(Proverbs 13:12 NIV) “Hope deferred makes the heart sick.”
(Job 17:13 NIV) “Where then is my hope? Who can see any hope for me?”
✓ Hope is not wishful thinking.
✓ Hope is not blind optimism.
✓ Hope is not ambitious dreams.
✓ Hope is a confident expectation based on something solid.
(Hebrews 11:1 NIV) “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.”
(1 Timothy 6:17 NIV) “Command those who are rich [everyone of us says that’s someone else] in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.”
1. God’s presence.
(Psalm 62:5 NIV) “Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him.”
(Isaiah 40:31 NIV) “Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary; they will walk and not be faint.”
2. God’s promise.
(Psalm 119:81 NIV) “My soul faints with longing for your salvation, but I have put my hope in your word.”
3. God’s process.
(Romans 5:2-4 NIV) “And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.”
4. God’s purpose.
(1 Timothy 4:14-15 NLT) “Do not neglect the spiritual gift you received through the prophecy spoken over you when the elders of the church laid their hands on you. Give your complete attention to these matters. Throw yourself into your tasks so that everyone will see your progress.”
5. God’s place.
(John 14:1-2 NIV) “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you.”