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Grab a ray of hopePosted Friday, February 24, 2012, at 12:33 PM
As I look around me, I can see that many folks are feeling the pressure of challenges -- in all areas of their lives. Despite what we may be experiencing, we need to continue to believe God's Word. We cannot adopt a worldly mind-set, placing the world's way of doing things above God and His Word. He has the power to deliver us. No matter how impossible the task, we must simply believe.
So why is belief so important? I think of it this way -- if we do not believe, we have nothing to hold on to -- no hope for a better tomorrow.
To believe means to be fully persuaded of something. As we face tough times and face hard challenges, we must carry with us the belief that things will get better. We must have that Scarlet O'Hara "tomorrow is another day" attitude. For Christians, we must be fully persuaded that we have what God has promised us, even when we don't see it.
In fact, our very words should reflect what we believe we have received according to the Word of God. The Word of God says believers must call those things that do not exist as though they already exist.
When Jesus walked the earth, and when he left, he empowered us to look beyond what we see; to not be persuaded by our circumstances, rather, to be persuaded that we will be delivered from our current situations. He taught us to speak in faith and to not doubt in our hearts.
That's a good lesson for everyone, Christian or not.
When we believe, there are no limitations.
The problem seems to be that we believe too much in what we see, and not enough in what will be. In times like these, we should look for those things that give us hope; those things that draw us out of our dark places and pick us up from the mire; those things that allow us to set our feet on the firm ground of a promised brighter tomorrow.
That's my prayer for all of us today -- that we may look for rays of hope, grab hold of them, and believe until they come to fruition.
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Bob Stewart is pastor of Union Baptist Church. His long-running column ranges in topic from matters of faith to observations about life in Saline County, politics and the sights to see in travels throughout America.