Examining Our Hopes

2 Corinthians 13:5, “Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves.  Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you – unless of course, you fail that test?”

We must examine our hopes.

Do we now have some idea on how to examine our hopes?

What am I hoping for?

On what basis can I hope for that?

What are my motives behind that hope?

Have I asked Father, Son, and Holy Spirit about that hope?

Is that hope consistent with the character of God?

Is that hope consistent with the Word of God and His promises?

Is my hope based on faith in God or is it just a wish based on someone or something else?

Is it hope or just worldly positive thinking in my own efforts, someone else’s efforts, some organization…a government or religion, or global humanistic concept…or maybe based on nothing at all…just a desire?

Can I say that what I am hoping for abides in faith and love and the fruits of the Holy Spirit?

Am I hoping for something that is right and will add to righteousness?

Am I even practicing my faith through my hopes, or just drifting along hopeless?

Psalm 26:2, “Test me, Lord and try me, examine my heart and my mind.”

Jeremiah 17:10, “I the Lord search the heart and examine the mind, to reward each person according to their conduct, according to what their deeds deserve.”

Having true and right hopes is really important to God.  Hope reflects our heart, mind, and faith.  It should be important to us also….that we might not be disappointed and be without hope or lose hope!  We must examine ourselves and pray that the Holy Spirit reveal to us any way in us that is not right…..righteous….in Him.  Examine our hope foundation and our hopes.

 

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