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The Source of Expectation is God (4 of 8)
Series: The X Factor
Introduction: The prayer given us in Romans 15:13 is addressed to the God of hope. There can be no true well founded, far reaching hope which is not fixed on the God of hope, on his providential power and rule, on His gracious purposes, on His trustworthy, never changing, never failing promises. Our God inspires our expectations, He rewards expectations, He is the God who supplies our heart and life with overflow of expectations. Today, now, is your time to put your hope in the God who can fulfill your expectations.
I. UNDERSTANDING EXPECTATION
A. KEY SCRIPTURE
1. Rom. 15:13 Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
2. Rom. 15:13, Message: Oh! May the God of green hope fill you up with joy, fill you up with peace, so that your believing lives, filled with the life-giving energy of the Holy Spirit, will brim over with hope!
1. To have a strong desire and be filled with anticipation and confidence in obtaining what is hoped for and expected.
2. Our God:
a. Inspires our expectations
b. Rewards our expectations
c. Supplies our hearts with overflow of expectation
d. Is the source of our expectations
3. Prayer to the God of hope: Lord, today I lift my eyes and my heart toward You, knowing where my help comes from. You are the wellspring of expectation. Today I place my faith firmly in the God who is able and the God who is always watching over my life.
a. Ps. 62:5, Message God, the one and only - I'll wait as long as he says. Everything I hope for comes from him, so why not?
b. Lament. 3:26, Message It's a good thing to quietly hope, quietly hope for help from God.
c. Ps. 131:3, Message Wait, Israel, for God. Wait with hope. Hope now; hope always!
II. THE SOURCE OF EXPECTATION IS IN THE GOD WHO NEVER FAILS
A. GOD THE PROMISER - WHY WE HAVE GREAT ...
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