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.