HOPE IN GOD
I Peter 3:8-(14,15,16)
Bible Fact: God is willing to keep those whose minds are stayed on Him in faith.
The Big Idea: Hope in God is always filled with strong confidence that God can handle any situation.
“God has plans for you (Jeremiah 29:11). You can bank on that. His plans are not intended to harm you but to prosper you. Now this does not mean that He plans to make you rich but He does plan for you to have a secure future. God says that He has plans for you and He knows them even if we do not. Your stockbroker or financial advisor might have plans for you too, but they do not know the future, they may try to plan for a secure future but they do not have the ability to bring it about. God knows your future and is planning it better than anyone else can, even ourselves.” Jack Wellman
I. HOW DOES ONE OBTAIN BELIEVING STRONG CONFIDENCE IN GOD? THERE ARE THREE BASIC ELEMENTS THAT WORK TOGETHER TO CONTRIBUTE TO A BELIEVER’S STRONG CONFIDENCE IN GOD:
A. First, a God-directed will – plus a strong hope – into a passionate desire
II. One’s HOPE in God should never be mixed, substituted or exchanged for strong overwhelming selfish desires of the world. Job 27:8; 31:24-28; Matthew 6:19-21;Mark 8:34-38; I Timothy 6:9-19
III. Hope based on faith in God transforms otherwise impossible situations to move natural events into supernatural experiences for miraculous outcomes. Mature ready-to-act hope in God is dependent upon one’s God-minded will to believe God for a certain action to take place. At the same time, the will to believe God must be properly demonstrated by the God-minded person at the level of expected returned blessing for a faith investment. Mark 11:22-24; Hebrews 11:8-12; Romans 4:16-25; I Kings 17:8-16
IV. Three primary things that HOPE IN GOD does:
A. Hope in God PROMOTES the ability of God within the heart of the true believer;
B. Hope in God PROVIDES a supernatural system of delivery that controls favor from God to His chosen people.
1. God chose His people before they achieved greatness that He might lift them to greatness; Exodus 19:3-6;
2. God’s supernatural power and system works by the choice to be trustingly obedient; I Samuel 15:16-28
3. God coaches His people into their blessings; Deuteronomy 8:1-20
4. In HOPE, God’s name can be trusted; Psalm 20:1-9