Paint Those Pictures!
Hope is a living thing. Paul says hope abides. To abide means to live. Only living things abide, so hope is a living thing and you have to guard it and nourish it with the Word of God. You have to feed it with the Word so it can grow. If youll do that, hope will paint a picture of Gods promise fulfilled in your life. It will give you an inner image of yourself healed and prosperous, with your loved ones saved, your marriage restored or whatever else youve been hoping for. Hope will paint that picture so clearly inside you and make it so real, youll begin to be blind to what you see on the outside. As you meditate on those inner pictures hope has painted with Gods Word, youll begin to believe you are what the Word of God says you are. Youll begin to realize youre not what the world says you are. Youre not what your parents or your friends say you are. Youre not even what you think you are. You are what God says you are! Youre the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus (2 Corinthians 5:21)! Let me give you an example: Youve prayed for your son to be set free from a drug habit. You can get such a clear picture of what that child is going to be like after he has been delivered that he starts looking great to you noweven though he still may be giving you trouble! Youll actually get to the point where you wont see what a challenge he is being right now, because youve seen him in Jesus with the eyes of your spirit. If youll continue to look at him that way and not let the devil shake you, if youll refuse to jump up in that childs face and tell him how sorry he is, one of these days that child of yours will look on the outside just like you see him on the inside. Hell be delivered! Thats what hope does. It is strong spiritual stuff! So how do you get some? You go to the same place you do to get faiththe Word of God. You bathe your brain and your spirit in that Word every day. You think about it all the time, wherever you are and whatever you are doing. You keep your faith tapes going. In short, you just keep feeding your spirit…and allow the Word to paint those pictures! Thats hope at work in you. Isaiah 19-21; Psalms 36-37 Hope surely and steadfastly anchors my soul. Hebrews 6:19
Scripture Study: 2 Corinthians 3:12-18