Romans 5:3-5 (AMP) 3 And not only this, but [with joy] let us exult in our sufferings and rejoice in our hardships, knowing that hardship (distress, pressure, trouble) produces patient endurance; 4 and endurance, proven character (spiritual maturity); and proven character, hope and confident assurance [of eternal salvation]. 5 Such hope [in God’s promises] never disappoints us, because God’s love has been abundantly poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
When we start to feel more hopeful in life, we can expect the Devil will come and attack us so we feel hopeless. That’s exactly how the devil wants us to feel – hopeless. One obstacle is reminding us of our sins of the past. In order to progress and be hopeful there may be things we need to forgive and forget about in our past. We can’t do one thing that will change the past. What we can do is change is the hopeless attitude we have had for years about our past and our current situation and have an attitude of hope. The way out of any prison of past bondages and negative bondages is to have hope.
Jeremiah 29:11-13 (AMP) 11 For I know the plans and thoughts that I have for you,’ says the Lord, ‘plans for peace and well-being and not for disaster to give you a future and a hope. 12 Then you will call on Me and you will come and pray to Me, and I will hear [your voice] and I will listen to you. 13 Then [with a deep longing] you will seek Me and require Me [as a vital necessity] and [you will] find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.
God has a good plan for each and every one of us and it is never too late to begin again. It doesn’t matter what our past was, we are forgiven. It doesn’t matter where we are today, God will get us through it. When we sin tomorrow and we realize it and repent, guess what, we are forgiven. We have to live life knowing we will make mistakes and sin. We also have to have confidence knowing that God still loves us regardless of our mistakes. If he didn’t expect for us to make mistakes, he never would have sent Jesus. Don’t use your past as an excuse to stay where you are at and remain hopeless in life. You are not hopeless, you are hopeful. You have a God who loves you enough to send his son to die for you.
Today is the day to take hold and have hope for the good plan God has for your life! We can endure times of trail with hope and faith to overcome any obstacle that is thrown in our path.
Psalm 103:2-4 (AMP) 2 Bless and affectionately praise the Lord, O my soul, And do not forget any of His benefits; 3 Who forgives all your sins, Who heals all your diseases; 4 Who redeems your life from the pit, Who crowns you [lavishly] with lovingkindness and tender mercy;
If you would like to accept Jesus as your savior, and you are not quite sure how, it is as simple as saying a prayer to God letting Him know you are ready to accept Him into your life. Say this prayer if you would like to invite Jesus to live in your heart:
Father God, I love you and believe in you. I need you Lord and I am sorry for my sins and the way that I live. Lord, I want you in my life. I receive Jesus as my savior and Lord. I believe that Jesus died for me and rose from the dead. Lord take me as I am and make me the way you want me to be. God, thank you for saving me and being with me on my journey. I am looking forward to my journey with you Lord. I know you will equip me for my journey and I am glad I have you by my side as I walk this walk of Life. Thank you Lord, I love you. Amen