If you’re a-wishin’ and a-hopin’ that things will change regarding your circumstances, you’re barkin’ up the wrong tree! Worldly hope is fraught with unbelief and faithlessness and really isn’t sure whether or not it’ll come to pass But there is something called Godly hope; it’s called earnest expectation, when you’re confident that you’re going to get your desired results.
You see, Godly hope is what faith gives substance to. It’s what faith sees and then goes after it and it works. But that faith must be based on God’s Word because the God-kind of faith is always and only based on His Word.
Hebrews 11:1 (KJV) 1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
Romans 10:17 (KJV) 17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
If you only listen to the fake news, that’s all you’ll believe but that’s not the truth; hence, the name – fake news. They’ve been caught so many times in lies that it’s a wonder to me how anyone in their right mind can believe their lies! But, then again, that’s what deception is: believing a lie as though it’s the truth.
But – Godly hope is believing that what God has said is true and that it will come to pass because your faith is what gives your hope substance. And that you can stand on because faith sees beyond the natural, physical realm into the spirit realm and calls those things which be not as though they were.
Brothers, and sisters, we have to guard our hearts in what we watch and listen to because that’s what’s going to get in us. If all you listen to is negative things, don’t expect positive results when you pray. It doesn’t work that way. What you put in is what will come out. You know the adage: garbage in, garbage out!
And one more thing. Each time you believe a lie, and reject the truth, you harden your heart a little more until you’re in a place where the devil can convince you of anything he wants.
2 Thessalonians 2:10-11 (KJV) 10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
I realize this is referring to the time of theTribulation but the principle is the same: if you reject the truth, you open yourself up to believing a lie.
Guard you heart with all diligence!
Proverbs 4:23 (KJV) 23 Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.
Romans 4:17b (KJV) 17 … and calleth those things which be not as though they were.