Raising Hope

by Lesley Cartwright

      

“Return to your stronghold, O prisoners of hope; today I declare that I will restore to you double.” -Zechariah 9:12

Hope can be defined as a confident expectation as well aslooking forward to something desirable, with the expectation of obtaining it. Now couple that with faith and you have the ultimate power twins. Hebrews 11:1 says that “…faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” Faith is our guarantee!

Where do I obtain this faith? The Bible says that faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God (Heb 10:38). It also says in John 1:1 that Jesus is that Word. So, if we have Jesus inside us, we have a powerful hope” …Christ in you, the hope of glory“. –Col 1:27

Sometimes hope can seem like it is deferred and if you focus on it, it can make your heart sick. I say “seem like it,” because 9 out of 10 times it is a matter of perspective, and when we re-set our sights, we realise that it was only temporary. See Proverbs 13:12 and 2 Cor 4:18.

Action Plan: Do you need to re-focus your thinking? I want to encourage you to read Phil 4:8 and to think about the good things that God has done in your life. When you do, this will raise hope in you once again!

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