Hope to the World

Hope to the World

I love the song, “Joy to the World”. I remember singing it at Christmas in 1975 after I had become a believer in Jesus earlier that year. I finally understood what it and other powerful Christmas songs meant. It moved me so much. My eyes and heart were opened to the true meaning of the season. 

Then the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:10-11). My prayer is that you all will be gripped like never before by God’s gift of His Son Jesus. 

The birth of Jesus creates massive hope, not only for eternity but also for our lives here on earth. His life, death on the cross, and His resurrection create victory in this life as well. Through this victory, “He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins” (Colossians 1:13-14). And He “disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it” (Colossians 2:15). These truths bring great hope to the world for those who believe. 

I have just finished writing a book called Igniting Hope in 40 Days. It is a devotional with practical insights on how to access great hope for this coming year. We are using this book as part of our online devotional event, 40 Days of Hope, starting on January 3rd which includes a short video from me, declarations, and a coordinating verse to meditate for each of the forty days. This could be the best New Year’s resolution you could make for the coming year because what we believe is ultimately more important than what we do. You can find out more info here. 

Here are the titles for each of these catalytic forty days. I cannot tell you how excited I am about getting this content into the hearts and minds of everyone possible. 

  1. I Am Repenting to Glistening Hope
  2. Problems are Opportunities to See How Big God is
  3. There Are No Hopeless Situations: Part 1
  4. There Are No Hopeless Situations: Part 2
  5. Overcoming Pessimism
  6. Celebrate Progress, Not Perfection
  7. More Reasons to Celebrate Your Progress
  8. Promises That Ignite Biblical Optimism 
  9. God is Working Even When We Don’t See It 
  10. Wake Up to Good Beliefs
  11. Magnify God, Not the Problem
  12. Go Against the Flow of Unbelief
  13. Why You Can Be Radically Encouraged Now 
  14. Change Your Self-Talk With These Five Phrases
  15. Change The Channel 
  16. Staying on the Right Channel 
  17. Defeating the Crippling Effects of Perfectionism
  18. Overcoming Disappointment 
  19. From Victimhood to Victory 
  20. Key Targets for Victorious Declarations
  21. Kingdom Mindsets for Powerful Beliefs 
  22. Do Not Withdraw Your Faith
  23. Great Confidence in Hope Part 1
  24. Great Confidence in Hope Part 2 
  25. How to Have a Joy-Filled Day 
  26. 3 Things Not to Do When Feeling Like a Failure 
  27. 5 Steps To Radical Mind Renewal 
  28. 5 Lies About World Events
  29. “I’m Winning Too”
  30. Feelings Don’t Validate Truth, They Validate What We Believe
  31. Five Excuses of a Victim Mindset 
  32. The Lid is Off
  33. Should I Feel Good About Myself?
  34. Hope-Filled Bible Reading
  35. The Snoopy Anointing 
  36. 5 Life-Changing Beliefs 
  37. 4 Spiritual Reasons We Are Tired 
  38. 4 Ways to Defeat Passivity in Your Life
  39. Perseverance in Promotion
  40. Four Truths to Believe About Your Future 

Be blessed this Christmas and as you start the new year. We are praying great blessings over you and your family.

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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.

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