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Summary: 1. Heed His Word & Not Your Heart 2. Open Yourself To Possibilities 3. Prepare For A Change 4. Enjoy His Leading

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Living Without Hope

Man can live about forty days without food,

About three days without water,

About eight minutes without air,

But only one second without hope.

Ask For Help

- Moses asked his friends Aaron and Hur to support him. Exodus 17:11–16

- Jesus took Peter, James, and John aside to share His grief and distress (see Mt. 26:38).

Hebrews 6:19 (NIV)

We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.

Hope is described in the Bible as an anchor. Why? What good is an anchor? What does an anchor do?

Anchor

- Steadies a ship, holds it fast, keeps it from drifting away or off course, lets you sleep easy

- An anchor has the ability to steady a boat in surging waves or shifting tides.

- It keeps the vessel from losing its way or drifting off course,

- it keeps the ship from being at the mercy of the winds.

- If you’re out on a ship and you want to go below into the cabin and catch a nap, you can drop the anchor and not worry about where the ship is going to go while you’re asleep.

- Anchors provide a certain peace and assurance that everything’s all right.

- “Hope sees the invisible...feels the intangible...and achieves the impossible." ~ Unknow

- “When there is no hope in the future, there is no power in the present.” ~ John Maxwell

- GOD WANTS TO DO A NEW THING IN YOUR LIFE

Isaiah 43:18,19

- Israel is in captivity, they have lost seemingly without hope

I. HEED HIS WORD & NOT YOUR HEART

-- QUIT LOOKING BEHIND START LOOKING AHEAD v.18

Isaiah 43:18–19 (AV)

18 Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old.

19 Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.

‎‎ Is 43:18 NIV | ‎ “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.

- If you are continually looking behind you cannot see where you are going.

- For new things in Christ you cannot depend upon past victories to sustain you

- Forget the former things;

- Israel had many victories in their past:

1. Leaving Egypt

2. Conquering the Land of Canaan

3. Survived a split in their country

II. OPEN YOURSELF TO POSIBILITIES

- DISCOVER WHAT GOD WANTS FOR YOU

Isaiah 43:18–19 (AV)

18 Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old.

19 Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.

“BEHOLD” A shout Here Here – It is immediate

- How do you view your life?

- Do you see possibilities or problems? Notice what God said:

The children of Israel had a choice. They could view their past and the problems of their present, or they could focus upon what God wanted to do in their lives.

Way -vs- Desert

Streams -vs- Wasteland

In order to discover what God wants for you, ...

You Must First See Yourself as God Sees You

- You may feel like your past has made your life a wasteland but in God, your life can become a stream of life.


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