A Great Hope Keeper... I Was Meant to Be!
"Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou comest forth out of the womb I santified thee, and I ordained thee a phrophet unto the nations." Jeremiah 1:5
God's Word equips us to be overcomers (Romans 8:37). The apostle Paul describes ways of living above our circumstances... joy is found in Jesus, tribulation is with Jesus, constant prayer is through Jesus to God. Even during difficult times, no matter what we may be facing, there is always a brighter future because our hope is based on Jesus Christ.
Meditating on God and His Word develops the "I am never alone" feeling. We boldly say, "I was meant to be!" Seventy-seven years ago, I was one day old. My wife, Sandi, was one day old seventy-two years ago. We were both meant to be on this planet and discover the grace, mercy and total provision of God. "But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother's womb, and called me by his grace." Galatians 1:15. "Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you." John 15:16.
The Holy Spirit is the source and ability of our lives, ALWAYS. It is not based on behavior; it is choosing an attitude of thankfulness, recognizing the Holy Spirit as our helper and taking action, by faith, that we experience a power greater than ourselves (I John 4:4). The idea that God's power is within us becomes a lifestyle that transforms our thinking and behavior into faith and trust. God-given faith is the connection with the invisible for our total provision and continuous supply. Faith is a strong belief and confident assurance that what we want and hope for is going to happen. It is a principle of action and power.
Trusting the Lord is sowing in the Spirit; He creates what we believe (Matthew 8:13). Sowing in the flesh is trying hard, fear, defending or explaining, and reaps corruption by faulty beliefs (Galatians 6:8). Sowing (walking) in the Spirit reaps everlasting life that is developed over time and with practice (Galatians 5:25). The Holy Spirit is designed to create the hopes and dreams of believers in Christ. The revelation of 'never being alone' is our great hope keeper!
Say this to be so! I AM A HOPE KEEPER!
1. Prayer is speaking by faith (Mark 9:29). Jesus did not cast the devil out of the little boy by regular praying, hoping God would do something. He spoke, "Thou dumb and deaf spirit, I charge thee, come out of him, and enter no more into him... But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up; and he arose." Mark 9:25-27. Fasting is constantly practicing our of the reservoir of God's power. The awareness and practice of prayer and fasting is not only a hope keeper, but a hope strengthener (Romans 12:12).
2. Living in the Spirit (Galatians 5:2) gives us a fresh belief system, reassuring us that Jesus Christ is our Savior. When we die, we will join Him in heaven and we are translated into His Spirit family (Colossians 1:12-13. John 3:6-7). Accepting Jesus as Savior is a free gift to receiving His grace; it cannot be earned nor is it deserved. This gives us hope! No other person or thing can relieve the pressure of carrying our sin and guilt. Walking in the Spirit is living every day in God's peace, love and thankfulness; who and what He is for every individual. We cannot walk in the Spirit without the Spirit as our guiding force. When we receive Jesus Christ as Savior, the Holy Spirit comes to live in us and empowers us with His strength (I John 4:13). The Holy Spirit is designed to be our helper, to be in us what we cannot be and do in us what we cannot do; it is a continuing process (Hebrews 13:6). The Holy Spirit gives us the power to live life more abundantly, to create and to become the complete expression of Jesus Christ; He is the breath of life. I always walk in complete restoration, perfect health, increased strength, endless sufficiency and God's peace! Continue to remove doubt and limitation caused by wrong thinking and wrong speaking with the help of the Holy Spirit. The bars of doubt and limitation will stay in place if we continue to say and agree with faulty ideas: 'I'm not good enough', 'This is too hard', 'Life is so difficult', 'I never have enough money'. The Isrealites kept turning back and complaining, limiting God (Psalm 78:41). Look up and say, "Not me anymore!" Amen.