Prisoner of Hope

Luke 8:48 And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace” (ESV).

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*This is my little story of how God brought me hope and restoration. It happened 2 months ago.

I’ve been really pressing in to the Father, more than usual. My family has definitely been through a lot in recent years. Everything was starting to chip away at me. Slowly it’s as if there was less of me and more of someone I don’t know. I had a picture of myself walking through the rooms in my heart. With hesitation and pain I turned off the light, room by room. I peered into a now dark room, remembering the fond memories when the light was on. But, written in the hallway is “prisoner of hope.”

Zechariah 9:12 Return to your stronghold, O prisoners of hope; today I declare that I will restore to you double.

The hallway of hope. I was still holding on. A few weeks ago I decided to attend a prayer and worship service. Being transparent, I was singing the songs with little conviction. Too many rooms went dark. At one point the pastor called for those who want healing to come forth. I stood there at the front, as an almost last ditch effort to turn this all around. When the pastor finally got to me to pray, I could tell he sensed something. I never said a word. He was praying in the Spirit for a bit, then quoting scripture. After a couple of minutes he looked at me and said, “You need spiritual healing. You have it. Your step of faith is being honored by Him. Your faith has made you well.”

I sat back down, fighting back tears. I needed to get home soon, so I didn’t let the waterfall come. But it would have. When I drove home I felt God in a way I hadn’t before. He turned the lights back on. In each room he wrote “restoration.” But not just restored. Each room looked better than before. Restored and then some. Although I don’t understand some things, I am sure of one thing. God is good and He is faithful.

Today, I want to speak to that person that has turned off the lights in their heart. Reach out to God. Take that step of faith. He wants to turn the lights back on, heal you, restore what was lost and bless you. Remember John 10:10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.

We are prisoners of hope. Press in. God is there.

Luke 8:46-48 ESV But Jesus said, “Someone touched me, for I perceive that power has gone out from me.” And when the woman saw that she was not hidden, she came trembling, and falling down before him declared in the presence of all the people why she had touched him, and how she had been immediately healed. And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace.”

John 10:7-11 ESV So Jesus again said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. All who came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.

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