Pastor Rick Mora

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The Power of Hope, Don’t Give Up

The Power of Hope, Don’t Give Up!!

THE POWER OF HOPE

Don’t Give Up
1 Peter 1:3-9

John 11:17-21

What is living hope?

The New Testament of hope is very different from our normal thinking about hope. We say to someone: Will the Bucs win the Super Bowl? And they say: I don’t know; I hope so.

In other words, hope as we think about it, is a desire for some future thing which we are uncertain of attaining.

I think of Proverbs 13:4, 12, 19

4 The soul of a lazy man desires, and has nothing;
But the soul of the diligent shall be made rich.

12 Hope deferred makes the heart sick,
But when the desire comes, it is a tree of life.

19 A desire accomplished is sweet to the soul,
But it is an abomination to fools to depart from evil.

Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when the desire comes, it is a tree of life.

That is not the way Peter speaks about hope.

When Peter says in 1 Peter 1:13 hope fully in the grace that is coming to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ, he does not mean we should desire it and be uncertain of it.

Hope is not a kite at the mercy of winds, but a sure anchor of the soul, penetrating deep into the invisible, eternal world, the Kingdom of God!!

The Resurrection and the coming of Christ is a matter of complete confidence for all believers.

Hebrews 6:11-12 we desire each one of you to show the same earnestness in realizing the full assurance of hope to the end.

So we can define hope, as full assurance, or strong confidence that God is going to do good to us in the future.

Jesus said I Am the Resurrection and the Life

John 11:21-27

Peter calls it “living hope / living faith

What does that mean?

The opposite of a living hope /Faith, would be a dead hope, Dead Faith

James 2:1-26

Faith without works is dead James 2:26

This faith / Hope, is barren, fruitless, unproductive.

So living faith and, living hope would be fertile, fruitful, productive hope.

Living hope is hope that has power and produces changes in once life.

This is what living means in Hebrews 4:12 where it says,

The word of God is living and effective.

So the Believers hope is living and effective!!

A strong confidence in God which has Resurrection power to produce changes in one’s live.

John 11:21-11

Back to 1 Peter 1:3, 23-25. In verse 3, Peter says, “we are born anew to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.

That is, our hope arises from being born anew and this new birth comes in through Jesus resurrection.

There is a gap between the resurrection of Jesus and your new birth 2000 years later.

1 Peter 1: 23-25 help fill the gap. Peter says, “You have been born anew not of perishable seed but of imperishable through the living and abiding word of God; for all flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers and the flower falls, but the word of the Lord abides forever.

That word is the good news which was preached to you.” Connecting the resurrection of Jesus and your life 2000 years later is the Word of God, The Gospel, The Good News!!

The gospel is the message, preached in the power of the Holy Spirit, that Jesus Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried and that he rose again on the third day according to the Scriptures (1 Cor. 15:1-4).

2000 year ago the resurrection reaches our heart and begets hope.

The reason Peter says we are born anew to a living hope is because when we cease to place our hope, (our desires and longings) on things that are in the world, and instead place our hopes and desires on God, then a new person has been born anew or Born Again.

The Stone Was Rolled Away

(Matt. 28:6-7)

6 He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. 7 And go quickly and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead, and indeed He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him. Behold, I have told you.”

The “Stones” In Your Life
Today, do you have a “stone” in your life that you want God to roll away? If you will let Him, God will roll away the stone of depression, worry, and anguish from your life. He will replace that stone with His peace, hope, faith and assurance.

He said in John 14:27, “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you….”

If you are sealed in a tomb of your own making, and you want to be set free, then let God roll the stone away! When the stone whatever is hindering you in your life is rolled away, you will be free and able to receive all that God desires to give you.

John 11:38-44

Take away the Stone verse 39

Loose Him and let him go verse 44

The resurrection Power inside Us.

In Romans 8:11 tells us that the same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead is in us.

We have the power to rise above doube, fear, compromise! We must never let that lay dormant in us; the world is looking for Christians to be the people who allow the living God to have His way. The same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead is in us!

Happy Resurrection Sunday to all!!

Pastor Rick

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