Day 21: HOPE

Today’s principle focus is on the hope we have in Christ.

Scripture of the day:

Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us. Romans 5:3-5

Today’s Positive Words of Affirmation and Encouraging Words to Live By:
“Today, hope is enough for me. It may be all that I have, but it will not disappoint.”

GET YOUR HOPES UP

True God-given hope will never let you down. What is hope? Hope is what we cling to that comes as a result of a vision that we know God has shown to us. We hope and pray that whatever it is, will someday come to pass. I, as a mother, have closed my eyes and seen visions of my children as adults serving the Lord. Therefore daily, I keep my hopes “up” standing in faith, and speaking in line with this vision. Each day as that they get another day older, is a day that I have not been disappointed. Hope for the vision to come to pass, keeps us positive during all kinds of trials and tribulations.

“…my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.” Isaiah 55:11

Hope is from God, it has been birthed in you, by the Holy Spirit. Perhaps that little twinge in our stomaches when we begin to hope (those butterflies) are in actuality, the Holy Spirit stirring up our insides for greatness! Today we EMBRACE them!

BUT WHAT IF I “FAIL” ?

Let us look at it a tad differently. What if you could “get your hopes up”, but have no expectations for results? Kind of like the runner in the race, all charged up and ready to run, focused on winning but lets go in his process of advancement. Today, let us begin by focusing on getting our hopes up, warriors for God sowing the seed, and then letting God carry the burden of any and all results. We just GO! He just GROWS! How could you fail if you were an EXPERT starter?

WHAT THEN ABOUT “COMPLETION”?

We know that Christ has completed us on the inside (having been made whole in spirit with Christ), but we have tasks that need completing. Just because you complete a task, doesn’t mean that you should allow yourself to be measured by the success or failure of the task. For instance, if you are running on a relay team, all you must be concerned about is your leg of the race, your effort. Concerning yourself with your mates performance, other than by encouragement would be fruitless. So we get what God calls us to do started in the hope of success, we stand in faith as we do the work, and when the project is completed… we pray in hope for our next assignment!

My Prayer Today,

Father God, thank you for that quickening feeling that I get in my spirit when you bring hope into my life. From today forward, I will relish that feeling and live to start things for You and in Your name. Father God continue to quicken my spirit, and I will continue to get excited about what’s to come! YOU control the results… I will do the work! In Your Son Jesus’ name, AMEN!
But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you. Romans 8:11

May the Lord God Bless you today as your spirit is quickened in Him!

Love Always,

Jessica

Did you know???

Sir Roger Gilbert Bannister, was the first man to ever run the mile in under 4 minutes! Born 23 March, 1929, Sir Roger Bannister is an English former athlete best known for running the first recorded mile in less than 4 minutes. Bannister became a distinguished neurologist and Master of Pembroke College, Oxford, before retiring in 2001. Sir Roger was the inaugural recipient of the Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year award in January 1955 (1954 Sportsman of the Year).

This historic event took place on 6 May 1954 during a meet between British AAA and Oxford University at Iffley Road Track in Oxford. It was watched by about 3,000 spectators. With winds up to 25 miles per hour (40km/h) prior to the event, Bannister had said twice that he favoured not running, to conserve his energy and efforts to break the 4-minute barrier; he would try again at another meet. However, the winds dropped just before the race was scheduled to begin, and Bannister did run. Two other runners, Brasher and Chataway, provided pacing while completing the race. When Roger crossed the finish line, the roar of the crowd drowned out the time announcement. Bannister’s time was 3 min 59.4 sec!!! With NO warming up… Roger was charged by HOPE! (The movie Chariots of Fire is about this mans fine accomplishment)

Today is Day 21 on Jessica’s 365 Days to a Whole New Life journey, you can follow along daily and begin your own journey at http://wholeheartedministries.com/365-days-to-a-whole-new-life . We all have the same 365 days, but we all have different opportunities. How you spend the next year of your life is entirely up to you! Focusing to spend your life on personal growth day by day, will result in a life like you have never dreamed! We aren’t talking “pie in the sky” type changes, we are talking real life changes… changes for the better, changes toward becoming a whole new you!

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Hebrews 12:1

NOW faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Heb 11:1

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