In my time with the Lord this morning, I felt like the Lord was saying "Hope is rising among my people".
I was very encouraged because hopelessness is a very paralyzing effect in the hearts of many. Your hopelessness about a problem is a bigger problem than the problem itself. If you are hopeless it's because you are believing a lie about a situation. You won't get rid of a lie by recognizing it's a lie. The only way to get rid of a lie is to replace it with truth!
So be strong and courageous, all you who put your hope in the LORD! Psalm 31:24
Your promise may seem distant, but that's because you're in the process to the promise. Sometimes embracing the process can be our biggest challenge, but when you get to the promise I pray that the Lord will give you amnesia about the process!
Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again— my Savior and my God! Psalms 42:11
Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again— my Savior and my God!
I read a story about a man who wanted to be the first man to swim across the English channel. The weather was rough that day but he knew he could do it. He began swimming and he swim 3/4 of the way across the channel, and decided it was too far, so he turned around and swam back! You can do the math! Lol.
Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a dream fulfilled is a tree of life. Proverbs 13:12
My encouragement to you is don't turn back! Stay the course! Embrace the promise! Embrace hope and know that the Lord is with you. If the Lord says that hope is rising in his people, I can't encourage you enough to embrace hope and believe for your promise to be fulfilled!
I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13
Hebrews 11:1 tells us that faith is the substance of things hoped for! If I don't have hope, then there's nothing for me to attach my faith to. Hope is essential to the Christian life. Hope gives us a skip in our step, even when things seem to be going haywire! Hope tells me that the future is going to be better than the past was, because change is coming. Hope is rising in God's people, because we know how this story is going to end. We may not completely understand how it's going to play out, but ultimately we know, in the end, Jesus is King!