Hope is a powerful force and probably the most important factor when it comes to overcoming life’s biggest challenges. Without it, everything is lost. But it’s that little spark that eventually pulls you and others from the depths of despair. Hope has the power to make you do the impossible.
Quote: Hope itself is like a star—not to be seen in the sunshine of property, and only to be discovered in the night of adversity. Samuel Smiles: Hope is the companion of power, and mother of success; for who so hopes strongly has within him the gift of miracles. Hope lies in dreams, in imagination, and in the courage of those who dare to make dreams into reality.
Definition of Hope is to expect with confidence. HOPE suggests confidence or assurance in the possibility that what one desires or longs for will happen.
“Hope” is commonly used to mean a wish : its strength is the strength of the person’s desire. But in the Bible hope is the confident expectation of what God has promised and its strength is in His faithfulness.
The secular hope is all about you and what you want and believe. The Bible hope is the confident expectation of what God has promised and its strength is in HIS FAITHFULNESS.
OUR HOPE IS IN GOD. WE PUT OUR HOPE IN HIS HOPE AND THEN WE CAN EXPECT WITH CONFIDENCE.
Paul is writing the church of Thessalonica. He is encouraging them to keep, keep believing and keep growing and keep trusting and working for God. We are going to draw some direction from his encouraging words to the Thessalonian believers.
“Paul, Silvanus (Silas), and Timothy, To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace [inner calm and spiritual well-being from God].”
1 Thessalonians 1:1 AMP
We are looking at Hope but before we get there lets lay some ground work. Look what Paul says to the them.
Paul says these words to them, GRACE TO YOU AND PEACE. I love the AMP version cause look how they explain this phrase, “inner calm and spiritual well-being from God.”
Paul speaks this over them just as God speaks it over you and I today. Grace to you and Peace. Speaking inner calm and spiritual well-being from God.
Notice people who do not have hope are not calm. Usually they are freaking out, afraid, frustrated, filled with anxiety, the total opposite of calm. This is not the normal calm this calm that Paul is talking about is from the INSIDE OF YOU.
EVERYTHING ABOUT GOD STARTS ON THE INSIDE OF YOU AND HAS ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO DO WITH ANYTHING ON THE OUTSIDE OF YOU. NOTHING TO DO WITH
WHAT YOU HAVE, OWN, DRIVE, WEAR, IN YOUR BANK ACCOUNT, NOTHING TO DO WITH PEOPLE. NOTHING TO DO WITH ANYTHING ON YOUR OUTSIDE.
SPEAK IT OVER EACH OTHER. GRACE TO YOU AND PEACE OVER YOU AND YOURS.
EVERYTHING STARTS HERE FIRST, INNER CALM AND SPIRITUAL WELL-BEING FROM GOD.
WHERE DOES THIS GRACE AND PEACE COME FROM? GOD.
MANY TIMES OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD SHOWS WHERE WE ARE AT BY OUR BEHAVIOR. GRACE AND PEACE IS SEEN IN INNER CALM AND SPIRITUAL WELL-BEING.
THE SECOND THING PUAL BEGINS TO SHARE IS THIS NEXT SCRIPTURE. LETS GO TO THE PROCESS FOR HOPE. REAL HOPE. NOT WISH BUT A HOPE THAT IS REAL AND SOLID AND TRUE.
“Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father;”
1 Thessalonians 1:3 KJV
“recalling unceasingly before our God and Father your work energized by faith, and your service motivated by love and unwavering hope in [the return of] our Lord Jesus Christ.”
1 Thessalonians 1:3 AMP
NOTICE WHO HE IS SPEAKING TO. HE IS SPEAKING TO ACTIVE BELIEVERS. PEOPLE WHO JUST HAVE A MENTAL BELIEF IN GOD USUALLY HAVE MANY STRUGGLES AND BATTLES AND REALLY THEY DO NOT HAVE INNER CALM NOR THE SPIRITUAL WELL-BEING.
HE IS SPEAKING GRATEFULNESS AND GRATITUDE TOWARDS THEM FOR THIER SERVICE, AND DEVOTED LIFE TO GOD AND THEM.
LISTEN IT IS GOD’S WILL YOU AND I SERVE GOD. NOT JUST HEAR A MESSAGE BUT REALLY DEVOTE OUR LIVES AND EVERYTHING THAT WE ARE TO HIS SERVICE, MESSAGE AND VISION.
1. YOUR WORK OF FAITH, YOUR WORK ENERGIZED BY FAITH.
“Whatever you do [whatever your task may be], work from the soul [that is, put in your very best effort], as [something done] for the Lord and not for men, knowing [with all certainty] that it is from the Lord [not from men] that you will receive the inheritance which is your [greatest] reward. It is the Lord Christ whom you [actually] serve.”
Colossians 3:23-24 AMP
You and I are employed by God in His Kingdom Business. Christianity is not a 1 hour event on Sunday it’s a lifestyle. It is our way of life. 24/7.
With so many people living in fear, worry, unbelief how can you work the work of faith? You can’t and you won’t. You have to be in faith to work for God.
During this whole crises so many of Gods people have lauded themselves off or quit. Now is not the time to quit or stop working for God. I have made it my life’s ambition to help God’s people to renew their minds so in order to transform their lives so they can serve God and fulfill their Destiny In Him. Working for God is a joy and a pleasure. The opportunity to work for God is such an awesome privilege compared to all that JESUS DID FOR US.
Remember the cross. Remember His death. Remember His resurrection. REMEMBER!
I like the AMP VERSION, “your work energized by faith.” Your work energized by faith. When you are walking, talking, living in faith you are energized by your faith which kicks in and gives you the energy to work for God and others.
When you read the about the assaults and attacks on the disciples and they say they considered it pure joy. This is how they were operating. ENERGIZED BY FAITH.
When you are energized by faith this powerful energized faith moves you and I into this next process.
2. “and your service motivated by love.” First is your work energized by your faith then which moves us into YOUR SERVICE MOTIVATED BY LOVE.
IT IS ONE THING TO DO THINGS BECAUSE YOU KNOW GOD WANTS YOU TOO. LIKE WHEN HE SAYS TITHE, GIVE, FORGIVE, SERVE, FORGIVE, PREFER YOUR BROTHER, HUMBLE YOUR SELF. YOU DO IT BECAUSE YOU ARE ENERGIZED BY FAITH BUT WHEN YOU GO DEEPER NOW YOUR LIFE IS NOT JUST DOING THINGS TO OBEY GOD BUT NOW ITS ABOUT DOING THINGS BECAUSE OF YOUR LOVE.
WHEN YOU TRULY LOVE SOMEONE SERVING IS NOT A CHORE OR JOB THAT MUST BE DONE BUT A SERVICE OUT OF LOVE.
Dr. Seuss. Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”
Pablo Picasso. Mahatma Gandhi.
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The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.” The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”
Did you know that Gandhi wanted to be a Christian but when he entered a church they criticized his dress and said he could not come to church unless he changed out of his tradition India raps. So he decided to create his own style of religion.
“Let everything you do be done in love [motivated and inspired by God’s love for us].”
1 Corinthians 16:14 AMP
“Your work energized by faith.”
“Your service motivated by love.”
“Your unwavering hope, patience of hope.”
“And now there remain: faith [abiding trust in God and His promises], hope [confident expectation of eternal salvation], love [unselfish love for others growing out of God’s love for me], these three [the choicest graces]; but the greatest of these is love.”
1 Corinthians 13:13 AMP