Mom’s “Minute Devo”–Monday, Jan 14th
Eyes of HOPE : Having Our Perspective Encouraged
If we just watch the news, focus on the media, listen to the conversation in the grocery store or coffee line, we could easily be discouraged at the state of affairs of our nation, our state, or our community. If we look back at last year, remembering the negative circumstances which we experienced or the failures of ourselves or others, we could start this year desperately discouraged. It’s easy to see the evil in the world or what’s wrong with a situation, clearly defining “the speck” in another person’s eye, but God wants us to see as He does…with eyes of HOPE!!
In Luke 12:32, when Jesus spoke, “Fear not little flock, it’s your Father’s good pleasure to give you the Kingdom,” He was telling his disciples to not look at circumstances but at the loving kindness the Father has toward us and the incredible plans He has for us!!
Jeremiah the prophet (in chapter 29 verse 11) wrote what God spoke to him, “For I know the plans that I have for you, declares the LORD. They are plans for peace and not disaster, plans to give you a future filled with hope.” (Good News Translation)
Again Psalm 40:5 tells us that, “Many, O LORD my God, are the wonders You have done, and the plans You have for us–none can compare to You–if I would proclaim and declare of them, they are more than could be numbered.”
God CANNOT think evil or negatively about us, because of His Great Love for us & because of what his Son did for us! Jesus took all our sin and sickness and shame, as well as ALL the wrath from God onto himself, once and for ALL!! We shall never have to pay the price for our sin, nor shall we ever get what we deserve-hell for eternity, if we have received Jesus as our Savior. Yet, we shall always get what we do NOT deserve-Blessings and Favor and Honor! This alone should bring us great Hope!
God cannot help himself but to pour out his Love on us in both physical and spiritual ways! In Matthew 7, Jesus shared, “And you being ‘evil’ (natural-human) know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Heavenly Father give good things to those who ask him?”
Our problem is that we don’t always see it! Too often we look at the negatives, at the challenges, or the hurts that have come our way. Jesus said, “In the world you will have trials and sorrows, but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world!” John 16:33.
The enemy of our souls wants us to see God the Father in a wrong light and to keep us discouraged continually! Once we are God’s children, Satan cannot take us out of God’s hand, but only lie to us about God’s goodness and love and good plans for us!
Steve Backlund, whose declarations were mentioned in the last Mom’s Minute Devo, has observed that any place in our lives where we don’t have HOPE, then we are believing a lie (of the enemy). Let’s just think on that for a minute. Is there any area of your life right now that seems hopeless? Any area that you just can’t see is ever going to change? Ask God if you are believing a lie about that area and ask Him to show you TRUTH about the situation. Ask Him to show you how HE SEE’s that person, that job, that relationship, that circumstance…or even you. Take a moment to write down what God showed you and declare the truth with HOPE!
God’s desire is for us to see Him, His nature as He truly is-BETTER THAN YOU CAN THINK OR IMAGINE! And to BELIEVE that ALL His plans and promises for us are “Yes and Amen!” 2 Corinthians 1:20.
In December, my husband and I attended a Christmas party with our school of ministry friends. We exchanged gifts and spoke prophetic words of encouragement over each person attending, relating to the gift he or she received. It was loads of fun and God greatly encouraged each one of us. One gift had the word HOPE on it and that’s when God gave me the definition-Having Our Perspective Encouraged! I believe God was reminding me, and now I’m encouraging you, to have a change of perspective. We want to move into 2019 with our eyes of HOPE wide open!
Blessings to you this week!
Email with comments or prayer requests to Kathe.Barbur@valorprep.com