1. Hope is a Living Force
It is a living force that causes a believer to press on in faith despite the prevailing circumstances of life. It enables you to keep pressing on till you get your desired result.
Hope means believing when things looks hopeless, or it is no virtue at all. it is only when everything is hopeless that hope begins to be strength.
That is why in Romans 4:18 ‘Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, “So shall your offspring be.”
NLT ‘Even when there was no reason for hope, Abraham kept hoping–believing that he would become the father of many nations. For God had said to him, “That’s how many descendants you will have’
That is why in whatever situation you find yourself, you can only keep your hope alive, you will be victorious in Jesus name.
2. Jesus is our Hope
Because we serve a God of hope who cannot lie. Rom15:13 ‘Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit’.
Titus 1:1 – 2 ‘Paul, a bondservant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God’s elect and the acknowledgment of the truth which accords with godliness, in hope of eternal life which God, who cannot lie, promised before time began
Jesus our hope.
1Tim 1:1 ‘Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ, by the commandment of God our Savior and the Lord Jesus Christ, our hope.
1 Pet. 1:3 ‘Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.
The fact that Jesus Christ resurrected gives us hope that we too will resurrect and that there is no situation, however dead it seems that cannot be resurrected by the power of God.
3. Hope is an anchor to the Soul
Heb. 6:18-19 – We hope because it acts as an anchor to our soul. An anchor is what secures a ship to the bay or the water. Without the anchor the ship gets tossed all over the place because it is not secured. That is why we have to keep our hopes alive. Don’t let your hope be lost because it is what secures your soul. When your hope is not alive, you are like a ship without an anchor that gets tossed thrown here and there.
You never get disappointed of feel ashamed if we keep our hopes alive. Rom. 5:5 ‘Hope does not disappoint or make ashamed.
KJV says hope does not make ashamed. You never in the finally analysis feel ashamed or disappointed if you hold onto to hope. That is why we never throw in the towel or give up. There is no situation we are going through that someone else has not gone through and emerged victorious. There is never a closed door with God.
There are no hopeless situations; there are only people who have grown hopeless about them.
A number of years ago researchers performed an experiment to see the effect hope has on those undergoing hardship. Two sets of laboratory rats were placed in separate tubs of water. The researchers left one set in the water and found that within an hour they had all drowned. The other rats were periodically lifted out of the water and then returned. When that happened, the second set of rats swam for over 24 hours. Why? Not because they were given a rest, but because they suddenly had hope!
Those animals somehow hoped that if they could stay afloat just a little longer, someone would reach down and rescue them. If hope holds such power for irrational rats, how much more should hope affect our lives.
That is why whatever difficulty you may be facing in life nothing can ever be resolved without hope first. Nothing ever gets done in life without the force of hope. And until hope is in place, faith does not deliver.