HOPE AT THE END OF YOUR ROPE

Part 2 – Choose Faith Not Fear
2 Timothy 1:7

August 9, 2020
Dr. Mark S. Hartman, Lead Pastor

 

I. GOD HAS NOT GIVEN US A SPIRIT OF FEAR.

A. 2 Timothy 1:7  For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.  (NLT)

B. Genesis 50:20  But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good…. (NKJV)

C. Whatever we dwell on will control our thoughts and emotions.  If we dwell on fear, fear will control us.  If we dwell on God, God will fill our hearts with faith.

 

II. GOD GIVES US SOME GUARANTEES FOR OUR FUTURE.

A. God knows everything that’s going to happen and has promised to help us.

1. Acts 15:18  Known unto God are all his works from the beginning of the world.

2. Hebrews 4:13  Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight.  Everything is uncovered and laid bare before His eyes.

3. Psalm 139:16  The days allotted to me had already been recorded in Your book before any of them ever began.

4. 2 Corinthians 4:16  Therefore we do not lose heart for our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.  So, we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen.  For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal!

B. God has offered to guide us through the maze of decisions in our future.

1. Jeremiah 29:11  “I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.”

2. Proverbs 3:5-6  Trust in the Lord with all your heart.  Never rely on what you think you know.  Remember the Lord in everything you do, and He will show you the right way.

C. God has promised to give us the strength to face anything that is coming.

1. 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.  (NIV)

2. Isaiah 42:2-3 When you go through deep waters and great trouble, I will be with you.  When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown.  When you walk through the fires of oppression you will not be burned up for, I am the Lord your God.

3. Philippians 4:13  I have strength for all things in Christ who empowers me.  I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him who infuses me with inner strength into me.

D. God has promised to reward us when we are faithful to Him.

Hebrews 6:10  God is not unfair.  He will not forget all that you have done.  Nor the loving labor which you have shown for His sake.