“Every area of your life that does not glisten with hope means you are believing a lie and that area is a stronghold of the devil in your life.”
When I first saw this quote in the writings of Francis Frangipane, I was launched into a life of igniting hope for myself and others. Over the years, I have developed my own quotes which I regularly use in messages and writings. Here are fifteen of my favorites. Each one is a gold mine of truth to be extracted for victorious living and catalytic influence.
- Hope is the belief that the future will be better than the present, and I have the power to help make it so – Improvements stop and excellence declines when there is no hope.
- There are no hopeless circumstances, just people who do not have hope – Our conclusions about what is happening are almost always more important than what is happening (consider the twelve spies in Numbers 13).
- Our hope level determines our influence level, and he who has the most hope has the most influence – It is very difficult to influence that which you do not have hope for.
- My hope level is the indicator of whether I am believing lies or truth – “Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
- My hopelessness about a problem is a bigger problem than the problem – If we try to change circumstances without changing our beliefs surrounding them, we will not see long-lasting transformation.
- I am not a proponent of positive thinking but of biblical optimism – “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful” (Hebrews 10:23).
- Hope is an overall optimistic attitude about the future based on the goodness and promises of God – Our future is as bright as the promises of God.
- Faith without hope is emotionally unhealthy, but faith with hope is catalytic – People of faith who do not embrace hope limit their options, but hope-filled people believe they have many options in life.
- God loves to partner with unreasonably optimistic people – We have not been called to be realistic but supernatural. We don’t deny the facts of circumstances, but we believe in truths higher than the facts.
- Hope is the safety net for when what we believe for in faith does not happen – We can still move forward because we know good things are ahead.
- The question is not how dry the bones are, but whether someone has renewed their mind enough to have hope and believe the bones can live – Whether it be nation bones, family bones, morality bones, financial bones, or personal habit bones, they are only waiting for someone with hope to speak life to them.
- “Steve and Wendy, I give you permission to be hopeless about anything I am hopeless about” – We believe we heard this from the Lord and never once have we heard him say, “Yep, I am hopeless about that. There are no solutions.”
- A lack of hope and joy is like the check engine light on your car – We don’t get condemned when this light is on, but it is a good indicator that something needs to be fixed.
- Increasing hope is the evidence that we are renewing our minds with truth, but decreasing hope is the evidence that we are renewing our minds with lies – Again, Romans 15:13 reveals this truth.
- After love, hope is the most powerful attribute in the lives of leaders and influencers – Of all the skills to learn as a leader, a perspective of hope is one of the most important.
ABOUT STEVE BACKLUND
Steve Backlund was a senior pastor for seventeen years before joining the team at Bethel Church in Redding, CA in 2008. Steve is a leader developer, joy activist, a revivalist teacher, and as Senior Associate Director, is a key part of the Global Legacy (a ministry of Bethel Church) leadership team. He travels extensively throughout the world encouraging churches and leaders and has authored a number of books.