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The Habit of Hope

Listen to the Message
 
1 Thessalonians 1:3
 
"...your endurance inspired by hope."
 
Hope fuels persistence.
 
Hope gets you through.......
 
It's a general disposition to expect the best in all things.
 
Christians have every reason to be optimistic.
 
Romans 8:28. And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.
 
Knowing that the best is yet to come gives us the strength to continue.
 
It was his hope -- his optimism -- that fueled his endurance.
 
"The universal line of distinction between the strong and the weak is that one persists; the other hesitates, falters, trifles, and at last collapses or caves in."
 
Develop an attitude of optimism.
 
How do you develop hope?
 
1. TEMPORARY
  • Every problem we face is temporary.
  • Problems have a way of appearing permanent.
2. EVENTUALLY
  • Hope doesn't mean that you expect immediately.
  • It means that you expect the best eventually.
  • "Being optimistic after you've got everything you
  • want doesn't count."
  • Your time will come.
3. LONGEVITY
  • The longer you stay in a situation, the stronger your hope will become.
  • Our endurance is inspired by hope.
  • Our hope is strengthened by our endurance.
  • Not yet.
  • That's because longevity strengthens hope.
  • If you take your hope to work, expressed in a commitment to stay through the hard times -- your boss will notice.
  • Endure in your responsibilities and endure in your opportunities.