Reasons To Hope

Thursday, January 18th, 2018

Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.  Rom 5:5

Introduction

It is important to know that as believers in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness that constitutes Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection, we have been given tremendous hope in Christ by God.  When discouraging and depressing situations threatens our born again soul, we look to God to lift us up in Christ. 

Once fear is cast out, we then have to build Christ’s hope in its place, a beautiful virtue and life transforming grace that yields multiple benefits. 

When we do this, there are several God given reasons to hope in Christ.

 

  1. Hope Leads Us To Rely On God’s Presence

In Rom 5:3-5, Paul says that we can rejoice in our hardships because we are a people of hope.  How can we have hope when everything looks hopeless?  In the midst of hardship, we can rejoice because these challenges causes us to rely on God’s presence.  When we go through hardship, we often pray and seek God more intensely than at other times.  My greatest times of growth have been when I have reached the end of my resources and all I have left is Jesus.  God uses hardship to make us rely on His presence. Ruminate God’s love based on what Jesus did for us through His baptism and death that releases hope of assurance.

 

  1. Hope Leads Us To Rely On God’s Provision

In 2 Cor 12:7, Paul reveals that he has suffered from a ‘thorn in the flesh.’  God was concerned about Paul not becoming proud and He allowed this to happen to him from becoming conceited.  In our current situation, God is saying to us that His grace is sufficient even when we feel weak.  God is making us stronger than we have ever been.  His grace is not an abstract idea, it is the Person of Jesus Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit.

 

  1. Hope Leads Us To Rely On God’s Power

In 2 Cor 12:9b, Paul is rhetorically asking what is undermining us, is it finance,  health, family  issues,  studies  or job issues.  Whatever  it is, Paul says he will boasts in those things because when we are weak, the power of Christ rests on us.  The greater the enemy comes at us, the greater Jesus is in us. 

 

  1. Hope Leads Us Forward

Hope in Christ is a realistic expectation of and joyful longing for future good and glory based upon the reliable Word of God’s Righteousness found in the Gospel of water and Spirit.  The more we long for the future, the less we will yearn for the past.  Hope delete regrets and underlines expectations.  It diminishes drag and increases momentum in our faith life. 

 

  1. Hope Lightens Our Darkness

Hope does not deny nor remove the reality of dark and painful providence.  However, it does shine bright light into those valleys and points to the sunrise at the end of them. 

 

  1. Hope Increases Faith

Faith fuels hope but hope also fuels faith.  As Hebrew 11 makes very clear, hope and faith are very closely tied together, one enlivening the other.  Without faith we cannot soar in hope but with hope faith will limp home.  The greatest believers are greatest hopers…  and vice versa.

 

  1. Hope Is Infectious

Just as we can drag others down by our recrimination and criticisms, so we can inspire and motivate others through our hope in Christ.  It not only encourages other weak Christians but it also impacts depressed unbelievers who cannot but ask a reason for the hope they see in us.  1 Pet 3:15

 

  1. Hope Defends

Paul also depicts hope as a defensive helmet that must not be taken off and laid aside until the battle is over.  Eph 6:17; 1 Thess 5:8.  The helmet points us to the area of greatest vulnerability and danger – our minds or thoughts.  That is where Satan usually works to present reasons to doubt and despair.  This is the reason why we need our minds daily renewed by the power of hope in the Gospel Word of God’s Righteousness that constitutes Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection.

 

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