Houston Forward Times

21 January 2014 Written by  Rev. Manson B. Johnson II

Lesson 2: What Hope Does For You

Psalm 33:22

  Bible Fact: God has put a capacity for hope in Him within the heart of all people to use to achieve miraculous goals in life and to receive His blessings and favor in spite of great challenges.  
  The Big Idea: Hope in God is life’s greatest human asset that is always available to everyone to use.
  A simple laboratory brought out the meaning of having hope.  “A number of years ago researchers performed an experiment to see the effect hope has on those undergoing hardship. Two sets of laboratory rats were placed in separate tubs of water. The researchers left one set in the water and found that within an hour they had all drowned. The other rats were periodically lifted out of the water and then returned. When that happened, the second set of rats swam for over 24 hours. Why? Not because they were given a rest, but because they suddenly had hope!
  Those animals somehow hoped that if they could stay afloat just a little longer, someone would reach down and rescue them. If hope holds such power for unthinking rodents, how much greater should its effect be on our lives.  Today in the Word, May, 1990, p. 34.
God delights in plans, performances and power to keep lifting His people from trouble to safety.  God wants to be our only HOPE in times of trouble (Nahum 1:7).
I.       Hope releases praise within you during difficult times;                      
II.      Hope releases power around you that is outside of human help; Mark 5:25-35
        A. For 12 years a woman had her hope to be rescued steeped in the power of human material resources for 12 years; vv.25,26

  • Her faith was impacted by what she heard and she put her hope in The Master of all resources; vv.27-35

      B. A man put his hope in Jesus on the spot where he was for what he believed without seeing it happen in another location; Matthew 8:5-13
      C. Paul and Silas put their hope in God inside of a jail as God released power for them outside of the jail;  Acts 16:25-31
        D. Hope in God’s people is released in them through the power of preaching; Exodus 14:13-15; Isaiah 40:27-31

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