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Hope for the Hopeless

June 16, 2020 | Michelle Haswell

Hope for the Hopeless

by: Michelle Haswell

The world we live in is desperate for some sense of hope, and we carry this hope because the God of all Hope lives in us and desires to be seen through us.

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. Romans‬ 15:13‬ NIV‬‬

Have you ever looked at a situation and just felt like this is hopeless. I do not see a way out. Having been in the ministry for over 35 years, we have seen life at its best and life at its very worst. We have been confronted with situations that were really, ‘but God’.... and then He does!

Steve Backlund says, “ there are not hopeless situations, only hopeless people”

Even in death, in the loss of a loved one, we are still not without hope, because in Jesus we have eternal lives. We have seen marriages redeemed and healed because of His amazing Grace. We are not without hope.

In the natural there was no hope for Abraham to be a father of many nations. He was too old! The facts he faced looked hopeless, but Abraham chose to believe God above the facts. We should be informed about what’s going on but if the facts are our primary focus they can shake with our faith, because when they are not good they can bring a sense of hopelessness and fear.

“As it is written: “I have made you a father of many nations.” He is our father in the sight of God, in whom he believed—the God who gives life to the dead and calls into being things that were not. Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, “So shall your offspring be.” Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead—since he was about a hundred years old—and that Sarah’s womb was also dead. Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised.”

Romans‬ 4:17-21‬ NIV‬‬

Abraham considered the facts but he did not waiver through unbelief. He was fully persuaded that God would do what He said He would do. The world we live in is desperate for some sense of hope, and we carry this hope because the God of all Hope lives in us and desires to be seen through us.

So how do we stay hopeful, and faith-filled, how do we stay fully persuaded that God will do what he promised? Hope comes through what we focus on. Hope and faith in His promises and His goodness are determined by what we look at. Colossians 3:1 tells us to set our minds on things above, not on earthly things.

Right now the global church is set for another historical revival and we get to play a part in this. We are called and equipped to be a demonstration of Hope to the hopeless. We are anointed and appointed by the God of all Hope to tell the world that He has good plans for them, plans to prosper and not to harm, plans for HOPE and a future. When Jesus becomes Lord and Savior of a life, hopelessness turns into Hope, and we get to share this good news!

May you be reminded that you carry the message of Hope and you are called to usher in Hope to a dying world. Let’s choose to believe God and show the world the God of Hope.

“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.”

Romans‬ 15:13‬ NIV‬‬

Prayer

Lord, fill us afresh with hope today! Make us be men and women full of faith like Abraham, declaring and trusting that the One who promised will be faithful! We set our eyes on You and do not look to the right or left. Our gaze is fixed upon your goodness, your nature, your promises alone. Let us be conduits of hope to a lost and hurting world. Use us to accelerate your plan for sweeping revival across this globe!

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