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hope in christ

15 of My Favorite Hope Quotes

“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. 

  1. 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. 
  2. 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).
  3. 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. 
  4. 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. 
  5. 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.  
  6. 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).
  7. 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. 
  8. 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. 
  9. 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. 
  10. 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. 
  11. 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. 
  12. “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.”
  13. 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. 
  14. 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.
  15. 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.

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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.