How to Abide in Hope

I will lift up my eyes to the mountains; from where shall my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. He will not allow your foot to slip; He who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, He who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. Psalm 121:1-4

1. REMEMBER YOUR HELPER. When we face challenges, we can choose to hide out, bury our heads in the sand and get depressed, or we can turn to the promise-keeping God. Our help doesn’t come from our own strength or creative ideas – it comes from the Lord. Look to Him! Abide in His Word. Not one of His promises has ever failed.

Lift up your eyes on high and see who has created these stars, the One who leads forth their host by number, He calls them all by name; because of the greatness of His might and the strength of His power, not one of them is missing. Isaiah 40:26

2. RECOGNIZE YOUR CREATOR. I love going outside and looking at the stars. Recognizing the Creator of the stars can help get us out of cynicism and make us expectant and hopeful for what He wants to do in our lives. Instead of dreading what’s ahead, put your expectations back on the promises of God and believe for better and greater things.

3. REALIZE GOD IS YOUR PROVIDER. God is a rewarder of those who seek Him (Hebrews 11:6) and promises to surround us with favor as with a shield (Psalm 5:12). As you trust God, you can fully expect blessing to happen all through your life. Keep a spirit of faith and act on God’s Word. God can use you to bring hope and impact the world around you.

Press on!
Pastor Jeff

DAILY CONFESSION:
I dwell in the secret place of the Most High. I abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord You are my refuge and my fortress, My God, in You I trust! As I abide in Jesus and let His words abide in me, whatever I ask will be done for me (Psalm 91:1-2; John 15:7).

a·bide, verb
To remain stable or fixed in a state.

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