A Year of Hope - Jan 7 & 8

Get Your Hope Up
Courtney D. Hickman

And who will harm you if you are deeply committed to what is good? But even if you should suffer for righteousness, you are blessed. Do not fear what they fear or be disturbed, but honor the Messiah as Lord in your hearts. Always be ready to give a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you.  1 Peter 3:13-15 (HCSB)

·      Hope is an optimistic attitude of the mind It's based on an expectation of positive outcomes.

·      When you live in HOPE you are HONORING God
·      Having Optimistic Personal Expectations
.      Make your HOPE personal

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. Ephesians 3:19

o   Expectation is the breeding ground for miracles!


o   Synoptic Gospel……(syn, “together with” optic, “seeing” thus seeing together)

o   The book of John deals with the TOPIC of BELIEF…..

o   If you change what you believe you will change what you do, because you live your belief.


After this, a Jewish festival took place, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. By the Sheep Gate in Jerusalem there is a pool, called Bethesda in Hebrew, which has five colonnades. Within these lay a large number of the sick — blind, lame, and paralyzed [ — waiting for the moving of the water, because an angel would go down into the pool from time to time and stir up the water. Then the first one who got in after the water was stirred up recovered from whatever ailment he had].

One man was there who had been sick for 38 years. When Jesus saw him lying there and knew he had already been there a long time, He said to him, “Do you want to get well?”

“Sir,” the sick man answered, “I don’t have a man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up, but while I’m coming, someone goes down ahead of me.”

“Get up,” Jesus told him, “pick up your mat and walk!” Instantly the man got well, picked up his mat, and started to walk. John 5:1-9 (HCSB)


o   John 3:16-17…..He sees you to save you, to help you.


 ·      DO YOU SEE HIM?

o   Hopeless: Having no expectations of good or success Living without remedy or cure

o   Change your perspective of the Time……..time is the trainer teaching us to wait on him.

Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:28-31 (NIV)


·      There is a lot we can learn for the actions of the Royal official

1.     Living A Devotional Life Moves Us To ACTION

46 Then He went again to Cana of Galilee, where He had turned the water into wine. There was a certain royal official whose son was ill at Capernaum. 47 When this man heard that Jesus had come from Judea into Galilee, he went to Him and pleaded with Him to come down and heal his son, for he was about to die.

2.     Living A Devotional Life Causes Us To Live In HUMILITY. VERSE 48

48 Jesus told him, “Unless you people see signs and wonders, you will not believe.”49 “Sir,” the official said to Him, “come down before my boy dies!” John 4:48-49 (HCSB)

·      By him saying Sir, he was placing himself under Jesus authority

o   Can you take your authority and put under THE AUTHORITY?

3.     Living A Devotional Life Grows Our Trust in God

50 “Go,” Jesus replied, “your son will live.” The man took Jesus at his word and departed. John 4:50 (NIV)

51 While he was still going down, his slaves met him saying that his boy was alive. 52 He asked them at what time he got better. “Yesterday at seven in the morning[b] the fever left him,” they answered. 53 The father realized this was the very hour at which Jesus had told him, “Your son will live.” Then he himself believed, along with his whole household. John 4:51-54 (HCSB)

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1 NKJV