After what the world has been through during 2020, I’m sure millions of people don’t just feel off kelter. Rather, it feels more like the entire world, as we knew it, has been displaced from its orbit. We are surrounded with hopelessness, devastation and faith-fatigue at unprecedented rates as the world collectively holds its for a breakthrough of some sort or the other. The enemy is counting on us to collapse under the weight of the losses and hopelessness. When life deals us its worst blows, wrecks relationships, and steals what we cherish most, we need to call on Jesus – salvation belongs to the Lord who not only conquered death but also hell and all its evils in this world.
Hope based on TruthAre you feeling weak or burdened, hopeless and discouraged?
To start with, we need to hope again. Hope changes everything. Where do we find hope? Hope and truth can certainly not be found in mainstream or social media. The “news” is saturated with hopelessness, discouragement and, bleak expectations for the future
I want to encourage you today to base your hope on the truth (Jesus is the way, the TRUTH, and the life). Are you feeling weak or burdened, hopeless and discouraged? Then there is good news for you: the end of your strength is the beginning of His – God promises that His grace (unmerited favour) is always more than enough for you – His strength is made perfect in your weakness. At this time when loss and heartache have hit millions around the world like a hurricane – we as followers of Christ can still have hope because in Jesus, we have a secure and eternal anchor for the soul. Our hope is in Christ and the truth we know about who He is, his healing and his salvation.
Which brings me to the pivotal issue that will set you apart from those who live in defeat – it comes down to one question: Are you a believer or a doubter? Choose faith today, be a believer. In the words of Brian Simmons, one of my favourite authors: “Jesus is not only your intimate Friend but the Almighty King arrayed in splendour. He’s the victorious Lord who overcame every form of evil and has called you to share in His conquest. He rose in glory and brought you with Him. His triumph echoes through the ages with lessons of God’s magnificent power, love and faithfulness. Look to Him. Look to this One who could not be defeated, even by the clutches of death”
Christ did not only come to save and redeem the lost, but He is the redeemer of any hopeless situation, He can infuse new life into any tragedy and turn it into triumph.
If your hope and faith are down to barely glowing embers, why not renovate your perspective?
Hold on to what you know is true about Him
Don’t ever lose sight of the indelible fact that we serve a GOOD and LOVING God and that He is always at work for your good, in ALL things (Rom 8:28). God has proved His love by giving us his greatest treasure, the gift of his Son. And since God freely offered Him as a sacrifice for us all, He certainly won’t withhold from us anything else He has to give (Rom 8:31-32). We serve a God who gives you beauty for ashes and the oil of bliss instead of tears (Isa 61:3). The Waymaker who will never leave nor forsake you. He is still the King of glory and still in sovereign control of every detail of your life. Let the resurrection power that is placed inside you infuse you with fresh perspective, lifting the shadows of deadly doubt and discouragement. Believe that God is worth trusting, that He is merciful and more magnificent than you can possibly imagine. And He will finish every good thing that He has begun in you – He is still the Alpha & the Omega. His Word is still as true and trustworthy as it’s always been and the God who spoke it is faithful – not a human that He should lie, change His mind or promise and not fulfil (Num 23:19)
Celebrate His faithfulness, isn’t that what being a believer is all about?The powers of darkness scatter when confronted with the praises of God’s people.
Choose to worship despite your circumstances
Today is the day for you to lift your head and remember who the God is you serve. Now is the perfect time to shake off that heaviness and clothe yourself with a garment of praise. Bring an offering of praise – declare the truth about God’s goodness and faithfulness as evidenced throughout your days. The battle is not yours but the Lord’s – praise Him for his victory before the victory ever happens. Get excited about what He’s doing because He is doing far more than you know. Celebrate His faithfulness, isn’t that what being a believer is all about? Pass through His open gates with a password of praise. Come right into His presence with thanksgiving (Ps 100:4). Focus on the ways in which God is still providing for you during this season of your life. Through praise and thanksgiving your perspective of both the present and future shifts to Him, fostering hope and faith. Praise helps us to focus on God and realize our need for Him, and thus turn the battle over to Him. When we do this, God will then bring Victory. Praise is a spiritual weapon.2 Chronicles 20, Psalm 8:2, and Psalm 149:5-9 clearly illustrates the power of praise. The powers of darkness scatter when confronted with the praises of God’s people
Let the weak say I am strong (Joel 3:10)
Call those things that are not, as though they were (Rom 4:17). Declare God’s promises over your life, speak in faith even while your desired breakthrough is not manifesting: don’t forget that you have the power of blessings or curses in the words you speak over your life (Prov 18:21) and you are called to walk by faith and not by sight. Remind yourself that you are more than a conqueror over the gloomy news headlines and that you can overcome all things, including hopelessness through Christ that strengthens you. Declare a restoration of your finances, your business, your marriage – “…after you have suffered a little while, He will restore, support, and strengthen you, and He will place you on a firm foundation.” (1 Pet 5:10 NLT). God promises to restore to you the years that the locusts have eaten – can you declare and hold onto these promises in faith?
Keep on hoping, keep the faith
Faith is the substance of things HOPED for, the evidence of things not seen (Heb 11:1). Where there is hope, there is faith, where there is faith miracles happen. Do not lose heart – choose which voices you listen to. When we listen to the voice of the problem more than we listen to the voice of the Lord, faith will always be an uphill battle. In Matt 9:29 (TPT) Jesus put his hands over a blind man’s eyes and said, “You will have what your faith expects” – what does your faith expect? Before you answer that question, examine your life: Has He not cared for and protected you? So, hope on. Hope gladly. Hope with certainty. Then let that hope infuse and inform your faith.
Father, I am astonished at the ruin that lies before me – I don’t know how to pray, words fail me. You’re calling on me to hold onto hope and faith, but to be honest, I’m battling to find it – only glowing embers remain. But you have the breath of life – breathe your life into me again. Breathe onto those embers, let your fire burn passionately within me again. Regardless of my circumstances and pain, I will continue worshipping you and declaring your majesty – my faith may be insignificant but it only takes a little faith to move a mountain – and worshipping you are my weapons of war against the enemy. As I lift my voice and declare your mighty works – the enemy scatters. Father, I’m calling upon you for a breakthrough – do something miraculous in my heart and life