I hope that it will be cold and snowy this weekend up north, as I hope to see the dog races up there. It would not be a pretty sight to see them sledding through the rain and mud. I hope that I will get my work done today, that I need to do before I leave. Hopefully my family will all make it up there. I hope for a good meal tonight. I hope that those of you who are sick or hurting find relief. Hopefully you all will have a great day at work or home or wherever you are at, some of you away at school. What do you hope for today? An extension on a paper you are writing, or a deadline for a work project, or a pay bonus, or a job, or a healing in your marriage……..? Maybe your hope is set on a particular Church, or a person in your life, or a particular way or expectation you have of how things should be. We need to be careful where our hope is set. We all hope for many things, and that may not be wrong.
But if we do not have our hope fixed on one person, all our other hopes will not mean a whole lot.
1 Timothy 4:10 (NASB95)
10 For it is for this we labor and strive, because we have fixed our hope on the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of believers.
Before this verse Paul is talking about the need to discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness, reminding people that “bodily discipline is only of little profit”. “Godliness is profitable for all things, since it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.” Why does Paul labor and strive towards godliness? Because they have fixed their hope on the living God. Where is your hope fixed? If it is set on things of this world that will pass away, it is not set where it should be. Examine yourselves. See where your eyes are fixed. Just check your schedule, your activities, your thought life, your check book, your Bible. Where are you spending your time, and with who and for what purpose. Is it to appease your desires, or to please Him. His Word is where you find talk of this HOPE. Look below for some of the verses that speak of this Hope and where are eyes should be set.
Only the Eternal One, God Himself, is unchangeable, unmovable. He is my Rock. He is my Hope. Let’s fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy set before Him, endured the cross. Consider Him today! Let Him be our complete Hope. First things first!
Acts 24:14-15 (NASB95) Paul talking before Felix:
14 “But this I admit to you, that according to the Way which they call a sect I do serve the God of our fathers, believing everything that is in accordance with the Law and that is written in the Prophets;
15 having a hope in God, which these men cherish themselves, that there shall certainly be a resurrection of both the righteous and the wicked.
Romans 5:2-5 (NASB95)
2 through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of God.
3 And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance;
4 and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope;
5 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 12:12 (NASB95)
12 rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer,
Romans 15:4 (NASB95)
4 For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.
Romans 15:13 (NASB95)
13 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.
Ephesians 1:18-19 (NASB95)
18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints,
19 and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might
Colossians 1:5 (NASB95)
5 because of the hope laid up for you in heaven, of which you previously heard in the word of truth, the gospel
Colossians 1:25-29 (NASB95)
25 Of this church I was made a minister according to the stewardship from God bestowed on me for your benefit, so that I might fully carry out the preaching of the word of God,
26 that is, the mystery which has been hidden from the past ages and generations, but has now been manifested to His saints,
27 to whom God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
28 We proclaim Him, admonishing every man and teaching every man with all wisdom, so that we may present every man complete in Christ.
29 For this purpose also I labor, striving according to His power, which mightily works within me.
1 Timothy 1:1 (NASB95)
1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus according to the commandment of God our Savior, and of Christ Jesus, who is our hope,
1 Timothy 6:17 (NASB95)
17 Instruct those who are rich in this present world not to be conceited or to fix their hope on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly supplies us with all things to enjoy.
Hebrews 6:18-20 (NASB95)
18 so that by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have taken refuge would have strong encouragement to take hold of the hope set before us.
19 This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast and one which enters within the veil,
20 where Jesus has entered as a forerunner for us, having become a high priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.
1 Peter 1:3-5 (NASB95)
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
4 to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you,
5 who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
1 Peter 1:13 (NASB95)
13 Therefore, prepare your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
1 Peter 1:20-21 (NASB95)
20 For He was foreknown before the foundation of the world, but has appeared in these last times for the sake of you
21 who through Him are believers in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.
1 Peter 3:15 (NASB95)
15 but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence;
1 John 3:3 (NASB95)
3 And everyone who has this hope fixed on Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.
1 Peter 1:6-9 (NASB95)
6 In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials,
7 so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ;
8 and though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory,
9 obtaining as the outcome of your faith the salvation of your souls.