When tests and trials come in life, we must put into practice the power of praising God as the word says in Ps 150:6 “Let everything that has breath, praise the Lord.” We know that praise will release Heaven to move on our behalf and paralyze the enemy. We can praise God in a storm because of a strong spiritual force based in a belief of a better tomorrow because of what Jesus has done. This is called HOPE. This hope is not as the world gives all up in the air and not based on anything real, but our biblical hope is an “intense expectation” of things to come.
In Romans 15:10-13, v.13 says “Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”. The Holy Spirit will quicken this hope in us that it may “abound” – over and above!
The Bible says that “this hope we have as an anchor of the soul…” in Heb 6:18-19.
Just as Abraham’s mind was anchored in the hope of an offspring and a new city not made with human hands, so we can also be stable in our mind about the promises of God to us because “it is impossible for God to lie.”
1 Cor. 13:13 talks about faith, hope and love and how love is the greatest thing. But hope ranks up there as well, even above faith. Unless we can have a hope (remember this is an: intense expectation) of a better day ahead, then we will not remain in faith.
Hope covers tomorrow and faith covers now so together they will take care of your day today and those ahead. This is a powerful spiritual force that we must keep hold of to encourage us to keep going in hope.
Paul said in Rom 8:24-25 “For we were saved in this hope, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance.” We can see things through the eye of our imagination. The more detailed the inner picture that we have, the more intense the expectation. Without hope, we can become hopeless.
But we are not without hope for we hope for Heaven and we can hope for the promises of God to be fulfilled in our lives. Olympic athletes spend 1/3 of their training time imagining the good result of their Olympic performance on that future day. So we should also spend time imagining the things that we hope for in Jesus; whatever it may be. Start today!
Read and meditate on 1 John 3:1-3 on being a child of God. Our heavenly Father has a great hope for our future (Jer. 29:11) and one day you will see Him for how He is and we will be like that also. This is the great final hope of a Christian.
So if your hope has become weakened, ask the Holy Spirit to renew it inside of you. Read about what you hope for in the Word and let faith grow with the hope of its arrival. Even in the midst of a storm in life, this hope will anchor you and bring stability to your mind thereby allowing you to be able to praise God in all things in peace, even if things around you seem otherwise.
So stay full of hope and praise God at all times…your testimony of breakthrough is not far away!
Don’t give up your hope and praising the Lord who is worthy of all our praises.
Ps Ray Price
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