Speaking Hope into My New Year

Jan 6, 2024

Your VOICE is your CHOICE.

“Worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.” (Rev. 19:10 KJV)

Feelings, often, are involuntary; but our voice is our choice. Everyday, we have the option to intentionally verbalize our thanks and our trust—our thanks for God’s proven power in our lives AND our trust in His promises. This voice is our testimony.

There’s no time like the New Year for focusing on intentional actions. It seems, at the start of each year, we are given fresh power with which to resolve to make change, fresh commitment, and needed correction in the course of our lives.

So we can start HERE: we HAVE the power to actively, directly, and intentionally resolve to prophesy HOPE into the New Year … and our future! We already have enough solid evidence of the past faithfulness of God to give us cause for a continuous stream of testimony to the power and love of Jesus. But giving intentional VOICE to that testimony allows us to prophesy FAITH (persuasion and confidence from our PAST) directly forward into our HOPE (anticipation for our FUTURE). It’s a powerful tool, but only if we CHOOSE to use it.

“Faith turns the promise (of God) into a prophecy. A promise is contingent upon our cooperation, but when we exercise genuine faith in it, it becomes a prophecy. Then we can move ahead with certainty that it will come to pass, because ‘God … does not lie.’”
– from Days of Heaven upon Earth

Lamentations 3:21-24 says – “This I recall to my mind (from my PAST) … therefore, have I HOPE” (in my FUTURE). “It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are NEW every morning: great is thy faithfulness. The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him.”

You may say, “But what if all I see in the past is hurt, and disappointment—the pain of shattered dreams and unanswered prayers? What is my testimony then? What is my hope?” Even if our memory is full of pain, God is still faithful. We must intentionally choose to focus on His faithfulness—turning His promise into a prophecy … “in hope of eternal life which God, who cannot lie, promised before time began.” (Titus 1:2 KJV)

Three things we MUST REMEMBER:
1. God is GOOD.
2. God cannot lie.
3. God keeps His promises.

When the pain from my past screams, “Remember ME!!” … what I MUST determine to recall, in spite of how I may feel, is that GOD IS ALWAYS GOOD! When the voices of broken dreams and answerless prayers seem to echo in the hollow void of my heart, I WILL choose to respond—on repeat—“GOD IS good! God cannot lie!! HE keeps every one of His promises!! I HAVE HOPE!!”

Hope finds the good in every situation. The Psalmist said, “It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes.” (Psalm 119:71 KJV)

“Faith does not say, ‘I see this is good for me; therefore God must have sent it.’ Instead, faith (and hope) declares, ‘God sent it; therefore it must be good for me.’” – from Streams in the Desert

“Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.” (Romans 15:13 KJV)

My VOICE is my CHOICE, and I WILL—and DO—intentionally choose to voice HOPE.

Prayer: Dear LORD, You ARE GOOD. Help me to focus on the FACT of Your past and present GOODNESS. Give me hope to prophesy Your PROMISES into every day of this New Year, knowing Your faithfulness is for NOW and forever. In Jesus’ name, Amen.