will you know true hope.
God IS THE SOURCE OF ALL HOPE
2. The Results of our Hope. (Joy and Peace)
Joy and Peace may not come at the same time!
Just how many people do you find in your daily paths who display a real peace and spiritual joy?
3. The Requirement for our Hope. (Belief)
The crux of the matter of living, nourishing and sustaining hope is found in our relationship with Jesus. To have a relationship with Jesus YOU must believe.
The requirement is in this one word: BELIEVE.
You simply can not just talk the talk but walk the walk!
4. The Reaches of our Hope. (Abound)
The meaning of abound: Abundant, very plentiful.
Hope found in Jesus Christ reaches beyond the end of your earthly journey.
It reaches into our despair,
It reaches into our disappointments, and
It reaches into our eternal destiny.
5. The Renderer of our Hope. (Holy Spirit)
Hope is empowering.
It indwells the believer with confidence.
The reason is the power of the Holy Spirit.
You are not without help! You are not alone! You are empowered with the might of Holy God!
My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness;
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly lean on Jesus’ name.
When darkness veils His lovely face,
I rest on His unchanging grace;
In every high and stormy gale,
My anchor holds within the veil.
His oath, His covenant, His blood
Support me in the whelming flood;
When all around my soul gives way,
He then is all my hope and stay.
When He shall come with trumpet sound,
Oh, may I then in Him be found;
Dressed in His righteousness alone,
Faultless to stand before the throne
On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand,
All other ground is sinking sand.