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Hopelessness

Hopelessness

By Jake C in Uncategorized on October 16, 2019

Hopelessness

The greek word for hopeless is yaash. It is a strong word and means despair. The definition is seen as Destitute of hope; having no expectation of good; despairing.

How can a Christian have no hope? It seems very hard to believe that anyone who calls themselves a follower of Christ could ever be without hope. As hard as it may be to imagine, it happens every day. I believe that our hopelessness is nothing more than a lack of trust in God. When we choose to listen to emotions, imaginations, and the voice of our enemy, we quickly fall deep into our own internal prison. We either believe in God or become slaves to our thoughts and victims of our adversary.

How can we find hope? What does the bible say?

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

If God’s plans for us are welfare and to give us a future and a hope, who’s plan is it for us to doubt and find hopelessness? Look, you have to stop right now and understand that a war is being waged on your mind. This is a daily battle over your thoughts. In one direction we can be led to freedom and hope and in the other torment and fear. The war being waged over your mind is either going to control you or set you free. The fact is, you have a choice in which direction you go.

No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation, he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure – 1 Corinthians 10:13

When you’re tempted by the enemy to doubt or worry, understand this, God always has an escape plan for you. You are behind enemy lines, you are in a panic and feel as if all hope is lost, just when you’re ready to give up on hope, God yells out to you “Over here,” and you look to see an escape. I believe that whenever we’re falling into doubt and panic, God is always leading us with a still, sound voice towards our exit to freedom.

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

If you notice in that verse, it says peace in believing. Think about that. Your reward for trusting God is peace, which also leads to hope. If we choose to believe in God and not our own emotions or thoughts, we’ll be set free from our pain and achieve his perfect hope in the hardest of situations.

For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery. – Galatians 5:1

There is freedom in the Lord. When you doubt, worry, or question the almighty, you give yourself over to the slavery of sin. It’s easy to let your mind wander, however, when we stand firm in our belief that God loves us and has plans for us to prosper, we will find peace and mercy leading us back to his loving arms.

If you’re struggling with doubt, please read the following proclamations out loud. When you read the word of God out loud, you are releasing the power of what he has said into your life. Jesus used proclamations to defeat Satan while being tempted during his fast. Before you read them, start with the words “For it is written,” followed by the verse. This will remind the devil of God’s word, which he can’t stand to hear. Remember, the bible is called the sword of the spirit and is our offensive weapon against the enemy.

Proclamations

Matthew 11:28-30
Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

Isaiah 40:31
But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.

Romans 15:13
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.

2 Corinthians 12:9
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

John 10:10
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.

Psalm 34:17-20
When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles. The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all. He keeps all his bones; not one of them is broken.

Fear

Fear

By Jake C in Fear on October 15, 2019

This is a prominent one for most of us. Life can be operating perfectly fine, and out of nowhere, we get hammered with some tragedy, and just like that, we begin to worry. Have you ever paused and ask yourself why you bother? Think about it for a moment, your whole life you’ve had downtimes and up times and somehow the bad times always go away.

If you know this, why bother ever worrying or being afraid of anything? Fear is just another word for unbelief. We have a hard time trusting God in those situations and allow doubt to destroy our peace. It’s one thing to take notice of the problem and deal with it accordingly, but it’s another to let the thoughts enslave you. Fear can cause us to make bad choices, lash out at people, and even make us feel sick to our stomach.

What does the bible say about fear?

For you did not receive the Spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.” – Romans 8:15

Fear puts us into bondage; another translation is slavery. When we become slaves to our thoughts, we allow the enemy to control us. The devil uses our emotions like a leash to guide us away from God’s voice and purpose. The alternative is much better in which we are adopted by our father and made free of our fears.

In 2 Timothy, we read the God doesn’t give us a spirit of fear. If it’s true, where else would that Spirit come from? I’m pretty sure you can figure that out. We have been given a spirit of power, love, and self-control. I find it fascinating that God provides us with a spirit of self-control. If we don’t have self-control, who are we giving that control to? This is where Romans spoke of a spirit of bondage. We must not allow ourselves to be enslaved by our enemy. How do we let the enemy take over control? By having fear.

How can we overcome fear? The bible gives us some pretty great answers. The most powerful weapon we have against fear is love. One big problem is many people think love is a feeling, it’s not! If we truly love we say no to our wants, our desires and follow Jesus.

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. – 1 John 4:18

When we look at the verse in 1 John, we can see that the one thing that casts out fear is our love. There is no fear in love. It also says that when we fear, we have not been made perfect in love. What is the solution? How can we be made perfect in God’s love?

The bible says love is of God, and God is love. Love is a fundamental characteristic of who God is. I believe that it’s our unbelief that pulls us away from God’s love and leads us to condemnation. If we believe in his word (Which is based on love), we have to believe that his ways are correct 100% of the time. If his ways are always right, what does God himself tell us about fear and how we are to deal with it?

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:6-7

We are given the exact formula on how to remove fear. How are we to be anxious about nothing? The first part is by prayer and supplications. We need to ask God, make our concerns known to him, and once we do that, be thankful for what we have.

This also goes back to the verse that says worry for nothing but pray for everything. God is telling you that in order to push fears away, you have to pray! Not only pray but be thankful for what you already have.. Once you do this, he will guard your hearts and minds against what? Fear, stress, worry, etc..

Pray (Make your request known)
Be thankful for what you have and will receive

Now let’s make some proclamations about fear. We are going to read these verses out loud and release God’s authority over our lives. Anytime you have fear, come back to the page and read the proclamations out loud and follow with prayer and thanksgiving.

Isaiah 41:10
Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

2 Timothy 1:7
For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.

Psalm 34:4
I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears.

Proverbs 29:25
The fear of man lays a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is safe.

Joshua 1:9
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Psalm 56:3-4
When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I shall not be afraid. What can flesh do to me?

Psalm 27:1
Of David. The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

John 14:27
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.

Loss

Loss

By Jake C in Loss on July 28, 2019

How Can You Find Hope After Dealing With Loss?

I don’t think there’s anything that hurts us more than losing someone we love. A child that’s abandoned by a parent, a husband that’s left by his wife, or someone we love passes on. Whatever it may be, a loss can make us feel hopelessness, heartbreak, and cause our entire world to turn upside down.

If you’ve recently had a loss in your life, this article should help you find some hope and comfort. Please send us a prayer request, and we’ll pray for you immediately.

When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles. The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all. He keeps all his bones; not one of them is broken. – Psalm 34:17-20

Peace That Passes All Understanding

You see, God is always near the brokenhearted. He knows when we are desperate for his hope and mercy. The Bible talks about a peace that passes all understanding. I believe that peace can keep us on our feet, even in the most challenging times.

And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:7

When you’re hurt, God can give you that peace. It says it will guard your heart and mind. How amazing is that? We can’t find comfort in people’s words, in magazine articles, or anything else. We must focus on Jesus and stay in his arms to have that peace.

God’s Power Made Perfect In Our Weakness

Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. – Matthew 5:4

God’s power is most potent when we are the weakest. I’m going to tell you right now. If you turn to non-christian books, other people or anything of that sort, you will not receive that peace. Only God can heal our broken hearts. God’s grace is always enough without the help of others.

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. – 2 Corinthians 12:9

I find this scripture to be more potent than anything else. It says if we boast gladly in our weaknesses, the power of Christ will rest about us. How do we get the rest of God to fall over us? When we boast of our weaknesses. We can turn to God and tell him, “Lord, I’m weak, I can’t do this, when I try, I only hurt more, please heal me Lord and give me your strength in my weakness.”

He Comforts Us At All Times

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as we share abundantly in Christ’s sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too. – 2 Corinthians 1:3-5

God encourages us to comfort one another. We can’t do this with our natural minds. We can’t take credit for any form of grace or peace. When we comfort those who are mourning, we have to lead them to the cross. We should pray with them, over them, and encourage them to read scriptures related to suffering. Notice that it says he’s the Father of mercies and all comfort. If he’s the Father of all comfort, nothing else will work. It doesn’t say he’s the God of most comfort, or, that others may also bring us comfort, it means he’s the God of all comfort, and nothing else will do.

Remind God Of His Promises

I want to point out; we can read scripture and remind God of his promises to us. Open your Bible and read scriptures out loud and tell God that he has promised us by his word, and ask him to now allow this promise to comfort you.

Let your steadfast love comfort me according to your promise to your servant. – Psalm 119:76

In this scripture, King David reminds the Lord to keep his promise that he has made to his servants. He asks that God gives him his steadfast love so that he may be comforted. Take time now to read scriptures that are related to comfort and ask God to keep the promises from his word. All we have to do is ask; He will provide.

King David confirms this again ins Psalm 119

This is my comfort in my affliction, that your promise gives me life. – Psalm 119:50

You see it’s Gods promise from his own words that can change any situation. Lord, you said it, now let your will be done through it.

The Devil Speaks Through Friends and Family

I must warn you, even when we need comforted the most, many people will play the role of evil. You’ll be offered bad advice, told hurtful things and also some will act as if you’re problems are a burden to them. The devil will always try to rob us of our joy, but God will not allow this to happen. He makes that promise to us in John.

So also you have sorrow now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you. – John 16:22

It’s so amazing that God says that no one will take our joy from us. We have to trust in this verse. We have to understand that even the enemy can’t rob us of our happiness if God has been allowed total control over our suffering. If someone says something hurtful, read the above verse out loud until it brings God’s peace over you.

I, I am he who comforts you; who are you that you are afraid of man who dies, of the son of man who is made like grass, – Isaiah 51:12

Again God makes a point to say that he is the one who comforts us, don’t seek this from people who can always let you down. Even the apostles allowed the devil to speak through them at times. The enemy can choose anyone to destroy our comfort and will enable them to speak evil things.

The Devil Even Spoke Though Peter

Let’s look at the scriptures when Peter speaks evil, and Jesus rebukes him.

From that time on Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law and that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.

Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. “Never, Lord!” he said. “This shall never happen to you!”

Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.” – Matthew 16 21:23

You see, even the closest followers of Christ have been used by the devil to do his will. This is why we can’t turn to anyone but the Father for all problems in life.

Make Daily Proclamations

Now, you are started to realize that only God can help you walk through this hard time. You can’t depend on anyone or anything else to bring you peace. I’m going to ask that you now make proclamations to the Lord to release his power of your situation.

The word proclamation means an explicit declaration of something. The Greek word means “to shout forth” When we proclaim the words of the Bible, out loud, we’re releasing God’s very spirit into that situation.

Let’s look at an example. If you are struggling with lying, you would perhaps open up to proverbs and read this verse out loud.

Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord, but those who act faithfully are his delight. – Proverbs 12:22

When you’re reading out loud the very word of God, you’re coming into agreement with what God himself has said about that problem. You are proclaiming his word and his power through that situation to defeat it.

Now, let’s read these verses out loud and watch as they bring you peace and comfort. Remind the Lord that he has said these words and he will keep them.

2 Corinthians 1:3-4
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.

Psalm 23:4
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

Matthew 11:28-30
Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

Psalm 119:76
Let your steadfast love comfort me according to your promise to your servant.

Now, We Pray For Comfort

Father, in heaven, you and you alone will bring us comfort. I pray that you draw me near to you and bring me the peace that passes all understanding. God, please keep the devil away from me, let your mercy flood every part of my heart and mind. God, you said that you would bring me rest when I am weak. I confess today that I can’t do this, I’m not strong enough, and I boast in this. Father, please keep those who seek to whisper evil away from me. Thank you, God, that when we ask for peace, you keep your promises. Thank you for restoring my hope and now Lord, I ask that your will be done in my life and my heart. In Jesus name, I pray, Amen!

Anger

Anger

By Jake C in Anger on July 16, 2019

What is anger and how can we overcome it?

Anger is defined as a strong feeling of annoyance, displeasure, or hostility. It’s safe to say that everybody’s had feelings of anger. What causes people to be angry? How does it affect our relationship with the father? Let’s dig into the scriptures and find some answers together.

Doubt

Doubt

By Jake C in Doubt on July 16, 2019

What Is Doubt?

If faith believes without seeing, what then is doubt? I’ve always said that doubt is like having belief only in evil instead of good. When we doubt, we’re giving power to evil rather than good.

The Spirit Of Heaviness.

The Spirit Of Heaviness.

By Jake C in Depression on July 11, 2019

The scriptures talk several times about the spirit of heaviness.  The first thing you need to understand is that you’re not dealing with a chemical imbalance alone.  The Bible talks about unclean spirits in several areas within the scriptures. Another reference calls them “persons without bodies”  These unclean spirits are sent to do the work of the devil himself. They can torment us, make us feel restless, hopeless, and even lead us to death.