Hope Greater Than Temptation


Section 1

Biblical hope is a strong, confident expectation in God’s future faithfulness and His presence.

John 17:14-15 - “I have given them Your word, and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. I do not ask that You take them out of the world, but that You keep them from the evil one.”

1 John 2:15-17 - “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.”

1 Peter 1:13-16 - “Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, ‘You shall be holy, for I am holy.’”

How does Peter challenge us to be different in the world?

  • Live in holiness
  • Walk in fear

1 Peter 1:17 – “And if you call on Him as Father who judges impartially according to each one's deeds, conduct yourselves with fear throughout the time of your exile...”

“It’s His reward we want, not the reward of this world, not the applause of those around us, not the superficial spotlight of fame or fortunate or power.” (Chuck Swindoll)

1 Peter 1:18-20 - “...knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot. He was foreknown before the foundation of the world but was made manifest in the last times for the sake of you...”

  • Focus your mind

1 Peter 1:20b-21 - “...but (He) was made manifest in the last times for the sake of you who through Him are believers in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.”

1 Peter 4:3-4 - “You have had enough in the past of the evil things that godless people enjoy—their immorality and lust, their feasting and drunkenness and wild parties, and their terrible worship of idols. Of course, your former friends are surprised when you no longer plunge into the flood of wild and destructive things they do. So they slander you.” (NLT)

How can we have victory over temptation?

  • Guard what you allow yourself to look at.

Colossians 3:1-2 - “If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.”

  • Put a greater weight on the consequences of sin than you do the pleasures.
  • Every day, renew your sense of reverence for God.
  • Every day, take some time to fully focus on Christ.

Biblical hope is a strong, confident expectation in God’s future faithfulness and His presence. 

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