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?
“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…..”
If we want faith, we have to have hope first!
It’s a choice
If you lose your hope, your situation will not change. If you start hoping in God, all may change; the choice is ours.
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.
“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.
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.
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!
“But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love,” Ps 33:18
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?
How can we remain in hope for our situation?
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!