This is the second part of a two part series on hope. In the last post, I talked about what hope is and how it’s different from faith. I also talked about the importance of maintaining hope and gave eight tips that will help you to keep hope alive. Today, I would like to complete the series with eight more tips that will help you to keep hoping when things look impossible. The Bible says in Romans 4:18, “Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, ‘So shall your offspring be.’” He hoped even though there was no reason to hope and realized his dream of having a huge family. So if you are facing a difficult circumstance today and feel like giving up, don’t do it! Keep hope alive by doing the following:
- Eliminate “How?” from your vocabulary. Many times you have no idea how the things you desire will come to pass in your life. That alone can cause you to lose hope. However, Joel Osteen once said, “Just because you can’t see a way, doesn’t mean there is no way.” God says He can make rivers in the desert (Isaiah 43:19). Therefore, stop asking the question “HOW?” Follow His instructions and leave the rest to Him.
- Make a decree. Job 22:28 says, “Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee: and the light shall shine upon thy ways.” When you make a decree, God will start to show you how to go about making what you have decreed come to pass. As you get instructions and start to carry them out, hope is instilled in you. Furthermore, when you make a definitive statement out loud, somehow you begin to think to yourself, “This really could happen!” and hope is revived. Therefore, it’s important that you recite your affirmations regarding your future daily if you want to keep your hopes up.
- Realize God’s love for you. Romans 5:5 (NLT) says, “And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.” Therefore, when you know how much God loves you, then you will recognize that He will follow through on His promises to you and will not let you down. You can keep hoping and believing He will keep His Word because you are confident in His love.
- Get rid of your time table. If you have a set time in mind for things to happen or you will stop believing, you will be in for trouble. Think of all the people in the Bible who waited. Joseph was in prison for 12 years. The woman with the issue of blood waited 12 years for her healing. The Israelites were enslaved for 433 years. If they had to wait, then so will we. Refuse to give up hope no matter how long it takes.
- Rehearse past victories. David describes to King Saul in I Samuel 17:34-37 how he had killed a lion and a bear. He used his past victories to fuel his belief that he could defeat Goliath, the Philistine giant. He was keeping hope alive by rehearsing what God had done for him in the past. That is what you must do when hope begins to wane. Think about how God enabled you to get the victory in other situations, and that will help you to keep hoping in spite of what you are facing.
- Talk to yourself. David said in Psalm 42:11, “Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God!” He ordered his own soul to keep hoping. He talked to himself. When your soul is in rebellion and bringing down your ability to hope, you must get a grip and tell yourself, “Knock it off and keep hoping! God is in control!”
- Keep your ears open for testimonies. When you are losing hope, be on the lookout for people who have been through similar situations and come out on top. When you hear someone’s testimony, it’s a natural hope builder. God is not a respecter of persons, and if He did it for someone else, He will do it for you.
- Pray for hope. In Romans 15:13 (NLT), the Apostle Paul said, “I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.” He prayed for hope to fill the people. Therefore, if we want hope, we need to pray also. If you are losing hope, why not ask God to help you to keep hoping even though things look bleak? The Holy Spirit will cause hope to supernaturally abound in you.
In this two part series, we have defined hope and differentiated hope from faith. We have discovered the importance of maintaining hope as a precursor to faith. Finally we have been given strategies for maintaining hope. I want to challenge you to take one or two of these tips per week and focus on implementing them in your life. I pray that your hope level will soar and your faith will deepen. When you focus on maintaining your hope, I believe the result will be a happier and more joyful life, the ability to believe God for the miraculous, and more answered prayer. God bless!
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