HOLDING ON TO HOPE IN PERILOUS TIMES-Part Two

by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio, Your Virtual Life Coach

Guard your heart above all else,
for it determines the course of your life.” ~ Proverbs 4: 23
 

Last week, we looked at some things in our lives that steal our hope. Today, let’s consider some reasons why we as Christians not only can be hopeful as we face the future, but joyful as well.

        Reason #1: God has everything under control. He is the Lord and there is none else (Isaiah 45:18 KJV). As the Creator of the universe and everything in it, God knows the beginning and the end. Nothing can happen to us without His permission. No matter what life may bring, we can rest secure in the knowledge that God knows our needs and that He will meet them.

           Reason #2: God is faithful. He does exactly what He says He will do: “For I am the Lord: I will speak, and the word that I shall speak shall come to pass” (Ezekiel 12:25 KJV). When God promises that the word He speaks shall come to pass, He means it. It doesn’t matter what the situation looks like.

            When my younger daughter was an infant, she was diagnosed with an incurable illness. Upon hearing the doctor’s report, my husband and I were assailed by fear. But we chose to resist the spiritual attack by focusing on God’s Word that said our daughter was healed by the stripes of Jesus (I Peter 2:24 KJV).  

            For several weeks, we clung to that verse with every fiber of our being because our daughter’s very life depended on it. Then one day, her symptoms completely disappeared, much to the amazement of her doctors. Today she is a healthy young woman wholeheartedly serving Jesus Christ.

            Reason #3: God is love. Everything He does is motivated by love. As our Father, He is intimately involved in the lives of His children. He Himself says that He has numbered the very hairs of our heads (Matthew 10:30 KJV). Because God is love, we can trust that He will take care of us.

            Reason #4: God is the God of hope. There can be no hope without God, for all hope is rooted in Him. By its very nature, hope looks to the future. As Christians, our hope is in Jesus Christ and in His promise of eternal life.

            When my elder daughter was in college, she purchased a Christian lapel button that read “Just visiting.” That’s the attitude we should take about our stay on this earth. This is not our final destination. We know that a far better life awaits us beyond this one. When we focus on that future life, we can keep the problems of this earthly life in proper perspective, confident in the knowledge that “all things work together for good to them that love God” (Romans 8:28 KJV).

            Hope is the anchor of the soul (Hebrews 6:19 KJV). Without it, we cannot fight the good fight of faith. In order to remain confident as we face the future, we must hold on to the hope that is set before us, namely Jesus Christ and the salvation He has provided. The battle has already been won! Therefore, we can rejoice as we face the future, knowing that for the children of God, the best is yet to be!                                                                                                                                      

Now, it’s YOUR turn: What do you do to hold on to hope in the midst of the storm? 

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How to Deal with Regret

by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio

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the course of your life.” ~ Proverbs 4:23
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Many, if not all, of us have at one time in our lives made a decision we now regret. For me, it was a job decision. For you, it might have been a marriage decision or a location decision or a decision that led you into sin. For the Apostle Paul, regret was rooted in his persecution and murder of Christians before he himself had an encounter with Christ. But, whatever the situation, God provides a sound way to deal with regret.

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  1. Make a decision to put the regret behind you. While a decision may not immediately remove the emotion of regret, it will set you on the right path to eliminating your regret. Philippians 3: 13 says this: “Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”
  2. Recognize that regret is a weapon Satan uses to rob you of hope. If Satan can get you into depression and despair, he has you. Why? Because without hope, you cannot have faith in the future (Hebrews 11: 1). The Word of God says this in 1 Peter 5: 8: “Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” Don’t let Satan devour you with regret. Stay alert to his devices.
  3. Give your regret to the Lord. If your regret was caused by sin, then simply repent and move on. If your regret was caused by a poor decision, then trust that God will work that poor decision for your good. Romans 8: 28 says this: ” . . . all things work together for good to them that love God . . . .”

The best way to avoid regret is to remain closely connected with Holy Spirit and to seek His counsel and direction for every decision you make. As you follow Holy Spirit’s leading, you will make right decisions that will bring you the peace and joy He wants you to experience for the rest of your life.

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Hoping against Hope

Hanging on to Hope in Hopeless Times

Guard your heart above all else, for it determines
the course of your life.” ~ Proverbs 4:23
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When Jim arrived at his office, a pink slip lay squarely in the middle of his desk.

His eyes did a double-take. Impossible! Only the week before, his boss had given him a great review. What was up?

With trembling hands, Jim picked up the slip and headed to his boss’s office. Ted, his boss of five years, was seated at his desk.

“Ted…” A lump caught in Jim’s throat as he held up the pink slip. “Why?” That was the only word he could utter.

Ted motioned Jim to take a seat. “I’m sorry, Jim. This was not my doing. I got the notice from corporate that revenues have dropped drastically. Over 20 people have been laid off. Not just you.”

“But what am I going to do? I have a wife and five kids.”

Compassion crossed Ted’s face. “I wish I knew what to tell you. Just don’t give up hope.”

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HOPE. Sometimes that’s all we have to hang to. Yet hope is much more powerful than we may think. Here is what the Scripture says about hope:

1-Hope undergirds faith (Hebrews 11: 1). Without hope, faith doesn’t work. Just as one needs a blueprint to build a house, so does one need hope to build faith.

2-Hope is the anchor of the soul (Hebrews 6: 19). When the soul is troubled, hope keeps it anchored in Christ.

3-Hope is eternal (I Corinthians 13: 13). Like faith and love, hope will last forever. There is an endless supply of it in God’s storehouse, so fill your cup to overflowing with hope.

Hope draws its value from the person in whom one puts his hope. As believers, our hope is in Jesus Christ. He will never fail us. He will always be faithful to His promises.

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Holding on to Hope in a Hopeless World

“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines
the course of your life.” ~ Proverbs 4:23
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To be without hope is the worst place to be.  

Hope is the key to faith. Without hope, there can be no faith for future good.

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Scripture calls hope “the anchor of our souls” (Hebrews 6:19).  For faith to ignite, our souls must be anchored in hope.

But what hope?

There is only one hope that will anchor our souls. That hope is Jesus Christ.

“In Him we live, and move, and have our being” (Acts 17:28).

Is your hope anchored in Jesus Christ? 

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How to Anchor Your Soul on What Really Matters

“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines
the course of your life.” ~ Proverbs 4:23
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Inside every human being is a knowing that there must be more to life than we see. Otherwise, we would not strive to improve our lives.

Where does this knowing come from? It comes from a subconscious intuition that the human race was originally created perfect but then fell.  On a subconscious level, we know that we were destined for something far better than what we have experienced because of sin.

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The Good News of the Gospel is that Jesus Christ came to restore us to our original state of perfection. When we accept Him as Savior and Lord, we enter into the original realm of our creation. We return to the Garden of Eden–the realm of supernatural perfection.

As we follow Him and as we enforce His will and His Kingdom in the earth by the power and authority of His Blood, we move more and more into that realm of supernatural perfection. One day, after we leave this earth, we will totally enter that supernatural realm in its full perfection.

“This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls” (Hebrews 6:19).

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