0:55 Why You Should Get Your Hopes Up About the Future
9:52 Is Fear Holding You Back with Patsy Clairmont
39:44 Stop Guarding Your Heart
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We’re continuing our journey to get back to you today with Part 4: Knowing Where You’re Going. We’re going to dive into what God says about your future. Then the always amazing and hilarious Patsy Clairmont joins us to share her valuable wisdom. Finally, we’ll take some time to journal and work through what this means for our lives. Let’s go!
Why You Should Get Your Hopes Up About the Future
“You don’t have to guard your heart with me.”
That’s what God told me one Sunday morning in church as I kept trying to push back something I wanted so badly. It felt selfish, and it felt greedy. So, I kept pushing it away.
And there, as I was worshiping in church, I felt this gentle whisper: “Get your hopes up? I’m the God of hope.” In the middle of that moment, I was truly transformed. And it wasn't about getting what I wanted. It was about understanding how God feels about me, my heart and my desires.
So, get your hopes up. He created your heart. He knows what to do with every desire He’s given you. And He knows what to do with every broken piece when you're disappointed. He’s the God of hope. There’s something so powerful that happens when you own your desires, open your heart, and are honest with God about who you are and what you want.
Is Fear Holding You Back with Patsy Clairmont
I’m so excited because today, I’m sitting down with one of my favorite authors, speakers, and Bible teachers, Patsy Clairmont. I love her, and I know you will too. Patsy and I covered a lot of ground, but here are some highlights:
Stop Guarding Your Heart
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” — Romans 15:13 (NIV)
Our God is a God of hope. Of course, we should get our hopes up because our hope isn't in ourselves. It's not in our circumstances or our situation. Our hope is in God, who is the God of hope. You don't have to pull yourself up by your bootstraps. You don't have to be a good Christian, check all the boxes, or do your Bible study every day for God to meet you where you are and fill you with hope. You and I have every reason to get our hopes up because our God is the God of hope. And through the power of the Holy Spirit, we can actually overflow with hope.
Take some time to sit and pray and answer these questions: