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20 June - "Practical Steps to Restore Your Faith and Hope"

If you’ve grown weary or been hit with circumstances that might be tempting you to lose hope and faith today don’t quit. Don’t think you don’t have enough faith to keep believing. You can have your faith and hope restored.

When I feel my hopes fading and faith shaken I take time to:

Get quiet and pray. Talk to God, listen, and read the bible and remind yourself of what He has promised. It’s in communication with God who is the ultimate source of supernatural hope and where we can hear from him directly that primarily restores our hope and strengthens hour faith.

Be around encouraging people. The last thing we need are negative doubt feeders when we are believing for something to happen. Guard your heart and the building of your faith and hope by surrounding yourself with people of hope and faith who will encourage you to not give up. It’s by faith and patience that we inherit the promises of God.  (Hebrews 6:12)

Listen, read, watch and talk about God’s promises. Listen to messages of hope and faith. There are some great preachers who constantly inject my life with hope. The world peddles doubt and fear, but if we feed our hope and faith and keep our focus on what God says it will restore our hope and expectation tor good things in our life.

"Faith comes by hearing and hearing the word of God." (Romans 10:17 NIV)

Refuse to give up - when it comes to restoring hope and seeing those things that God has promised happen we have to be a bit feisty. Go back to God and seek Him. If He says it then continue to stand, get your “fight on” and refuse to be distracted or to give up. "So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.' (Galatians 6:9 NLT)

Whatever you are facing I encourage you to find an account in God's word that you feel relates to your circumstance. Then start to recount and declare what God has done before and that He is no respecter of persons. If he did it before he can do it again. Do not be moved by what is in front of you but rather only be moved by what God says. When we do that God starts to also reveal himself in a greater way. The angels listen to God's word coming out of your mouth and start working on your behalf.

Keep your love on – our faith works through and by love. Keep short accounts, forgive, let go of offense and hurts quickly and give them over to Jesus. Don’t go to bed angry and guard your heart for its the wellspring of your life. One of the surest ways to eradicate hope is strife, anger and bitterness, so don’t be cheated out of the life God has for you by letting things crowd out the love God has put in your heart. Keep your love on! (1 Cor 13:7 NLT)

Take time to start to renew your hope and strengthen your faith today and you’ll soon have an expectation that will keep your faith alive to bring all those things that God says are possible into your hands.

May the God of hope so fill you with all joy and peace in believing that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound and be overflowing  (bubbling over) with hope.” (Romans 15:13 Amplified bible)

“So do not fear, for I am with ; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10)

Prayer: Lord please help me to restore my hope and strengthen my faith today, and to keep believing for those things you have promised in your Word. In Jesus name Amen.

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