Hope

This past weekend and this weekend you will not see announcement graphics on the lobby plasmas at Keystone.  Instead you will find these scriptures.  Scriptures of hope to encourage all…
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound [...]

This past weekend and this weekend you will not see announcement graphics on the lobby plasmas at Keystone.  Instead you will find these scriptures.  Scriptures of hope to encourage all…

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

Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God.  - Psalm 42:5

Let all that I am praise the Lord; with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name. Let all that I am praise the Lord; may I never forget the good things he does for me. Psalm 103:1-3

The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you. Psalm 32:8

For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. 6 In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6

We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps. Proverbs 16:9

Now this is not scripture but is from a book I have been reading by Paul Tripp called “A Quest for More.” God has used this book to challenge me more than any other book recently.  It is a must read.

     If your hope disappoints you, it is the wrong kind of hope.  You see, hope in God never disappoints, precisely because it is hope in God. This means that hope placed in any other thing will always end up disappointing. Let this principle sink in for a moment.  Allow yourself to consider how far-reaching and life-altering its implications are.

     What do we mean when we say we are hoping for something?  Essentially, hope is a desire coupled with a logical or confident expectation of fulfillment. But hope is much more than this.  When I place my hope in something, I am attaching my sense of well-being, identity, meaning and purpose to that thing in some way.  In this way I “need” my hopes to become realities because I have connected my life to them  You must realize that every human being does this.  If you are still alive and able to think and feel, you are putting your hope somewhere. Some kind of hope gets every person out of bed in the morning.  This is also why disappointment is such a universal human experience, because most of what we hope in isn’t able to deliver.  So we keep shuffling our little deck of hope cards, thinking that sooner or later we will come up with an ace.  But the deck we’re holding doesn’t have any aces in it! When your hope disappoints you, it is because it is the wrong hope.

“A Quest for More” by Paul David Tripp, pgs 200-201.

Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us. Romans 3:3-5

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