Hope is second only to love in the Christian life (1 Cor. 13:13). Many believers might disagree with that, especially when you tell them hope involves imagination. But imagination dictates how your life goes, and if you're ever going to receive what God has for you, you'll need to understand that hope is a positive imagination.
When you do, you'll be able to reject a negative imagination, which becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy of failure in your life. Learn how to operate in a positive imagination today, and you'll know the true power of hope!
What Is Hope?
The anticipation, or the constant expectation, of good is how most people define hope. But the Bible says in Romans 8:24 that hope is for that which is not seen. How can you see something that isn't there? The answer may surprise you.
Hope Paints a Picture
A large percentage of what you experience in your life is a result of what is seen on the inside of your heart. Did you know that the Bible says you can change the direction of your life by using the hope that God has given you? Learn how hope can produce a picture that your faith can give substance to.
Developing Your Hope
Once we understand what hope is and what it can do, how do we develop it? If we can learn to understand the relationship between our hope, our imagination, and our understanding, it can truly make us "stronger than horseradish."
Looking Beyond the Natural
Nobody is as blind as someone who can see only with their eyes. That's a strong statement, but did you know that Jesus operated on that very principle? He saw things not only in the natural but also in the spirit. You can learn how to do the same thing and see supernatural results.
What Do You Expect?
Hope and expectation are two words to express the same thing. If your faith gives substance to what you hope for, then what you expect becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. In this message, Andrew gives illustrations from the lives of Abraham, Elijah, and Paul to show that what they hoped for, what they expected, is exactly what came to pass in their lives.