LIVING HOPEFULLY: Part 7

This is the final article in our series on Hope. Today we look at a third biblical picture that guides us in what it means to live hopefully.

Biblical Hope Makes Us Like a Tree

“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord and whose hope is the Lord. He shall be like a tree planted by the waters; which spreads out its roots by the river and will not fear when heat comes; but its leaf will be green and will not be anxious in the year of drought, nor will cease from yielding fruit.” (Jeremiah 17:7-8)

Living Hopefully brings vitality to our life

This is the fruit of what we have already seen when we reject spiritual carelessness and embrace biblical obedience.

Satan tries to sow seeds of doubt concerning how worthwhile it is to live wholly for God. But the only things to grow from that seed are weeds.

Spiritual vitality that grows like a mighty and fruitful tree comes from being rooted in the entirety of salvation’s promise. This is exactly what biblical hope is – confidence that the entirety of salvation’s promise will be fulfilled.

Ask yourself, “What should it mean to my life if gospel hope is totally and irreversibly true?”

If you have no vitality or fruitfulness, check your hope status – and check how well rooted you are in biblical obedience

Yes you may believe, but is that belief causing you to pursue God more fully, or is it something you merely use to convince yourself that you are “Okay with God”.

What is the practical application of hope that is like a “tree planted by the waters”?

Don’t try to plant your hopes or your life in dry places.

These are places that are not dependent upon God. It is to trust in yourself and to pursue the temporary things that the world offers as its hope

Living water is only found in the Holy Spirit.

He flows through the Word, our worship, and other believers in whom He dwells (your church).

It is not complicated, if you life with distance from God, you are planting yourself in dry places.

The result will be what always happens in dry places – no vitality or fruitfulness.

Once you are in a fruitful place, get that fruit to market

Invest your life in the work God is doing around you

If we think the fruit of our life is just rotting on the ground – why bother?

But if we see people eating this fruit, it encourages us to grow even more fruitful.

To live hopefully we don’t need anything new to be made true for us, we simply need to live by what Christ has made true through his glorious gospel!

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