Do you ever feel like every time you get your hopes up something happens that brings you down? Do you ever feel like the odds are against you? It is not unusual for us believers to go through times of opposition especially when we are being positive. The enemy hates our joy, our faith, our positive attitude and our love for Jesus and for people. He will do whatever he can to steal anything good and positive we project. He hates our optimistic attitudes and he will punch us in our spiritual face until we lose hope or until our faith is weak. It doesn’t mean that we should be afraid and we should stop being positive. When things don’t go our way, we should keep on going God’s way. We should keep our hopes up because our hope is in Jesus and not in people, in fate or in our circumstances.
What happens to us shouldn’t dictate how we react and how much hope we have. Our hope should dictate how we react and how steady we should be in our faith. Today I want to encourage you to continue to keep your hopes up no matter how low you get. Keep your hopes up even when you have reasons to feel defeated. Your feelings will always get in the way of your faith so let your faith rely on the Rock who is above all feelings and emotions. Keep your emotions in check by keeping your eyes on the Lord. God will always make a way. Have faith in that truth. Use it every single day. Say it out loud. Say it to your circumstances. Use the name of Jesus when the enemy uses the wrong names to describe you. You are not a loser. You are not a failure. You are not a prisoner of bad luck and you are not a defeated believer. You are a child of God whose hope is based on the King of kings. You are going to make it!
There is nothing wrong with being optimistic and being hopeful when Jesus is your Lord and Savior. Hope is what you should hold on to all the time. It is a normal part of your Christian life but way too often people discredit it thinking we should be more moderate and not too joyful. They don’t want to jinx things. Hope is a power. It is the power to change your mood and change your situation. Hope is a fuel that we all need in order to stay positive on the highway of life. Hope is a part of God. Hope is the enemy of doubt. Hope is everything. You can never be too hopeful. You can never have too much hope in the Lord. Even if it’s pouring outside and you get so wet that you never think you will ever get dry again, keep your hopes up. When you keep your hopes up regardless of the weather conditions of your life, your hope become your weather conditioner. Your hope will tell you what the weather is like. The storms won’t have a say. The clouds won’t have a say. Your hope will do all the talking for you. It will bring the sun out and it will keep you nice and warm in the winters of life.
Today keep on keeping your hopes up. Better days are coming. A better hour is coming. Get into praise mode and your hopes will go up. Get into praise mode and better times will come. Jesus is the King of hope and you are part of His family. You are entitled to high hopes. Don’t let people discourage you from having hope. You are not part of this world system. You are part of the kingdom of God and His system is like no other. God promises to never leave you nor forsake you. Keep your hope in that powerful promise. He won’t let you down. Keep your hopes high. Keep your faith high. Enjoy your day with the Lord!
Suggested reading: Psalm 146:5; Romans 15:13; 1 Timothy 6:17