In Get Your Hopes Up, Joyce Meyer explores the importance of being joyful and hopeful every single day of your life. Many different circumstances attempt to steal our joy and leave us feeling hopeless that things are not going to get any better, and if we aren’t careful we will miss the happiness and abundant life God has planned for us. Joyce strongly suggested to readers that they must raise their level of expectation and she shares three practical ways. The first one is believing and having faith in God and His mighty written Word and believing His promises for you. For example, Isaiah 30:18 talks about how the Lord is longing to be gracious to us and He gives us mercy, peace, His love, favor, victory, joy, and much more. Throughout the book, she shared how we need to be prisoners of hope and how to be filled with joy.
One of my favorite chapters was entitled, “Identify and Eliminate Every “Can’t”. This chapter discussed the common lie many believers believe and declare over their own life. Joyce shared that we must eliminate and stop using the words, “I can’t”. In this chapter, she explained how Biblical characters struggled with making excuses as to why they couldn’t do what God was calling them to do. For instance, when God called Moses to set His people free from Pharaoh. Moses used the excused that he couldn’t talk well and God should send someone else. Another example was when Abraham was told he would be the father of many nations and that Sarah would conceive a child. Sarah thought she was way past her fertility years and it wouldn’t happen. As we all know, God was with them and through Him they were able to accomplish and do what He has called them to do. Joyce reminded readers that they can also do all things through God.
I would recommend this life changing book to anyone who is feeling hopeless and they are always worried about tomorrow being worse than today. I liked how Joyce encouraged readers to expect something good is going to happen today. I personally also believe that if readers would believe this powerful truth it will greatly benefit their lives. I loved the amount of scriptures she used to convey the truth behind her message of hope and expecting something good to occur in our lives. She even had a special section at the back of the book filled with even more scriptures.
I really resonated with the chapter called, “Look Up” because Joyce revealed that it’s critical to look up when we’re confused, frustrated, fearful, and hopeless about our life. She shared the potent passage found in Psalm 121:1-2, David knew his true help came from God. I liked how she shared that many people look unto our friends, our spouses, and ourselves to find happiness and contentment when we need to look unto God.
I have decided to take the 30 days challenge of hoping and expecting the best to happen. I encourage you to read this book also and to take the challenge! If you’re looking for an excellent book on increasing your level of joy and hope, then read this book!
“I received this book free from Hachette Book Group/Faith Works.”
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