When hope is lost


God of Hope

Hope? What hope? There is no hope. At least, that’s what some of us are thinking, right? Hope, for some people, doesn’t exist. They’ve lost all hope. They’ve lost all sense of direction, all purpose, and all expectation. Like the solar eclipse our country experienced yesterday, the circumstances and trials in their lives have blackened their view of hope.

How do you hope for what you can’t see and don’t believe is there? When hope is non-existent and you’re emptied of caring, what then?

Oh, my friend, be glad of this: The God of hope exists. The God of hope can and will fill you. There is hope because there is a God of hope.

Will you trust Him again? Will you trade your misery, your anger, your pain, and your disappointment for joy and peace? The hope you lack? He’s got it. He’s waiting and longing for you to bring your empty hands, palms up, to Him. If you trust Him in this, He will pour out hope until it overflows. Overflows.

When was the last time you felt overflowing hope, my friend?

You don’t have to be strong. You don’t have to be brave. You don’t have to be determined. God’s not asking you to come up with the strength, or the power, or even the desire. He’s already got that taken care of. This hope? It’s going to be poured out, overflowing, through the power of the Holy Spirit.

You? Your part, my friend? You have to trust Him. Trust Him because He, and He alone, is trustworthy. Today, right now, at this very moment, “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”


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Lies or love?

Satan comes only to steal, kill, and destroy. How much of your life has he stolen? How many of your dreams has he killed? How much of your faith has he destroyed? His lies have taken you captive for far too long. He is the father of lies. Lying is his native language. There is no truth in him.

Well, guess what? You don’t have to believe those lies. You don’t have to listen to him. You don’t have to succumb to defeat, discouragement, or disappointment. Stop swallowing the lies he is feeding you. Spit them out! Replace those lies with the truth. The truth is:

You ARE worthy.
You ARE loved.
You CAN do this. (With the help of the Holy Spirit)
You are NOT alone. (God is with you.)
You DO have strength. (GOD’S strength.)
It’s NOT too late. (This very second, right now, is the opportunity to start anew.)

I believe fear rests at the root of these lies. See, fear becomes the choke-hold satan uses to take you captive. He knows that if you believe the truth, you will be set free. The instant you choose to believe God is the instant satan loses his power over you. Remember, satan’s ultimate goal is to steal. Kill. Destroy.

And he does it all by lying.

Can you trust me on this? As one who was a former prisoner, a captive to lies? I know the fear. I know the lies. I know how hard it is to trust. But I also know the way out. I know who tells the truth.

Start meditating on God’s word. Speak truth to yourself. Satan is a liar, and it is IMPOSSIBLE for God to lie. The Liar offers death and destruction. Jesus offers life and deliverance. Fear or faith? Which one are you going to choose today? I know you don’t trust God because you have little faith. But little faith? Faith as small as this period (.) will sprout trust. And trust will grow that faith. And more faith more trust.

Lies or Love? Because that’s the difference. Satan and his lies, or God and His love. Satan’s already tried to convince you that God doesn’t love you, that if God really loved you, you wouldn’t be going through what you’re going through. But those are lies. You may not understand God’s purposes, but you can trust His promises. God’s word is true. Will you believe it? I’m praying for you, friend.


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