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You are in need of hope


I think the title says it all. The world as we know it is battling with hopelessness. Everything in our society these days has become uncertain. Nothing is guaranteed. Hence many are living in fear and misery. All they see is a pitiful life with no end in sight. Sometimes they wish death would take them and be rid of this little existence. How about when this begins to creep into the church? Today, I want to speak on the subject of hope and its importance in our life. Hope is an integral part of Christianity and each of us must learn about it and live it out.


Before we can proceed, let’s try to define hope.


Hebrews 11:1

To the writer, hope has its roots in faith. He says that faith is the assurance of things hoped for. That word assurance means, “a setting or placing under; the substance or essence.” In paraphrasing, faith is the essential ingredient that produces hope. Faith is about believing things not seen (2 Cor 5:7) and because of that, hope is being produced. Hope is the earnest expectation of one day seeing those very things that have not been seen.


“if we hope for what we do not see, with perseverence we wait eagerly for it.” – Rom 8:25


In other words, great faith results in great hope; little faith equals little hope and obviously no faith equals no hope. This is where hope stems from. Unfortunately, there are many people with no hope in this world or in their outlook on life.


Ephesians 2:12

Paul spares no expense here in describing our former lifestyle as heathen sinners and sadly the common condition of most people in the world today. These are people who do not have God and Christ in their life, who are shut out from being citizens of the kingdom of God and are foreigners to God’s covenants and promises. These people have no hope – because they refuse to believe. They are as athiests.


1 Thessalonians 4:13

Paul describes another aspect of the hopelessness of the heathen world – the subject concerning the reality of death. To many people, death is viewed as final, they consider their deceased as permanently gone, never to return; and this produces much grief and sorrow. Is there any hope in this attitude? None whatsover.


Folks, there is much hopelessness in the world today and sadly it’s creeping into the church. There is so much unbelief, so much misery and depression, so much sorrow and sadness, that it has become intoxicating. Many are so drowning in it that it’s robbed them of all faith and hope. Does this sound like you? Then you are in need of hope!


Colossians 1:23

Hope begins with the gospel. Without the primary message, there is no opportunity in getting hope. How can it be done?

1) It begins by hearing the message

2) It is then proceeded by faith

3) In this faith, we must be firm and unwavering


If one does all 3, then he/she will not be moved away from hoping in the gospel message!

Q: What is it about the gospel message that births and produces such hope?


Titus 1:1 – 3

The gospel that was entrusted to Paul to preach outlined God’s promise of immortality (eternal life) for those who obeyed its message (v2). This is the Christian hope – to one day inherit life everlasting (absence of decay & death, of which causes much hopelessness). According to Paul, since God promised it and cannot lie, He is under oath to fulfil it (v2) and He will! Therefore, hope can be further defined as…


“An earnest looking forward with an expectation of receiving those things that have been promised to us”


1 Thessalonians 5:8

The promise of eternal life (immortality) is our salvation. Our hope is to one day be saved from the curse of this world, from all of its sickness, decay and death and finally from the impending judgment of God’s wrath upon an evil world (Rom 5:9). How fitting that Paul illustrated the hope of salvation (Eph 6:17) as a helmet (which protects the head/mind)? The battle to keep focus on the hope of our salvation in the midst of a crooked, perverse and difficult world takes place in the mind!


Salvation and immortality will be realized through the monumental event of the resurrection of the dead!


Acts 23:6; 24:14 – 15; 26:6 – 8

Paul’s hope was exclusively tied towards this glorious event. Like Paul, we know as does the world, that we’re all dying – and will one day die. Yet, whilst many sorrow over death because they have no hope, we on the other hand do have hope – that God will one day bring us back to life again, at the appointed day/hour. He has promised!


“I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in me shall live even if he dies…” – Joh 11:25


1 Timothy 1:1

To Paul, Jesus Christ was his hope. What did he mean here? All of the details of the gospel message are centered around God’s human messiah. The promise of the coming kingdom, salvation, immortality can only be effectuated through Jesus Christ. In other words, unless Jesus comes back, none of these things are bound to happen. This is why Paul called him our hope. Without his return, there will be no resurrection, no salvation, no immortality for the rest of us.


This is why the last chapter of the book of Revelation cries, “Come, Lord Jesus” – Rev 22:20

The 2nd coming of Jesus Christ, this awesome event, ought to be our hope that our hope is fixed on. Peter said…


“fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ…” – 1 Pet 1:13


God’s timetable is racing forward towards this date. Is our faith in the gospel producing the hope that is fully rested in this glorious event? Have we lost sight of the nearness of Christ’s coming? Have we come to doubt it?


This is tragedy of some Christian folk.

Perhaps some are losing hope because they are wavering in their faith. Perhaps others really don’t believe in the message of the gospel. Perhaps some just haven’t really heard the gospel! Either way, without the 3 pronged strategy that Paul outlined in Colossians 1:23, one cannot effectively possess and express hope in their life.


Hebrews 10:23

The writer of Hebrews admonishes us to be unwavering (Gr. aklinh) in our hope. The command to be steadfast is due God’s faithful character. He promised, didn’t he? Will he not carry it out? Because of this, we are encouraged to hold fast to our hope. How fascinating that he calls it the confession of our hope? How often to do we acknowledge in our speech the hope of our destiny? How often do you find Christians speaking about the 2nd coming, the resurrection, salvation, immortality and their involvement in these powerful events? How often do we tell others that these things to come cause us to live victoriously in this present evil age, because we are future looking, not present looking?


Listen to the desire of the writer concerning hope…


Hebrews 6:11 – 12

I second his desire. Are each of us showing the same commitment in hearing the words of the gospel? Are we letting these words produce an assurance of our place in God’s program? If we believe it, are we hopeful of it? Is our hope carrying us through to the end?

The writer warns: do not become lazy (v12). Faith in of itself is a work (faith comes by hearing and that of the word of God). If we get lazy, we shrink back in faith, and hence our hope diminishes. Lack of/no hope is disastrous. It causes us to become entangled in the cares of the world and our hearts become weighed down.

Rather, we’re exhorted to mimic others (see Heb 11) of faith. Though they also endured similar trials that we experience, they learnt patience, character and hope – all the while eagerly waiting for their inheritance that God promised.


“Tribulation brings about perserverance, and perserverance, proven character; and proven character, hope;” – Rom 5:4



Hope is an important aspect of the Christian life – for it causes us to look forward, not back, as Israel, though delivered out of Egypt, kept looking back and not forward to their destiny of the promised land. Let not our hardships blur our vision for the future: the gospel of the coming kingdom will come to pass. Jesus Christ will return and the messianic age will be ushered in – and we will receive our reward. Yet, there can be no hope without the essential ingredient of faith. Do we believe? No faith, no hope. Ye are in need of hope; so get faith!

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6 Responses to “You are in need of hope”

  1. […] Ready Blog » Blog Archive » You are in need of hope 7 de outubro de 2011 Origem: http://lhim.org/blog/2011/10/08/you-are-in-need-of-hope/ Hope begins with the gospel. Without the primary message, there is no opportunity in getting hope. […]

  2. on 08 Oct 2011 at 12:25 pmLORRAINE

    Hope, I do have a hope and that is that I hope that people will someday follow the truth, The Law of the Commandments and the Sabbath.This is why many are so sad and so hopeless and unhappy and yes it is getting to the churches because they want to believe and have hope in lies and idols that have no breath in them that cannot do anything for them in which YHWH GOD told us not to do this for it angers Him. There are no truths in these things so people will be lost and feel forsaken. For people are so stiffneck and they want to have something they can see with their carnal eye as in the many images that were put forth since the beginning of Christianity pictures of jc or mary the painting of Michael Angelo of God Creation of Adam, its great art for all to enjoy, but it was not suppose to be placed in the house of YHWH GOD as any representation of Him or the likeness of anything that is in heaven, and other religions do these images as well, knowing that YHWH GOD said not to do this for when Moses spoke to us on YHWH’s behalf he said in Deut., 5:vs. 1-10 and in Deut., 4:vs.15-19. And for those of you who say that this was the old days NO! this is for now YHWH GOD did mention that the third and fourth generations will go astray, and we people are now in the fourth generation of the 4th century of man. Even as far back as Genesis, 15:vs. 13-16 it was all prophesied that we will do wrong and be stiffneck as far back as when the covenant was given to our forefather Abram later known as Abraham from which we have all descendant from and he Adam, and we are still being full of pride today. YHWH GOD does not change Malachi, 3:vs.6,7 as a matter of fact just read all of Malachi 3. Therefore, reclaim your inheritence and your happiness and bring peace among us as a nation by doing the law.

    One other thing about death if we serve YHWH GOD the way He tells us to with righteousness, peace and love, our days will be prolonged and this is also prophesied in Psalms 16, Ecclesiastes 9, and Deut., 32:vs. 45-47 which was from Moses the prophet of YHWH GOD. Peace and Love to all and Praise YHWH GOD.

  3. on 19 Oct 2011 at 12:05 amLORRAINE

    And its prophesied in Isaiah 53 for life to be prolonged read it, this also dispells the jc story because he is suppose to live forever but the servant in Isa 53 is said to suppose to have a prolonged life. If YHWH says that He is the only one that will be last then how can anyone else live forever for this will make them to be as YHWH THE KING is the last. This cannot happen.

  4. on 19 Oct 2011 at 5:12 amWolfgang

    Hi Lorraine,

    your comments seem to indicate that you understand the Scriptures to not speak of resurrection from the dead ?

    In light of this, I was wondering how you understand a passage from Psalm 16 which came to my mind seeing that it is often understood as referring to resurrection of the dead, in particular that YHWH would resurrect his Anointed / Messiah from the dead, and do it even within a time frame during which the Messiah’s body would not corrupt/decay.

    Psalm 16:8-11 (NASB)
    8 I have set the LORD continually before me; Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.
    9 Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices; My flesh also will dwell securely.
    10 For Thou wilt not abandon my soul to Sheol; Neither wilt Thou allow Thy Holy One to undergo decay.
    11 Thou wilt make known to me the path of life; In Thy presence is fulness of joy; In Thy right hand there are pleasures forever.

    Is v. 10 indicating a resurrection from the dead or is this referring to something else? IF it is referring to resurrection from the dead, would the Messiah (YHWH’s “Holy One”) after he is raised from the dead live forever or would he live for a certain number of years and then die again (this time remain in the grave/sheol forever)?

  5. on 19 Oct 2011 at 1:10 pmLORRAINE

    Wolfgang, I see it as when in the times of the servant David, after he had sinned by doing adultery and murder YHWH was angry with him. David’s house was divided with incest and deceit and the death of his first child all this suffering among his children yet David remained loyal to YHWH for he knew that although he had done wrong his faithfulness to YHWH will secure his seed and to this day YHWH has favored David’s seed as the one who will be YHWH’s servant during the new kingdom. David loved YHWH so much. For David himself is no longer here but his seed the anointed one will reign in the new kingdom for evermore. Along with YHWH’s favor of the seed of Zadok the faithful priest of the Levites will also reign in the new kingdom and the seeds of both will be called The Lord or YHWH Our Righteousness as prophesied in Jeremiah 23:1-8, and 33:14-16 as the Branch that will Sheppard over us for evermore in righteousness.

    Although, there is a scripture that amazes me and it is in Deut. 29:vs. 29, “The secret things belong unto YHWH: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law.” Those of us that do the law are in His heart for evermore and what He can do will be His to do with but not in our time, or what we want but in His. YHWH can do All but He always know what is best for us.

  6. on 19 Oct 2011 at 1:49 pmLORRAINE

    Wolfgang, the priest Zadok is no longer here either but his seed will be with us in the new kingdom to help guide the people to righteousness in the Day of the Lord YHWH. Prophesied by the prophet through YHWH in Jeremiah 23 and 33.


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