Choose to be fuelled by faith

I don’t know about you, but as much as I enjoy the celebrations surrounding Christmas, I’m always glad to get back to normal (whatever that means!). For a start, I think my waistline is grateful and, secondly, I love the optimism that surrounds the embracing of a new year! Maybe you don’t feel very optimistic? I encourage you today to choose feelings that are fuelled by faith: love, trust, joy, release; rather than hatred, pessimism, gloom or feeling trapped. We rarely choose the negative as a conscious decision, but we can easily and, often unwittingly, come under the influence of our circumstances, rather than unconditionally drawing our strength from ‘the joy of the Lord’ (Nehemiah 8:10). It’s a trap that many of us fall into at some point.

According to the letter to the Hebrews, in choosing hope, we are saying we choose faith. After all, ‘faith is the substance of things hoped for’ (Hebrews 11:1), and when we choose hope/faith in a Christian context for the future, we are declaring our trust in the Lord Jesus Christ, whatever the future may bring!