I Corinthians 13:13 says, "And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love." These are living spiritual forces of the Kingdom of God that are in operation today. I believe all three are important but in this lesson, I want to pay particular attention to hope. Hope is defined as "to anticipate with pleasure, expectation, confidence." We could say hope is joyful and confident expectation. There is much adversity and great spiritual attacks being launched against the church. Believers are being tried and persecuted for their faith. I believe these attacks are sent to steal our hope and to bring us into dispair and hopelessness. But to be hopeless is to say God is helpless, and He is not helpless.
So, in this Easter Season, I encourage you to study these notes and listen to this message on, "Realizing Our Hopes." As we feed our spirit on the Word of God, it will cause us to have high hopes which in turn will give us strong faith that will then defeat the adversary and bring us great victories.
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Realizing Our Hopes
I) Everything we receive from God begins with hope.
A) I Corinthians 13:13 - Abide (Greek) - continues, lives, to be present. These are living spiritual forces in operation today. All three are important.
1) Faith - To trust in and act on God's Word.
2) Love - God's nature and character.
3) Hope (Greek) - To anticipate with pleasure, expectation, confidence, joyful and confident expectation.
B) Hope is built on two things.
1) I John 3:1-3 - Hope is built on our relationship with Jesus and truly believing He will come again.
v. 3 - This affects the way we live. (purifies, cleanses, sanctifies)
a) Ephesians 2:11-23 - Without Jesus, there can be no real hope. This is why satan attacks and tries to separate you from Jesus.
b) Proverbs 13:12 - Discouragement comes when hope is lost.
2) Romans 15:4 - True hope is built on the Word of God. The Word teaches us God's will for us. This truth gives us our hope and expectation. It gives us goals and vision for our life to have what God said we could have.
C) Hebrews 11:1 - Hope sets the goal for our faith. We start with hope (joyful, confident expectation), then we act in faith to receive it in our life.
1) Romans 4:17-22 - Hope and faith working together bring us great victories.
v.18 - When it looked hopeless, he re-established his hope by going back to God's Word to him.
v.19 - He got his eyes off 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 hope and received his blessing.