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Be strong and let your heart take courage, all you who hope in the LORD. --Psalms 31:24
My soul, wait in silence for God only,
For my hope is from Him.
---Psalms 62:5
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True Hope is the joyful, confident expectation
that the Lord Jesus Christ is faithful.

Sometimes the circumstances of our lives makes us
feel hopeless and helpless.

But if you are a child of God, you are neither hopeless nor helpless.  

Hopeless:
Hopeless simply means "without God." But a person isn’t truly hopeless unless they die without Christ.   For Jesus is the hope for all who believe in Him:
Ephesians 2:12;Ephesians 1:18; 1Timothy 1:1-2

Helpless:
Helpless does not mean hopeless.
The feeling of helplessness can be a good thing if it forces us to depend upon God, making Him the object of our focus.   Job 5:15

Moreover, helplessness can position people  who do not know Jesus Christ (who is hope) to receive Him as Lord  of their lives. 

But for His children, even if you feel helpless, you are not.  For God  has promised to never leave you helpless:
"for He [God] Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor  you up nor leave you without support.   [I will] not, [I will] not, [I will] not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let [you] down"   ---Hebrews 13:5 amp  

In scripture, God encourages  ("take courage") all who place their hope in Him. "Be strong and let your heart take courage, all you who hope in the LORD.  --Psalms 31:24

For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Sciriptures we might have hope.
-- Romans 15:4 

Everyone, saved or unsaved, hopes. But many place their hope in their own abilities, their money, their position, their "self." The Bible tells us that this is really false hope. Psalms 33:17; 1Timothy 6:17

And it is easy to think that some people will always remain hopeless in Christ. Never think that someone who does not know Jesus now will remain hopeless as long as they are alive:   Ecclesiastes 9:4   

Above all, God is a God of Hope.

What Steals Our Hope: 
Despairing circumstances
     Psalms 43:5
Listening to others
Forgetting God
    Job 8:13
Worries of the world


What Maintains Our Hope:
Focusing on God (by reading and meditating on His word and by praying)
Learning to listen to God
Recalling what God has done in your life
Learning to Persevere

Those with the greatest Hope have learned
perseverence through trials and tribulations.  

"For in hope we have been saved, but hope that is seen is not hope; for who hopes for what he already sees?  But if we hope for what we do not see, with peerseverance we wait eagerly for it."  --Romans 8:24-25

"And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us."
--Romans 5:3-5
 

Read:  Luke 8:15; Romans 2:7; Romans 12:11-12; Romans 15:4; Ephesians 6:18; 2Thessalonians 1:4; 1Timothy 6:11; James 1:12; 2Peter 1:5-8



Torrey’s Topical Textbook

Hope

In God  Psalms 39:7; 1Peter 1:21.
In Christ  1Corinthians 15:19; 1Titus 1:1.
In God’s promises  Acts 26:6,7; Titus 1:2.
In the mercy of God  Psalms 33:18.
Is the work of the Holy Spirit  Romans 15:13; Galatians 5:5.
Hope obtained through
    Grace.  2Thessalonians 2:16.
    The word.  Psalms 119:81.
    Patience and comfort of the Scriptures.  Romans 15:4.
    The gospel.  Colossians 1:5,23.
    Faith.  Romans 5:1,2; Galatians 5:5.
The result of experience  Romans 5:4.
A better hope brought in by Christ  Hebrews 7:19.
Hope described as
    Good.  2Thessalonians 2:16.
    Lively.  1Peter 1:3.
    Sure and steadfast.  Hebrews 6:19.
    Gladdening.  Proverbs 10:28.
    Blessed.  Titus 2:13.
Hope makes not ashamed  Romans 5:5.
Hope triumphs over difficulties  Romans 4:18.
Hope is an encouragement to boldness in preaching  2Corinthians 3:12.
Saints
    Are called to hope.  Ephesians 4:4.
    Rejoice in hope.  Romans 5:2; 12:12.
    Have all, the same hope.  Ephesians 4:4.
    Have hope in death.  Proverbs 14:32.
    Should abound in hope.  Romans 15:13.
    Should look for the object of hope.  Titus 2:13.
    Should not be ashamed of hope.  Psalms 119:16.
    Should hold fast to hope.  Hebrews 3:6.
    Should not be moved from hope.  Colossians 1:23.
    Should continue in hope.  Psalms 71:14; 1Peter 1:13.
Hope connected with faith and love  1Corinthians 13:13.
Objects of Hope
    Salvation.  1Thessalonians 5:8.
    Righteousness.  Galatians 5:5.
    Christ’s glorious appearing.  Titus 2:13.
    A resurrection.  Acts 23:6; 24:15.
    Eternal life.  Titus 1:2; 3:7.
    Glory.  Romans 5:2; Colossians 1:27.
Hope leads to purity 1John 3:3.
Hope leads to patience  Romans 8:25; 1Thessalonians 1:3.
Seek for full assurance of Hope.  Hebrews 6:11.
Be ready to give an answer concerning hope.  1Peter 3:15.
Encouragement to hope  Hosea 2:15; Zechariah 9:12.
Encourage others to hope  Psalms 130:7.
Happiness of hope  Psalms 146:5.
Life is the season of hope  Ecclesiastes 9:4; Isaiah 38:18.
The wicked have no ground for hope  Ephesians 2:12.
Hope of the wicked
    Is in their worldly possessions.  Job 31:24.
    Shall make them ashamed. Isaiah 20:5,6; Zechariah 9:5.
    Shall perish.  Job 8:13; 11:20; Proverbs 10:28.
    Shall be extinguished in death.  Job 27:8.
Hope illustrated by
    An Anchor.  Hebrews 6:19.
    A helmet.  1Thessalonians 5:8.
Hope Exemplified
    David.  Psalms 39:7.
    Paul.  Acts 24:15.
    Abraham. Romans 4:18.
    Thessalonians.  1Thessalonians 1:3.


Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing,
so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
---Romans 15:13
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