Hope Breakers & Hope Makers

Hope Breakers & Hope Makers


Have you ever had a day when everything went wrong? Sometimes the day seems to consist of the one disappointing event after another. These disappointments can be called “hope breakers”. Hope breakers can lead to outright discouragement if they persist. Which of these hope breakers seem familiar to you?

  • threats of war in the world
  • fights with your parents
  • an accident in the family
  • breaking up with a girlfriend or boyfriend
  • getting poor result in exam
  • doubting your christian beliefs
  • too much homework
  • criticism from others
  • feeling lonely
  • seeing subtraction of earnings on AdSense dashboard
  • delay in salary payment
  • retarded promotion at office
  • received sack letter

Hope can be overcome discouragement. Hope reminds you of a brighter future. Which of the events below “areas hope” makers to you?

  • feeling good about your life
  • getting good marks in a difficult exam
  • giving and receiving Christian love from others
  • getting into the team
  • knowing that God loves you
  • enjoying a beautiful day
  • having a great time with friends
  • renewing a broker friendship
  • receiving good earning on your blog
  • increased salary structured

John offered reassurance and hope to Christians who had experienced too many hope breakers. Read John's hope -making ideas in 1 John 5:1-15.

 Bible Text
1John 5:1-15

1NIV:Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves the father loves his child as well.
NIV:This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out his commands.
NIV:In fact, this is love for God: to keep his commands. And his commands are not burdensome,
NIV:for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.
NIV:Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.
NIV:This is the one who came by water and blood—Jesus Christ. He did not come by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth.
NIV:For there are three that testify:
NIV:the Spirit, the water and the blood; and the three are in agreement.
NIV:We accept human testimony, but God’s testimony is greater because it is the testimony of God, which he has given about his Son.
NIV:Whoever believes in the Son of God accepts this testimony. Whoever does not believe God has made him out to be a liar, because they have not believed the testimony God has given about his Son.
NIV:And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.
NIV:Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.
NIV:I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.
NIV:This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.
NIV:And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him

Question to Consider
  • How do the breakers and makers above compare with the passage?
  • What phrases in this passage offer you the most hope?

Motion Points
  • Writing out the promises and assurance in this passage. Stick the list up on your door.
  • Acting as a hope make to a discouraged friend by offering encouragement time or help.

Hymn for Today
Zion, Founded on The Mountain [ Johann Heermann ]

Zion mourns in fear and anguish,

Zion, city of our God.
“Ah,” she says, “how sore I languish,
Bowed beneath the chast’ning rod!
For my God forsook me quite
And forgot my sorry plight
Mid these troubles now distressing,
Countless woes my soul oppressing.

“Once,” she mourns, “He promised plainly
That His help should e’er be near;
Yet I now must seek Him vainly
In my days of woe and fear.
Will His anger never cease?
Will He not renew His peace?
Will He not show forth compassion
And again forgive transgression?”

“Zion, surely I do love thee,”
Thus to her the Savior saith,
“Tho’ with many woes I prove thee
And thy soul is sad to death.
For My troth is pledged to thee;
Zion, thou art dear to Me.
Deep within My heart I’ve set thee,
That I never can forget thee.

“Let not Satan make thee craven;
He can threaten but not harm.
On My hands thy name is graven,
And thy shield is My strong arm.
How, then, could it ever be
I should not remember thee,
Fail to build thy walls, My city,
And look down on thee with pity?

“Ever shall Mine eyes behold thee;
On My bosom thou art laid.
Ever shall My love enfold thee;
Never shalt thou lack Mine aid.
Neither Satan, war, nor stress
Then shall mar thy happiness:
With this blessèd consolation
Be thou firm in tribulation.”

Further Study

  • Psalm 42
  • Romans 8:35-39
  • John 15:18-27