Sunday, December 30, 2012

Joy & Hope: Faith Declarations

The joy of the Lord is your supernatural strength.  As you trust in the God of hope, He brings joy to your circumstances that extends way beyond your feelings.  Hope is the confident expectation that your joy will be full.

1. I am overflowing with joy and peace as I trust in the God of hope.

Romans 15:13
Isaiah 55:12
Psalm 28:7
Proverbs 12:20
Romans 14:17
Galatians 5:22

2. I am placing my faith in God's Word against feelings that steal my joy.

John 16:22
Ephesians 1:13
2 Peter 1:5-8
3 John 1:3
Acts 3:16
Romans 1:17
2 Corinthians 5:7

3. I have the same attitude of hope for others that Christ has for me.

Romans 15:5-7
2 Corinthians 5:16
Philippians 2:5
Ephesians 2:10
John 20:29
Acts 10:15
Acts 11:16-18

4. I am exchanging lies for the truth about God, myself, and the world.

John 4:23
John 16:13
2 Corinthians 10:5
Ephesians 4:15
2 Thessalonians 2:13
1 John 1:6
1 Timothy 3:9

5. I am growing in confidence through the gospel that grows inside of me.

Psalm 27:3, 13
Philippians 1:6

A faith declaration is like preaching to yourself.  Every time you stand on the promises of God by speaking them out, you build yourself up in the most holy faith (Jude 1:20).


My heart was super heavy and burdened by family problems last weekend (right before Christmas, perfect timing!), which made me feel dull and I was also experiencing headaches (which is abnormal for me; its only when I'm overcome with illness that I experience headaches) and meditating on these faith declarations helped me quite a bit because God's Word is life.  It's not like I was feeling down and then after reading these verses and truths and I literally felt strength and more positive emotions flow through my being, but rather it was the act of meditating on promises from a God who actually cares about my life that helped me remember that there's someone out there (satan) who will continually try to kill, steal, and destroy what God has already given to me.  BUT, God is greater.  8^D 

These points and verses were printed on cards and given out at my church at the beginning of the month, but I didn't look at them until recently.  The links to the verses are in NKJV and NIV because I've been using those translations recently. 

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