January 05, 2016

Proclaiming Jesus in 2016

In Matthew 28:18-20, the Lord Jesus delegated to all Believers the great commission to reach people all over the world with the Gospel of Salvation. "And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen."

For us to make disciples, we must first be disciples.  It is impossible to reproduce what you are not and impossible to give to others what you don't have yourself.  1 Peter 4:17,18 says, "For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the Gospel of God? Now "If the righteous one is scarcely saved, Where will the ungodly and the sinner appear?" We Believers, the Body of Christ, must stir ourselves and be passionate, bold and committed to the Lord in both our personal life and in proclaiming Him to the world.  2016 must be a year that we Believers live our redemption and show the world Jesus.

On Sunday, January 3, I preached a powerful, yet practical way that all of us can proclaim Jesus to others this year.  I encourage you to study the outline and get this message.  In the service, we all committed ourselves to living our redemption and showing Jesus to the world in 2016.  We then celebrated and consecrated our renewal with communion.  I encourage every Believer to take a stand, make a commitment and together, let us show our nation and world that Jesus is the answer.

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Proclaiming Jesus In 2016

I)     We are to live our redemption and show the world Jesus.

A)   1 Corinthians 11:23-25 - Jesus redeemed us from the curse of the law.

vv.23,24 - The Bread, His Body, releases earthly blessings into our lives.

1)    1 Peter 2:24 - Forgiveness for sins, Healing for all sickness

2)    2 Corinthians 8:9 - Financial prosperity = provision

3)    Isaiah 53:5 - Peace and well being.

v.25 - His Blood brings us into covenant with God.

1)    Hebrews 9:12 - Obtained eternal redemption for us.

2)    Revelation 1:5,6 - Washed us and made us kings and priests.

B)    1 Corinthians 11:26-31 - We are to discern who we are in Christ, receive and appreciate all Jesus did for us, bring ourselves into conformity to His Will, and live our life to proclaim and show Jesus to the world.

C)    Five ways we can proclaim and show Jesus to the world:

1)   Live in God's Love

a)     I John 4:16 - God is love, we are never more like Jesus than when we live our life in love.

b)    John 13:34,35

v.34 - We are to love with the God-kind of love Jesus had.

1)   Romans 5:5 - We have God's love poured into our heart by the Holy Spirit.   Walk in love in our home, our relationships, our response, our actions.

v.35 - Love shows that we are His disciples.

2)    Commit to God's Word

a)    John 8:31,32 - Read God's Word every day.  The Word sets us free and shows us how to be His disciples.

3)    Pray Every Day

a)    James 5:16 - The prayer of the righteous is powerful.

4)    Be a Witness - Tell somebody about Jesus, invite to church, do something good for somebody.

a)    Matthew 5:16 - Let your light shine and show others Jesus.

5)    Get Involved in Church - Make Church a priority, not just an option.

a)    Hebrews 10:24,25 - Every believer needs to be involved in Church.  How can we show Jesus to the world if we are not committed to what He came to establish.  Matthew 16:18 - I will build my Church.

October 14, 2015

The Lord Our Healer

After delivering the children of Israel from bondage, one of the first things the Lord did was to reveal Himself to them as their healer. In Exodus 15:26, God said, "...For I am the Lord who heals you." God established a healing covenant with His people and became their great Physician. 

In Deuteronomy 7:14,15, Moses reiterates to the people that God is their healer and provider. "14) You shall be blessed above all peoples; there shall not be a male or female barren among you or among your livestock. 15) And the Lord will take away from you all sickness, and will afflict you with none of the terrible diseases of Egypt which you have known, but will lay them on all those who hate you." As long as the people of God honored Him and practiced His Word, God would be their protector, provider, and healer.

In Acts 10:38 we see Peter preaching to the gentiles that now unto us Jesus is our Saviour and Healer. He said, "How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him." The key to us walking in God's provision and healing power is to make Jesus not only our Lord but also our provider and healer. Peter said Jesus would heal all oppressed by the devil. Don't limit healing to just your physical body. Jesus came to heal us from all oppressions. Study this outline and listen to the message, and let Jesus work His healing power in whatever area of your life that needs a touch of healing from the Lord.

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The Lord Our Healer

I       Jesus Came to Make Us Whole in Every Area of Our Lives

A)    Exodus 15:23-25 - The Lord has always been a healing God.

B)    Acts 10:38 - Jesus is the healer of all things that oppress and hurt.

C)    Five Areas of Healing

1)    Jesus Heals Every Kind of Physical Infirmity

a)     Psalm 103:3 - Healing is a benefit for all Believers.

b)    Matthew 15:30, 31 - There is healing for every imaginable sickness.

v.31 - Healing brings Glory to God.

2)    Jesus Heals Emotional Hurts

a)     Psalm 147:3 - He heals the broken (crushed, destroyed, hurt) heart [curing their pains and sorrows]. (AMP)

b)     Isaiah 61:1 (AMP), c) Isaiah 53:5 (AMP) - Peace and well being.

3)   Jesus Heals Our Soul - Mind, will, emotions; mental illness, disorders

a)     Psalm 41:4 - The devil attacks our minds usually after a traumatic event and he brings guilt and condemnation to oppress our mind. Jesus heals us.

b)     Psalm 23:1-3 - Jesus our Shepherd heals and restores our soul.

4)    Jesus Heals Our Backsliding

a)    Jeremiah 3:22, 23 - Come back to Jesus and He will heal you.

5)    Jesus Heals Our Land

a)    II Chronicles 7:14 - Our spiritual healing will release God's natural healing upon our land.

D)    Jesus Heals Us through His Word and Compassion

1)     Psalm 107:19, 20 - In our affliction, call to the Lord and He will give us His Word to heal us.

2)     Matthew 9:35, 36 - Jesus doesn't see us as a problem.  He loves us and desires to make us whole.

October 08, 2015

Positioned for Results

III John 2 says, "Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers." I believe it is always the will of God that we prosper and live in victory.  The very nature of God tells us that God only desires good things for us.  Matthew 7:11 says, " If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!"  Our Heavenly Father is constantly looking to give good things to us, His children.

Hebrews 11:6 says, "But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him." The key to us receiving all the good things God has for us is faith. We must learn to live and walk by faith.  Every good thing we receive from God comes to us through the spiritual law of faith.  So for us to position ourselves for results, we must learn how to live in the kind of faith that pleases God.  If we are doing all things we believe to be the right things and are not getting results, we need to find out why.  Don't settle for less than what God says you can have.  Find out the problem, correct it and get back into victory.  Keep yourself positioned for results.

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Positioned For Results

I      Doing Right Things But Getting No Results – Find Out Why

A.    Mark 11:22-24 – God-kind of faith is given to us to get results.

vv.23,24 – Our faith is supposed to move mountains and get prayers answered.

vv.22-24 – Two individuals involved in faith.

v.22 – First person involved in faith is God.

vv.23,24 – Second person involved in faith is you.

B.    If we aren’t getting results it’s either God or us we must look to.

1.    Look at God

a.     Psalm 84:11 – No good thing will He withhold…

b.    Malachi 3:6 – For I am the Lord, I change not. (God is not the problem, quit blaming God.)

c.    James 4:6,7 – God resists the proud.

1. Resists (Grk) - to range oneself against; to oppose

2. Proud (Grk) - haughty, arrogant, appearing above others

2.    Look at ourselves: are we proud and not walking upright?

Psalm 84:11 – uprightly = morally, integrity, truth, undefiled

C.    James 5:10,11 – By looking in the Bible, we find where we are missing it.

v.11 – Job was blessed, lost it, and regained it.

1.    Job 3:25 – Job’s failure was inward not outward. Right actions, wrong attitude and motives.

2.    Job 1:5 – Job’s actions were motivated by fear and not faith. His faith was in his works, not the power of God. (Is our faith in our confessions and prayers or in God, who answers them?)

3.   Job 38:1-3 – God corrects Job.

4.   Job 40:1-3 – God reveals to Job his utter dependence on God.

5.   Job 42:1-6,10,12 vv.1-6 – To get our faith working again, repent, humble ourselves unto the Lord, exalt the Lord and get back into true faith and prayer and trust in God.

September 22, 2015

Christ's Second Coming

Luke 21:28 says, "Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.” What are you looking at? What has your attention? Whatever has our attention will usually control our attitudes and actions.  In Luke 21, the Lord Jesus is teaching us about all the things that will take place in the last days.  His advice and counsel to us is to not get caught up in the troubles but to keep our focus on His return.

I taught a series on End Time Events and one of the messages is about the second coming of Jesus and the rapture of the Church.  I believe this is a good time for us to re-study these notes and listen to this message.  Remember what Paul admonished us to do when he wrote to Titus and let these words direct your attitude and actions.  Titus 2:11-14, "For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works."

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Christ’s Second Coming

I)     Jesus is coming again to receive the Church to Himself.

A)    John 14:1-3 - Jesus Himself tells us He is coming again for us.

B)    Acts 1:6-11- Two angels declare the message of Jesus’ return.

 v.8 - We are to be filled with the Spirit and be His witness until He returns.

C)    Hebrews 9:28 (AMP) - Jesus is coming for those who are living for Him looking for His return.

D)    Titus 2:11-14 - If we truly believe He is coming again, it will influence our lifestyle.

II)   Two parts to His second coming: rapture and second advent.

A)    The Second Advent - (Webster) Advent - to come, a coming

1)     Zechariah 14:1-4, 9 -  The second coming happens at the end of tribulation.

a)    Three things take place:

1)    v.4 - His feet touch the Mount of Olives

2)    vv.2,3 - Jesus defeats armies that fight against Israel

3)    v.9 - Jesus sets up His millennial reign as King of earth

a) Zechariah 12:10,11 - Israel doesn’t recognize Jesus until His second coming.

b) Romans 12:25-27 - At the second coming, all of Israel will be saved.

B)    The Rapture - The catching up of Believers

1)    II Thessalonians 2:1-10 - The Church must be raptured before the tribulation can start and antichrist can come forth.

v.3 - Falling away (AMP) - The departure of the Church.

vv.6,7 - The Church is in authority and is restraining antichrist. The Church must be removed before he can come forth.  Many try to remove the Church, but only Jesus can remove us.

a) Daniel 9:27 - Forms covenant for 7 years. Rapture is pre-tribulation.

2)     I Thessalonians 4:15-18 - At rapture, Jesus doesn’t touch the earth.  We are caught up to meet Him in the clouds.

3)     In every catching up or rapture, they saw them go up.

a) Acts 1:10,11 - They saw Jesus go up.

b) Matthew 27:52, 53 - At the resurrection, they saw the old testament saints.

c) Revelation 11:11,12 - They see two witnesses go up.

d) I Thessalonians 4:16, 17 - They will see us go up too!

4)    Matthew 24:44 - Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.

September 16, 2015

Overcoming Perilous Times

It seems we are living in a time when things are being accelerated.  Prophecy is being fulfilled at an amazing pace.  We are also hearing many voices speaking of doom and gloom from both secular and sadly from Christian leaders also.  It is so very important that we press into the Lord and hear His voice in this hour.  We must get a firm grip on the hour and time we are living in.  By knowing the time, we will know how to conduct ourself.

I was going through some old notes and found this message.  I believe it to be a vital and significant word to us today.  I encourage you to study these notes and listen to the message.  It will strengthen your faith and give you good wisdom to follow in this time we are living.

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Overcoming Perilous Times

Text: II Timothy 3:1 - This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.

 AMP  ...in the last days perilous times of great stress and trouble, hard to deal with and hard to bear.

 Perilous - (Grk) difficult, dangerous, furious, fierce

 God has warned us of these days and how we can overcome them.

I)      Make God your source and don’t let terror or peril hold you in fear or bondage.

 A)    Psalm 20:1-9 - v.6 - the Lord saveth His anointed

 vv.7,8 - our trust is in the Lord

 1)   Psalm 18:1-3 - The Lord is my rock…

 B)    Psalm 91:1-16 - When we put our trust in the Lord He becomes our refuge and protector. There is only one place of security and that is with the Lord.

II)     We must take our strength and use it to serve.

 A)    Matthew 20:20,21, 24-28 - We must stop using our faith to flaunt ourselves or to achieve great success.

 v.26 - We must begin to use our faith to reach out to others.

 1) We have an opportunity to serve and show the world the love of Jesus.

 2) A Believer is not measured by what you have but what you do with it.

 B)    John 15:13 - Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

 We lay down our lives by reaching out to others.

III)     Jesus is the greatest example of serving.

 A)    Romans 5:6-10 - God loved us when we weren’t lovable and Jesus gave His life for us anyway. He became our example.

 Now we are to live in faith, trust God and be a light shining to others.

 

September 10, 2015

Put on the New Life

When studying the bible we must learn to distinguish the difference between the legal and vital side of our redemption. Everything Jesus did on Calvary is legally ours. II Corinthians 1:20 says, "For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us." Every promise of God is legally ours, it already belongs to us. When we make Jesus our Lord, all He is and all He has is legally ours and available to us. But just because it is legally ours doesn't mean it will automatically manifest in our lives. We must act on the promise that is legally ours to experience it in our lives. This is the vital part of Christianity.

In this message, I want to teach you two keys to putting on this New Life in Christ so you can vitally experience everything that is legally yours.  This is our time to go beyond just believing God's Word to experiencing it in our lives.

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Put on the New Life

I)     We must renew our mind and put to practice our new life in Christ.

A)    II Corinthians 5:17-19 (AMP) - This is legally who we are in Christ.

1)     Ephesians 1:3-7 - This is ours now.

2)     Ephesians 2:4-10 - This is legally what God has done for us in Christ.

In Christ we are: new creations, partakers of His blessings, and raised up in His Authority.

If ALL of this is ours, why isn't it working?

B)   Ephesians 4:17-24 (AMP) - It is our responsibility to put off our old life and put on our new life in Christ.

1)     Romans 13:11-14 - Now more than ever we must put on this new man.

v.14 (AMP) - (Grk) To clothe, sinking into a garment

Every day we choose to either dress like God or dress like the world in how we act and present ourselves.

C)   Ephesians 4:21-23 - Two keys to putting on this new life.

1)    v.23 (AMP) - Constantly renew your mind with God's Word.

a)  James 1:21 - When the Word becomes implanted into your mind and thinking it will change you.

2)    Romans 8:12-14 (AMP) - With the help and power of the Holy Spirit, control your flesh.

v.14 - Be led by the Spirit, not flesh.

The more full of God's Word and The Holy Spirit you become, the greater the transition you will experience.   

September 02, 2015

Finding God's Will and Way

Psalm 84:11 gives us more insight on how God thinks about us, along with some revelation of what is expected on our part to receive. For the Lord God is a sun and shield; The Lord will give grace and glory; No good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly.”  Every good thing God has, He wants to give to us. The only condition on our part is to, “walk uprightly.” That means, do things God’s way.

There are two keys to walking in the blessings of the Lord. First, we must discover His will for us. You can’t have faith for what you don’t know. All faith is based on knowledge of God’s will for us as found in His Word. Second, we must discover God’s way, His course or mode of action. How does God want to work His will in our lives? When we discover both God’s will and God’s way, and obey Him, victory is not far off.

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Finding God's Way and Will

I)     We must discover God's Will and God's Way of doing it.

A)    II Corinthians 4:13 - Two keys to faith operating successfully

1)    Faith must be based on God's Word.  The Word tells us God's Will so we can have faith.

a)    Hebrews 11:1,6 - Faith is believing, having assurance and conviction about the promises of God and that He will give what He has promised to us.

b)    Romans 10:17 - Faith and the Will of God is discovered in God's Word.

2)    Faith must be based on the leading of The Holy Spirit.  God leads us and shows us what to do by The Holy Spirit.

a)    Romans 8:14-16 - The Holy Spirit is our guide in faith.

v.16 - The Holy Spirit bears witness with our spirit and shows us how God wants us to do it.

b)    I John 2:20 - It is by the leading of The Holy Spirit we know what we are to do.

c)    Psalm 25:4,5 - We must know God's Will and the way He wants to work it in our lives.

v.4 - way (Hebrew) - A course or mode of action.

vv.4,5 (MSG) - You cannot override or supersede the leading of The Holy Spirit with your faith.  You must cooperate with the leading or unction of the Spirit.

v.4 - We must discover God's Will in His Word, then seek Him on how He wants us to do it.

B)     Knowing God's Will and following His course of action gets results.

1)   II Kings 5:8-15 - Naaman only received healing after submitting to the way God told him to get it.

2)   I Chronicles 14:8-17 - David knew to seek God for His Will and His Way every time he faced an enemy.  Even though it was the same enemy, God chose two different methods to defeat him.

Discover God's Will and how He wants you to act on it and your faith will produce great results.

 

August 26, 2015

The Look of Faith

Proverbs 4:20-22 says, "My son, give attention to my words; Incline your ear to my sayings. Do not let them depart from your eyes; Keep them in the midst of your heart; For they are life to those who find them, And health to all their flesh." Verse 21 tells us to not let God's Word depart from our eyes.  It makes a great difference on how we see things. If we see things through the Word of God and see them as God sees them it produces faith in our heart. If we let the devil steal the Word and cause us to see the situation from a carnal, sense ruled ruled way we will be defeated.


Hebrews 4:14 says, "Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession." For us to hold fast our confession and keep speaking our faith we must continue to keep our eyes on Jesus. When we are standing and believing God for something, it doesn't always manifest instantly.  This is why we must set ourselves to stand in faith and keep our gaze fixed on Jesus and what He has promised us in His Word.  As we keep our eyes on the promise, our faith will stay strong and we will receive that which the Lord has said.

The Look of Faith

I)     The Redemptive Work of Jesus Provides Every Need Met

A)    I John 3:8 - Jesus came to destroy and undo works of the devil.

B)    Luke 4:18-21 - Jesus is the anointed one who brings full deliverance and redemption.

v.19 (AMP) - The day when salvation and the free favors of God profusely abound.

v.21 - All of this is fulfilled in Jesus and available to us now.

C)   John 3:13-17 - To receive our redemption we must look to Jesus.

v.14 - Jesus says we are to look to Him as they did at the serpent on a pole for Moses.

D)   Numbers 21:4-9

vv.4-6 - People got impatient, became discouraged and began to murmur against God and Moses.

v.5 - Loathed - The people didn't appreciate what God was doing for them.

v.6 - When we turn from God we give the devil opportunity to bite us.

vv.7-9 - Two things to be delivered.

1) v.7 - Repent if you missed it.

2) v.8 - Put your total focus on the Lord. Look - Continuous present tense, a continuous stare

E)    Four Keys to Looking and Receiving Deliverance

1)     Look - To be occupied and influenced with what we are looking at.

a) Romans 4:18-21 - Abraham looked to God and not at his condition. We must look to and be influenced by Jesus and not the problem.

2)     Look - to give attention to

a) Proverbs 4:20 - “...give attention to My Words.” What has your attention will control your direction.

3)    Look - expectation - We look at something expecting to see what it does.

a) Hebrews 11:6 - We must come to God expecting.

4)     Look - to consider

a) Hebrews 3:1 - Consider Jesus.

b) Romans 4:19-21 - Don't consider the problem. Consider God to be able to perform His Word in your life.

 

August 18, 2015

Growing Your Faith

Hebrew 11:6 says, "But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him." For us to live a life that is pleasing to God, it must be a life of faith. It is by faith we receive the blessings of God into our lives.  Faith begins at the new birth and continues to be a vital part of every area of our Christian walk. 

Romans 12:3 says, "For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith."  In this verse we see that every believer is given a measure of the God-kind of faith.  The book of Romans was written to the believers in Rome.  So if God gave them a measure of faith, He has given to us a measure of faith.

In II Thessalonians 1:3 we read, "We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is fitting, because your faith grows exceedingly, and the love of every one of you all abounds toward each other." These Thessalonian Christians took full advantage of their faith and began to grow in their faith walk with God.  Now if their faith could grow exceedingly, then so can ours.  I challenge you to study this word, put these principles to work in your life and begin to see your faith growing exceedingly.

Growing Your Faith

I)     Our Faith Grows As We Sow The Seed of God's Word In It

A)    II Thessalonians 1:3 - Your faith grows exceedingly.

1)    Romans 12:3 - God gives every believer a measure of faith. It's up to you what you do with it. You can use it, mature it, or leave it alone.

a) Romans 14:1 - You can be weak in faith.

b) Romans 4:20 - You can be strong in faith.

c) I Timothy 1:19 - You can have shipwreck faith.

2)    Romans 10:17 - Faith comes and grows when we feed it the Word of God. Faith always begins where the Will of God is known. Your faith will never be stronger than your knowledge of God's Word.

B)    Mark 4:14-28 - We grow our faith by hearing and keeping God's Word in our heart.

v.15 - They heard the Word, got it in their hearts but let satan come and steal it.

vv.16,17 - Faith must have time to become rooted for it to grow.

vv.18,19 - Attend to it, give attention to your faith and keep weeds out.

v.20 - By hearing, receiving, and acting on the Word, faith grows.

vv.21,22 - Still talking about God's Word.

a) Deuteronomy 29:29 - God will reveal His Word to us.

v.23 - Ears to hear - Choose to position yourself to hear God's Word. Anybody willing to hear and receive God's Word can grow their faith.

v.24, 25 - Put value on God's Word. The value you put on God's Word will determine its potency and potential in your life; the more you hear, the more you get.

v.25 - If the Word isn't the foundation for your faith, the devil will steal your victory.

vv.26-28 - 1) We release our faith by speaking God's Word into the situation.

2) We then trust God to give it life and bring it to full harvest.

3) We then receive our blessing.

 

July 29, 2015

Building Strong Hope

I Corinthians 13:13 says, “And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.”  We hear a lot of teaching on faith and love but not too much on hope.  I also believe faith and love are two powerful subjects we need to hear and receive into our heart.

I John 4:16 tells us that “God is Love.”   It is no wonder Paul says, the greatest of these is love.  Love is the very foundation of our relationship with God.  I John 4:8 says, “He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.”  So to truly know God we must first experience His love in our heart.

Next we see faith, and faith is vital.  Ephesians 2:8 says we are saved by faith.  Hebrews 11:6 says without faith we can’t please God.  The Lord Jesus in Mark 11:23,24 taught us that by faith we could move mountains and receive answers to our prayers.  So we see that faith is vital to our living in victory.

Now we come to hope.  Hope is to most believers a greatly misunderstood subject.  We hear people say, I’m just hopin’ and a prayin’ that it will work out.  This isn’t Bible hope.  Bible hope means to anticipate with pleasure, to have joyful and confident expectation.  If you are hoping for something you are eagerly, joyfully expecting it to happen.  Hebrews 11:1 says, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”  Our faith will never be any stronger than our hope, for it is our hope that faith gives substance to.

It is time to develop the spiritual force of hope in our lives.  Study these notes, build these principles into your heart and release within you the power of Biblical hope. 

 Building Strong Hope

I)    Faith Needs Strong Hope to be Effective

A)   I Corinthians 13:13 - Abide (Greek) = continues, lives, to be present

1)    Faith - To trust in and act on God's Word.

2)    Love - The nature and character of God.

3)    Hope (Greek) = to anticipate with pleasure, expectation, confidence

(Amplified Bible) - joyful and confident expectation

B)   Hebrews 11:1 - Without hope, faith has nothing to give substance to. Hope is your goal; what you are expecting to happen.

1)    Proverbs 13:12 - Hope and desire are interchangeable.  You must desire something and have expectation for it, for your faith to work.

C)   Two Keys to Strengthen Your Hope

1)    Romans 15:4 - Hope must be established on God's Word.

a)   Psalm 119:130 - "The entrance of your words give light." God's Word reveals God's Will.

b)   Psalm 119:147 - "I hope in Your Word." When we have nothing to see, we must look to and keep our hope on God's Word.

2)   Romans 15:13 - Hope is strengthened by the power of the Holy Spirit.

a)   Ephesians 5:18 - Staying full of the Holy Spirit keeps our hope, desire, and our joyful and confident expectation strong.

D)   Romans 4:17-22 - Hope and faith working together bring great victory.

v.18 - When it looked hopeless, he re-established his hope on God's Word.  Go back to what God said to you.

v.19 - He got his eyes off of the problem and back onto God.  Problems are hope thieves.

v.20 - He rejoiced even before he had it.  (joyful, confident, expectation)

v.21 - He stayed with God; and, never broke fellowship with the Lord.

v.22 - He realized his hopes and received his blessing.

 

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