Fight For Hope

Fight For Hope

When you preach for the maybe, you don’t know how it will end. That maybe is worth our everything!

Hebrews 11:1
Now faith is the assurance of what we hope for and the certainty of what we do not seen.

  • Faith Is Connected To Hope
    • It is invisible but tangible
    • It is abstract but it is absolute
    • Faith is the explanation of the experience of hope
      • You can’t have true hope without faith
      • You have to faith until you make it
    • How Do I Know?
      • Because I’m standing here by faith
        • It is not an accident
        • It is on purpose, with purpose and a calling
        • Something God put into me as a teenager that radically changed my life, my perspective, my prospects and trajectory
      • By faith I’m preaching for the “maybe”
        • Last year as we shot the video that launched our vision for the next phase, a phrase stood out after a one take non scripted interview
        • “maybe they could get it right”
        • I know what God wants to do
        • I know what Genesis Metro Church desires to provide
        • “The Maybe” means we don’t know what people will do with what we give them
        • There is a chance that people will trash the treasure that we give them
        • But there is a chance that someone experiences a life they never dreamed possible
        • There is a chance that someone experiences recovery from a broken heart
        • There is a chance that couple lays a foundational stone to live in holy matrimony until death parts them
        • There is a chance teenager walks in our doors having been invited without their family attending with them and gives their life to Christ thus beginning a generational change
          • But preaching for the maybe means we don’t know how it ends, but just the maybe is worth our everything.

2 Corinthians 4:18
So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

  • My Vision Must Be Beyond
    • It must be beyond what I’m thinking right now
    • It must be beyond what I’m feeling right now
    • It must be beyond anger right now, fear right now, frivolity right now, security right now, control right now
    • It must be beyond what I’m doing right now
      • All those early years were only my preparation not my destination
    • Right Now Is Not Enough Of A Reason To Decide Or Define Yourself
    • What’s Right In Front Of You Is Only Obscuring The Opportunity God Has Ahead Of You
      • Sight Won’t Get You There
      • Fear Won’t Get You There
      • Playing Safe Won’t Get You There
      • Self-Reliance Won’t Get You There
      • Trying To Control The Situation Won’t Get You There
    • It’s not that we can’t have fun, I would say you don’t even know highest level of fun until you had a part in changing someone’s “forever”
    • Only Faith Can Get Us To What We Hoped For

Psalm 62:3-5
3 How long will you assault me?
Would all of you throw me down—
this leaning wall, this tottering fence?
4 Surely they intend to topple me
from my lofty place;
they take delight in lies.
With their mouths they bless,
but in their hearts they curse.
5 Yes, my soul, find rest in God;
my hope comes from him.

  • Soul Talk
    • Do you ever talk to yourself?
      • I think this is hysterical
      • Have you ever heard someone talking to themselves?
      • We say things like:
        • They don’t know who they are messing with
        • Get control, get control
        • Hold it together, don’t cry in front of all these people
        • The pep talk – “you can do this, you are smart, good looking and people like you!”
    • David said I know what it’s like to be on the ropes
      • The wall is leaning, the boards are breaking
    • David said I know what it’s like when what they are saying with their mouth is positive, but what they are desiring in their hearts poison
    • David said sometimes you have to speak into your soul,
      • “Find Rest In God”
      • “My Hope Comes From Him” NOT THEM

2 Corinthians 4:16
16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.

  • Therefore, I Do Not Lose Heart
    • Resilience is the result of choosing resolve over retreat
  • Are You Fighting For Hope?
    • When the Israelites exited Egypt they were headed for hope
    • Then, God led them to their dreams
    • The only thing that stood between them and what they had hoped for was a fight
    • They quit
    • They had the faith to get out but not to get in
    • God Was Saying, “Hope Is Over There?” Will you fight for it?
      • They did not enter because they were unwilling to fight for what they hoped for
      • Every level has its devil
      • I hope you are ready for the fight