Be strong and let your heart take courage, All you who [a]hope in the Lord. Psalms 31:24 (nasb)
Jesus summoned His twelve disciples and gave them authority and power over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every kind of disease and every kind of sickness… Jesus sent out these twelve, instructing them: “Do not go among the Gentiles, and do not go into a city of the Samaritans; 6 but rather go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 7 And as you go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ 8 Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give. 9 Do not take gold, or silver, or [even] copper money in your money belt, 10 or a provision bag for your journey, or even two tunics, or sandals, or a staff; for the worker deserves his support. 11 Whatever city or village you enter, ask who in it is worthy [who welcomes you and your message], and stay at his house until you leave [that city]. 12 As you go into the house, give it your greeting [that is, ‘Peace be to this house’]. 13 If [the family living in] the house is worthy [welcoming you and your message], give it your [blessing of] [e]peace [that is, a blessing of well-being and prosperity, the favor of God]. But if it is not worthy, take back your blessing of peace. 14 Whoever does not welcome you, nor listen to your message, as you leave that house or city, [f]shake the dust [of it] off your feet[in contempt, breaking all ties]. 15 I assure you and most solemnly say to you, it will be more tolerable on the day of judgment for the land of [g]Sodom and Gomorrah than for that city [since it rejected the Messiah’s messenger]. Matthew 10:1-15 (amp)
Thought: God never did what He did, for us to keep it private; just the opposite, for us to take it public in every opportunity we are given.
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1
Thought: Faith is the presumed belief that God will deliver on the promises He gives us through His word, His presence, and His faithfulness.
Thought: Faith in it self is the great presumption ever made! Our whole worldview holds in the balance of an unreasonable presumption!
Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. Hebrews 10:23
4 Things Hope is…
HOPE IS AUDACUOUS HOPE IS UNREASONABLE HOPE IS ENCOURAGING HOPE IS ADDICTING 4 Things Hope Does
HOPE LIBERATES- Hope releases us from our past HOPE MOTIVATES- Hope helps us bounce back HOPE INITIATES- Hope sets you free to dream HOPE ACTIVATES - Hope is the fuel that makes the world a better place. Big Question: Are you ready to live a life of hope?
Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God. Psalms 42:11 (niv)
1 But, O my soul, don’t be discouraged. Don’t be upset. Expect God to act! For I know that I shall again have plenty of reason to praise him for all that he will do. He is my help! He is my God! Psalms 42:11 (amp)