Remaining full of hope can be a challenge. Here are a few tips that will help you remain Hope-Full this year. The Lord gave me a powerful word and motivational moment for the day. I shared the M&M on my social media accounts and decided to turn the rest into a post. I pray that this post blesses you as much as it has blessed me!
Here’s the M&M!
I felt a few of those words hit me like a ton of bricks. The one that hit me the hardest was “Believe.” The Lord asked me if I “believe” Him. My honest answer at the moment was “kinda.” I said, “kinda” because I know God is capable of doing above all I can ask or think (Eph 3:20) and I often obey His leading, but sometimes I get discouraged. In all honesty, while discouraged my feet don’t follow as quickly as my mouth. So when God dropped that word in my spirit, I was happy, but happy because God confirmed that His promise is actually going to happen. Although my external reaction would fool anyone, including myself, into thinking “She’s overjoyed” “She’s full of faith.” However, God looked at the internal root and said you’re reacting that way because you’re relieved. He saw that my hope had waned and I needed a little refreshing.
He gently reminded me of Luke 1:45.
“Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill His promises to her” (NIV).
Let’s look at the scripture again.
After looking at it again, a few words/phrases illuminated in my spirit and the Lord provided an explanation for them all.
“Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill His promises to her.”
From there, the Lord gave me a scriptural breakdown on how to remain Hope-FULL from Luke 1:45.
Blessed– The amplified bible defines Blessed, in Matthew 5:7, as happy, enviably fortunate, and spiritually prosperous-possessing the happiness produced by the experience of God’s favor and especially conditioned by the revelation of His grace, regardless of their outward conditions.
has believed- “has” is present tense. “believed” is past tense. Combining them together would deem consistency, which speaks of hopeful faithfulness. The Lord wants us to keep the Faith and believe consistently & fervently. James 5:16 states, “…the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” Believe means “to obey.” The Lord wants us to follow through. He wants us to obey His word and leading consistently.
His promises– The Lord wanted to remind us that our promises are His. It is not your responsibility to make sure they come to pass, but the Lord’s. He has an expected end for you and it is His job to see it through.
Her– i.e you! This scripture is stating because she has remained true to God, by consistently believing and obeying, He will bless her and fulfill the promises that He made you.
Let’s replace “her” with you.
…because I have remained true to God, by consistently believing and obeying, He will bless me and fulfill the promises that He made me.
Did you feel that?
That glimmer in your chest…is called, “Hope.”
Hopeful desires and expectations are the very things that fuel your Faith and Faithfulness to God. It is a feeling of trust. The Lord wants us to trust Him. Sometimes when life throws curve balls or when we don’t see the physical fruit of God’s promises we can lose a little hope. But God doesn’t want us to operate that way. He wants us to remain in a state of Hope and fervency, hence Hope-FULL. FULL of Hope. FULL of Joy. FULL of Expectation. FULL of Trust. & FULL OF HIM.
By reminding ourselves of Who our God is. Reminding ourselves of His promises. Reminding ourselves of His Word. Reminding our problems of how BIG our God is, instead of reminding our God of how big our problems are. I encourage you all to remain Hope-FULL in your pursuit of God.
God has not forgotten about us. His Word does not change. His promises will not change, so feeling like they are not coming to pass or seeing physical evidence does not give us a reason to doubt. Nope, Not for a moment.
God wants us to live in consistent state of prayer, of fervency, of faith, & of hope.
God wants us to be in a place where we are unmoved by outward conditions. A place of “I am aware of what is going on, BUT this is what My God said…” Remain Faith-FULL. Remain Hope-FULL. God is Faithful to us and being faithful to Him is a choice. I hope you choose wisely.
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