What’s the cure for hopelessness?
“Well, how can I have hope if I’m already hopeless?
I’m just at the end of my rope...all my hopes have faded away.”
Many people confuse hope with wishing.
They are wishing for a certain thing to happen, something they really really want. Eventually they wear themselves out. Remember the famous nursery rhythm “I wish I may, I wish I might, have the wish I wish tonight?” These are words that carry no spiritual power but rather are empty idle words.
FAITH, HOPE, AND LOVE
“And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.”
(1 Corinthians 13:13)
Faith, hope, and love are foundational to everything we do and have in our lives.
When all three of these living spiritual forces are correctly in place, a Believer will go far beyond a ho hum, mediocre life.
Faith is a spiritual substance that our Father used when He spoke the worlds into existence. (Hebrews 11:1-3) But before He spoke, Father had an earnest desire for the heavens and the earth. (Genesis 1:1)
If Father didn’t begin with hope, His faith would have been dormant.
Hope is like the blueprint that faith needs to produce the desired end result.
It is intense, earnest expectation for something. Hope gives faith the picture.
Bible hope always comes as a result of hearing and believing God’s Word or promise.
Hope (intense expectation) is the bridge that faith travels on to bring God’s promise to pass.
Example: You need healing. You heard that Jesus Christ took your sins, grief, sickness, sorrow, pain, lack, poverty—and by His stripes you were healed. (Isaiah 53:4-5)
Your spirit takes hold of that promise and says, “That’s mine! Jesus died to give me health and life!”
The blueprint or earnest expectation is released. You see yourself going about free and healthy. You believe you received. You praise God!
Faith is the substance of what you hoped for.
Hope has its root in the promises of God...not “hopin and a wishin” for something to change. Worldly hope is like a balloon full of hot air with no destination—empty of substance!
It did not originate from God’s Word so it is not spiritual, but carnal. (See Romans 8:5-8)
THE GREATEST OF THESE IS LOVE
God is love. (1 John 4:8)
All things originate in and from Him.
When God said “Let there be light,” there was light! Love infused faith with life substance which hope desired to see. Faith works through love. (Galatians 5:6)
If love leaves faith...it puts a kink in the system. Love God, love others...forgive quickly.
If you’re hopeless... you are probably Word-less.
Most likely circumstances have taken you over and your thoughts are running around like a herd of wild mustangs. Hope is an anchor to the soul. (Hebrews 6:19) The anchor is produced by God’s Word!
If you’re too much into worldly living and spending no time in fellowship with God in His Word, you are going to eventually become like the world...hopeless, without the anointing of God, without His Word, wondering...
“God where are you?”
This is that... which long-term backsliders can expect.
“But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them.” (2 Corinthians 4:3-4)
Instead, take your medicine: Read Joshua 1:5-9 every morning for 21 days.