The Power of Hope

Wednesday, November 18, 2009 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
Colossians 1:27 To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.

Strong faith begins with strong hope. If faith is like a roadmap, then hope is the brochure of your intended destination. Sometimes we struggle in our faith-walk because we are struggling in our hope-walk.

Every one has dreams, aspirations and expectations for his or her life. The Word of God sums up all of these desires in a single word - HOPE. Hope is at the beginning of every great exploit carried out in the name of the Lord. Hope is the foundation for a life that is lived by faith, peace, joy and encouragement.

Hope defined: Confident expectation, the happy anticipation of good, a belief that something is obtainable.
  • Hope is the expectation of a better tomorrow
  • Hope allows us to rise above the present trouble
  • Hope must come before faith can operate (Heb. 11:1)
  • Hope anchors our soul (Heb. 6:19)
  • Hope does not disappoint (Rom. 5:1-4) us because we are able to construct our hopes, our expectations on God's word and from the desires of our hearts. (Psalm 119:49 “Remember the word to Your servant, upon which You have caused me to hope”)
  • Hope needs faith to move expectation from the future into the present. We must hear the Word to build faith.