Jesus is our Hope

Jesus is our Hope.            Part two                        2/10/19

The Scriptures very clearly tell us that our Hope (both eternal and temporal) should be solely in the Lord Jesus Christ, His promises and His character. He is the source of all believers’ expectations and the fountain head of our hope. So, our trust must always be directed to and centered upon the person of Christ.

The Word of God contrary to todays progressive mentality admonishes us, “Do not put you trust in princes, Nor in a son of man (a human being)  in whom there is no salvation, his spirit departs, he returns to his earth; in that very day his plans perish. Happy is he who has the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the Lord his God…” Psalm 146: 3-5.

Also , “None who trust (hope) in the Lord will be desolate.” Psalm 34:22; 1 Peter 1:3. Hope is the only way we won’t be tossed about , the only way we won’t be turned around and the only way we won’t be driven by the winds of change as we wait for God’s promises to come to pass. James 1: 6. Hope is simply “ sure confidence” in God, His Love and faithfulness.” 2 Cor. 1:10.

“Hope” therefore, focuses on the character of God who has promised, not on what is to be given. It’s His faithfulness that true hope reveals.

Maturation. Now there is a difference  between “beginning” hope (which usually depends upon our own sight) and “mature” hope (which comes from “experientially knowing” God’s faithfulness and love). Romans 5:3-5 tells us, “patience worketh experience and experience, hope.” In other words, mature hope is gained only through experience. That’s the tough part. There’s a purifying process that we all must go through in order to reach that mature state of hope.

The Importance of the Word of God. The significance of Hebrews 4:12 is one of the most revelatory verse’s in the Bible. Yet, many of us do not let the Scripture really sink in. Take a moment to reflect on the words. “For the Word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”

There is a parallel between the ritual that the priests of Solomon’s Temple did in the Inner Court and what we must do in our personal walk with the Lord. And, hopefully, we will be able to see the connection between our soul and spirit and why God wants them separated and divided. The Word of God is the instrument God uses in that division. Hebrews 4:12.

What this is saying is that we must not only have faith in His Word and speak it forth, we must also trust His Spirit to bring it about.

Let’s reflect upon what went on in Solomon’s Temple (as they were carrying those “hot coals of fire” into the Holy Place) they had to pass the Table of Showbread (the Biblical symbol for God’s Word) and the Lampstand (the Biblical symbol for God’s Spirit) on their way to worshiping the Lord at the Incense Alter.

The Word of God is not only what divides our soul from our spirit, it’s also what combats the lies of the enemy. God’s Word tells us that Satan is the “father of lies.” And it’s only His Word (God’s rod) that will help us defeat the enemy, and His Spirit (His Staff) that will help us traverse the Valley of the Shadow of death in order to reach intimacy with the Lord.

Remember Psalm 1:1-3 which says: “A man who meditates on the Word of God will be like a tree planted by the river.” The connection to being that “Life giving “ tree is hoping in God’s Word, not only believing it but also walking it out. We must not only read it, we must also learn to speak it forth in hope.

“Hope,” therefore, focuses on the character of God. Hope, then, is the connection or the vehicle by which the Word of God is implemented in our lives. So, whenever we choose to hope for God’s promises—and speak them forth—we have the confidence that God’s Spirit will perform them in His way and by His timing. Psalm 130:5 says it so simply: “I wait for the Lord… and in His Word do I hope.”

Understanding our delegated authority. In talking about the importance of speaking forth the Word of God, we must also understand the authority that God has given us as believers. Luke 10:19.

The Greek word for this of authority is “exousia” Strong’s #1849 which means “the right to exercise power (dunamis) or the right of the person in charge.”  The authority originates with God as He is obviously the person in charge; Jesus’ words give us this authority.

The dictionary of New Testament Theology says: “Our authority is founded in the rule of Christ.” The Word of God gives us Jesus’ words establishing our authority and the person of the Holy Spirit gives us the power.

By faith we understand. Hebrews 11:1 says: “Now faith (belief) is the substance (realization) of things hoped for, the evidence (confidence) of things not seen.”

Can we take God’s temporal promises literally and personally? In other words, can we put our “hope” in the specific things that He says in the Bible that speak to our own situations? Can we be confident in doing this?

Young David comes to mind as he rejected his eldest brothers scorn. David spoke forth the Word of the Lord in his personal belief that even thou he will have to walk through the valley of the shadow of death the Lord would be with him.

David went from a young tender shepherd boy tending his father’s flock to become a giant killer. King Saul offered his armor to young David, he choose to hope (trust) what he had experienced in “ faith (belief) is the substance (realization) of things hoped for, the evidence (confidence) of things not seen.”

He knew God’s provision was with him. Even thou he could not see it. Let’s reread his account in 1 Samuel 17:40. Notice that he verse says: he choose 5 smooth stones.  The number five is symbolic of “Grace.” Grace is both a noun and a verb, please hold that definition.

 

 

David had enough stones to use if Goliath’s four brothers chose to avenge Goliath’s death. In verse 45 we pick up the account at the last sentence of the verse which says: “ But I come to you in the name of the Lord of Hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.” Here David is speaking in the authority of the Lord.

This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you and take your from you. Let’s jump to verse 49: “Then David put his hand in the bag and took out a stone; and he slung it and struck the Philistine in his forehead, and he fell on his face to the earth.”

That day both the noun (person, place, or thing) and the verb (force) of the word called “grace” met Goliath’s head.

 

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