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.
Hope in God is life’s best investment that never stops paying rewards.
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.
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.
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.
C. Hope in God PRODUCES actions and outcome that please God that bring rewards from God.
V. Where to put your hope to get the maximum reward and where time or this world cannot destroy it.
A. Put your hope in the eternal grace of God; Titus 2:11-15; Ephesians 2:5-10
1. Grace makes the believer right and in good standing with God, even though he does not deserve to be made right. Grace is God’s to give to whom He pleases. Grace is not a human merit to be earned by works.
2. Grace is for the godly or righteous persons who struggle with ways of the ungodly. Hope in the eternal grace of God keeps the believer strong in faith to avoid giving in to the weakness of tempting sinful moments. The grace of God will not fade with time or change with the passing of years. Grace is always available from God in all generations. If a person knows the rules or the right things to do and they still consider in their mind or actions the tempting moment rather than to do what they know what is right to do they will need God’s grace to correct their thoughts, imagination or actions. God’s grace is available and perfected during moments of human weakness. If Adam & Eve knew the rule but broke the rule anyway they will need God’s grace to correct the matter. Romans 7:14-25; II Corinthians 12:5-10; I John 1:5-10