Abide In Hope

There is a saying that goes like this: Live for today for tomorrow we die.

What is missing from this statement? HOPE!

Most of mankind has no hope. They live for today without any knowledge of a brighter future with our creator.

Webster's Collegiate Dictionary defines HOPE as: 1) The Feeling that what is wanted can be had or that events will turn out well. 2) A person or thing in which expectations are centered to look forward to with reasonable confidence.

What is the problem with this definition? When HOPE is based on feelings, people or things, it isn't HOPE but hopelessness. Our HOPE is not in feelings, people or things. Our Hope is based on God, His Mercy, His Word, Salvation, The Resurrection and Eternal Life.

1Corhtinians 13:13 says this, abide in Faith HOPE and Love. We have heard sermons on Faith and Love but not much is mentioned about HOPE and we need to abide in all 3. The definition of abide is to dwell, endure or withstand. So we are to dwell in HOPE, to endure in HOPE and withstand in HOPE.

Our HOPE is in our Father and Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Psalms 31:24; 42:5, Romans 5:2-5; 1Timothy 1:1, 1John 3:1-3, John 3:16. We can have HOPE in God's love for us and His desire to make us His Children and that He wants none of us to perish.

Our HOPE is in God's Mercy: Psalms 33:18, Lamentations 3:21-22, Ephesians 2:4, 1Chronicles 16:34, Psalms106:1 We can have HOPE that God's Mercy will endure forever. Godís Mercy never fails.

Our Hope is in God's Word: Psalms 119:81, Romans 15:4-6, Colossians 1:23, 2Timothy 3:16. We can have HOPE that all scripture is given by inspiration of God for our instruction in righteousness and in building godly character. Matthew 4:4 says this: Man does not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.

Our HOPE is in the Salvation of God: Lamentations 3:25-26, 1Thesolonians 5:8, Revelation 3:5, Titus 3:5. We can have HOPE that once baptized our names are written in the Book of Life and we are saved in Christ Jesus. Our HOPE is in the Resurrection: Psalms 16:9-11, Acts 23:6; 24:15, 1Thesolonians 4:13-18, John 14:1-4. We can have HOPE that Christ who died for our sins and who is the first of the firstfruits and is now in Heaven preparing a place for us in God's Kingdom.

Our HOPE is in Eternal Life: Titus 1:1-2; 3:7, John 10:27-28, 1John 2:25 We can have HOPE in God's promise of Eternal Life and that when He says no one is able to snatch us from His hand. We can believe it.

Conclusion: John 3:15-16, Revelation 3:21. All our HOPE culminates in being united with God our Father and Christ Jesus our Elder Brother in the Kingdom of God. HOPE is what encourages us to overcome and endure. Turn to Hebrews 3:1-6.

---Will Blair