Peace Family, what helps you to have hope?
Something that God has really been impressing on my heart lately, is that we as Christians can have hope despite living in a hopeless world. It’s easy to look at the world and circumstances around us and feel discouraged, or even despair. However, the fact is that those evils have no real, permanent power over us. We have Christ as our eternal hope and can always trust in him. We have hope for our futures, because we know that while we are alive, God will never stop his work in our lives (see Philippians 1:6), and we also have hope that there is life in heaven after our physical, imperfect lives in this world.
Anytime that you are feeling stolen from, your joy is killed, or your peace is destroyed, that is the work of the devil (see John 10:10). We can recognize that those are his methods. We can intentionally remember that we have confidence in Christ!
If you need to bolster your hope today, there are several things that you can do.
Remember to arm yourself with the armor of God: the Helmet of Salvation to protect our minds and thoughts, the Breastplate of Righteousness to protect our hearts, the Belt of Truth to surround our core, the Gospel of Peace to equip our feet, the Sword of the Spirit to help us discern and act, and the Shield of Faith to extinguish the fiery darts and attacks of Satan (see Ephesians 6: 10-12). Remember that (as my friend Hannah recently reminded me,) we have to dress ourselves! No one can put your armor onto you for you. So, take steps to strengthen these areas and protect your hope! Protecting your hope is vital, if you are going to be an effective, encouraging, truthful, and encouraged believer.
Additionally, if you are feeling hopeless, read the Bible (when nothing else is sticking, Psalms is my go-to book of the Bible,) and especially, make time to spend time with other believers, particularly in prayer. This is so important! There is something so powerful about praying together, and although when we feel “off,” it’s tempting to isolate ourselves, that makes it so much easier for Satan to attack us. There’s no such thing as a “Lone Ranger” Christian. Jesus says that we are a branch grafted onto a vine, and Paul says that we are complimentary body parts of one body. In both of those illustrations, life is impossible apart from the whole.
Peace family, our prayer and hope for you today is that you can have hope! Don’t be afraid to fight for your hope in Christ. Hold onto it, and let it carry you through your day.