Did you ever notice that no one hopes that something bad will happen? Hope is always associated with good.
We hope to get a good grade on a test or hope that we get the job promotion. We hope that we have money to pay off the mortgage or hope to be healed. The Bible brings hope to people because it is the good news that tells us the good things God has done for us. This is why Romans 15:13 tells us that God is the author of hope.
Now I'm sure you've heard people say they are "hoping and a praying" that something will happen. Unfortunately, in these cases, hope is defined as a wish that may or may not come true. It isn't based on any facts or a guarantee. The true meaning of hope is favorable and confident expectation. It is . . .
A Guaranteed Outcome
A Done Deal
So, how can you be confident that something will happen?
Hebrews 10:23 tells us to hold fast to our hope because God is reliable and faithful to His Word. We learn in I Corinthians 1:9 and 10:13 that God can be depended on and is trustworthy. That means what God said in His Word He will do.
I encourage you to take some time and write down the Bible verses that you are placing your hope in. Meditate on them each day. Speak them over your life. Let that hope build and nurture your faith and watch expectantly for great things to happen!
Look back on this past week. What did you spend most of your time and energy on? Were you worried about a challenge or obstacle that looks too big to handle? Were you focused on something someone said or did that was upsetting? Did you "nurse and rehearse" the issue so much in your mind (or in your discussions with others) that it made you nearly sick?
While we can't avoid the issues of life, we do have a choice in how we respond. Mulling over the problem constantly or talking about it with anyone who will listen is not going to solve the issue. In fact, this often makes it appear bigger than it really is and drains our energy and time. Our choice should be to focus on how big our God is and not how big the problem is. How do we do that?
1. Find verses that address your situation.
2. Confess those verses regularly each day, like you are taking medicine.
3. Avoid talking about the problem. This doesn't mean you pretend it doesn't exist. Instead, you are making a choice to focus on the solution, Jesus, and not the problem.
4. Guard your heart. Are you listening to music, watching shows or reading books that allow fear and doubt into your mind and heart? Play Christian music in the background. Listen to Christian teachings. These will keep a positive atmosphere around you and will encourage your spirit, soul and body.
5. Ask a few close, faith friends to agree with you in prayer regarding the situation. If you do this, make sure you know that they will be praying from a place of faith and not fear. Begging God for help and fear filled prayers do not move God. God is moved by our faith.
I'll leave you with this.
"So let us seize and hold fast and retain without wavering the hope we cherish and confess and our acknowledgement of it, for He Who promised is reliable (sure) and faithful to His word."
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