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Tis Your Season of Hope – Words to Live by

Dr. Lonnie G. McCowan, pastor of Miracle Center of Ventura

By Pastor Lonnie G. McCowan

As we find ourselves a few days into the last month of the year—and as the holiday season rapidly ends, with Christmas being over for another year and we get our life back to “Normal”—it can become increasingly difficult to stay focused.

For many millions of people, going back to “Normal” means  increased demands of our workplaces, churches, the volume of social or school activities, combined with cultural and traditional expectations of all kinds can feel draining.
Parents and professionals struggling to keep up can feel as if they’re sliding down a slippery slope off a cliff into the New Year, rather than victoriously reaching the summit of all they’d hoped to achieve in the current one.
Don’t lose your footing. Find your place of strength. Take time to identify those things that anchor your soul. Hebrews 6:19 speaks of the immense power of “hope” to anchor our souls. Ask yourself: “What am I hoping for this season? How am I hoping to end this year and begin the next?”

At its essence, hope is simply a positive expectation. Consider for a moment what it is you are truly expecting. Are you expecting more peace? More joy? More freedom?

In the midst of everything else pulling on your soul, be mindful of the One Hope and main reason for the season at hand—“grab the promised hope with both hands and never let go. It’s an unbreakable spiritual lifeline, reaching past all appearances right to the very presence of God” (Hebrews 6:19 MSG).

This is the Season of Hope—of Great Expectation! It is where you should find your strength, not lose it! Don’t neglect the life of your soul by allowing it to go hungry—fuel your hope and find your place of strength!

As Solomon observed in the Book of Ecclesiastes, too often “we work to feed our appetites…while our souls go hungry” (Eccl. 6:7).
Make it a priority each day after all we did just  have to the biggest celebration of the year—the coming of Christ and the promise He brings of peace, joy, healing, freedom, and abundance—to guard your heart and nurture the life of your soul. Move forward from a position of strength.

Hebrew 6:19 AMP: [Now] we have this [hope] as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul [it cannot slip and it cannot break down under whoever steps out upon it—a hope] that reaches farther and enters into [the very certainty of the Presence] within the veil. I want to encourage you to dig deep, find your second wind, and run hard toward the finish line!

As we head into the last stretch of 2013, —keep the joy you have worked and longed for throughout the year before you. I think of Christ shortly after his birth he had to start preparing to end His earthly ministry by focusing on the joy set before Him—the great anticipation He carried in His heart for the better season to come.

What does your better season look like? What can you be doing now in preparation for the greater things to come?
This is a “season of looking forward and waiting for something greater.”

Again, I ask you, “What are you preparing for? What are you looking forward toward? What is your ‘something greater’?”
How you respond to the challenge in the coming season of your life, it will determine what you become after the game…a winner or a loser.

End your year strong! Keep pressing toward that high mark! Run the race set before you with increased determination the closer to the finish line you come—in the final stretch you will pull ahead to win! Don’t forget put God first in everything you do live your life with passion and I will see you at the top!

Lonnie G. McCowan is pastor at The Miracle Center of Ventura, in Ventura, CA. He can be contacted through email at lonnie100@msn.com or by visiting www.miraclecenterventura.com.

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