Sunday 31st October 2021

Psalm 3

Lord, how many are my foes!

How many rise up against me!
Many are saying of me, ‘God will not deliver him.’[b]

But you, Lord, are a shield around me,
my glory, the One who lifts my head high.
I call out to the Lord, and he answers me from his holy mountain.

I lie down and sleep;
I wake again, because the Lord sustains me.
I will not fear though tens of thousands assail me on every side.

Arise, Lord!
Deliver me, my God!
Strike all my enemies on the jaw; break the teeth of the wicked.

From the Lord comes deliverance.
May your blessing be on your people.

 Romans 5

Peace and hope

Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.

You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! Not only is this so, but we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation

 WHAT IS HOPE 

PS. 3 1-8  Romans 5 1-11

Of all the people alive today, Christians are the only one who have true hope.

There is nothing as terrible as a feeling of hopelessness in any particular situation but the good news is that if you are a believer there is hope for us in every situation irrespective of what the circumstances are. And the reason is because we have Christ who is our hope.  There are three powerful forces in the kingdom of God according to 1 Cor 13:13. And now abideth Faith, hope and love but the greatest of this is love. There must be a reason why God has put hope in the midst of faith and love. There are a lot of teachings on faith and love, but one rarely hears teaching on hope but hope is one of the three powerful forces in the God’s kingdom. God does not waste words and I believe that for our faith and love to work, we have to have hope.

Hebrews 11:1 ‘Faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen. This means that you have to have hope that something will happen before your faith can work. Someone once said ‘what oxygen is to the lungs is what hope is to life’. If one is deprived of oxygen for a few minutes the person dies or at least becomes brain dead and in the same way, if we give up hope, life goes downhill.

 As a believer if you are able to keep your hope alive, it doesn’t matter what our situation is, we will always come out victorious.

That is why I believe that we will have victory in that marital challenge or financial situation or health issue we may be are going through right now in the name of Jesus.

WHAT IS HOPE?

It means to cherish a desire with anticipation. It means to desire with expectation of obtainment. That you just know that it is going to happen.

 To expect with confidence. Hope is generally used like maybe something will happen or it might not. That is a wrong translation of hope. It is a living force that causes a believer to press on in faith despite the prevailing circumstances of life. It enables you to keep pressing on till you get your desired result. Hope means believing when things looks hopeless, or it is no virtue at all.

  It is only when everything is hopeless that hope begins to be strength.

That is why in Romans 4:18 ‘Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, “So shall your offspring be.”

NLT ‘Even when there was no reason for hope, Abraham kept hoping–believing that he would become the father of many nations.

 If you can only keep your hope alive, you will be victorious in Jesus name.  

There are no hopeless situations; there are only people who have grown hopeless about them.

A number of years ago researchers performed an experiment to see the effect hope has on those undergoing hardship. 

Two sets of laboratory rats were placed in separate tubs of water. The researchers left one set in the water and found that within an hour they had all drowned. The other rats were periodically lifted out of the water and then returned.

When that happened, the second set of rats swam for over 24 hours. Why? Not because they were given a rest, but because they suddenly had hope!

Those animals somehow hoped that if they could stay afloat just a little longer, someone would reach down and rescue them.

If hope holds such power for irrational rats, how much more should hope affect our lives.

That is why whatever difficulty you may be facing in life nothing can ever be resolved without hope first.

 Nothing ever gets done in life without the force of hope.

 And until hope is in place, faith does not deliver.

WHY DO WE HAVE HOPE

A.   Because we serve a God of hope who cannot lie.

Rom 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’.

B. Because of Jesus who is our hope and His resurrection. 1 Tim 1:1 ‘Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ, by the commandment of God our Saviour and the Lord Jesus Christ, our hope.

The fact that Jesus Christ resurrected gives us hope that we too will resurrect and that there is no situation, however dead it seems that cannot be resurrected by the power of God.

You never get disappointed of feel ashamed if we keep our hopes alive.

Romans 5:5 ‘Hope does not disappoint or make ashamed.

You never in the finally analysis feel ashamed or disappointed if you hold onto to hope.

That is why we never throw in the towel or give up.

There is no situation we are going through that someone else has not gone through and emerged victorious.

There is never a closed door with God.

 

SCRIPTURES ON HOPE

Romans 15:4 ‘For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.

This means that God gave us the scriptures so that we can learn from it and be comforted that if He did it for the people in the bible, we can have hope that He will do it for us.

Bible is a book of hope.

That is why we have to read it regularly.

Psalm 33:18 ‘Behold, the eye of the LORD is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy.

If we fear God and put our hope in Him, God’s eye is upon you.

 Psalm 42:5 ‘Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted in me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him for the help of his countenance.

FOR US TO KEEP OUR HOPE ALIVE

 Mark 9:23 ‘To Him that believes, all things are possible to him that believes.

Irrespective of the situation around you, keep the right perspective. Someone might say what if I keep my hope up and nothing happens, what if something happens?

 God is your side and He is a God of restoration and He will restore all that you have lost in the name of Jesus.

Refuse to throw in the towel.

When David was going to fight with Goliath, he remembered past victories. He said the same God that delivered him from the hand of the lion and bear will deliver him from the hand of the philistine.

What the enemy wants is for us to deny the Lord in the midst of our challenges and leave the faith. Thousands of people have done that before.

May any of us never face challenges that will take us out of Christ in Jesus name.

 

CONCLUSION

Hope is a very powerful virtue. Never give up hope on that situation.

God is able to make all things possible but He needs our cooperation and He needs us not to give up hope.!

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