What Are You Hoping For?

I’ve heard people say, “I’ve read the Scriptures, made confessions, and prayed, but I can’t imagine being delivered and set free. In my mind, I think this is the way it’s going to be for the rest of my life.” Sadly, if that is what you are seeing in your mind’s eye, you’re probably right. But even though that’s what you’ve been thinking, it does not have to be your destiny. There is hope. You can change your destiny, but the first step is to make the decision to change what you are thinking.

What you think is a choice. It is a choice that takes place in the realm of the soul. What you think or don’t think cannot be blamed on anyone else. This is a step in the process of building faith, and you are in complete and total control of what you think. It is very refreshing to know the choice is totally yours.

One time a young man who was having bad thoughts asked me how he should handle them because, “After all,” he said, “we all know you can’t control your thoughts.” Sadly, that’s what many people think. But the truth is, that’s a lie. You can control your thoughts.

The Bible clearly tells us what to think and what not to think. It tells us that whatever is true, noble, just, lovely, whatever is pure and of a good report, think about these things (Philippians 4:8). Another place it tells us to cast down and take captive every argument and thought that rises up against the knowledge of God (2 Corinthians 10:5). Again, God’s Word clearly tells us what to think and what not to think.

According to Galatians 5:22-23, when you became a Christian, God imparted the fruit of the Holy Spirit into you and part of the fruit of the Spirit is self-control. No one has control over your mind and your thoughts but you. But if they do, it’s because you allowed it.

How do we change our wants and desires into true hope? True hope comes from the same source as faith. You can’t have one without the other. If you need a miracle, you have to see yourself in the state of living in the miracle. When it looks like all is lost, that’s when you should quit looking. Take your eyes off the circumstances and put them on the Word of God. See yourself the way God sees you. Imagine yourself set free.

You must develop your hope and your faith so that you can imagine victory. Seeing it in the realm of the spirit is your first step in believing for it. If you cannot imagine it, that is your first clue that you must build up your faith.

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