In the early 90’s, I (Steve) was reading Francis Frangipane’s book The Three Battlegrounds. I was forever changed when I learned from this book that “every area of our life not glistening with hope means we are believing a lie, and that area of our life is a stronghold of the enemy.” This truth is reinforced by Romans 15:13 and Hebrews 10:23.

Hope is the confident, joyful expectation good is coming. It is an overall optimistic attitude about the futurebased on the goodness and promises of God. A perspective of hope is one ofthe main indicators of Christian maturity (see Romans 5:3-4). If there will be breakthrough and change, someone has to have hope. We believe our hope level determines our influence level, and we believe there are no hopeless circumstances, only hopeless people – and once people get true hope the circumstance cannot stay the same. A lack of hope means we are believing a lie. It is key for us to know we are being deceived in the area of life we have hopelessness. That recognition is the beginning of the journey to let go of lies and believe truth, so we will be free. 

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