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6th June - "Hope in Action: Change through Courageous Encouragement

This week, I found myself wrestling with a question that echoed deep within: Do I have hope? Not just any hope, but the kind of hope described in the Bible—a joyful anticipation of good, rooted in unwavering faith. As I pondered this question, I realized that authentic hope is more than just wishful thinking; it's a profound trust in God's sovereignty and His promises for our lives.

Amid life's trials and tribulations, it's easy to lose sight of hope. You may feel overwhelmed by challenges, uncertainties, and setbacks, wondering if God truly cares about your circumstances.

Yet, in those moments of doubt, we are reminded that nothing catches Jesus off guard. He is not only in our past and present but also ahead of us, preparing the way for every step of our journey. Before we have a problem He has the solution.

Overcoming Lies with Truth

The cross stands as a testament to the depth of God's love and His meticulous care for each one of us. Jesus bore not only our sins but also our pains, our fears, and our doubts. His sacrifice and overcoming of every evil offers us a reason to live with hope every single day. He has already overcome the world and His solutions and power will change every circumstance and far surpasses any problem. (John 16:33)

However, the measure of our hope is often intertwined with the measure of our belief in God's love and forgiveness. When we allow ourselves to be influenced by lies that we are unworthy, unloved, or that God isn’t interested in us, our hope wanes. But when we anchor ourselves in the truth of God's unconditional love and His promises for our lives, our hope flourishes and empowers us to face each day with courage and confidence, knowing that we are held secure in God’s unfailing love.

Hope is not just a passive state of being; it is a call to action and a universal language that speaks to the deepest longings of the human heart, offering solace to the broken, strength to the weak, and redemption to the lost. It's a transformative force that empowers us to face any circumstance with courage and confidence and to speak words of encouragement and hope to others ushering in grace, favour, and reconciliation in every situation.

Hope in Action

Moreover, hope isn't meant to be hoarded; it's meant to be shared. You have a responsibility to speak forth hope in every way you can, knowing that God does move in response to the decrees of hope-filled believers. When we speak hope and encouragement to those who need it, He will back us up and move in power.

As the apostle Paul wrote in Ephesians 4:29, "Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear."

The Ripple Effect of Hope

You have the power to shape reality and breathe life into weary souls. When you choose to speak words of hope and encouragement, you can bring healing and restoration to broken hearts and wounded spirits.

It’s why it’s so important to consistently secure yourself in hope and in the fact that God is fighting for you, that He is for you and not against you. That you are loved, and forgiven, and that your future is bright and everything is being worked out for your good. (Romans 8:31;38 ) Then you can loudly decree God’s words of hope and reconciliation to those who need to hear it.

I encourage you today to embrace hope, allowing its transformative power to infuse every aspect of your life.

Hold fast to hope as you journey through life, and to the promise that God is fighting for you, that He is for you and not against you. Know that He sees you and His power is greater than any of the enemy's lies. You are loved, forgiven, and destined for a future filled with joy and abundance. (John 10:10)

In doing so, you will not only become more fully the person you were created to be but also a beacon of hope, bringing light to the darkness to those around you as you speak words of encouragement and life into every situation.

As Isaiah 35:3-7 beautifully proclaims, let us strengthen the weary, encourage the weak, and proclaim the good news of God's salvation.

“Strengthen those who have tired hands, and encourage those who have weak knees. Say to those with fearful hearts, "Be strong, and do not fear, for your God is coming to destroy your enemies. He is coming to save you." And when he comes, he will open the eyes of the blind and unplug the ears of the deaf. The lame will leap like a deer, and those who cannot speak will sing for joy! Springs will gush forth in the wilderness, and streams will water the wasteland. The parched ground will become a pool, and springs of water will satisfy the thirsty land."

Prayer: Lord, I ask for the strength to hold onto hope, even when the storms of life rage around me. Please help me to anchor my heart in your truth and your promises, knowing that you are always with me, guiding and protecting me.

I also pray for the wisdom and courage to be a bearer of hope and that my words and actions will reflect your love and grace, bringing light into the lives of those who are walking in darkness. May Your comforting presence surround them, filling them with renewed faith and confidence in Your unfailing love and that they will choose to love and know you. In Jesus' name Amen.





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