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

Have you ever been with a friend who’s been gossiping and before you know it, you’ve joined in?Our environment is crucial to our recovery because it’s very difficult to receive a healing from God when you surround yourself with the wrong friends.

Each day we receive messages from the unseen realm, the world of the unconscious. These messages build us up for our destiny or they can tear us down. Having people in your world who won’t believe for the miracle you need are not the kind of friends who’ll benefit you. Are your friends full of negativity and full of doubt? This is an unhealthy environment.

When in a valley of sickness, surrounding yourself with people who are negative or who only look at the situation in the natural are not the faith filled types of friends who’ll see you through to your breakthrough. They may be faithful to you, loyal, kind and supportive, but are they filled with faith?

Do they believe in the amazing future God has for you? Are their thoughts in line with God’s thoughts?

One thing I’ve realised, is that when you’re climbing a mountain, God purposefully places people in your life who will climb with you. These friends know God and have faith in his goodness. They’re not there by accident. God has placed them with you. “His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life…” 2 Peter 1:3 This includes our friends! Whoop! Whoop! God knows the friends that you need to see you through your season of suffering so he puts those friends deliberately in your pathway. Sometimes those friendships don’t make sense in the natural. Maybe these friends are of a different age, background and personality. But these are spiritual friends. God has called and ordained friends to journey this with you. They’re going where you’re going and you won’t get to your destination without them.

I’m sure you’re familiar with the healing of the man by the pool of Bethesda? John 5:1-15 My question is, where were his friends? This guy had been lying by the pool for many years, waiting for someone to help him get to the pool to be healed. Why didn’t his friends help him? I can’t help but think, that he just didn’t have the right friends. He was helpless.

We all know that when a flower doesn’t bloom, it is not the flower causing the problem, but it’s environment. In the same way, if you want to fulfill the call God has on your life (and we know he wants you well), then planting yourself with Godly friends around you, creates the right condition for you to receive.

If you’re serious about a healing, then check out your friendship groups and consider making changes if necessary.

I hope this is helpful. Do take part in the discussion in the facebook group and you can make comments below.

Lorna x

Hey Everyone!

In this week’s teaching Ps Paul Garner challenges us to think about our friends. Are they carrying us to Jesus, or away from him?

You may have incredible support friends who listen to you, who are loyal and who really love you, but are they carrying you towards the one who can deliver you from your situation? It’s in the trying times we learn who are real friends are. In my experience, when you live with chronic suffering, its common for people to move on without you. It’s a true friend who sticks by you through those tough times. I’m sure many of you relate to feeling abandoned by people we think are close to us. This teaching is about 4 incredible loyal friends. (Mark 2:1-11) We don’t know how long they were carrying their friend to Jesus. We do know they had faith, they knew Jesus was a good God. They knew he was the only person who could deliver their friend from his plight. (more…)

Would the paralyzed man get to Jesus on his own? Not a chance! He relied upon his friends.

Are you paralyzed right now? I don’t mean necessarily physically, but do you feel like you’re stuck or standing still, like you can’t move forward? Great friends encourage you to keep on trusting. Amazing friends point you to the Word of God. Are your friends helping or hindering you? Do they speak words of life and faith over you?

Maybe you need to make changes.

Who are you carrying? Even when we’re unwell, we can still carry others to Jesus. Often we pray for a miracle without realising that we are the miracle!! Have you encouraged anyone today?

If you’re needing breakthrough in your situation, like the man in our story, then look at those around you. “Show me your friends and I’ll show you your future”.

So what is a good friend? Someone with empathy and compassion. Someone who honours you and listens to you. A good friend will speak truth and not be afraid of challenging you or holding you accountable.

“One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother” Pro 18:24

               
Next step: Evaluate your friends. Do you need to make any changes? Who have you encouraged recently? Why don’t you send someone a message or scripture today?