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Hope-Killers

I Kings 19:1-15

Introduction:

  • Hope is rooted in what we do not see.

Key verse:

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”                      Romans 15:13

  • Some people wait for their circumstances to bring them hope; some people bring hope to their circumstances. (Numbers 13)

Hope-killer #1:  Fatigue. (I Kings 19:5)

  • Never underestimate the spiritual power of a nap and a snack.

Hope-killer #2:  Isolation. (I Kings 19:10)

  • God asks Elijah: “What are you doing here?” – physical location, spiritual condition
  • Hope is not a solo activity. It’s a team sport.

Hope-killer #3:  Worry

  • It is very hard to worry and to be hopeful.
  • Worry and hope can exist together.
  • Our hope is not in hope, it is in God.

The Antidote:  Take action. (I Kings 19:15)

  • It is much easier to act your way into a feeling than to feel your way into an action.
  • Stop waiting to feel hope and start acting in hope.

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