Bible Fact: God has put a capacity for hope in Him within the heart of all people to use to achieve miraculous goals in life and to receive His blessings and favor in spite of great challenges.
The Big Idea: Hope in God is life’s greatest human asset that is always available to everyone to use.
Russell Kelso Carter (1849-1928) was a star athlete of a military academy and an excellent student academically, who went on to be a successful teacher and coach. He then spent several years as an ordained Methodist minister, after which he went to medical school. He spent the last of his professional years as a doctor of medicine. Carter was also a musician and songwriter. In 1886, he co-edited Songs of Perfect Love with John Sweney (1837-1899), who wrote the music for such beloved songs as Beulah Land and Fill Me Now. This hymnbook included Carter’s most famous hymn, Standing on the Promises.
Although Carter was a professed Christian most of his life, it wasn’t until a crisis with his natural heart that he began to understand the reality and power of Bible promises. At age 30, his health was in critical condition and the physicians could do no more for him. Carter turned to God for help and healing.
He knelt and made a promise that healing or no healing, his life was finally and forever, fully consecrated to the service of the Lord. It was from that moment that the written Word of God became alive to Carter. He began to stand upon the promises of healing, determining to believe no matter what his physical condition, no matter how he felt. Over the course of the next several months his strength returned, and his heart was completely healed! Carter lived another healthy 49 years.---(“The Story Behind The Song…Sharefaith.com”)
God still does things the old fashion way, He makes a promise and keeps it. God continues to earn the respect and confidence of those that make Him their hope. Jeremiah 17:7 tells us “Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is” and that is a promise from God.
I. Hope releases praise within you during difficult times;
II. Hope releases power around you that is outside of human help;
III. Hope releases God’s promises toward you as His favor to you; II Chronicles 16:9; I Corinthians 2:9; James 1:12
A. What can be said about God’s promises to those that make Him their hope?
1. Hope helps us to receive God’s supply for all our needs; Psalm 23:1; Psalm 37:4; Nahum 1:7; Philippians 4:19
2. Hope helps us to wait on God until His promises arrive; Psalm 27:13,14; 37:34; Hebrews 10:35-38;
3. Hope helps strengthen our will to demonstrate our highest level of trust in His promises; Genesis 22:1-18