Wisdom for Life, Part 10, Three Essentials for Spiritual Health, Sep 16, 2012

1 Cor. 13:1-13, 1 Thess. 1:3
– “abide” or “remain” in reference to place means to sojourn, tarry, not to depart, to continue to be present, to be held, kept, continually
– in reference to time means to continue to be, not to perish, to last, endure, of persons, to survive, live
– in reference to state or condition means to remain as one, not to become another or different, to wait for, await one
– Abide in faith – I am made right with God (Rom. 5:1)
  – I live by faith (Gal. 2:20,Rom.1:17)
  – I walk by faith (2 Cor.5:1-10)
  – your faith is more valuable than gold (1 Peter 1:3-10)
  – Jesus prays that our faith would not fail (Luke 22:31-32)
  – everyone has a measure of faith (Rom. 12:3)
  – you are to take up a shield of faith (Eph. 6:16)
  – your faith can grow (2 Cor. 10:15)
  – faith comes by hearing and taking action (Rom.10:17,Heb.4:2)
– Abide in hope – hope in the Bible is defined as confident expectation (Heb.11:1)
  – Job had hope (Job 13:15)
  – David had hope (Ps. 42:5)
  – Jeremiah had hope (Lam. 3:24)
  – Abraham had hope (Rom.4:18)
  – we are saved in hope (Rom. 8:24)
  – we are to rejoice in hope (Rom. 12:12)
  – God is the God of hope (Rom.15:11-13)
  – Christ in us our hope of glory (Col.1:27)
  – put your hope in God, not riches (1 Tim.6:17)
  – we are to flee to hope and be anchored in hope (Heb.6:18-20)
– Abide in love – love ties it all together
  – faith works by love (Gal.5:6)
  – the Holy SPirit sheds love abroad in our heart and grounds us in hope (Rom.5:1-8)
  – we are to pray to be rooted and grounded in love (Eph.3:14-21)
  – love is the deal (John 13:35,15:9-12,1 John 4:7,11,Eph.5:2,Matt.5:44,Rom.12:9,13:10)
  – praying in the Spirit helps keep us in the love of God (Jude 20-21)
– Faith is the evidence, hope is the confident expectation, and love fueled by the Holy Spirit mixes it all together to give you and I an eternal hope of glory.
– Any area of your life where you are sensing hopelessness is being influenced by a lie.