Lesson 2

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the
evidence of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1
Faith is just not optimism or positive thinking. Faith is the confident
assurance that God is in control of the future, and that He plans what is
best for my life because He loves me.
“I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will
guide thee with mine eyes.” Psalms 32:8
When I expect the best it _________________God. “This day will the Lord deliver thee into my hand; I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee…..that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel.” I Samuel 17:46 “Expect great things from God, and attempt great things for God” William Carey When I expect the best it ___________________ my
When I expect the best it ________________
If I want to expect the best from God, I must:
_____________________ every morning.
“My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O Lord; in the morning will I
direct my prayer unto thee, and look up.” Psalms 5:3
__________________________ throughout the
“The wicked have waited for me to destroy me: but I will consider the
testimonies (promises).” Psalms 119:95
“Thy word have I hid in my heart, that I might not sin against Thee.”
Psalms 119:11
“Let us hold fast the professions (promises) of our faith without wavering;
(for He (God) is faithful promised).” Hebrews 10:23
________________ even when things look bad.
“Why art thou cast down (discouraged), O my soul? And why art thou
disquieted (upset) within me? Hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise Him,
who is the health of my countenance, and my God.” Psalms 42:11
_____________________ other believers.
“Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.”
I Corinthians 15:33
“Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of
some is; but exhorting (encouraging) one another: and so much the more,
as ye see the day approaching.” Hebrews 10:25
“Let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:”
Hebrews 10:24
“But without faith it is impossible to please Him:” Hebrews 11:6
What Goliath are you up against right now? How has learning about the
power of expecting the best in faith encourage you to approach that
giant in a different way?
David developed a daily spiritual routine by tuning in to God, thinking on
His promises, trusting God’s love, and talking with other believers. Which
of these four disciplines is easiest for you? Which one is more difficult
and why? What practical step will you take this week to begin
strengthening yourself in that area of spiritual discipline?
When you expect the best in faith, it honors God, increases your ability,
and encourages others. Share an experience when you expected the
best from God and how your attitude encouraged another person.
What is the difference between biblical faith and positive thinking?

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