Keep hope alive

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Genesis 18:8-15; 21:1-7

1 My hope is built on nothing less
than Jesus’ blood and righteousness;
no merit of my own I claim,
but wholly trust in Jesus’ name.

On Christ, the solid rock, I stand,
all other ground is sinking sand.

2 When weary in this earthly race,
I rest on his unchanging grace;
in every wild and stormy gale
my anchor holds and will not fail.

3 His vow, his covenant and blood
are my defence against the flood;
when earthly hopes are swept away
he will uphold me on that day.

4 When the last trumpet’s voice shall sound,
O may I then in him be found! clothed in his righteousness alone,
faultless to stand before his throne.

Let us Pray
Our righteous God we bless your Holy name this my to see another beautiful day and working week, we trust that this week will yield positive results for us in Jesus Name.

As we study your Word this morning, let it bless our lives and prosper us in Jesus Name. Please have mercy on us and out Nation. Let it be well with us, in Jesus Name we pray. Amen

Good morning everyone, this morning we shall be looking at the topic that says Keep Hope Alive. May the good Lord bless us as we listen in Jesus Name.

Abraham and Sarah childless for decades, are promised by God that someday they would have a baby. Abraham responds with total honesty (Prob 3:5). He never rely on his own thoughts but depend on God.

When Sarah hears the news, she laughs. How could such a thing happen? Twenty-five long years pass while they wait for God to keep His promise. Now he is 99 and she is 89. To many, they will say they have hoped in vain. Suddenly when it seems like all hope is gone, God intervenes with an amazing announcement: By this time next year you will have a child God might be saying to someone this morning (I am the one) by this time tomorrow, next week, next month etc, I am attending to your matter.

Concerning Abraham and Sarah matter, Somehow God imparts life to two tired, worn-out bodies as many will call it today. One year later a son is born. His name is Isaac, which means “laughter.” Abraham was 75 when God made the promise; he was 100 when Isaac was born. When you think about it, there is only one way Abraham could have kept on believing for all those years.

✓He was God-centered, not man-centered.
✓His life had a vertical focus, not a horizontal focus.

As long as he looked at his circumstances, Abrah could find a thousand reasons to give up, probably these are some of his thoughts

  1. I’m too old.
  2. Sarah is too old.
  3. Nothing like this has ever happened before.
  4. We have tried to have a baby for years and it hasn’t worked.
  5. Our friends (even among believers) think we have problem.

However, His only hope was to believe the promise of God and he did which after 25 years his faith was rewarded. How did he do it?

Romans 4:18 says that “Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed.”

This is always where faith meets the acid test. Are you willing to believe God even when the outward circumstances argue against it? Abraham was.

Where would he find any encouragement? From his friends? Forget it.

From Sarah? She thought it was a cruel joke.

From his father Terah? He was dead.

From his nephew Lot? Not a chance.

So where would he get encouragement? Not from any human being either living or dead. Abraham had no one to encourage him. No one except God.

That leads me to ask a simple questions. 1. Where is God stretching your faith right now?

  1. Will it be easier for you to doubt God than to believe him?

As you think about those questions, ponder the story of Abraham and Sarah. God put it in the Bible for at least two reasons:

So that we will know that God always keeps his promises.

So that we will never stop believing even though we have to wait a long time for God to answer our prayers.

In conclusion brethren, let’s Keep hope alive. We never know what God will do. Our expectations shall never be cut short in Jesus Name

Prayer Points

  1. Thank God for hope alive. He is our hope
  2. Ask God for mercy wherever we have doubted Him in the past or even presently
  3. Ask God for grace to be strong and courageous in waiting for His promises.
  4. Pray that Nigeria hope will never be dash or truncated
  5. Pray for the Church (We and not the building nor denominations) that God will restore/revive every lost hope.
  6. Pray that every home, business, youth etc will anchor there hope in God alone. (Salvation)
  7. Personal prayer request

According to the Word of God, every request we raise toward Him, shall receive Divine attention and God will wipe away tears, hope will be restored and we will all have testimonies

Happy New working week

Shalom

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