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By Michelle Medlock Adams

Hang Onto Your Hope

Jesus looked at them and said, "With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible." (Matthew 19:26)

Recently, a friend I hadn’t seen in several years reached out to me. After we caught up on small talk about our families and careers, she said, “I need prayer. I need help. I need hope.”

As she shared her heart, I could hear the hurt in her voice. Life had dealt her some doozies, and as she put it, she was simply “done.” She almost couldn’t receive what I had to say because her hurt ran so deep. She hadn’t lost her faith in God, but she had lost her joy, and she had definitely lost her hope.

Hopelessness.

If you've ever experienced it, you know how awful it feels. Hopelessness sucks you dry of any peace or victory in your life. It can be almost suffocating, stealing the Word from your heart and blanketing you with heaviness. When hopelessness sets up camp in your heart, it leaves no room for happiness. (Maybe that's where the expression "She's not a happy camper" came from?) Bottom line: Hopelessness is not of God.

Actually, Satan is the king of hopelessness. He loves to get out his big old magnifying glass and have you look through it. He'll show you all of the problems in your life and whisper, "Look how big they are! Your problems are beyond fixing. They are too big for God." But let me tell you something: Satan is also the father of all lies. So if he tells you that your problems are too big for God, you can boldly say, "Liar, liar pants on fire! Nothing is impossible for my God!"

Some of you reading this blog may have lost your hope today; well, I have such good news for you: We can get your hope back right now. You say, "But, Michelle, you can't fix my problem." You're right, I can't. But I’ll tell you what I told my friend: I know someone who can–our Heavenly Father. Not only can he fix your problems, he is willing to do so.

You have to do your part. You have to get your faith on. You have to believe that he is able to do all things, and then stand on that promise whenever Satan whispers lies in your ears. You have to believe that God is able to come through for you–no matter how bad the circumstances appear. Do you believe?

Pray this right now: Lord, I am feeling hopeless today. I am overwhelmed with the problems in my life, but I know that you are able to do all things. And I am asking you to intervene on my behalf. I praise you today for the victories that are yet to come. Please remove the hopelessness from my heart and replace it with supernatural happiness. Let my life bring glory and honor to you and encourage those around me. Amen.

Be encouraged today because God is working behind the scenes on your behalf right this very minute. Begin praising God for the answer and keep that heart of gratitude in spite of the circumstances. Hang onto your hope, and happiness is sure to come. 

Michelle Medlock Adams is an award-winning journalist and best-selling author, with more than 60 books and 1,000 articles for newspapers and magazines to her name. She was won several SELAH Awards (best children’s book and book of the year for God Knows You in 2014 and best children’s book for My Big Book of Prayers in 2012), and her book Divine Stories of the Yahweh Sisterhood was named a Family Christian Bookstores Premiere Pick in 2006. When not working on her own assignments, Michelle ghostwrites books for celebrities and some of today’s most effective and popular ministers.

Michelle is married to her high school sweetheart, Jeff. They have two college-aged daughters, Abby and Allyson, as well as a small petting zoo. When not writing or teaching writing, Michelle enjoys cheering on the Indiana University Men’s Basketball team, the Chicago Cubbies and the LA Kings. Find out more about Michelle at her website.

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I too needed to read this for I have about given up on him. My family is suffering a possible business loss, I feel like I have no friends, my family is falling apart, three boys who refuse to communicate with each other and make their peace and a job going no-where. I have cried out in the night on the way to work with no answer. I pray if you truly read you blog that you will pray for me and answer this comment.

Hang in there, Gail. First off, know that you're not alone. That's one of the devil's favorite tricks he uses, convincing us that we are the only one going through situations like the ones you described. Trust me, there are others struggling just like you and questioning God's love and presence just like you. I've been there myself at times but know this. You don't have to feel God or get those spiritual goosebumps for God to be at work in your life. Don't look for signs; just trust Him and pray, "Father I don't understand why all of this is going on but I know that you love me. I choose to trust you in all of this. I pray that you intervene in my life and I'm praising you in advance for the very answers I need. In Jesus Mighty Name. Amen." Lastly, even though you don't feel like it, praise God through the pain. When you feel discouragement overwhelming you, begin saying, "Father I praise you for your faithfulness. I praise you for all that you've done for me..." Put some praise and worship music on and get into God's Word. :) He loves you with an everlasting love. Meditate on that truth today. Thanks for reading and being so honest with your comment. :)

Thank you. I needed this. I feel like he does not love me and I am being punished all the time. I need to be more obedient.

Sharon, I used to think that God was some big God in the sky with a big stick, ready to bop me on the head every time I made a mistake but that's a wrong picture. He is a loving father who wants to be good to us--His children. Of course, we should all be more obedient but just know that He does love you and is always in your corner. He doesn't want to punish you; He wants to bless you. Meditate on how much He adores you. It will change your whole outlook. Thanks for reading and commenting. :)

Thank you for the encouragement. The devil fights against God through us. The battle is the Lord's, we cannot fight the devil but the Lord can, that is why we need to praise through to defeat the devil. he likes to roar like a lion and scare us even though he has already been defeated and sent to hell by Jesus. All we have to do when the enemy attacks is simply say "Jesus" and the devil will run to hell with his tail in between his legs. he is terrified of Jesus.

Yes, YA, isn't it wonderful that there's power in the Name of Jesus? Praise the Lord! Thanks for reading and commenting.