Lately, I have sensed a rise of hopelessness. Not only in non-Christians but in the church as well. I can understand why many feel this way. It seems the battles have been unending for years now. When we think things in our nation can’t get any worse, they do. When we feel we have overcome a challenge or a battle, it appears another one is right behind the last one.
Have any of you felt this way?
I heard someone say recently that 2022 held great challenges but they wouldn’t follow us in 2023 – that has not been my experience. However, I still believe I will see the goodness of God in the land of the living. I believe you will as well.
The Bible tells us in Daniel 7:25 it’s Satan’s job to attempt to weary the saints of God. How does he do that? By speaking words against the Most High God.
What does that mean? It means if you are standing in faith for healing, Satan will harass you and constantly invade your mind with lies against the Word of God until you are worn out from the fight. He will say things like, “You are not going to get healed, look, all the symptoms are getting worse and worse.” Or “Remember last time you believed for healing, it didn’t happen and it won’t happen this time either.”
Perhaps you are working on getting out of debt. You are faithfully tithing and giving as God leads. Then, out of nowhere you lose your job or get an unexpected bill. The devil begins whispering in your ear saying, “See, that giving doesn’t work, now you have more bills and less money.”
Or you are believing God for your wayward children to return to serving God. While you are praying with all your heart, they appear to be going the opposite direction. Weary, you want to give up and stop praying but don’t!
If we continue to listen to the devil without declaring the Word of God over our situation, we will become weary. Once we become weary, hopelessness is close behind.
How do you know if you have slipped into a place of hopelessness? Well, you may say or think things like…
Things will never get better. I don’t see things ever improving. There is no point in praying or believing anymore. I only see things getting worse in the future, no matter how much I pray.
If you are thinking things like this, even only in your heart, you must come against hopelessness. We cannot afford to lose hope. Hope is vital to the life of a believer – hope is the force that drives us to continue to fight for change; hope is what keeps us from retreating when things appear impossible.
Hope is not a feeling – it is a mindset. Therefore, we have everything we need in the Word of God to change such a mindset. How? By renewing our mind to the Word of God and His promises, which will cause hope to come alive again. Thankfully, the Bible is chocked full of hope.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. Romans 15:13
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. 1 Peter 1:3
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11
This is only a few scriptures concerning hope, there are many more. We must take these scriptures and combat the feelings and thoughts of hopelessness. When those thoughts come to mind, we must speak the Word of God over our situation, which renews our mind to the truth. We also must resist the devil and his lies. When we do, the Bible tells us he will flee from us.
My friend don’t allow hope to slip away. God is faithful. He will do all He has promised. Our job is to stand firm until we see the fulfillment of it. Our part is to trust in His unfailing Word and remember, in Him, we always have hope. Nothing is impossible with God.