Romans 8:24-25 "For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it."
According to Romans, hope is actually looking at something that you can't see. How do you do that? You do it by looking at the promises of God in the Word until with your inner eyes—the eyes of your spirit - a picture is formed.
I finally had to admit that as long as my inner image of myself was not what I wanted it to be, my outer self was going to match it. Remember, it's faith that changes things, and without the inner image of hope, faith cannot work.
I was thin when I was growing up, so I started to work out and see myself as big and strong.
I worked hard and trained hard and I started to get bigger and bigger and stronger and stronger.
It works the same way in the spirit. You have to read and read and pray and spend time with the Holy Spirit and you will start to see yourself big and strong in faith.
This is not something you can do overnight. It takes time. Especially if the inner image you're changing has been there for years. How you look on the outside may reflect how you look on the inside. But you can do it. Go to the Word of God today and begin to change the images inside you. Change them from images of despair to images of hope. Get a blueprint in your heart and your faith will build on it!
The Daily Bread
A devotional to equip, exhort, motivate and feed your spirit.
Pastor Larry Smoot is Senior Pastor of Church on the Rock in Stafford County, Virginia.