“Hope as a Discipline in Life” Part Five of a sermon series, “Disciplines of a Christian” by Pastor Richard Daughtridge Sunday 08/07/11

Pastor Richard Daughtridge

 “Hope as a Discipline in Life” Part Five of a sermon series, “Disciplines of a Christian” by Pastor Richard Daughtridge 08/07/11 

1. High Expectations

We live in a negative world. Should Christians expect anything different?  The Bible has a lot to say about Belief, Destiny, Purpose and Expectations. Balancing all this out is important. We can live our life as victims or victors. Is it really a choice and a discipline we can change?

Hebrews 11:6   But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

1 Peter 5:7  Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.

Col. 2:15   And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.

Philip. 4:5-6   Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. [6] Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

2 Cor. 10:5  Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

Jer. 29:11 (NIV)1 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

2. Observation

Numbers 13:26-33  And they went and came to Moses, and to Aaron, and to all the congregation of the children of Israel, unto the wilderness of Paran, to Kadesh; and brought back word unto them, and unto all the congregation, and shewed them the fruit of the land. [27] And they told him, and said, We came unto the land whither thou sentest us, and surely it floweth with milk and honey; and this is the fruit of it. [28] Nevertheless the people be strong that dwell in the land, and the cities are walled, and very great: and moreover we saw the children of Anak there. [29] The Amalekites dwell in the land of the south: and the Hittites, and the Jebusites, and the Amorites, dwell in the mountains: and the Canaanites dwell by the sea, and by the coast of Jordan. [30] And Caleb stilled the people before Moses, and said, Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it. [31] But the men that went up with him said, We be not able to go up against the people; for they are stronger than we. [32] And they brought up an evil report of the land which they had searched unto the children of Israel, saying, The land, through which we have gone to search it, is a land that eateth up the inhabitants thereof; and all the people that we saw in it are men of a great stature. [33] And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight.

3. Perform ( Be a doer)

“Three kinds of people in the world:  Those that make it happen. Those that watch it happen and those that have no idea what happened.”

James 2:20   But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?

James 1:23 For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass:

James 1:25  But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.

Turn your wish list into a to-do list.

4. Excellence ( Give our best)

Joshua 22:5   But take diligent heed to do the commandment and the law, which Moses the servant of the Lord charged you, to love the Lord your God, and to walk in all his ways, and to keep his commandments, and to cleave unto him, and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul.

Sermon Song: Trust and Obey

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