Faith and hope operate on our trust in God. We wait in our salvation with full confidence. Even in our wilderness, God gives a door of Hope. Our comfort is in the Amen of Finished Work and the Resurrection. To live without spiritual hope is to live in defeat. (Hosea 2:14-16; Ephesians 2:12-13)

Speaker: Kim Shibley, Glenn Cannon
Sermon 12546
6:30 PM on 07/16/2023

P. Glen Cannon –

It’s so good to be here. And I am thankful for the air conditioning. Wow. We just had ours go on us, so I had a
couple of days of – what’s that? Yeah, sauna really. It’s the Baltimore sauna. That’s such a
privilege to share the Word with you. I’m so thankful for this church, for this Body. And I don’t
know about you, but I miss my pastor. I mean P. Schaller. It’s just – such a great man of God,
and we’ll have him back with us Wednesday. But this is a great opportunity.

Thank you. And just if you have your Bibles, I’m going to share a few verses from Hosea chapter 2.
Hosea 2. P. Schaller asked us both – me and P. Kim – to speak on Hope. And I was, I was
thankful for this, uh, to have liked to be told what to speak on, because then as a teacher, I love
the Bible. I love digging and I had so much fun just, uh, getting a message. And I don’t know
about you, but hope sometimes it’s, it’s a word that has been sort of uh weathered you could
say by the world. And when people use the word, they don’t use it in the biblical sense in Hosea
2.

I’m so thankful for our pastors in this ministry. This week has been just phenomenal. The
morning devotionals. Special call out to P. Sturge. Wow! Beautiful. Beautiful devotional on Psalm
147. Did you hear that? It was on Monday. Wow! It was awesome. I think it was P. Renaldo said
that when we go to heaven and we meet Samson, he’s going to look like P. Sturge, you know,
because you’re expecting to see this big, brawny guy. But maybe he was just like you, you
know. Like wouldn’t that be, and it was the Lord, you know, was his power, his strength.
Beautiful verse there that pastor shared on was Psalm 147:10-11. And it says that God doesn’t
delight in the strength of horses.

God takes no pleasure in the legs of a man. What a funny verse that is. No pleasure in the legs of men, but the Lord takes pleasure in those that fear Him and in those who hope in his mercy. Hoping in the mercy of God and this is the first thing I was just thinking when it comes to hope.

I think this is one of the – we have, we have faith, hope, and love. This is like the trinity of
virtues. I know a lot about faith. I mean, we live by faith. I’m here tonight because of faith. Faith
in God. This is how I got saved. And love. I know that’s what I love about our church here. This
is like a baptism into the love of God every time we come together. But hope. I’m just wondering
what is it about hope?

I was right at the light here. It was on Thursday. A car in front of me had a bumper sticker. It said
faith, hope, love. And above faith there was a cross. And I said that’s amazing. This is where our
faith, you know, derives. This is what we have faith in. The cross of Christ was everything. The
love was a heart. So, that’s a beautiful symbol of God’s heart. His love. But faith, what they had
there. I don’t know if maybe it was somebody here in the church. It might have been your
bumper sticker. Anybody have, is anybody here have that? Okay.

Faith. I mean hope was like these lines. Sort of like it looked like when you’re in the hospital,
and they have the heart monitor or whatever. Is that vital signs? Whatever that is. EKG. Is that
what it is? Yeah. So, I thought yes, this is what our hope believes. This is a sign that we are
alive. We are living. And Paul said something very amazing in 1 Thessalonians 4:23. He said when we
grieve and when we mourn to loss of someone, we’re different than those who have no hope.
And I’ve heard of that. I don’t know if you’ve ever had like a non-believer come to one of our
face-to-face services. I’ve heard a general,

Jewish man one time say after the service, don’t you, do Christians not mourn? Like he was expecting more. I don’t know. Maybe more crying and I think grieving is really, it is something that we all do. We just do it with hope. I don’t know. We miss that person. We love them, but we know that this is, this is not the end. We have an
incredible hope.

So, biblical hope is something that is linked to the resurrection. It’s really because when Jesus
Christ rose from the grave, this is where hope was born. And this is where we, we express our
hope.

So, Hosea 2, there’s just two verses here I wanted to bring to our attention. And I wanted to
speak about how hope marks believers, and especially in hopeless situations and difficult times.
It seems like hope is something that we grab onto. And there’s a resurrection power in this, and in
the midst of those horrible situations, we see ourselves changing. We see ourselves becoming
like we, we’re even shocked by how well we’re handling the trial.

So, Hosea 2:14. what a verse that is. This is a turning point in the book of Hosea. This is a
prophecy. This is God’s heart towards the nation of Israel. They, they have been like a harlot.
They have left their husbands, but there will be a time when God is goinng to in a godly way
draw her back. Love her. He’s going to bring her into a wilderness it says here, and speak
comfort to her. That word “comfort” means to the heart. And I don’t know about you. I come to
church for the Holy Spirit to speak into my heart.

I come to church for him to write something on my heart, something and this is what happens when we’re in the presence of God. Things happen. And we remember it 10 years, 20 years, 30 years later; because it was God who did it.

Let’s look at vs. 15-16. (Prayer). I got something that the world can’t give. The world can’t take it
away, and it’s hope. I have hope. I, I mourn and grieve, but not as those without hope. He
changes us. It’s like a gigantic secret I’ve been reading recently the Pilgrim’s Progress. I just
love it. And there’s a great scene in there when uh Christian is with his friend, Hopeful. Hopeful
is another person I think of I think of P. Sturge. He’s like Hopeful.

Just always reminding Christian about God’s promise and this is what hope is all about. It’s just bascially remembering
God’s promise, and what, how he’s done it over and over again in the past. He’s going to do it
again. It’s like certainty. It’s an expectation. It’s sort of like there’s a, there’s like an earnest
eagerness with our hope where it’s a tenacious thing that we do when we’re, we just basically
say okay. This is the situation. This is where it looks like it’s going, but God. But God he’s given
me this valley which is there’s trouble there, but there’s also going to be a door, a door of hope.
So, in the Pilgrim’s Progress, they’re in this prison. It’s the giant has them. Giant of Despair I
think his name was.

His wife’s there plotting how to kill these guys. He’s beating them on a daily
basis. These, uh, so Christian and Hopeful are there, and then all of a sudden Christian says,
wait! I have a key! I have a key around his neck. He had a key the whole time, and he started
opening those doors. So, I just think that this is the door of hope. This is what we have in our
situations. God maybe just wants to remind us that there is, there is something that we have
that the world can’t take away. It makes us different. We have an advantage. We have, we have
what we need in hopeless situations.

The Bible, one gentlemen said, is like begins with hope, Genesis 3:15. There’s the promise that the
Son, the seed of the woman will crush the head of the serpent. Hallelujah! This is a prophecy
about Jesus Christ, and then the very second to the last verse in the Bible, Revelation 22:20. Jesus’
last words to us was, “behold I come quickly.”

Behold, I come quickly. And the church beautifully says amen. Even so come Lord Jesus. This is like really what it means to live in hope where we’re basically saying that I have hope today, because of the finished work of Jesus Christ.
I heard a man say this. It was such a great – it was an Easter message. And he said when
Jesus said, “it is finished!” the Father’s amen was the resurrection. The Father said “amen!”
Jesus rose from the grave. Isn’t that great?

So, I’m thinking about there’s, there’s this hope that we have. Great verse is in 1 Peter 1:3. It’s a long verse but it talks about blessed be God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ who has through the resurrection has made us born again and given us a living hope.

So, that word “living hope” I was just thinking this is really what I was
doing in my, as I was studying. I’m saying, God, give me, give me, give me images of hope in
the Bible. And this is one that the hope that we have is really a person. It’s the person of Jesus
Christ.

The three men in Daniel’s time went into that fiery furnace, and then there was the fourth man.
What a privilege to have the fourth man there. We go into our trials, and we – it’s not like the
fourth man or second man. But we have THE man living inside of us, Jesus Christ. He’s a living
hope. Jesus Christ with, in the resurrection, took that anchor of hope into the holy of holies.

It’s securely there. It’s in our, it’s on to our soul here. And that’s just amazing. It is finished. It’s like a
fountain of hope that we have inside of us. It’s beautiful.

So, at the very end of Pilgrim’s Progress, I love this. There, there’s the whole goal of that book is
the Celestial City. So, they’re there. They can see it. Before that city, there’s this very deep river.
And Christian of course is fearful. He almost dies there. I guess it’s a picture of death, but it’s so
beautiful. Because this Hopeful, this man says this to him. He says be of good cheer, Christian,
my brother. I feel the bottom, and it’s good.

I feel the bottom, so what does it mean? It meant that Hopeful said I’m going to go before you. I’m gonna touch bottom. And this deep river, I’m gonna be there basically. Hopeful basically gets him across the finish line. He’s almost drowning
in there over and over again. But there was, there’s Hopeful coming to the rescue again. She
shall sing there.

So, I was thinking a beautiful testimony, and I’ll end with this. Just amazing memories. All
different parts of the world meeting with the Body of Christ, worshipping God with them.
Sometimes not knowing the words to the songs, but singing in English while they’re singing in
their language. So many beautiful – it’s just so great to see all the nations.

Beautiful verse from Isaiah 11. It’s also in Romans 15. It says that the Gentiles will hope in him.
This is what’s happened. The Gentiles are hoping in him. So, one incident for me was when my
brother passed away in Haiti. It was – we had a beautiful like face-to-face sevice. It was Sunday.
I preached. P. Julian, amazing man of God. He sang. He sang you know falsetto voice. You
know, but it was beautiful, because the Body was there. And then this was what happened. It
must have been Monday morning.

All of a sudden, there’s this racket in this courtyard where my brother lived. It was quite a large courtyard. People start coming from all over. All over. And then they had this man who had like speakers and he was like a D.J. And they actually planned their own like funeral service for my brother. All the students from the Bible college.
People came from all over. And I’ll never forget sitting there with Cheryl.

They sang, “It Is Well With My Soul.” That beautiful hymn, you know. And I was thinking isn’t that amazing this song.
Sea billows roll. Whatever my lot you have taught me to say, it is well. And there was a
congregation of Haitians singing in Haitian. Singing, and I thought I’ll never forget this. This is
beautiful. This is the hope of the gospel. This is the resurrection. This is what it’s about. These
people initiated this. They paid for it. And we were like guests there watching their, the
celebration. A very sorrowful time, but we did it with not as those who don’t have hope. Not as
those who don’t have hope. Okay. (Prayer)

P. Shibley –

Great to be here. That’s – thank you, P. Cannon. That was beautiful. Thank you,
band. Tim. Tim, that’s so good. Thank you. Wow! Hope. Yes. P. Schaller did mention hope. I was
hoping he would just give me a verse or something to pretend, but just this word, four letters,
hope. Hope. It’s, it’s really interesting.

P. Cannon, I thought you were going to give the Merriam-Webster definition of hope, but you
didn’t which is good because I have it. I have it right here. Yeah. You know, I feel like people that
struggle in their faith or struggle with their faith, they don’t know what hope is. And I think
sometimes I don’t know what hope is either. And I think sometimes, well I, and I say like
situation, this is hopeless. You know, this, there is no chance that this is going to turn out the
way that I wanted it to. And you know, these are, these are human feelings and human
thoughts. But I see how people can struggle in their faith when it’s not grounded. It’s not
founded on biblical truth. And oftentimes, I would say even in Christianity you know we come to
church. We listen to messages.

Sometimes we may not listen to them deeply on what the Word of God is saying. And so, the whole hope is not necessarily engendered in our soul. And then our faith is then not built up either.
And so the definition from a worldly perspective of hope is the feeling that what is wanted can
be had or at least we hope so, right? What is wanted can be had or that the events will turn out
for the best, right? That’s it in a nutshell. That’s what people think about when they think of the term hope. But that kind of hope, it’s kind of like me running a red light which I never do. I never
do.

I never, never do. I remember running a red light in France. In Nime. I was Terry Labar, and
we’re rolling down the road next to the railroad tracks. And I think, you know, I might have
missed it by a couple of seconds, you know. And I said like a quick prayer. I prayed that nobody
saw me, right?

And so that is just hope, right? That’s really not a spiritual prayer right there, but I mean if we run
a red light, it depends on a few things. Is there a red light camera? Yes or no, right? I mean, if
there is, you’re done. Hope. Hope or no hope, if there’s a police officer right there in the car
waiting for the people to run the red light, there’s no hope you’re not getting a ticket, right? Or
the other thing could happen is you could hit somebody else coming through the – the reason
there is a red light there for one thing. But anyway, so we can hope but other things come into
play as well.

But this kind of hope is best revealed I think in Proverbs 10:28. And it’s the hope of the world. It
says, “the hope of the righteous will be gladness, bu the expectation of the wicked will perish.”
In other words, they will not get what they had hoped for or they’re hoping for something in a
worldly sense. Maybe for riches or something like that. Whereas, a Bible-based definition of
hope would be something like this. The expectation of receiving what God has promised to us in
the future.

Like someday we will receive something that has been promised, and this is where
it’s very important to base our hope on a biblical perspective. Base our hope on what God has
promised us in the Bible, because biblical hope actually has virtue.

Again, because it’s based on God’s promises. It’s based on Scripture and our trusting in actually
having his presence in our life. Whether things are going well or whether they’re going badly, it
doesn’t really matter. That does not change or it should not change a spiritual hope in that
sense. A little bit illustrated by P. Glenn speaking about the book that he was reading. You know,
that very little known book there, you know. But vs. 5 of Psalm 71, David says this. “For you are my
hope, O Lord God. You are my trust from my youth.” That’s such a beautiful verse. David, you
are my hope, God. I think that verse encapsulates something. It encapsulates the Christian
virtue of hope. It encapsulates all that we believe.

That God is personal. That God truly loves us, and I would say that throughout the different eras of Christianity, you did not have this idea of a personal God. Not to say that people were not Christians or they didn’t have some sense that
God loved them or some sense that they were doing God’s duty.

But what has happened over the years is we’ve understood maybe a little bit differently what the
Word of God is saying. And we’ve been able to make it, because I think a lot of it’s because of
the fact that we understand freedom. And what freedom is in the worldly sense. But now, we’re
beginning to understand what freedom is in the spiritual sense. And freedom in the spiritual
sense is when we actually depend on someone besides ourselves. It’s very interesting when
you think about it, because we’re hoping in God. I’m hoping in God.

That means that doesn’t mean that God is going to give me everything that I want. It doesn’t
mean that God is going to even heal me or fix something that’s broken. Or even fix my bad
relationship or whatever the case may be. Or fix the things that I did wrong in my past that have
come back to haunt me. Those things and I can hope that they get better, and I pray that they
get better.

And we ask God to do a mighty work, but our hope in God is not based on the results
that come in our life or the thing based on getting the things that we want. It’s based on
knowing the God who is. And the God who will be and the God who always has been.

So, he says, “for you are my hope, O Lord God. You are my trust from my youth.” So, both faith
and hope are actually virtues closely linked. They’re closely linked, because they operate by
trusting God. And then living our lives based on that trust that we have.

David lived his life based on the trust that he had in God, based on knowning that God cared for
him, based on knowing that God saw him, that God would see everything that he did. That God

was actually directing his paths. This is how David’s life was and this is how our life is. That we
hope in God in that sense.
Now, in Hebrews 11:1 it says that faith is the substance of things what? Hoped for. The substance of
things hoped for. And the evidence of things not yet seen. So, it seems that our hope, that hope
I should say is the seed of faith. That there’s something there. These two things are tied
together.

There was a guy. You know him. You probably don’t know him by this name, but his name was
Rodrigo Diaz de Vivar. Doesn’t that sound great? Rodrigo Diaz de Vivar. He lived I think back in
the fourth – I’m sorry. I think the 13th

century. Something like that. But he was a crusader. But he never left his country. He was a defender of Spain. And he was known as El Cid. How many people have heard of El Cid? Right? Famous guy. Great warrior. Amazing guy. He said some things that were very interesting. He was a liberator of Spain from the Muslim Wars, but he said
this. He said, “by what right do you rule over what you are not prepared to defend? And well
what does that mean, pastor? By what right, he said, do you rule over what you are not
prepared to defend?

He was very, this guy, this fellow, El Cid, was very strong, very passionate,
very angry in many ways. But he knew what he wanted. He knew what he needed to do to get
what he wanted in that sense, and actually in our life as Christians, we need to actually defend a
little bit of our faith. We need to defend ourselves to have this hope that we have or to
experience this hope.

We need to hope in God and defend ourselves. Defend our own personal
faith, so that we are strong in the faith. So that we are strong and trusting God. I think it’s
amazing when you think about this kind of, this virtue that we have. And I would, I want to call it
a manly virtue, but actually, it’s womanly, too. But you know whatever that means. Well, you
know, we want to be strong in the faith. And that comes through having this amazing hope that
we are given by God.

So, the word “hope” here in Greek, the original writing of Greek, it is ELPIZO. And it speaks of
waiting for salvation. That’s interesting, right? That’s what the hope is talking about, waiting for
salvation with joy and full confidence. And I like that. I like this idea. Pastor mentioned full
confidence, having this confidence that we know that it is true and then our faith is based on this
knowledge that we have in God this trust, that we have in God.

So, the word, the same word “ELPIZO” was used as trust in Matthew 12:21. It says, “and in his name
Gentiles will trust.” Isn’t that great? In his name Gentiles will trust. And so we use that word, the
word “hope” kind of in two ways today. You know, in our regular lingo, we would say something
like I hope to see you again. We would say something like I hope your health improves or I hope
my health improves. But our spiritual hope is not – this is more what I would call wishful thinking
which is a kind of natural hope. Wishful thinking. But it’s not based on the promises of God. But
the things that are based on the promises of God are revealed in Scripture, right? So when
we’re speaking to people about Jesus, right, and we ask them and you know what I’m talking
about.

We hear people say this all the time, and they answer our question in a worldly sense.
Maybe we’re out soul winning and speaking or speaking to somebody about the Lord, and then
we might ask them, do you think that you’re going to go to heaven when you die? And what are
they, what do they say? I hope so. All right. I hope so. Of course, they don’t know, they don’t
know our hope is different. Our hope is sure. Our hope is confident.

This is in a different version. The Modern English version. But it’s 1 Peter 1, Blessed be the God
and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ who according to his abundant mercy has given us a new
birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” So, this is how
Peter was able to see it. He was able to bless God, and he was able to expect this abundant
mercy that was given at the new birth.

Now, Peter could not see his new birth. Peter could not see any physical change in his body or
anything like that, because there wasn’t any – it was all internal. It was spiritual. It is the spiritual
man, the new man that is living inside of us. And um, Titus, in Titus, Paul would say in Titus 1:1- 2. So, there again. Hope and eternal life.

This is us understanding and believing the promises of God. This is where our hope comes from.
This is where our belief is that this so – it’s hard to, it’s very hard to distinguish sometimes hope
from faith, because they are in some ways the same thing. But in another way, one is the seed
of the other, if you will. The Apostle Paul’s hope was so sure. As a matter of fact, that he was
willing to suffer and die for it.

I’m reading a book. That’s where I got the El Cid quote. I’m reading a book. It’s called, “The
Defenders of the West.” And it was a long book, but it was really good. I actually finished it, and
it was just interesting. It was talking about eight different Crusaders, right? The Crusaders, these
men who are actually looked upon badly by many people. Oh they were so terrible. They killed
people, and they did all these crazy – and sure. They did all kinds of stuff. But they were actually
really defenders of the west. They were defenders of the west. The thing that’s interesting about
them is how they were willing for the cause of Christ to die.

They were willing and they were encouraging people if you want to come with me, only come if you want to see Christians freed. If you want to see these kinds of things happen where and have these lands recaptured for
Christianity.

But their whole goal was that they wanted to see people know the Redeemer. And that they
were redeemed themselves. And then, also they were preaching Christ to the different people,
to Muslims. And things like this, so it’s just so interesting though to see the hope these guys
had. And many times, I mean, most of the time they were overwhelmed in numbers. There were
so few of them compared to the many tens of thousands of attackers or tens of thousands of
people that would come against them. And yet they didn’t care.

They believed they had hope in God. And I love it. Actually, it’s really, it’s really cool, but when we live without spiritual hope, that’s the other thing. When we live without spiritual hope, we’re living like the world. We live like
the world when we’re depressed, when we don’t believe God, when we don’t have anything to
kind of feed us in this life. Anything to liberate us from ourselves in Ephesians 2:11.
The Apostle says, Ephesians 2:11-12. Having no hope. vs. 13. So, unbelievers do not really have any
hope. They have no hope in this life. They might put their hope in riches. They might put their
hope in all kinds of different things, but in fact, if they think about it and this is why they don’t
think about it.

A lot of people don’t think about it. They don’t, they don’t want to think about
what’s going to happen in the future, so they, they kind of blind themselves with things and they
don’t want to think about what could happen in the end.

I remember one time when we were – I was, we’re always singing songs with our kids. And
when Hannah, my oldest, was small I was at someone’s home. And they were going to watch
Hannah. And they had a daughter as well. And Hannah was singing the song, “You know
heaven is a wonderful place, filled with glory and grace. I want to see my Savior’s face because
heaven is a wonderful place. I want to go there.” You know how the song goes, right? Heaven is
a wonderful place.

She was so offended. How can you tell, how can you teach some child that
son? You don’t want to think about that now. I’m like, well, if you don’t think about it now, why
you’re gonna have to think about it someday. You might as well learn how to hope in God now,
because heaven is a wonderful place, filled with glory and grace. And I do want to see my
Savior’s face, because heaven is a wonderful place. Because I want to go there.
And so, this is what we do. This is how we think. This is what we say. And this is what
engenders hope in our lives. And finally,

Jesus says in Matthew 6:19, he says, “do not lay up for yourselves treasures on the earth where moth and rust destroys and where thieves break in and steal.” That’s what people put their hope in, those things. But lay up for yourselves treasures, treasure that you cannot see.

By the way, treasures that you cannot feel. Treasures that you cannot count. But treasures that
we believe are there. And we hope and we have hope, but it’s not a hope that makes us
ashamed, right? We’re not ashamed by this hope. We truly believe and we’re willing to stand up for it. We’re willing to say that yes, I’m a Christian. And yes, I hope in these things, because
otherwise I have no hope.

There is no hope without Christ. There is no hope whatsoever. “But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal; for where our treasure is, their your hearts will be also.” Are you here tonight and you don’t have hope? Are you in a hopeless situation? Hope in God. If
you have no hope, if you’re not a believer in Christ, there is someone here that has never put
their faith in Jesus, then you do not have hope. Actually, the Bible says you are without hope.
You are hopeless after this life. So, if you want to believe in Christ and you want to have hope,
you want to have what I would call a bright future in the sense what I would call living for God.
What I would call getting to know God, and getting to understand what life is all about; put your
hope in Christ. Let’s pray.

 

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