Teaching: What IS Hope?
We talk all about HOPE in the Hope Room, but what exactly IS this crazy thing called, "HOPE"?
HOPE IS AN ANTICIPATION & BELIEF IN GOD FOR GOOD IN ALL OF LIFE
Hope brings about a new experience. True HOPE is all about belief in God for good in all of life – an anticipation for good in all of life and in the future – that changed everything. This is the greatest on-ramp to a relationship with God.
(Psalm 27:13 – I would have despaired unless I would have believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living!)
Romans 5:5 – the Bible says HOPE is that which ‘does not disappoint’ because of the ‘love of God’ poured out into hearts.
Hope enables us to see a very, very, very long way out! Hope enables us to see *another* future.
Hope is a FORCE with a LONGEVITY, a PERSPECTIVE, a MYSTERIOUS MIRACLES of the DISCOVERY OF GOD.
Hope is a “chosen desire” – expectation of fulfillment
Hope is to long for with expectation of obtainment (strength)
Hope is to expect with desire
Hope is a desire accompanied by confidence of fulfillment
HOPE IS A PERSPECTIVE OF ABUNDANT LIFE
Hope was once a distant, ethereal abstract concept but turns into a very specific powerful force that cleanses us from doubt and fear and brings us into a positive view of our present and future.
(Psalm 37:9 – those who hope in the LORD will inherit the land)
HOPE IS AN UNSEEN, INVISIBLE POWER
True HOPE is defined as a unseen power that changes the physical & spiritual atmosphere of places from Godless to God-filled
Psalm 25:3 – none of those who wait & hope for you will be ashamed
HOPE IS A LIFESTYLE
True Hope is not a concept, or it is not hope at all! True Hope defines a lifestyle that gives people the ability to walk out of their discouragement and into encouragement, putting themselves into a place of God’s divine daily lifestyle.
Psalm 33:20 – daily our souls wait for the Lord; He is our hope and our shield
HOPE IS SOLUTION-ORIENTED
True HOPE is centered on the Solution in God versus the problem.
Philippians 4:8 – whatever is true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, of good repute; if there is any excellence and anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things!
Love SECURES a heart, but hope ADVANCES a heart.
First love is sweet, second love is deep, but third love is a FORCE CALLED HOPE.
HOPE V HOPELESSNESS RUBRIC
Which side of Hope are you on? Look at this checklist and see where your heart lands. Don't despair! Hope is on the loose!
Hopelessness vs. Hope
Focused on the immediate problem versus Focused on a favorable future
Mediocrity versus Significance
Apathetic versus Appreciate life
Pessimism versus Optimism
Produces skepticism with doubts versus Builds faith with expectations
Receiving versus Giving
Striving for existence versus Hard working
Inactive or merely busy versus Productive
Enslavement versus Freedom
Sadness & anger versus Joy & laughter
Expect a hand out versus Offer a hand out
Victim versus Overcomer
Draining versus Life-giving
Tear others down versus Build others up
Illness versus Health
Financial dependence & poverty versus Financial sufficiency & content
Survive in a holding pattern versus Advance the Kingdom of God
Are the problem versus Solve the problem
Desiring “wants” versus Content with met “needs”
Delusions versus Sound reasoning
Frustrated & empty versus Fulfilled
Recipient of curses versus Recipient of blessings
Demonic harassment versus Angelic assistance
Disobedient to God versus Obedient to God
Skeptical of God’s existence or character versus Believe God’s promises
Distrust authority versus Trust authority
Burdensome versus Humorous
Sees darkness versus Sees light
Sees nothing good versus Sees potential
Remorse about sin versus Repent for sin
Harbor unforgiveness versus Give forgiveness
Defeated versus Victorious
Negative influence versus Positive influence
Bitterness versus Gratitude
Does not trust in God or people versus Trusts in God and reliable people
Despairs in trials versus Perseveres in trials
Displeased with own self versus Pleased with own self
Proud versus Humble
Blames others for error versus Take the responsibility for error
Priorities out of balance versus Priorities in balance
Elevates the trivial versus Elevate the important
Reads about it versus Makes history
Returns to your past versus Looks to the future with anticipation
Blocks creativity versus Dreamer
Curse others versus Bless others
Wish to win a lottery versus Sow expecting a harvest
Hoarding versus Generous