Saturday, July 24, 2010

30 Days of Hope: Day 10 - Another Level of Hope

I was going through some paperwork today and found a word on hope that my Aunt Paula wrote 3 years ago to encourage the ladies at the Tabernacle. She and my uncle are pastoring there with two campuses; it is located on Eastern Shore of Maryland. I thought it would share it with you to encourage you as it encouraged me. Enjoy!

Another Level of Hope

We all have hoped for something in our lives. Today, what is it that you are hoping for? Where is your level of hope? When hope is a part of our lives, we can endure many things, but without it, we fear the future and expect the worst. The hope that we have in our hearts is a quality that God has given to us. He is a God of hope and wants to impart hope into those who are desperate, hopeless, and despairing. Are you facing a trial today? Have you put your hope in the Lord? God can intervene in the most hopeless cases. It is His desire to bring us to a higher level of hope. If we begin to take the following four points and apply it to our lives daily, our hope can rise to a new level.

1. Rely on the Holy Spirit to help you in your weakness. (Romans 8:24-28)

The Holy Spirit inside of you realizes when you are losing hope and can intercede on your behalf. Pray in the Spirit when you are discouraged. Listen for His voice. You can depend upon the Holy Spirit to bring you through every trial.

2. Find a promise in Scripture that applies to your situation and hold on to it.
(Romans 15:4)

Can you think of a Scripture that you have held onto as you have gone through trials in your life? We must go to the Word when we are faced with hopeless situations and find a promise that we can claim. Read it, write it down, and recite it daily.

3. Stay connected to the body of Christ. (Romans 15:5-8)

It is important for us to have someone that we can talk to and lean on as we go through trying times. Words of encouragemnt and hope spoken can be a key to keeping the joy in our lives. Do not isolate yourself from the body. Get involved in a life/cell group that will help you stay connected.

4. Make praise a top priority (Romans 15:9-12)

Praise! Praise! Praise! What has God done for you? Praising God in the midst of anything and everything will keep you from giving into despair. Before you do anything in the morning, take time to thank and to praise God for all that He has done. Praise is the key.


by Paula Rittenhouse


Beverly Brumbley said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks for posting this, Lindsey! Beautiful words of encouragement from my Baby Sis!!

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