Jeremiah 29:11

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

It has been said the greatest enemy to hope is forgetting the promises of Jesus. There have been so many times in my life when I’ve felt completely hopeless. I didn’t think I would pass a certain class, I wasn’t getting into the college I wanted, I continually got rejected for jobs, the list could go on and on. It is so easy to fall into hopelessness when life isn’t going your way.

But we must remember the promises of Jesus if we want to beat the enemy. If we believe the lies of hopelessness then the enemy wins and we instantly become ineffective in God’s kingdom. But God tells us throughout the Bible that he has a perfect and beautiful plan for our lives. He wants you to succeed and to give you hope, but so often we buy into the lie that we aren’t good enough and then all our God-given hope goes right out the window.

How do we fight hopelessness? Each person may need a different approach; but for me, I speak verses of hope over my life such as Psalm 3:2-6, I Cor. 15:54-58, and Rom. 5:2-5. I also talk with God and ask him to give me hope. Heavenly hope is so much more solid and life-giving than the earthly hope we chase which ebbs and flows with our moods and circumstances. Seek godly hope and know that even when life seems hopeless He still has a wonderful plan for you.

QUESTION 1. What do you do when life starts to seem hopeless? Do you continue to fight or do you roll over and let it take you over?
QUESTION 2. What kind of plan can you put into place to fight hopelessness?
CHALLENGE: Remember the promises of God. Have a plan of action to follow the next time hopelessness rears its ugly head.
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