And again, Isaiah says,
“The Root of Jesse will spring up, one who will arise to rule over the nations; in him the Gentiles will hope.”[a]
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.
What are you hoping for? What’s on your Christmas/birthday/bucket lists?
To wish for something with expectation of its fulfilment.
To have confidence; trust.
To look forward to with confidence or expectation
To expect and desire
A wish or desire accompanied by confident expectation of its fulfilment.
Something that is hoped for or desired:
keep your fingers crossed- lottery symbol
The desire and search for a future good, difficult but not impossible to attain with God's help.
One of the three virtues (faith, hope, and love) created by God to round out the natural virtues
What is it?
Where does it come from?
How do you get it?
WHERE DOES HOPE COME FROM? GOD
Psalm 39:7. “But now, Lord, what do I look for? My hope is in you.”
Ephesians 2:12 “remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world.”
WHAT IS HOPE? JOY AND PEACE, NOT SORROW AND STRESS!
Proverbs 13:12. “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.”
Romans 8:24-25. “For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he already has? 25 But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.”
Romans 8:28 “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
HOW DO WE GET HOPE?
1. By Believing Patiently. –like Abraham waited for the promise
Hebrews 6:11-12(-20.) “We want each of you to show this same diligence to the very end, in order to make your hope sure. 12 We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.”
2. By the Word.
Romans 15:4. “ For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.”
3. By the Holy Spirit. 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.
HOW MUCH HOPE IS ENOUGH?
Ephesians 3:20. “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,”
WHAT DOES HOPE LOOK LIKE?
2 Corinthians 3:12. “Therefore, since we have such a hope, we are very bold.”
Hope brings everyone together with a promise that brings joy and peace by the power of the Holy Spirit
HOPE -- It is a certainty in the present and firm expectation for the future
Hope does not disappoint….. Romans 5:5