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As long as we have hope, we have direction, the energy to move, and the map to move by. We have a hundred alternatives, a thousand paths, and an infinity of dreams. Hopeful, we are halfway to where we want to go; hopeless, we are lost forever.”  Hong Kong Proverb

The power of hope is an amazing thing. It means “to expect with confidence.” It can be the difference between living and dying. Proverbs 13:12 says, “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when the desire is fulfilled, it is a tree of life.” Hope gives us vision, and without a vision, we perish. That may be why so many people (particularly men) die soon after they retire. They’ve lost their purpose. God created us to have a purpose-to have goals, and to anticipate good things.

Notice that the definition meant “to expect with confidence.” Hope has a positive attitude. There’s no room for negativity with hope. The very nature of hope is to believe in something good. The Bible tells us, that as a person thinks in his heart, so is he. If we think positively (relying on God’s promises) we bring positive things into our life, but if we think negatively, negative things come our way. Job said, “The thing I feared has come upon me.” Fear will act as a magnet for bad things. As you begin to dwell on what might happen, you create an acceptance in your heart for it to come to pass. You start to focus on the negative, and before you know it, fear cancels all hope. When you lose your hope, you’ve lost everything.

Audrey Hope (yes, really) wrote, “Change your point of view and everything changes. Hope is the space we jump into, when the next step would be the cliff.” Hope is much more than a Pollyanna outlook, that pretends everything is always fine. Hope enables us to keep believing even when everything is not fine. And yet, we believe that everything is working together for good. Let’s face it–not everything is good, but God can make good come out of the bleakest situation. What Satan intends for evil, God can use for good. Doesn’t that make you feel strengthened? You see, with God, the end is not the end. He can always do more. It seemed too late when Lazarus died. He was buried and decaying, but it was just a chance for God to do a greater miracle. Never forget that–God can always do a greater miracle than you had expected. Don’t limit Him in any way.

Hope gives us energy to keep going forward. Hope tells us that there are hundreds of ways that God can fix our dilemma, or solve our problem, if we just don’t give up. Before your circumstance can change, sometimes your attitude needs to. Everything that is wrong is subject to change! Isn’t that good news? God is not always obvious about His plan, but He is always working behind the scenes to bring it to pass. The Bible also tells us that “Without hope it is impossible to please Him.” God is pleased by hopefulness, not pessimism. Don’t mope around like there’s no reason to live–rejoice in hope. That’s your faith statement–there’s always hope.  Look for things to look forward to. Believe big! Dream big! This pleases God.

Remember-whatever it is that you’re believing for–with hope, you’re halfway there. Miracles can happen when you believe…

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