It’s easy to go through life not even realizing or appreciating that you were born with everything you need to succeed.
You may have been convinced that to succeed and to overcome in life you need all kinds of natural advantages, but that simply isn’t true. In fact the greatest asset you could ever have, and the thing that will absolutely make the difference time and time again between winning and losing, is this: it is the ability to refuse to function is despair.
Whatever is going on in your life; whatever is dying all around you, or falling apart right in front of your eyes, you have the ability to choose hope and not give up and fall apart with it!
As human beings, the very last thing to die about us should be our hope. I refuse to be a living, breathing individual, walking around as good as dead, because my hope has died.
To choose to hope in God is the most powerful decision you can ever make. Hope is even more powerful than faith because, faith can’t even operate without hope. Faith is the substance of things hoped for – so if you won’t lift your eyes to God in hope, you will never be able to release your faith for Him to help you.
Hope is born from the knowledge of God’s goodness and from confidence in His incredible mercy. You may not understand what is happening in your life, but you know WHO holds your life in the palm of His hands.
Hope comes from the conviction that your loving Heavenly Father is still working behind the scenes of your life; that He has not let go of you and that He will always bring you back up if you do not let go of His hand.
It is the defiance to keep hold of the dream in your heart, despite overwhelming discouragement; and it is the tenacity to declare, “I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living!”
You may say that the situation you are facing is so bleak and devastating that hope almost seems inappropriate and trivial. But that is the time, when it is actually the most powerful.
Take the example of coming into a hot room; the air is stifling and it is almost unbearable to be in that environment. What do you do? You walk over to the thermostat and set it to a good temperature so that the air conditioning will come on and do its work.
When you are utterly broke, that is the time to set the thermostat to a different temperature by declaring “Wealth and riches are in my house!” When you have just received a terrible report from the doctor that is the moment to resist despair and choose to hope in the healing power of God, because all things are possible to those of us who BELIEVE!
When you choose hope daily, instead of despair, you give God something to work with. Your expectation will not be cut off!
Be convinced that God is going to use you; that He will do it again in your life; that this is not the end, but it is a new beginning. Defeat is not an option – God will appoint another seed for you and you will live to testify to His greatness and His love