The word “hope” in the Greek (NT:1680) is elpis. It is defined as: expectation, to anticipate (usually with pleasure), confidence and security. In a good sense, expectation of good, hope, and in the Christian sense, joyful and confident expectation of eternal salvation. The author of hope, or He who is its foundation. The thing hoped for. Translated in some verses in the KJV as faith.
Romans 12:12 (in the Message Bible) says that hope is cheerfully expectant.
Bishop C. Carl Smith, in his book entitled “Hope that Maketh Not Ashamed”, says the following statements about hope:
- Hope is a feeling that what is wanted is likely to happen.
- Hope is a desire accompanied with expectation.
- Often things never arrive because there is no expectation of it.
- You must have anticipation that what you are hoping for, that hope will bring it to the door.
- God gave Abraham a promise and regardless of what it looked like God was going to bring it to pass; however, Abraham had a part to play, just like you. Abraham did not weaken (stagger) in faith. Our problem is that we stagger too much. You stagger the moment you start doubting, questioning God whether He could do it or not.
- Why is hope deferred? Often, it is delayed because we are wavering, doubting and questioning if God can do it, and we stop waiting on God. Our role is to praise Him in spite of the tribulation and suffering.
- Genuine hope is not wishful thinking. My hope for what is in the unseen realm is going to bring it into the seen realm. My confidence in God is going to manifest it.
- Faith is now. Faith and fear operate by the same spiritual law, belief. Faith is of God, fear is of the devil.
- Fear tolerated is faith contaminated.
- Faith connects you to that which you believe.
- Faith is the confirmation of things hoped for. Hope sets the goal, faith obtains it.
- The spirit of faith never says it is coming. It always says it’s here and I have it now. If it is here, I begin to make preparation for what’s here like it is here. You should be expecting the deliverance of what you have been hoping for. A mother who is with child is expecting the delivering of the child when the doctor gives her the date. She makes preparation for what she cannot see but knows is coming.
- Personal vision is fulfilled by corporate vision commitment. What God called me to do in my personal life is fulfilled when I connect myself to something corporately that God called us to do collectively. As much as God wanted to do in my life, He could not do it until I corporately connected and submitted to the vision of the man of God [or woman of God] He had ordained for me to amalgamate to. Once I did that, everything came into alignment in my personal and spiritual life. You need to understand your connection to your church.
- Knowing that hope never disappoints, deludes, misleads, deceives, or tricks me, expectation must accompany hope. Expectation means a looking forward to something. It is anticipation.
- How do you release His faith, have hope and expectation so you can receive the prosperity (prosperity means “good coming to you”) for your life? I do it by speaking and declaring the Word of God. You are to say what God said and wait to see what God said with great expectation. They (God’s words) did not originate with you, but they carry the power of the Originator, God, when you release your word with faith, hope accompanied with expectation.
- You cannot release the Word being full of doubt, fear and unbelief.
- Just declare God’s grace and favor on your life.
- When God speaks a thing, He always speaks a proceeding word, a word for advancement with some good. Therefore, it is no longer IF it comes, but WHEN it comes. For it shall surely come.
- The fact that you spoke it with faith, hope accompanied with expectation, surely it is going to come, advance your life, and it is going to show up to your good.
Hope is an anchor to the soul. Hebrews 6:19 says, “This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil.” NKJV
God made Abraham a promise. He was faced with what seemed impossible. Romans 4:18-21 (AMP) reads:
18 [For Abraham, human reason for] hope being gone, hoped in faith that he should become the father of many nations, as he had been promised, So [numberless] shall your descendants be. [Genesis 15:5.]
19 He did not weaken in faith when he considered the [utter] impotence of his own body, which was as good as dead because he was about a hundred years old, or [when he considered] the barrenness of Sarah’s [deadened] womb. [Genesis 17:17; 18:11.]
20 No unbelief or distrust made him waver (doubtingly question) concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong and was empowered by faith as he gave praise and glory to God,
21 Fully satisfied and assured that God was able and mighty to keep His word and to do what He had promised.
Romans 5:5 tells us that hope maketh not ashamed.
The Amplified Version renders this verse as: “Such hope never disappoints or deludes or shames us, for God’s love has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit Who has been given to us.”
Therefore, hope is more than just wishing that something will happen. Hope is confident expectation that what you are hoping for WILL happen. This kind of hope never disappoints us. This kind of hope is the foundation of faith … faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1).
It will take more than just hope alone for a promise from God to come to pass. Hope is just a part of it. It’s going to take faith and confident expectation working together to see the manifestation of what you are believing for. It’s also going to involve “speaking” the promise.
2 Corinthians 4:13 says, “Yet we have the same spirit of faith as he had who wrote, I have believed, and therefore have I spoken. We too believe, and therefore we speak.” AMP
You do not need hope for what you can see. Romans 8:24-25 (AMP) tells us:
24 For in [this] hope we were saved. But hope [the object of] which is seen is not hope. For how can one hope for what he already sees?
25 But if we hope for what is still unseen by us, we wait for it with patience and composure.
The Holy Spirit intercedes for us when we become tired in the waiting and don’t know what else to pray. Romans 8:26-27 says, “Meanwhile, the moment we get tired in the waiting, God’s Spirit is right alongside helping us along. If we don’t know how or what to pray, it doesn’t matter. He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans. He knows us far better than we know ourselves, knows our pregnant condition, and keeps us present before God.” THE MESSAGE BIBLE
When the Lord appeared to Abraham saying that by this time next year Sarah will have borne him a son, Sarah overheard the conversation and laughed within herself. It was a laugh of unbelief and amusement. Besides the fact that she was barren and too old to have children, Abraham was now also too old. The Word says he was impotent and his body was as good as dead. And Sarah’s womb was dead. However, the Lord is a God of resurrection life.
Genesis 18:12-14 (AMP) says:
12 Therefore Sarah laughed to herself, saying, After I have become aged shall I have pleasure and delight, my lord (husband), being old also?
13 And the Lord asked Abraham, Why did Sarah laugh, saying, Shall I really bear a child when I am so old?
14 Is anything too hard or too wonderful for the Lord? At the appointed time, when the season [for her delivery] comes around, I will return to you and Sarah shall have borne a son.
What if you are facing a situation in which it’s not going to happen unless a miracle takes place?
We can have hope because Jesus still performs miracles today. If God put life back into Abraham’s body and woke up Sarah’s dead womb, then He can do any other miracle in our lives. After Sarah died, Abraham was still youthful and he remarried and had six more sons.
What is a miracle?
In the New Testament, the Greek word for miracle is dunamis (Strong’s NT:1411). It’s defined as: from 1410; force (literally or figuratively); especially, miraculous power (usually by implication, a miracle itself).
The Brown-Driver-Briggs Greek Lexicon defines dunamis as: strength, ability, power (specifically, the power of performing miracles).
Strong’s # NT:1410 is the word dunamai, meaning “to be able or possible.” The Word says that with God, ALL things are possible (Matt 19:26, Mk 9:23, Mk 10:27, Lk 18:27).
God says in Jeremiah 32:27: “Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh: is there anything too hard for me?” Jeremiah said in Verse 17: “Ah Lord God! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and by Your outstretched arm! Nothing is too difficult for You.”
What is a miracle?
The Easton’s Bible Dictionary defines a miracle as:
“An event in the external world brought about by the immediate agency or the simple volition of God, operating without the use of means capable of being discerned by the senses, and designed to authenticate the divine commission of a religious teacher and the truth of his message (John 2:18; Matthew 12:38). It is an occurrence at once above nature and above man. It shows the intervention of a power that is not limited by the laws either of matter or of mind, a power interrupting the fixed laws which govern their movements, a supernatural power.”
Do you believe that God will do a miracle in your life?