Resourceful: Full of Resources

by Carolyn Hope

And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19)

There is a principle in the earth of seed-time and harvest. When a farmer plants a seed, something grows. Whatever is planted will produce its same kind but in greater measure. If someone puts an apple seed in soil and it receives the water and sunlight it needs, it won’t just produce an apple. It will produce an apple tree, which will then bear hundreds and hundreds of apples (which means thousands upon thousands of seeds) in its lifetime. This principle, this reality, is not about duplication; it’s about multiplication.

God is a multiplier. Give Him one specimen, and He’ll create thousands more, all of the same kind yet each unique. Jesus took five loaves of bread and two fish and fed 5,000 people with them. The Father sent Jesus as the ultimate Seed, the firstborn among many sons and daughters.

Whatever you have, whatever you give, whatever you sacrifice, cannot compare to the multiplied blessings you’ll receive in return. You are a part of a family that multiplies. The moment you became a child of the King, you entered into a glorious inheritance. You are a co-heir with Jesus, and you have an abundant amount of resources found in your Father. The King who owns the cattle on a thousand hills and holds the world in the palm of His hand has more than enough for you. There is no need too great for Him to meet. There is no lack too deep for Him to fill. There is no debt too massive for Him to demolish.

You were never called to live an empty, poor, lacking life. You have the right as a prince or princess to make full use of the resources available to you. All you have to do is ask and believe that they are yours.

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Powerful: Full of Power

by Carolyn Hope

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:13)

Believers have an immeasurable power within them. Every born again son or daughter has been given the Holy Spirit, the same One who raised Jesus from the dead. Resurrection power flows through our veins.

Often times, we take this verse out of context. Paul was not saying that we can do whatever we want, nor that we can go seeking conquest just because we want to prove ourselves. Rather, when Paul writes that he can do all things, it is in spite of the opposition he faced. In times of imprisonment, in moments of hunger and thirst, in beatings and shipwrecks and life-threatening situations, Paul could. He could endure. He could keep going. He could push through the pain because Jesus gave him strength.

This statement of power was more about perseverance than possibility. Your greatest power is not your own ambition, ability, or agenda. The strongest power within you is the power to withstand all that comes against you as you follow your King. When life gets hard, you can. When everything falls apart, you can. When others say you can’t, you can. Even in the times you feel like giving up, you still can.

Don’t believe the lie that you’re not good enough, strong enough, smart enough, or powerful enough. You are. That which God has called you to do, the mission He has sent you on, is something that you can do no matter what tries to stop you. You are full of an undefeatable power, and God’s plan for you is complete and total victory.

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Thoughtful: Full of Thought

by Carolyn Hope

Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy – meditate on these things. (Philippians 4:8)

The human mind thinks thousands upon thousands of thoughts each day. If you’re like me, you may feel that you’re constantly thinking, and can never shut your mind off. Even when ‘vegging out’ or sleeping, our brains are incredibly active.

If we think so much and so often, what are we thinking about? How much of an impact do your thoughts have on you as a person and your life? Here, in Philippians, we are instructed to think about things that are true, noble, just, pure, etc. Paul also writes to the Colossian church to “set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth” (3:2). It would appear that our thoughts are important; if they didn’t matter that much, why would Paul so specifically tell us what to think about?

I believe that God created human beings as thinkers. It is good and right to think, to dwell, to meditate, to ponder. That’s a very continual and consistent part of who we were made to be. However, what we choose to let our minds contemplate is very serious.

Don’t be afraid to ponder. Don’t deny yourself the gift of thought. Don’t feel that you have to rush through life, always doing and acting, with little time to stop and process. Let yourself be thoughtful – full of thoughts. Be intentional about what you think about. Focus on those things that Paul encouraged believers to consider. What is true? What is right? What is lovely and beautiful? Think upon such things.

If you find yourself thinking negative, draining thoughts, change it. Will yourself to redirect your mind toward truth and life. There is great power in your thoughts. Thoughts lead to words and actions, which then develop a lifestyle, which then creates a legacy. What kind of legacy do you want to leave? Start thinking the kind of thoughts that will put you on a path to such an influence and impact.

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Peaceful: Full of Peace

by Carolyn Hope

And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:7)

There is nothing quite like peace.

The peace of God goes beyond anything our minds can know. Some decisions aren’t made by reason or knowledge; sometimes, we must let peace guide us and lead us on the right path. When peace is present, everything feels right. Peace brings a smooth settling to a turbulent ride. Peace provides clear vision amidst swirling thoughts. At the sound of Peace’s gentle voice, chaos shuts up and confusion flees.

The peace that is within you is more potent than all the craziness of the world. Peace is like a rock underneath your feet, firm and grounded to the truth. Others teeter and totter, on the edge of disaster, but you can build a life and a home on the security of your peace.

Let your heart be guarded and your mind guided by the peace Jesus has given to you. You can choose peace every day, in every circumstance. There is no need to listen to fear; as a new creation, you are a free child who is perfectly loved by your Father. He has given you a perfect peace (see Isaiah 26:3). Walk full of the peace that belongs to you.

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Grateful: Full of Gratitude

by Carolyn Hope

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God … (Philippians 4:6)

Every request we make, every case we bring before God, is to be done with thanksgiving. We are to be full of gratitude when we stand before our King.

There is something about gratefulness that transforms our perspective (and our presentation). When we’re stressed, anxious, or feeling pressure, it can be challenging to be filled up with thanks. What I have found, though, is that when I make a choice to turn my thoughts to what I am thankful for, a flood of gratitude quickly sweeps over my heart. As I focus on the Lord’s faithfulness, the tension disappears, the fear fades, and the problems that once loomed so enormous shrink down to their rightful size, as less than a speck in comparison to the greatness of my King.

When you are full of gratitude, the way you see your situation radically changes. Your heart can be confident and sure in the fullness of thanks. My encouragement to you is to start with one. Find one thing you are thankful for, even if it’s as basic as the fact that you’re breathing. Then find one more, and one more, and so on. Soon, you will be filled to the brim with gratitude, and you can go back to the issues of life with a stance of victory.

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Living Full

by Carolyn Hope

Indeed I have all and abound. I am full … (Philippians 4:18)

The book of Philippians is one of my personal favorites. It exudes joy from every page and is full of cheerful instruction. It’s easy to write and speak in such a way when life is going well; Paul, however, writes this letter from a prison cell.

As highlighted in the verse above, Paul truly knew how to live a full life. He was complete and content in Christ. He always had more than enough within him to face what came against him.

This week, I’d like to focus on a handful of verses from Philippians chapter four and draw forth several ways we can live full lives. Jesus said he came to bring us a full, abundant life (see John 10:10). As children of God, we can live full of gratitude, joy, and peace, for starters. Over the next few days, my hope is that your confidence in your identity will rise and carry you into a deeper fullness than before.

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