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Have you ever noticed that the area in which you’re most challenged is the very area that you’re called to? That’s what happens to me too. I’m a bringer of encouragement and hope, yet I have to really stay focused to be filled with hope in challenging situations. Here’s what our team learned in this area. It filled me with hope again!

We were listening to ‘Hope’s Anthem’ by Bethel Music (featuring William Matthews) and these words really struck a chord:

“My hope is in You God. I am steadfast, I will not be moved.

I’m anchored, never shaken. All my hope is in You”

…and this is the revelation we got:

 

An anchor can only be shaken when it is not firmly planted.

When you consciously plant your hope in God and not in other things, it will not be shaken!

Too often we pin our hopes on getting that job or meeting that special someone or achieving a certain goal. When these things either don’t materialize or don’t turn out the way we wanted them to, we tend to lose hope.

This has happened to me more times than I can count. Even though I have tended to blame God because I think He’s holding out on me, I now realize that it’s just because I had my hope anchored in the wrong place. I’m asking God to help me plant my hope firmly in His goodness, so that it won’t be shaken.

 

– All it takes is our ‘YES’

Yes – with all of our heart!

Rom 12:1 (MSG) says:

So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him

God gave us the gift of free will. It’s ours to exercise any way we choose. The beauty of a heart that is in love with Him is that we want to freely surrender our everyday walk to Him.  Once He has your ‘Yes’ – you’ll be amazed at the fruit that you and He will bear.

 

– We have all been given ‘5 loaves and 2 fish’.

Our job is to give of ourselves, our talents, our gifts and our ‘yes’ and surrender them to God. Then dream with Him about what is on both of your hearts. You will find that the very things that your heart burns for, His does too!

Our hope being anchored in His goodness and plans

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Our surrendered will

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Our offering of our gifts and talents to accomplish what He created us to do WITH Him

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A fruitful and deeply blessed life

 

So, based on these 3 principles, my prayers generally sound a little something like this:

Abba, thank You for who You are. Thank You for how good You are to me and that Your intentions towards me are kind. Thank You Jesus for coming to set me free and enabling me to live the life I get to lead. Holy Spirit, thank You that You are delighted to be with me during every part of the day. Thank You that for the astounding privilege I have of spending my day with You as we are ‘about my Father’s business’.

Today, I bring all of me to You. I put all that I am on the table and I thank You that You partner with me, so that together we’ll be the 100% we need to be in order to get Your ‘business’ done today. I am so excited by the adventures we get to have, the people we will bless, the lives that we will touch with Your goodness. Thank You that I get to live this day with You.

 

Action points:

  1. Remind yourself of how trustworthy God is.
  2. Surrender to Him.
  3. Co-labor with Him to bless the world.

 

Questions to comment on below:

  1. What ways do you use to remind yourself of God’s goodness?
  2. How do you co-labor with Him during the day?

Please share with us so that we can learn and grow together.


Lisa van den Berg hails from South Africa, via the UK, and has dedicated her over two-decade career to helping people achieve success. She has honed her skills in a variety of roles including systems implementation and management, coaching and mentoring, and customer care. She has worked for a wide range of firms from national IT consultancies to local not for profits, and across both business and church sectors.

Lisa is the Director of ‘Heaven in Business Online’ where she spends her time creating and sourcing transformative teaching and case studies on partnering with God at work, for the online Community. Lisa, and her husband Frans, live in Redding, CA