Overcoming Pessimism With Biblical Hope (Sent Mon, Nov 24, 2014)

Pastor encouragement from Steve Backlund
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Dear Mighty Leader,

Greetings from Australia! I want to release biblical hope over you - it is one of the most important leadership qualities we can have. It is vital in this hour when a stronghold of pessimism wants to dominate the thinking of our people.

A Negativity Fast is one of our favourite prescriptions for breaking off pessimism.

3 Steps to Overcoming Pessimism

Pessimism results from believing lies instead of truth, and often results from lack of radical encouragement in our environment. Building a value for encouragement gives people permission to hope, frees them from negative thinking patterns, and releases them into empowering and truth-filled beliefs.

1. Declare Life Over Dry Bones Situations!

In Ezekiel 37 God shows the prophet a vision of a valley of dry bones and asks a simple yet profound question, "Son of man, can these bones live?" The Lord responds to Ezekiel by stating "Prophesy to these dry bones and say to them ... I will put breath in you, and you will come to life!"

Wow, not only does the Lord desire to bring life to dead places, but He wants to use us as His method of doing so.
"Pastor, can the dry bones in your ministry, family, and nation live?"  When we declare life over ourselves and those who we are leading it is inevitable for hope to arise!

2. Build People, Not Programs - Family First 

We as leaders are empowered by God to create an environment where people can thrive in life, ministry, family, and fulfillment of dreams. People will rise up to our level of beliefs in them. Programs are a great outlet for people to express their talents, but it should never determine the success of our ministry. Christ has called us to function as a family. Families grow together, build together, and hope together.

3. Fuel Our Faith - Patience in the Promise

Abraham was given a promise that looked impossible - numerous descendants and a barren wife. It would be easy to allow pessimism to creep into his thinking, but instead he does something completely opposite - He believes (Romans 4:3). Abraham renewed his mind with a promise from the Lord.

Pessimism has no place where hope was alive in the mind of a believer. 1 Peter 1:3 states that we have been given a new birth into a living hope! Faith enables us to hope, hope enables us to believe, and belief in the promises of God will demolish any stronghold of pessimism.


This video is a good reminder of how we combat pessimism through our words 

Blessings as you create a culture that demolishes pessimism and instills hope filled optimism over the people you are leading!


Steve Backlund


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