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Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD. (Psalms 27:14)

Hope: a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen.

  • Worldly hope is a combination of wanting and expecting. Wishful thinking that you will get what you are wanting.
  • Biblical hope is very different than worldly hope. Here are the 5 types of biblical hope:

Experiential Hope

Experiential hope is optimism in my current circumstance, because of what I have experienced God do in my other circumstances.

Unshakeable Hope

A reservoir of strength in life’s storms. Unshakeable hope is hope that provides a solid anchor, securely fastened for the strongest storms of life.

The Blessed Hope

The absolute guarantee that Jesus will come again and things will be wonderful.

Hope that is a permanent work of the Spirit

This type of hope is a fruit of the Spirit, that all believers can always expect.

 Hope that reflects personal desires

The bible would call this type of hope the desires of your heart.

The 3 Dangers of Deferred Hope

  1. Depression – This is the simplest meaning of the text in Proverbs where it is called a sick heart. Proverbs 13:12 – Hope deferred makes the heart sick,   but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.
  2. Hindered Prayer Life – A sick heart is sick in more than one way. A dangerous result of hope deferred is that some people turn from God in that situation.
  3. It provides an opening for a spiritual infection.
  • Germs get in through wounds
  • Doctors are more concerned about infection than splitting your sternum open.
  • Hope deferred can be like a cut in a person’s spirit, and if they are not careful an infection of temptation can slip in through that wound.

Hope deferred has led to many a single person taking up with the spawn of the devil. Be careful in a season of depression that you don’t go looking for solace in all the wrong places.

God is a faithful God working in our behalf, how can we keep from praising him? Even when things look bad, we can continue on with hope.

  • Admit our problems honestly
  • Talk to God about them
  • Wait before him in prayer and meditation on the word
  • When he speaks, listen, obey, and believe.

 

Love, Light, and Healing

What’s the G.L.U.E.? God Loves Us Eternally

There is nothing that has been created in time, or space can alter the love that God has for you.

Dictionary Definition –  Love- an intense feeling of deep affection.

Bible Definition – Love – 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 New International Version (NIV)

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Open Sesame! Watch God Work (Master Key)

5/15/18 Lesson Discussion: Open Sesame with the Master Key! Watch how God works! When Jesus gives you a Kingdom Key, it means He is giving you authority and access to unlock a specific element within the Kingdom of God. God possesses the master key. Our key must be in sync with his key in order to gain ACCESS and AUTHORITY. Just as two keys are required to open a safe deposit box; the bank master key and our key, if those keys are not a match – ACCESS DENIED to the contents of the safe deposit box.

Scripture: Matthew 16:18-19

 

Bible Resource: Bible Gateway

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Sit Down! Plant Yourself Right There and Bloom

5/14/18 Lesson Discussion: Bloom where you are planted. What are you able to do in your current situation until God is ready to open another door? What is God doesn’t open another door? What if God has planted you exactly where he wants you to flourish?

Scriptures:

Psalm 92:13-13

Jeremiah 17:7-8

1 Corinthians 7:17

Philippians 4:8

 

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It’s Go Time! Step. Walk It Out

 

5/10/18 Lesson Discussion: What has you “feeling” stuck? Fear of Failure? Fear of Success? Disappointment? Past Hurt or Trauma?

Scriptures:

Deuteronomy 1:2-3

Deuteronomy 1:5-6

Deuteronomy 1:8-11

Joshua 1: 1-4

Joshua 1:8-9

Isaiah 43:19

 

Bible Resource: Bible Gateway

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