'For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the LORD,
'plans to prosper you and not to harm you,
plans to give you hope and a future.'
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him,
so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
In order to do this we have to have hope. In common English, we use the word ‘hope’ in a rather feeble way, as a wish or desire: ‘I hope it will be a nice day’, ‘I hope to visit Canada next year’, or ‘I hope I get a good exam result’. Biblical hope is rather different, and is much more powerful.
And it is rooted in our trust in a loving Heavenly Father.
and that area is a stronghold of the enemy.’
And this month is a good time, as a new year gets under way, to do an life-audit with this in mind.
Allocate some time to spend with the Lord. Get really quiet inside, turn your focus on Him & ask Him, ‘Which areas in my life are not glistening with hope?’ Try the journaling described by Mark Virkler in the last post video.
Then taking each area in turn, ask Him ‘What is stopping me from confidently and joyfully expecting good?’
You may find the blockages include:
Disobedience: ongoing, intentional sin, or disobedience to a specific personal instruction (like Jonah), has an effect on our communion with the Lord, and our faith in His provision for us. Do something about it – seek help if necessary.
Disappointment: the past can stop us looking forward with hope. We can be disappointed with ourselves, because we have missed the mark in some way, (See MISSING THE MARK for help with this). Other people may have failed us & need to be forgiven; the memories of discouraging circumstances may need to released; and any disappointment with God needs to be repented, and a choice made to trust Him
Fear: Any situation which is not hope-filled, probably has some fear attached - in particular the fear that God won’t show up. Fear is faith in the power of evil, and we need to choose to turn away from this, & believe what God says about Himself. (The core meaning of repentance is a change in thinking.)
Lies: Finally, a lack of ‘glistening hope’ means we are believing one lie or several. Ask the Lord to identify them for you. Find out the truth: ask other Christians or search the internet for relevant bible verses. Then start to declare the truth over your circumstances. What comes out of our mouths is so important.
Francis Frangipane's book,
'The Three Battlegrounds'
can be purchased from Amazon
by clicking on the book cover right.
*The RESOURCES section of the website gives links to Steve & Wendy Backlund's ministry. (Highly recommended.)
Set time aside this week to give yourself a Hope Health-check!