GIVE GOD THE OPPORTUNITY TO WORK ON YOUR BEHALF: Sometimes being still and taking your hands off the situation and giving it to God can be hard. But, when we purposely cast our cares on Him we are giving God the opportunity to work on our behalf; to show us what He can do for the life that trusts Him enough to let Him have our worries. Believe me, He can handle it much better than we can and the results are far better than we could have ever imagined.
I am a lifter.
I am an encourager.
I am a builder of my brother.
I am a minister of my sister.
I am an agent of hope to the downtrodden speaking words of inspiration about His freedom.
I am a promoter of grace, sharing words of deliverance to my war-worn sibling of the spirit.
I am a supporter of peace who chooses to use the mouth and the words God gives me to speak light, life, and love.
“…Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.” Ephesians 4:29, NLT
When discussing your dreams, ambitions, and life goals there are two types of people you deal with: the pessimist and the optimist. The pessimists have the habit of speaking negativity into everything that comes across their path. And, if one is really stepping out on faith and shooting for the moon with a certain determined objective in mind, one that doesn’t fit into the ordinary way one may think, it usually eggs this negative-Nelly on to speak even more of all the things that could go wrong.
Whereas, the optimist doesn’t see the same barriers the pessimist sees. The optimists believe that if you want to shoot for the moon, shoot, and don’t stop until you land on it. For this one there is no such thing as an unattainable goal. “If you can dream it, you can live it,” is their life motto.
There are a lot of things that many of us want to do in life but setbacks cause some to shrink away from those dreams. The fighting to press forward before can put a damper on the will to fight again to see desires be fulfilled.
But, in our Christian journey, if we are doing nothing else, we are walking by faith (2 Cor. 5:7). Everything we believe in and look forward to is based on hope and expectation. There are a lot of things that we can’t see in this present day, but a glorious future is whispered in our ears by the voice of hope; the voice that never stops believing there is more. There is greater to come because God has declared it throughout His Word.
While the world tries to dim your light and say, “Don’t get your hopes up;” I say, “Get your hopes up” and get excited about what God wants to do through His people in this new year! Enter this year with expectations raised higher than ever before! Don’t shrink back, but stir up the hope within and believe so much more for 2018! Reach beyond even the positivity of the optimist and declare, “I am a hope-imist!”
“I am a child of God who is favored!” (Num. 6:25-26; Ps. 5:12; 30:5; Gal. 3:26)
“I have an enduring hope!” (Ps. 71:14; Pro. 23:18; Isa. 40:31; Mk. 9:23)
“I am special to God!” (Jer. 1:5; Luk. 12:7; 1Pet. 2:9)
“His plans for me are so much greater than I can envision!” (Jud. 6-7; Pro. 9:2; Jer. 29:11)
“I have a reason to believe!” (Gen. 15:6; Ps. 112:7; Joh. 3:16; Mk. 11:24)
“I have a reason to keep pressing on!” (2 Chr. 15:7; Job 17:9; Gal. 6:9-10; Phi. 3:14; Jam. 1:12)
“I have a reason to expect victory in the end!” (Deu. 20:4; Joh. 16:33; Rom. 8:37; Phi. 4:13; 1 Joh. 5:4)
“I am in the plan of God!” (Ps. 138:8; Mat. 6:25-34; Eph. 2:10; Phi. 1:6)
…Therefore, I will get my hopes up! I will believe the best for this new year ahead!
“Let thy mercy, O LORD, be upon us, according as we hope in thee.” Psalm 33:22
“Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.” Romans 15:13