Elpis hope, or Bible hope is  “joyful, confident, certain expectation of good,”  based on the blood of Jesus, this means it’s automatically ours. Yay! Doesn’t this fill us with such security for our healing?

 

But there’s often a problem. What we’re hoping for is impossible. We wait, and wait, and wait….months, years, even decades!! Over the course of time we give up believing that we’ll ever be well again. The pain continues, the symptoms persist…..deep down we accept that things will never change and we tolerate.

Does this sound familiar?

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Discipleship Question:

  • Q1 In what way have you allowed your circumstances and disappointment to dominate your hope for healing?

“But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” (Isaiah 40:31). This is awesome! No matter how long you’ve been in the valley, hope in God is the answer to renewed strength. Not any strength, the supernatural strength of God.

“Faith is the assurance of things hoped for…..”

Hebrews 11:1

If we want faith, we have to have hope first!

Remember: If you lose your hope, your situation will not change. If you start hoping in God, all may change. Which would you rather?!

Hope is positive imagination. I don’t know about you, but this really excites me! Do you remember when you were a kid, dreaming and imagining. It was such fun!

“For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.” Romans 8:24

We don’t see hope with our physical eyes. It is something we see with our spiritual eyes or the eyes of our hearts. This is dreaming.  I’m talking about those secret desires that you long for.

Discipleship Question:

Q. Make a list of all the dreams and desires you’ve allowed time and disappointment to convince you will never happen. Are you willing to start dreaming once again?

“And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded. And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.” Gen 11:5-6

This is so powerful. This verse suggests 2 things about hope.

1. There is power in unity. Let’s get our hopes up together!  If the people around you are being negative, choosing to believe the natural realm, then find people who will feed your hope, not your fears!

2. There is a link between accomplishing our dreams and hope! Woohoo! Conceiving your healing in your heart precedes the manifestation.

Discipleship Question:

Q. Who are you surrounding yourself with? Are they hoping for your healing with you? What changes do you have to make?

“Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ” 2 Cor 10:5

If your imaginations are against the promises you’re believing God for, you cast them down!

When you picture your healing in your heart, you’ll be patient, you’ll persevere. Seeing something in our hearts comes before the manifesting of the miracle. It’s so easy isn’t it, to wait for the symptoms in our bodies to disappear and to allow the symptoms to dominate what they see with their hearts. Most people in the world, deal with reality.

Challenge:

I challenge you today, to start dreaming with your heart once again. Start seeing yourself well even though you’ve been unwell for many years. Start seeing yourself healthy and whole, pain free, running marathons, living to old age…..all the things that the world would say are impossible for you now. This is imagination. This is hope.

“For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.” Prov. 23:7

“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” 1 Cor 13:13

This verse tells us that hope is more powerful than faith! Wow! who knew?! Never underestimate the power of hope.

“Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” Romans 5:5

The Bible says that it’s the love of God that will keep on encouraging us to keep on hoping, even if we’ve been unwell for many years. We will never be disappointed when we know how much God loves us. His love guarantees our hope. Asking the Holy Spirit to reveal this love more and more is often a great prayer to pray!

Ps 33:18 “But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love,” 

Is your hope in his mercy and love? Are you believing that all will be well because of the love of God? How excited are you about your future? Are you seeing the mercy of God in your hearts?

Keeping your eyes fixed upon promise maker, not the promise itself, will keep you in that zone of hope, not disappointment.

Can you anchor yourself in this kind of hope today? It’s a confident, joyful, steadfast and sure kind of hope based on the love (and the blood!) of Jesus. This hope carries you through every difficulty.

Dare you raise your hopes today?

Takeaway:

How can we remain in hope for our situation?

  1. Take the healing verses and meditate until the vision becomes established in your heart. Your mind will try and convince you to not raise your hopes for fear of disappointment. The world will tell you that your situation is impossible and you’ll be ill forever. The Bible tells us to raise our hopes!! We have permission to hope away! How awesome is that?! We’re not of the world.
  2. If you’re struggling to hope right now, start praising and see your hope in God grow stronger. Praise is the precursor to victory.

“As for me, I will always have hope; I will praise you more and more” Psalm 71:14

3. Create a vision board. Cut and paste pictures on a board of how you want your life to be                 once all the symptoms in your body are gone. You could cut out pictures of holidays, your               family life and relationships. Look at your vision board everyday, thanking God in advance!

I hope this has encouraged you today. Do take on board the questions and challenges, they’ll really help you. Remember to check in with the facebook group to continue the chatter…

Have a great weekend!

Lorna x

 

 

 

 

Hey everybody!

Today’s message is one of my favourite topics. Bible Hope! This isn’t a worldly wishful thinking type of hope where we just hope for the best. Bible hope is certain!! Yay! This is awesome news for all of us who are believing God for breakthrough in our health. We can be confident in Jesus and in the Word of God.

In his sermon, Ps Paul Garner explains that the hope we have in Jesus is not a psychological type of hope based on feelings, but a theological one. Check his sermon below. Bill Johnson says that ‘hope is the soil in which faith grows’. So if you want to have faith, you need to have hope first! I think we’ll be really encouraged in the next couple of weeks as we grapple with this word hope and what is means for those who need healing in their minds and bodies.

We’ll be discussing this further in our Wellness groups next week. Make sure you engage in the Facebook chatter as well.

Lorna x

So how do we recognise perfectionists and why is it damaging to our health? Depression, anxiety, OCD, low self esteem…..all common amongst perfectionists.

A few weeks ago, I was lying in bed with a thumping headache. I’d been writing an essay which I had finished at tea time. Instead of putting the essay away, I went through it again…and again…and again! I put in extra quotes and rewrote sentences. I did a bit more research to include in the essay, it had to be the best it could possibly be! Finally, it was past midnight and my essay was perfect! Yay! The problem though, was I ended up with a thumping headache. This is the result of perfection driving me. Can you relate? Writing an amazing essay gives me that feeling of success and achievement. Have I been behaving like this my whole life? How many times have I been late to church because my outfit just doesn’t look right? How many times have I felt bad about myself because i’ve said something wrong to someone? I’ve replayed a conversation in my head and wished I’d said something different.

It’s time to change. (more…)

The personality of a perfectionist:

You continually judge yourself and the world around you, condemning yourself when your life falls short of the image and the belief system you hold of what your life should look like. Perfectionists focus on your failings and discount successes. You unknowingly become self abusive, listening to the inner critic telling you you’re failing. You’re not pretty enough, slim enough, clever enough, funny enough….This leads to endless frustration and never-ending hopelessness. Never content with the status quo. You’re always striving to be better. This irrational desire to be perfect puts pressure on yourself to be a certain way. The perfect friend, spouse, parent, employee. The person who’s doing life right. The person who everyone wants to know and be like. You perfect your imperfect self, controlling the way people see you.

 

2. You spend excessive amounts of time on your tasks, even getting dressed into the perfect outfit or fine tooth combing emails. Continually over-working and re-doing tasks, you don’t know when to stop. Your mantra is “it must be perfect”

Key Issue: It’s unconcious. You’ve behaved like this your wholes life, you just don’t recognise it.

The inner stress of this pandemic is making us ill and our bodies are suffering because of all the internal pressure. The chaos we’ve created indicates we need stillness. We need rest.

It’s time for us to stop trying, and start believing in God’s love and goodness towards us. This verse tells us that the only striving we need to do, is to enter his rest! Wow!

“And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus” Eph 2:6

We are already seated with Jesus, the place of rest. The more we understand and embrace our position, the more we rest inwardly and operate from that place of peace. The more we feel good about ourselves, the more we realise we’ve got nothing to prove.

“When the Lord your God brings you into the land he swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, to give you—a land with large, flourishing cities you did not build, houses filled with all kinds of good things you did not provide, wells you did not dig, and vineyards and olive groves you did not plant—then when you eat and are satisfied…” Deut 6:10-11

This is where we are! We don’t have to do anything to arrive here, this is where we are now. The land of rest, of peace, of abundance. Isn’t this incredible news?! The Israelites wondered for 40 years in the Wilderness. They didn’t trust or believe that God had provided everything for them. They were physically free from Egypt, but still had a slave mentality.

Being a perfectionist is a slave mentality.

The Bible says you’re already a success. Look at the story of Joseph. He had nothing, no family, no friends, no money, no job, in fact he didn’t have any clothes!! Yet God called him a success. I love this!

“The Lord was with Joseph, and he was a successful man” Gen 39:2

If you read through the story of Joseph, God calls him a success throughout all his troubles! You may be in prison right now, maybe you’re sickness has resulted in you losing your job, your finances, your relationships…..but God calls you a success. THANK YOU JESUS!

If we could just believe that we’re a success because of who we belong to, everything within is changes. No more striving, no more thoughts of failure. Your a success because of who your father in heaven is. God’s presence is all you need. When you meditate on this, you find approval for all the parts of your life. You are not failing. You are ok the way you are, with all your aches and pains. HOW AWESOME IS THAT?!

The Bible has asked us to love ourselves (Mark 12:31) We’re not loving ourselves when we are in the perfectionist zone. It’s self abuse. We would never dream of abusing other people the way we abuse ourselves.

The Roots:

The desire to receive love is more important than the desire to be genuine. We think that if others think we’re a success, it will get us the love we need. This causes conflict between our essential self (who we really are) and our reality. The problem is that we just don’t recognise it.

This can stem from childhood, if parents are critical of their children or if their standards are high, children will perform to get the love they perceive as missing.

The only opinion that matters, is our father in heaven’s. Everything you do is for the audience of one. God thinks you’re awesome! Remember he thought you were worth dying for. This gives us our worth.

Takeaway:

3 Ways to overcome perfectionism.

1. Meditate on who God says we are, his love and acceptance of us. This way you’re dealing with the root cause. A deeper revelation of God’s love stops us from performing to receive acceptance from others.

2. Ask the Holy Spirit to show you when perfectionism is in the driver’s seat. This is half the battle. Once you’re self aware, you can chose to allow it to rule the show, or take it captive and chose a higher, more self loving pattern of behaviour.

3. Every time you feel not good enough, reverse the self-talk; Your new mantra could be “I am a success because the Lord is with me”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So how do we conquer the feeling of not being good enough? Ps Sophia continues with the following points:

1. God doesn’t see our sin. He doesn’t say we don’t sin, he says he doesn’t see it. How awesome is that?! God has placed us in Jesus so if we’re saying we’re not quite good enough, we’re saying that Jesus isn’t good enough? Wow! Powerful stuff!

2. God sees us perfect and fully justified. He completely forgives us for all our wrong-doing. Can we really believe this and still feel not good enough? (more…)

3. The important factor here, is that God’s declaration of our justification has nothing to do with you; your attainments and achievements. It has everything to do with him because Jesus has paid the price instead of you. There’s nothing more for you to prove. Phew! this fills me with such a peace!

“God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” 2 Cor 5:21

All of his righteousness, all his cleanness and all of his holiness. WOW! This is what we’ve become. We’re not just covered by his righteousness, we’ve become his righteousness! This is crazy! 

4. The Bible says our righteousness is like filthy rags compared to God’s, so no matter how hard you try, you will never be good enough, you’ll always fall short.

Trying to achieve self-worth to feel good about ourselves is sin and is exactly what Adam and Eve did when they wanted to take control and independence from God.

Takeaway: This week, whenever you feel a failure or begin to feel unworthy, whenever you compare yourself to others or feel not good enough, remember, it’s not about what you can do, it’s only ever about what he has done.

 

Hey everyone!

Living with a long term illness can often make us feel like we’re failing in life, especially if the illness has impacted your family, relationships, career, finances and so on. The hopes and dreams you once had have disappeared. Now the only dream you have is to be well. It’s all too easy to look at people who are well and think that because they’re not ill, somehow they’re better than you or that you’re just not enough.

We all tend to think that ‘achievements’ equal success. Marriage, parenthood, a healthy bank balance, holidays, a good career…. so when sickness comes and these things are now gone, how can we not be failures? How can our self esteem and sense of worth not be affected?

When it comes to not feeling good enough, God has dealt with this through his salvation. In Romans 3:23 it says “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”. Yep! ALL of us have failed and fallen short of God’s perfect standard. But, God says we have been FULLY JUSTIFIED

I love what Ps Sophia says in her message:

We all want our lives to be a certain way but without realising it, this is perfectionism. This is why we can feel bad about ourselves. We think we need to reach a certain standard to feel good. Of course we blame our health but I want to challenge this today. Could it be the perfectionist thinking that is causing our unhappiness?

I wonder if we allow the Holy Spirit to free us from perfectionism, the happier we’ll be in our circumstances?

When you allow perfectionism to be in the driver’s seat, we start to control everything. We begin to be a slave to people’s opinions and develop a sadness, a frustration and an inability to be happy.

Maybe you’ve allowed your illness to hide you away from people? You’ve given up on life, on your dreams, desires. You stay hidden away in your comfort zone, feeling unworthy like you’re not good enough. Ps Sophia explains that there are 2 sides to the same coin. This is just the other side of that same coin of perfectionism. You know your life is nowhere near perfect so what’s the point? You also believe you need to reach certain standards to feel good.

Over the next couple of weeks, in our conference calls and in the fb community group, we’re going to be looking at the impact of illness on our self worth. We’ll look at failed expectations and the spirit of perfectionism. Of course we’ll discuss what the Bible says about this!

Your circumstances, or the illness you may be living with, is not your identity. So why would this threaten our self worth? Check out Ps Sophia Barrett’s awesome teaching:

The Wellness Circle is your opportunity to discuss with others today’s teaching.

Date: Monday 3rd June

Time: 7.30

Link: https://zoom.us/j/740599051

Meeting ID 740-599-051

See you on Monday!

Lorna x