In those days you were living apart from Christ. You were excluded from citizenship among the people of Israel, and you did not know the covenant promises God had made to them. You lived in this world without God and without hope.Where there is no FAITH in the future, there is not POWER in the present. Hope is Faith in the FUTURE. HAVING ONLY POSITIVE EXPECTATIONS Jeremiah 32: 6-15 NLT – 6 At that time the Lord sent mea message. He said, 7 “Your cousin Hanamel son of Shallum will come and say to you, ‘Buy my field at Anathoth. Bylaw you have the right to buy it before it is offered to anyone else.’”8 Then, just as the Lord had said he would,my cousin Hanamel came and visited me in the prison. He said, “Please buy my field at Anathoth in the land of Benjamin. By law you have the right to buy it before it is offered to anyone else, so buy it for yourself.” Then I knew that the message I had heard was from the Lord. 9 SoI bought the field at Anathoth, paying Hanamel seventeen pieces of silver for it. 10 I signed and sealed the deed of purchase before witnesses, weighed out the silver, and paid him. 11 Then I took the sealed deed and an unsealed copy of the deed, which contained the terms and conditions of the purchase, 12 and I handed them to Baruch son of Neriah and grandson of Mahseiah. I did all this in the presence of my cousin Hanamel, the witnesses who had signed the deed, and all the men of Judah who were there in the courtyard of the guardhouse. 13 Then I said to Baruch as they all listened, 14 “This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, the God of Israel, says: ‘Take both this sealed deed and the unsealed copy, and put them into a pottery jar to preserve them for a long time.’ 15 For this is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, the God of Israel, says:‘Someday people will again own property here in this land and will buy and sell houses and vineyards and fields.’”I Peter 1:3 NLT – All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is by his great mercy that we have been born again, because God raised Jesus Christ from the dead. Now we live with great expectation, I Thesselonians 4:13 NLT – And now, dear brothers and sisters, we want you to know what will happen to the believers who have died so you will not grieve like people who have no hope. I Corinthains 16:19 NLT – The churches here in the province of Asia send greetings in the Lord, as do Aquila and Priscilla and all the others who gather in their home for church meetings. Romans 15:4 NLT – Such things were written in the Scriptures long ago to teach us. And the Scriptures give us hope and encouragement as we wait patiently for God’s promises to be fulfilled.I. SHALLOW Hopes Optimism is POSITIVE THINKING Hope is PASSIONATE TRUSTING OPTIMISM says it’s not so bad. HOPE says it’s bad.
II. FALSE Hopes Job 8:11 TLB – those who forget God have no hope. They are like rushes without any mire to grow in; or grass without water to keep it alive. Suddenly it begins to wither, even before it is cut. Hebrews 6:19 NLT – This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain into God’s inner sanctuary. Hebrews 13:5 NLT – Don’t love money; be satisfied with what you have. For God has said, “I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.”Isaiah 43:2-3 NLT – 2 When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty,you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you. 3 For I am the Lord, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior. I gave Egypt as a ransom for your freedom; I gave Ethiopia and Seba in your place. Jeremiah 29:11 ESV – For I know the plans I have for you,declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Romans 8:28 KJV – And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. Philippians 4:19 NLT – And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches,which have been given to us in Christ Jesus. Romans 12:19 NLT – Dear friends, never take revenge.Leave that to the righteous anger of God. For the Scriptures say, “I will take revenge; I will pay them back,”says the Lord.