Hope Defined

Hope. Does this word define you? Can someone who doesn’t know Christ look at your life and see it in you? I want to share some biblical truths with you today about hope. As you go through this today, I want us to ask ourselves the question:

Where does our hope come from?

Hope defined by Scripture – 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. (Romans 15:4)

Hope comes from God – 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 and my God. (Psalms 43:5)

Hope is a gift of grace – Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace, (2 Thessalonians 2:16)

Hope is a reasonable reality – but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, (1 Peter 3:15)

Hope is secured by the resurrection of Jesus Christ – Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11:25-26) and “And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins.” (1 Corinthians 15:17)

Hope defends the Christian against Satan’s attacks – But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation. (1 Thessalonians 5:8)

Hope is confirmed through trials – More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. (Romans 5:3-5)

Hope is a confident expectation that sustains us. Biblical hope is not an optimistic wish, but an inner confidence in God. God’s promises are certain (Hebrews 6:13-20). Hope faces forward, eagerly looking to the future. Abraham relied on hope, believing that God would give make him the father of many nations (Romans 4:18-21). We hope for that which we cannot see, our eternal salvation . My question is do you believe this? Do you see it being made true in your life? Guys this is a great opportunity to allow God’s Word to be soaked up in our hearts. To meditate, focus, and pray through these scriptures.

Do you know what God’s Word says about there being hope for us as believers?

  • Titus 2:11-13 – we should look for “the blessed hope” and the appearing Christ Jesus.
  • Hebrews 3:6 – we hold fast to our hope firm until the end.
  • Hebrews 6:11 – And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence so as to realize the full assurance of hope until the end
  • Hebrews 10:23 – hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering.
  • Psalm 199:116 – do not let me be ashamed of my hope.
  • Psalm 130:5 – in His word do I hope.
  • Jeremiah 29:11-13 – God gives you a future and a hope.
  • Colossians 1:23 – established and steadfast, and not moved away from the hope of the gospel
  • Colossians 1:27 – Christ in you, the hope of glory.
  • 2 Corinthians 3:12 – our hope provides great boldness in our speech,
  • Romans 15:13 – abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
  • Ephesians 1:18 – know what is the hope of His calling
  • Ephesians 4:4 – you were called in one hope
  • Romans 12:12 – rejoicing in hope
  • Romans 5:2 – we exult in hope of the glory of God
  • Psalm 71:14 – I will hope continually, and will praise Thee yet more and more
  • 1 John 3:3 – everyone who has this hope fixed on Him purifies himself.

This is what the word of God says about hope for us as believers! A few years ago, if you were to walk in my house, you’d probably have thought my wife and I had lost our minds. Taped, throughout our house were scriptures of God’s Word, little reminders of the Truth about what God says about our lives, our identity in Christ, and how we are to live. Come to think of it, we still have plenty of those still up, as He shows us Truth, we want to soak it in to every part of our lives. Print these out, put them where you can see them, where you can dwell on them.

Let them be as reminders to you, the hope of God.

As we reflect on the Word of God today, we need to ask ourselves “Where does our hope come from?” “What are we placing our hope in?”

  • Psalm 31:24 – Be strong, and let your heart take courage, All you who hope in the LORD.
  • Psalm 38:15 – For I hope in Thee, O LORD; Thou wilt answer, O Lord my God.
  • Psalm 39:7 – “And now, Lord, for what do I wait? My hope is in Thee.
  • Psalm 42:5 – Hope in God, for I shall again praise Him For the help of His presence.
  • Psalm 42:11 – Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him, The help of my countenance, and my God.
  • Psalm 71:5 – For Thou art my hope; O Lord GOD, Thou art my confidence from my youth.
  • Psalm 131:3 – O Israel, hope in the LORD From this time forth and forever.

Littered throughout the pages of Scripture we see where David’s hope came from.

1 comments
BrianBookWorm
BrianBookWorm

Hi Whitt, I've been reading your blog for quite some time now. I feel like I've strayed so far away from the Lord that it's too late for me to come back. I've been lazy and complacent and have indulged in porn and my heart is numb and has become hard. I feel like it's too late for me. My hope is like it's completely gone now and it's ALL my fault!