For many years, I was an extremely negative person. I could walk into a room and pick out the one small detail that was wrong, like the wallpaper in the corner that was slightly peeling. I saw what was wrong with everything!
The reason for this attitude was that I had been abused for many years throughout my childhood, and I’d experienced a lot of disappointment. When Dave and I got married, I was 23 years old, and I couldn’t remember a time I had ever been really happy.
People who have had a tough time in life are often afraid to expect anything good because they don’t want to be disappointed and have to deal with the pain it brings. But I know from personal experience that if you’ve lived with this mindset, you can make a change—with God’s help—and live with hope!
I know this is true because in John 10:10 (AMP), Jesus says, “The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance [to the full, till it overflows].” If we will trust and believe in Him, we can have abundant life in Christ.
Believe It Before You See It
I sometimes say that we are the “show me” generation—we want to see it before we believe it. In fact, most of us have a hard time believing that God is working on our behalf until we see something happening with our natural eyes.
But that’s not how God operates. He works behind the scenes. You may not see anything happening, but do you believe God is working on things in your life right now? Do you believe He’s got a plan to help your children, your marriage, or those things you’ve been praying about for years?
Jeremiah 29:11 says that God has a good plan for your life “to give you a future and a hope.” In other words, God is looking for an opportunity to be good to you!
Maybe it’s hard to imagine yourself as a positive, faith-filled person, full of hope. If so, I know exactly how you feel! Some people are simply afraid to hope because they have experienced so much disappointment and don’t think they can face any more pain.
But that’s okay, because God is “the God of hope,” and He wants to “fill you with all joy and peace in believing [through the experience of your faith] that by the power of the Holy Spirit you will abound in hope and overflow with confidence in His promises” (Rom. 15:13). With Him, it’s never too late to start believing, anticipating, hoping and expecting.
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SOURCE: Charisma News