Hope in the Promise made by God

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A total grounding of one’s confidence and expectation in God’s goodness and providential care even in the face of trouble.

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Acts 26:6–8 ESV
6 And now I stand here on trial because of my hope in the promise made by God to our fathers, 7 to which our twelve tribes hope to attain, as they earnestly worship night and day. And for this hope I am accused by Jews, O king! 8 Why is it thought incredible by any of you that God raises the dead?
Paul is caught in the grips of hope...
Just like we ought to be, in the promises of God...
Hope is the position that happens when one understands and believes God...

I. Hope in God is commanded

Covenant people are told by the divine to have and keep hope...
Psalm 131:3 ESV
3 O Israel, hope in the Lord from this time forth and forevermore.
Even those in high station in life are commanded to have hope in the promises of God...
1 Timothy 6:17 ESV
17 As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy.
The command to hope is bolstered by the infallible nature of God...
God cannot fail...
Hebrews 10:23 ESV
23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.
His infallible nature is revealed to by His Word...
Scripture is our conduit to attain and sustain Hope in the Promises of God...

II. Hope in Scripture as the word of God

All those who rejoice in the Word of God have developed Hope by His revelation...
Psalm 119:74 ESV
74 Those who fear you shall see me and rejoice, because I have hoped in your word.
Paul knew the scriptures that gave him hope...
He was even willing to stand trial for that hope...
Acts 26:6 ESV
6 And now I stand here on trial because of my hope in the promise made by God to our fathers,
The scripture instructs...
The scripture encourages...
The scripture builds endurance...
The scripture gives hope...
Romans 15:4 ESV
4 For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.
Hope does not shrink back with worldly obstacles and difficult times...

III. Hope in God in the face of difficulty and trial

Those who follow the Lord and His Word
will have obstacles
will have difficulty
will have trials
will struggle with doubts
will despair
the human condition will persist but we must turn and always reestablish hope...
Psalm 42:5 ESV
5 Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation
He is our salvation and we shall give him glory and honor...
Hope in the Promises of God has us delivered from our trials
Delivered time and time again...
Delivered from this world even, our salvation...
2 Corinthians 1:10 ESV
10 He delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us. On him we have set our hope that he will deliver us again.
Hope teaches us that nothing is to tough for our God...
Hope has an outcome that we can obtain and live in...

IV. The outcome of hope in God

Hope results in things which we feel and experience...
Confidence and security are results of Hope...

A. Hope brings security and blessed assurance

Hope entails wonderful blessings...
Psalm 146:5 ESV
5 Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord his God,
See also Job 11:18; Ps 25:3 There is no shame for those who hope in the Lord; Ps 33:17–18; Ps 33:20–22 The Lord helps and protects those who hope in him; Ps 39:7; Ps 52:9; Ps 71:5; Ps 147:11; Je 14:22; La 3:21–22; Ac 24:15; Ro 15:12; 1 Ti 4:10
The Prophets reveal that the Gentiles would also hope in God though the one who would save them, Jesus the Christ...
Romans 15:12 ESV
12 And again Isaiah says, “The root of Jesse will come, even he who arises to rule the Gentiles; in him will the Gentiles hope.”
We are the Gentiles scripture speaks of and we have hope in the promises of God in our Savior...
The faith that comes through the message about Jesus gives hope in those who believe in Him...
1 Timothy 4:10 ESV
10 For to this end we toil and strive, because we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Savior of all people, especially of those who believe.

B. Hope leads to specific results

Hope leads to inheritance...
Psalm 37:9 ESV
9 For the evildoers shall be cut off, but those who wait for the Lord shall inherit the land.
Hope leads to renewed strength...
Isaiah 40:31 ESV
31 but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.
Hope leads to joy
Hope leads to peace
Hope leads you in the power of the Holy Spirit...
Romans 15:13 ESV
13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.
See also Ps 33:22; Ps 62:5 rest; Ps 71:14; Pr 24:14–16 wisdom; Is 51:5; Je 29:11; La 3:25; Mic 7:7; Zec 9:12 restoration; Ro 4:18 the example of Abraham’s hope; Ro 5:2; Ro 5:5; 2 Co 1:7; 2 Co 10:15; 1 Th 1:3; 2 Ti 2:25; Tt 1:2 eternal life; 1 Pe 3:5; 1 Jn 3:3
Hope leads you into the purity of the faith...
1 John 3:3 ESV
3 And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure.
Where will hope lead you???

Hope Delivered in God’s Plan of Salvation

Hear the Word of Hope

Romans 10:17 ESV
17 So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.

Believe the Message of Hope

Hebrews 11:6 ESV
6 And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.

Repent of the loss of Hope

Acts 2:38 ESV
38 And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Confess the name of Hope

1 Timothy 6:12 ESV
12 Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.

Be Baptized the Promise of Help

1 Peter 3:21 ESV
21 Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves you, not as a removal of dirt from the body but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ,

Remain Steadfast in Hope

1 Corinthians 10:12 ESV
12 Therefore let anyone who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall.
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