There are many terms in scripture like faith, hope, love, joy, grace, peace, etc. that we come across as we read our Bibles. What is HOPE? A modern idea of hope is “to wish for, to expect, but without certainty of the fulfillment; to desire very much, but with no real assurance of getting your desire.” According to biblical usage, “hope” is an indication of certainty. “Hope” in scripture means “a strong and confident expectation.
Hope deals with things we can’t see or haven’t received or both. Hope is the confident expectation we have with certainty, that Gods word is true. When we know that what the Word says has occurred or will occur in accordance to what is written…..we have HOPE.
Romans 8:24-25 For in hope we have been saved, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one also hope for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, with perseverance we wait eagerly for it.
When we possess a biblical HOPE it changes us. It doesn’t allow us to escape from reality or keep us from problems. It doesn’t keep us drifting from one thing to the next either. If we have a biblical HOPE based on believing Gods promises are true than it gives us results and keep us in line with life….and death.
HOPE Changes us…..
How we see things –This is our temporary home.
What we value –We become heavenly minded instead of earthly minded.
What we do with our lives –How we use our time, our gifts, and our talents.
HOPE gives us power to live courageously, to be all God has called us to be in Christ.
HOPE gives us Rewards & Blessings….
- It gives us joy and peace -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.
- It gives us protection -Psalm 33:18 Behold, the eye of the LORD is on those who fear Him, On those who hope for His loving kindness,
- It gives us strength, courage, boldness -Psalm 31:24 Be strong, and let your heart take courage, All you who hope in the LORD.
- It gives us endurance, comfort, confidence in the face of death –Thessalonians 4:13 But we do not want you to be uninformed, brethren, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve, as do the rest who have no hope.
- It gives us confidence in ministry –1 Timothy 4:10 For it is for this we labor and strive, because we have fixed our hope on the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of believers.
Putting our HOPE in anything other than The Lord will only leave us disappointed.
God is called “the God of Hope.” This means He is the source of all real HOPE. If we are going to have HOPE (a confident expectation), it must come from Him for He alone has the power to give it.
–Psalm 62:5 My soul, wait in silence for God only, For my hope is from Him.
If you are without Christ, you are without God and without true HOPE.
HOPE depends on knowing the word of God, resting in His grace and living a spirit filled Life!
If you have a Biblical, Spiritual, Confident, HOPE In Jesus Christ…..You Really Do Have Everything!