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Hope

HOPE - When you know there is something good on the other side


Hope is the assurance of good on the other side 

  • There is another side. We aren’t stuck in the middle 
  • It may feel like you are stuck on PAUSE but you’re not


Good is coming

  • Good can be closer or farther away, but there is good coming! 


Mark 10.27

Jesus...said, “With man this is impossible, but...all things are possible with God.”


  • To still have faith, peace, joy and hope seems impossible 
  • But with God! All of those are possible 


Real hope is not based on now, but rather what’s on the other side of now


Story in book of Daniel. 

  • In exile - Daniel good with King gets (3) friends-Jobs
  • King decides- a deity, golden statue-trumpet bow/worship
  • Wicked guy hated Jews “Rats them out” goes tells the king...


Daniel 3.12-13

There are certain Jews...: Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego; these men...do not...worship the gold image which you have set up.”


King calls them in - explains - bow down/worship image...


Daniel 3.15

...if you do not worship, you shall be cast immediately into the midst of a burning fiery furnace. And who is the god who will deliver you from my hands?”


Daniel 3.17-17

...we have no need to answer you in this matter…

...our God whom we serve is able to deliver us… 3.16-17


  • In a moment of panic and fear 
  • We want to focus on what we don’t know 


We seek the answers that no one really knows

  • Glued to the TV - 


Right now we MUST focus on what we DO KNOW

  • My God is able 


Ephesians 3.20

Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think...


  • So...king hear us clearly - We are praying for deliverance...
  • And we know our God is able


We know Our God is able to rescue us…but...


Daniel 3.18a

...but even if He does not


  • Even if things don’t turn out like I want - even as I prayed


Even if I suffer loss, suffer harm, even if - I will have HOPE


"EVEN IF" HOPE

  • Goodness is promised 


Goodness is coming! 

  • It may be on the other side of death!


Our hope is not based on what we SEE

Our hope is based on what we KNOW


David faced hardship and death and God saw him through to the other side on many occasions. And looking back on those times David said...


Psalm 27.13-14

I would have lost heart, unless I had believed

That I would see the goodness of the Lord

In the land of the living.

Wait on the Lord;

Be of good courage,

And He shall strengthen your heart;

Wait, I say, on the Lord!


Goodness is coming - Goodness is coming!


Having real hope brings a lot of things to your life highlight (3)...


►Hope brings determination 

  • It keeps gas in your tank 
  • It keeps your head up, don’t become down trodden 


And when you have hope and keep you head up, you see...


►Hope brings Opportunity 

  • You can see what others miss 
  • You aren’t pre-occupied with fear and worry 
  • Life as we know it will never be same
  • Things won’t get back to “Normal” - New Normal 
  • Like the glare shield on TV - fear is blinding can’t see 


So hope brings determination and opportunity and hope brings...


►Hope brings creativity 

  • If you know good is coming gives you energy not 
  • It reduces stress and free’s your mind/spirit to think 


You have the determination to see it through, you see the opportunities God has put before and you have the creativity to make it happen! 


OT Prophet Habakkuk set his mind as God told him hard times were coming. He prayed and declared...


Habakkuk 3.17-19 

Though the fig tree does not bud

and there are no grapes on the vines,

though the olive crop fails

and the fields produce no food,

though there are no sheep in the pen

and no cattle in the stalls,

yet I will rejoice in the Lord,

I will be joyful in God my Savior.

The Sovereign Lord is my strength;

he makes my feet like the feet of a deer,

he enables me to tread on the heights.


  • Even in the midst of fear and suffering - by having hope God can still take me to the mountain perspective 


So please remember these simple principles of hope...


Hope is the assurance of good on the other side 

God is able 

  • Pray but have the right mindset of true faith, peace and hope

"EVEN IF" HOPE


Psalm 27.13-14

I would have lost heart, unless I had believed

That I would see the goodness of the Lord

In the land of the living.

Wait on the Lord;

Be of good courage,

And He shall strengthen your heart;

Wait, I say, on the Lord!



Pray

* protection 

* New antibodies - Immune! 

* Provision 

* Not what we see - but what we know 

* Our God is able and God is good 

* Help us keep our eyes on what we know not what we see

* And this we know - That Good is coming on the other side 

* We will go through