Increase your HOPE today!
 
Hello, Livin' Lively Ladies! What an amazing several weeks I have experienced! I truly have been through some deep valley's and I have had touches of God that literally took me to His chest of comfort. As I was facing some battles, decisions and pain I was also struggling with my hope. It occurred to me as I was praying over many of you that you too have wrestled with the feeling of hopelessness. I pray that today's devotion will increase your hope and will bring you deep encouragement.
 
Last week I defined hope as, "to believe, desire, or trust." But today I offer you a new and fresh revelation of what God has shown in my own personal journey these last two weeks. God has been stretching my definition of hope to this, "knowing that God will not only get me through to the other side but victory will be seen over all of the challenges!" Incredible! So as I write to you today these are my personal hopes: that my health sees victory, my purpose for the Kingdom is clearly defined and realized, that my personal finances and provisions are more than enough to give away, and that my life will be used to save millions of the lost bringing them into relationship with Jesus Christ. So as I walk this out in my mind, body, soul, spirit, and heart-- I wait expectantly in faith and in hope that God will provide victory in all of these areas!
 
"For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope." (Romans 15:4)
 
My challenge this week is: list what stands in your way of hope-- do you need healing, do you need direction for the purpose that God has uniquely designed for you to do here on earth, do you need a job or financial breakthrough? Whatever you are challenged with or tries to stand in your way to experiencing God's best  - write it down. Next write down the lie that the enemy is telling you about that situation. For example, if you are sick, write down that the enemy tells me I will not be better.  Then, write down the scripture that reveals the devil's lie to you. 1 Peter 2:24, "who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness-by whose stripes you were healed."
 
THE TRUTH OF GOD'S WORD WILL SQUELCH THE LIE OF THE ENEMY! Then next to each thing listed, write the promise from God that answers your need and declare victory over it. In our example you state, "I am healed through the stripes of Jesus!" Trust God with all that you are and HOPE in Him! God will not fail you! God will not let you down! YOU already have the victory because Jesus Christ died and was resurrected to heaven giving ALL of His believers final victory-- so claim your victory in a greater HOPE today!
 
I ask you again to  join hearts as we pray for our country and for unity! Also, I will be praying for all of you this week! I love each of you!
Please send me any prayer requests that you may have. I would love to hear your thoughts on what this message meant to you.
laine@livinlivelywithlaine.com
 
Have a Lively week!

Livin' Lively with Love,

Laine Lawson Craft