Get Your Hope RefreshedJuly 12, 2019
We have fixed our hope on the living God, who is the Savior of all men . . . 1 Timothy 4:10b
1. REMEMBER YOUR CREATOR. When someone loses hope, it’s hard to move forward and grow. Life’s pressures can distract us from the sweetness of knowing Jesus. That’s why we must resist stagnancy by keeping our eyes on Jesus and remembering our Creator (Ecclesiastes 12:1). In the busyness of life, carve out moments to take a deep breath and remember God’s goodness, His power, and His daily presence. He has created you in Christ for good works! (Ephesians 2:10)
So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, “If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” John 8:31-32
2. READ THE WORD. In a world of shifting sands and sliding tectonic plates, the Bible is a solid rock of truth that we can build our lives upon. The devil wants to steal our hope so that we live less than the person God created us to be. That’s why we must go to the Word and inventory God’s blessings and provisions for us. Every morning, get up and spend time with God. Read a devotional, memorize a verse, or read/listen to the Bible. Let the truth of God’s Word thunder in your spirit, crowd out apathy, and help you get on fire with God. His word is a lamp unto your feet and a light to your path! (Psalm 119:105)
3. REALIZE YOUR AUTHORITY. When Jesus rose from the dead, He gave us His authority to make a difference in the world. Every day we are called to take our stand and walk in newness of life (Romans 6:4). With the weapons of faith and God’s Word, we can stop the plans of the devil. While you’re driving on the way to work, pray about things. Stand in faith for those around you. When you start to dream God’s dreams and pursue God’s purposes, life’s potentials will begin to burst forth in your life.
Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us . . . (Ephesians 3:20)
The best is yet to come!
Pastor Jeff Perry
To restore strength and animation to: revive. To restore or maintain by renewing supply: replenish.
DAILY CONFESSION based on Ephesians 6:13-18
I put on every piece of God’s armor so I can resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then, after the battle, I will still be standing firm. I stand my ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. For shoes, I put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that I will be fully prepared. In addition to all of these, I hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. I put on salvation as my helmet and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. I pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. I stay alert and am persistent in my prayers for all believers everywhere.
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