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