For the hopeless

If you are hopeless today, this message is for you. We all get to a point where we find ourselves hopeless. No matter what we try, nothing seems to work. No matter where we turn, no help seems to be coming. I have been in the hopeless zone a few times. One time I was the king of hopelessness. I didn’t want to hear from God or to hear about God. I closed that door. I closed my heart. I closed my faith. I shut down my faith because I couldn’t understand why what was happening was happening to me. I had been a devoted Christian. I thought I was doing all the right things and going through ordeals was very unexpected. My trials felt like a slap in the face of my faith. It was as if I was being punished for being a Christian and the punishment was strong. I didn’t know what to do and what to think. I was very hopeless. In my mind staying in bed was the solution. However, my spirit had a different idea about how to deal with the situation and God was not out of the picture.

When we get our spirit used to the Word of God and we give it spiritual injections through prayer and praise, it will not let us down in times of crisis. The other great thing is that the Holy Spirit is in us since we are believers. Now, that doesn’t mean that the Holy Spirit is going to take over and push us in the direction of faith when things get hard. He is gentle and He gives us little reminders. When I was very hopeless, I didn’t turn to the Holy Spirit right away but my spirit knew I could do more. My spirit knew there was more. My heart knew that God could take me, little hopeless me and change me. I needed a change of heart. I need a dose of God’s love and God’s hope. I said a quick prayer. I didn’t feel like it. I forced myself. It wasn’t easy but it was necessary. If you are hopeless today, say a few words to God. Be very honest. Be honest about how you are feeling and what is going on through your mind. Don’t sugarcoat it. Let it rip. It is a good way to give it to God. Present yourself to God as the human hurting and aching being that you are. He will take it from there and help you out.

God is after your heart, friend. He wants you to express your heart and He wants you to turn to Him. Turning to Him even in doubt is a step in the right direction. I was hopeless but He put the hope back into my heart. How? I vented and prayed. I also told Him that I knew He was still God and that His hope wouldn’t let me down. Did I believe it? My heart did but my mind didn’t. At least I declared it and the more I said it, the more hope came into my heart. What I did was send God’s words back to Him. I listened to myself speaking His Word. Faith comes from hearing and hearing from the Word of God. In your hopeless season, friend, listen to the Word. Listen to yourself speak the Word. It will change your perspective and it will change your mind. The Word of God is the Word of the King of hope. His Word has power. His Word has power to bring back hope and to change your circumstances as you are being changed on the inside. Hopelessness is a bad feeling but faith is above all feelings and can sweep away all hopeless thoughts and emotions. Jesus, the author of your faith will take care of anything that is bringing you down now.

Friend, hope never leaves. Events and circumstances blind us to the truth of God’s hope. Trials and tribulations set a bridge between us and hope. God can bridge that gap so talk to Him. Talk to Him in the middle of your despair. He will assist you. He will do something for you. He will strengthen you and bless you. Not feeling hope and not having hope doesn’t mean that it is not there with you. It is and so is Jesus. He will never leave you nor forsake you. Stay encouraged! May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: Colossians 1:27; Ephesians 1:18; 1 Peter 1;13

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