Ps Sheldon Phillips 6th January 2019 ()Sheldon Phillips, January 6, 2019
Part of the Summer Series series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
Introduction - Shifting expectations.
Hope, overflowing hope. Glasses, seeing through the lense. If glasses were hope, seeing everything through the lense of hope. Reset our eyes, our expectations to be full of hope. Our hope isn’t dependant on us, it’s on God.
Romans 15:13. Hope is essential in the life of the believer. May the God of hope fill you with all joy, that you may abound in hope. Not “scrape through with hope”, or “just enough hope”. God is a god of abundant provision. When he provides grace, it’s not just enough to get you through. No - there’s more than enough. In abundance. It’s a part of his nature, that’s who He is. An overflow. Two reasons:
- Because God wants to overflow out of your life into others. Overflow so that other people will get some of what you have. Love, grace.
- Needs to trickle into every area of your life. God wants you to shift your focus. Where there’s hopelessness, God want to fill with hope.
Hope “one day I hope to drive an automatic car”. Hope is a maybe, a what-if, possibly. Biblical hope is different - a confident assurance of God doing good. A firm expectation. God wants us to overflow with hope, abundantly, so hopeful that it overdflows to everyone around you. Not a might, a maybe, if God is feeling good, if the cards fall right - God says we are going to be outrageously hopeful.
New Year, new you - but the same God, who will bring something new in your life. Think about areas in your life where you’ve lost hope. Without hope, we can’t look forward. Our vision is so limited. God wants to take the blinkers off, and increase the expectation. God is going to do good in your life.
The world’s hope, is a maybe, built on circumstance.
Our hope is not reliant on anyone else except God. God is our hope. Everything is going to be good. Rom 8:26 God works everything for God, who are called according to his purpose. Hope for a brigher future. Do so much more than we ask or think.
God says I will be with you. Colossians: Christ in you, the hope of glory. In every situation and circumstance.
God cares for you! He wants the best for you - lift your eyes up to believe again.
A practical tip to take away - Psalm 42:5 What are you cast down, hope in God! Psalmist, talks to himself. Why I shouldn’t feel hopeful - psalmist gives key: talk to your self, tell yourself that God wants to fill you with hope. I’m going to hope in God because God is able, He is faithful, if he’s done all these things in the past, he can do it again!
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