Up Where We Belong

Not Without Hope

By Dean Fulks, January 29, 2023

Hope is the spiritual ability to imagine a better future

Jesus is the source of enduring hope

1 Thessalonians 4:9-10 – Now concerning brotherly love you have no need for anyone to write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love one another, for that indeed is what you are doing to all the brothers throughout Macedonia. But we urge you, brothers, to do this more and more,

1 Thessalonians 4:11a – And to aspire to live quietly,

Volume: Christians should live a “Look at Him” life in a “Look at me” world

Isaiah 55:7-9 – “Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the Lord, that he may have compassion on him, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”

Living for others’ approval is fighting a battle you will never win

1 Thessalonians 4:11b – And to mind your own affairs,

Venue: If we don’t remain connected to God’s story, we will consistently involve ourselves in others’ stories

1 Thessalonians 4:11c - …And to work with your hands, as we instructed you,

Vocation: We were created to work

1 Thessalonians 5:14a – Brothers and sisters, we urge you to warn those who are lazy…

Even though work is cursed, it’s not a curse

1 Thessalonians 4:11d – so that you may walk properly before outsiders and be dependent on no one.

What water is to a fish, the love of God is to our souls