Wherever we lack hope it’s a warning that we are believing in a lie.
This statement rocked me the first time I heard it. It’s so simple and obvious when we look at it, yet it gives us a ‘litmus test’ for every area of our lives.
God is good. This is at the heart of God’s character, and the revelation of this truth should effect every part of our lives.
Hope is a confident expectation of good. It points towards the goodness of God. In fact, together with its close companion, faith, it does more than point towards God, it takes His hand. Therefore, when we believe rightly about God and our circumstances we should have hope.
Where do you lack hope? Where does fear lurk? What areas do you avoid to prevent anxiety raising its ugly head? Somewhere in the heart of each of these dark places dwells a lie.
Maybe it’s something you believe because of a past experience. I used to say to those learning to be crisis negotiators that experience is your best trainer. In that circumstance it was true. But it’s not true in every circumstance as negative experience can make a very poor counsellor.
If you have been rejected in the past, you don’t need to live with a fear of rejection. You need to learn to live in the truth that you have been accepted in the Father‘s love (Ephesians 1:6). Do you live feeling condemned? Then you need to learn to dwell in the truth that there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ (Romans 8:1).
In John 8:31-32 Jesus said:
“If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
As children of God there is no need for us to live under slavery to our fears and anxieties any more. Where we believe God there is always hope.
Make a choice today that every time you come across a place where you lack hope, you will stop, get before God, and ask the Father what the lie is you are believing. When He reveals the lie then ask Him what truth should be in its place. Then take hold of that truth and you will see hope reignited once again.
I would love to hear about your experiences of using declarations to grow in hope. Share your story by leaving a comment below.
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