Repost (2017) by Steve Backlund – Igniting Hope Ministries
(Laurie: When I first read this post in 2017 – It really impacted my life, and I have pondered often on the truth Steve Backlund shares. So now I want to bless you with this – It’s still true today in 2020!! )
In I Kings 19, Elijah ended up in a cave (both physically and spiritually). He was in a spiritual cave due to tiredness, disappointment, and fear. The main symptom of a spiritual cave is this:
What you feel is true is not actually true, even though it feels very true.
Elijah felt and believed he was the only godly one left, but God gave him a perspective upgrade by telling him there were 7,000 others who had not “bowed the knee to Baal” (I Kings 19:18). In other words, there was 7,000 times more positive things going on than what Elijah thought. (Even prophets do not always perceive things correctly).
God is extracting multitudes of people from spiritual caves right now. People are being healed of disappointment and are seeing that things are not as bad as they feel them to be. I believe even today God is doing 7,000 times more in the situations we’re facing than we think He is.
Most spiritual heaviness, discouragement, and depression come from believing lies, not from circumstances or physical ailments. As we replace lies with truth, we will increase in both our hope and our influence.
Here are five lies not to believe about 2020
Lie #1: “I am powerless over what is happening”
A victim mindset believes we are powerless to bring change unless circumstances around us change first. Those with this belief system will be hindered greatly in forward movement and influence. The promises of God obliterate victim thinking. “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful” (Hebrews 10:23)
Lie #2: “There is no hope for our future“
There is always hope. “Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” (Romans 15:13). My wife, Wendy, once asked the Lord, “Aren’t some circumstances hopeless?” She heard this response, “Wendy, I will give you permission to be hopeless about anything I am hopeless about.” Ha, we have never heard God say about anything, “I am hopeless about that.” Truly, there are no hopeless circumstances – only hopeless people. Once people get true hope, it is impossible for circumstances to stay the same.
Lie #3: “We are in the ‘end times’“
One of the reasons Christians do not have hope for the future is because of an “end times” view that things are supposed to get worse.
(Laurie: No-where in Scripture does it say things are going to get worse. Jesus teaches “just as it was in the days of Noah, so also will it be in the days of the Son of Man: “people were eating and drinking, marrying and being given in marriage” (Luke 17:26 – 27) People will be carrying on their daily lives as normal. )
An expectation of things getting worse is in contradiction to what we should believe will be the result of our praying, “Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10). We are not called to withdraw, but we are called to believe our prayers are working and that we are to “do business until (He) comes,” (Luke 19:13). This “doing business” is becoming engaged in society and causing improvements wherever we go.
If you want to be convinced more about this and that good things are coming, I suggest you read “Kingdom Horizon: Eight Reasons Why Earth’s Greatest Days Are Unfolding” by Robert Fraser.
Lie #4: “The devil is winning”
We may believe the devil is winning if we feed on the secular news more than on testimonies of what God is doing around the world. It may feel true that the devil is winning, but it is not true. Jesus said, “I will build my church and the gates of hell will not prevail,” (Matthew 16:18). Jesus gave assurance the devil will not win.
Lie #5: “I cannot thrive in life here, now“
Paul said, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13). In the previous verses he said he would be content no matter what happens. In other words, he is supernaturally empowered by God to be inwardly successful in all of life’s circumstances. He says he will supernaturally thrive in every situation. Those who believe they will thrive no matter what happens will thrive no matter what happens. Those who are waiting for better circumstances before coming alive and moving forward will probably never have the ideal time appear.
Remember – As you replace lies with TRUTH, you will increase in both hope and influence.
The best way to dispel lies is to replace them with the powerful TRUTH of Gods Word!
We are loved by a God of Hope – the God of the Impossible!
Have Hope for a wonderful rest of 2020!
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