Hope in the LordThe world describes hope as “wishful thinking,” which is very weak. There is no guarantee behind what people “hope” for. For example, “I hope it will be a sunny day for the picnic.” Or, “I hope Susan will be at the party!” Even, “I really hope my boss gives me a raise this year.” There’s no power behind that type of hope. It is simply wishing that an event might happen. This kind of hope implies that everything is just up to chance, or good luck. However, the biblical definition of hope is “a confident expectation of good.” As a believer, you now have, “Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Colossians 1:27). This type of hope has power! It is a hope grounded in the promises found in the Word of God. We can have a confident expectation of good because God inside of us loves us and plans for good. For I know the plans that I have for you, says the Lord, plans for peace and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
Forming the ImaginationIf you look at the news, the economy, or your government, all you see is the negative. Sometimes, the world has a way of taking a positive story and twisting it to bring fear instead of hope! Fear sells, so this is most often what is broadcast. Unfortunately, as we allow this type of information to penetrate our hearts, our imaginations form a picture of the world that reflects this negativity. If your mind has begun to paint a picture of doom and gloom, this will damage your hope and ability to believe God for good. When our daughter, Hannah, was terminally ill, the situation looked hopeless. All the reports we received from the doctors were that Hannah was going to die! However, the Word of God told us, “Get your hopes up!” It was painting a different picture on the inside of us. We started to read the truth in the Word that God wanted Hannah healed. Then God gave Carlie three pictures of Hannah that built our hope in the Lord. The first was of Hannah riding a red tricycle. Then Carlie saw herself holding Hannah’s hand, walking her into her first day of school. The third picture the Lord gave was of Ashley walking Hannah down the aisle on her wedding day. These images caused a fountain of hope to rise and overflow in our hearts! The hope that we had in the Lord, based on the Word of God and those visions, drove us to pursue Hannah’s healing. We formed an imagination built around faith rather than the reports of the doctors. Hannah was supernaturally healed, and every single one of those visions have now come to pass! Hannah is perfectly healthy today because of hope in the Lord and a godly imagination.
Hope is the Spark of FaithIf faith is the furnace, hope is the pilot light! Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
Hope: The Spark of Your Faith
Do you struggle to keep believing while in difficult circumstances? Your faith needs a spark!
In this series, Ashley and Carlie will teach you how to ignite your faith through the supernatural hope God gives to all His children. Discover the power of hope and begin to expect the good that God has in store for you.