Recently I was thinking about Hope and how easy it is to hop onto downward spiral of hopelessness with the chaotic political climate in our world. As believers in Christ we are supposed to be in the world and not of the world but how do we remain hopeful in a very challenging world?
What is Hope?
What is hope? Do you ever find yourself telling another person that “you hope things work out for them” or “you hope they have a good day”? Do you consider yourself a hopeful person? Do you actually believe that things will work out for good or do you just say it out of habit?
Romans 5:3-4 (NKJV) says that as we glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulations
Several factors influence our belief that God is a loving God. If your earthly father (or a male authority figure) abused you, was angry with you or loved you based on your performance, we tend to fear God and not believe His unconditional love for us. We tend to transfer both the strengths and weakness of our earthly father to our Heavenly Father. If
For believers to have a joyful expectation of something good happening, we must first believe that Father God is good and that He loves us. The love of Father God is the foundation on which hope stands. It is easier for people to believe that God is sitting up in Heaven like Zeus with his lightning bolt ready to strike us if we do wrong. Another common misconception is that He is a taskmaster with a checklist and He checks off when we do enough or act the right way. Sadly, many people combine the two views as see God as Zeus with a checklist.
4 ways to have hope in hopeless situations.
H – Heart
What is the state of your heart? Have life events caused you to be jaded and not believe that you are worth loving? Do you tend to shut down and block people out of your life in order to protect yourself? If so, spend some time with your Heavenly Father. First John 3:20-21 says that if our hearts condemn us, God is greater than our hearts and knows all things. If our hearts do not condemn us then we have confidence in God.
When we are tempted to believe that we are not worth loving or that no one will ever love us remember what God says about you, remember He is greater than our hearts and knows ALL things. Zephaniah 3:17 says that God rejoices over you with singing, can you envision that? Zechariah 2:8 and Deuteronomy 32:10 say that you are the apple of His eye! Write down these truths from scripture and meditate on them daily. I write mine on index cards and keep them with me at all times. Instead of scrolling thru Facebook, I scroll thru scriptures and I know that there is no fake news in the Word of God!!
O – Overcoming
Do you know that we were created to be an overcomer? First John 5:4-5 says that “For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that overcomes the world – our faith. Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus in the Son of God?”
The Greek word most often translated ‘overcome’ in the New Testament comes from the word nike which means ‘to get the victory’. In Romans 8:37, Paul says that we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. Paul goes on to say in Romans 8:38-39, that he is ‘persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities. nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, ,nor depth, nor any other creature shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Choose to believe that you can overcome any situation because you can do all things through Christ!!
P – Perserverance
Merriam-Webster defines perseverance as a continued effort to do or achieve something despite difficulties, failure, or opposition. When life gets tough just keep on going! Some seasons of life seem to be full of trials and tribulations. According to Romans 5:3-4 tribulations produces perseverance and perseverance produces character and character produces hope. Paul says in 1 Corinthians 15:58 that we are to be steadfast, unmovable and that our labor is not in vain.
During these times of testing, I find the Psalms to be a source of both comfort and encouragement. Psalm 130:5 says that “I wait for the Lord, my soul does wait and in His word do I hope.” Psalm 40 is an excellent text for standing firm in your faith during trials. Psalms 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 are excellent prayers in times of despair. We must stand on the Word of God during times of testing, have our shield of faith in one hand and the sword of the Spirit in the other (Ephesians 6:14-18).
When you feel like quitting remember that we are surrounded by a great cloud of witness and we are to run with endurance the race that is set before us while keeping our eyes of Jesus who is the author and finisher of our faith. (Hebrews 12:1-3). You can do it!
E – Encounter
God did not design us to face troubles alone. So often we believe that it is us against the world and in the true American spirit, we try to be as self-sufficient as possible. Sadly this results in us isolating ourselves and believing that we are responsible for everything and everyone. When Peter jumped out of the boat to walk on the water towards Jesus, he walked on water as long as his eyes were fixed upon Jesus. When he took his eyes off of Jesus and looked at the water, he began to sink. During our times of
Spend time with Him daily. As I previously mentioned, I keep index cards with me so that I continually have scripture with me. Set a reminder in your phone to read scripture and pray. Mark off time on your calendar and make daily devotion a regular part of your day.
When life seems to be spiraling out of control, I say a simple reminder to myself that Beth Moore shared in her book, Believing God.
I have used this reminder for several years. Repeat the 5 phrases
listed below to refocus your eyes on Jesus and His truth rather than
what you see or feel.
- God is who He says He is.
- God can do what He says He can do.
- I am who God says that I am.
- I can do all things though Christ.
- God’s word is active and alive in me.
Whatever you choose to do, do it expecting for the Creator of the Universe to meet you – He always does.
My prayer for you is that the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing that you may abound in hope through the power of the Holy Ghost. (Romans 15:13)