Hope is the necessary ingredient for thriving. It’s the foundation we need to heal our relationships, undertake challenges, and pursue our God-given dreams.
No matter where we live, what job we have, or what background we come from – there’s one thing we all have in common – we all want and need to wake up every morning with HOPE – HOPE for the day, HOPE for the future, and HOPE that our ambitions and dreams will someday come true.
The problem is – we often spend a significant part of our lives attempting to find HOPE in people, places, and things that lead us to greater emptiness and despair.
When we lack HOPE, we become depressed. When relationships lack HOPE, they fall apart. When there’s a lack of HOPE for the future, we can get discouraged and give up on our dreams. Sometimes, when HOPE seems completely out of reach, drugs and alcohol become become the pain reliever of choice. And, when there seems to be no HOPE in sight, some consider suicide.
There’s no doubt, HOPE is the daily ingredient we all need to thrive – but where do we find HOPE?
In the one place where its consistently available – in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Our HOPE is strengthened when we read His precious promises in the Bible and trust He is in control. So, let’s take our eyes off of our circumstances and look to Jesus and to the promises in His Word that never fail.
Implement the following 5 steps and HARVEST HOPE each and every day – no matter what country, culture, or circumstances you find yourself in.
“Be strong and let your heart take courage, All you who hope in the Lord.”
Call to Action:
1. Choose to Pray.
Ask God for wisdom and discernment regarding your situation, journal your prayers and spend quiet moments with the Lord awaiting Him to direct your path.
James 1:5 ~ “But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.”
2. Choose God’s Word.
In God’s Word we find answers to life’s most challenging questions. Read and study God’s Word daily to find comfort, encouragement, and guidance for your circumstances.
2 Timothy 3:16 ~ “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness.”
3. Choose to Trust God.
Once we pray and seek guidance from God and His Word, we must take appropriate, biblical actions and trust God with the outcome. This may mean we need to set healthy boundaries, remove ourselves from sinful or unhealthy circumstances, or share our situation with a trusted and godly friend, pastor, or counselor. Once we’ve done our part, we must rely on the Lord and trust His plan for our future.
Jeremiah 29:11 ~ “For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.”
What do you think about this verse instead of Jer 29:11?
1 Peter 1:13-15 ~ “Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming. As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do.”
4. Choose a Positive Attitude.
Our attitudes impact our outlook and outcomes. We can choose to make them positive or negative. Make a commitment today to choose a positive attitude regarding your circumstances. Download the Negative Attitudes vs. Positive Attitudes chart on our resources page at 7StepsToCourage.com
Ephesians 4:23 ~ “Be renewed in the spirit of your mind and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.”
5. Choose to Persevere.
When our circumstances seem too much to bear, we must persevere. Choose to stay the course and endure the storms of life when they come your way –– realizing, there is a lesson to be learned, courage to be gained, and a reward to be received. We never go alone –– God is with us –– even when we don’t recognize His presence.
Galatians 6:9 ~ “Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.”
By asking God for help and guidance, searching for wisdom in His Word, trusting Him with your circumstances, adopting a positive attitude and choosing to persevere, you will HARVEST HOPE throughout life and refrain from despair.
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About In Grace Ministries:
In Grace Ministries (IGM) is a non-profit organization (501c3) that exists to strengthen, equip and empower the world for Christ. Through publishing inspirational books, bible studies and leadership curriculum; through local and international missions, speaking engagements, social media and Christian television programing, IGM reaches countless men, women, and children with God’s message of inspiration, encouragement and HOPE. To find out more about how you can support IGM, click on the following link https://ingraceministries.org
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Ann White is author of 7 Steps to Courage, Founder and President of In Grace Ministries and host of Christian Talk Show Atlanta Live. Despite her busy schedule, most days you can find Ann spending quiet moments with the Lord, hanging out with her husband, boys and their families, working out, writing, reading, enjoying dear friends and living in Grace.