Messages of Hope

I have a friend whose daughter-in-law had just found out that she was pregnant. The whole family was so delighted, but soon after their celebration, she had a miscarriage, turning her joy into extreme pain. She began to question where God was in this and to doubt whether she'd ever be able to carry a baby to term. She shrank back in fear of going through the hurt again and determined to not try again. As she did, she started to change and lost the vibrancy she once had.

Soon after her loss, she began to listen to our Sirius XM channel. Day after day she listened to messages of hope in the faithful, loving God who was there to help and strengthen her. She discovered that fear is not of God, that "God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind" (2 Timothy 1:7). She began to break down the wrong pattern of thinking that had formed a stronghold in her mind. Courage and determination began to build, and she began to ask herself, "Am I ready to try again?" With time, she pushed aside the fear and the doubt and replaced it with faith and expectation. She fought through the barrier of being hurt again and eventually gave birth to a beautiful baby girl. She broke through the chains that would have held her back and would have changed the course of her destiny and that of her family.

Fear like this comes to all of us, whether it's a fear of being taken advantage of, of failing, of being laughed at, or of being hurt again. But God says, "That is not from Me. It is from the enemy who's trying to hold you back from your destiny." Don't allow a painful experience to trick you into thinking you're going to have a painful life. You have to understand that God can heal what hurts. He is the mender of broken hearts. He can make you stronger than you have ever been before.

Today, make the choice to fill your mind and heart with messages of hope from God's Word. You can rise up in the strength of Almighty God and say, "I will not be held in a stronghold of fear. I'm going to break through the barriers that are trying to hold me back. I will walk confidently forward in the things of God."

 

When You Are Weary

A woman I know has struggled with depression for many years. She's always been so strong, so determined, but I saw her recently and she was very discouraged. "I don't have any fight left in me," she said. "I can't do it anymore." Sometimes we see that as a lack of faith. But God doesn't expect you to be strong all the time. He understands there will be times when we get weary and don't feel like we can go on. We've prayed, and we've believed, but nothing has changed. Now the weight of what we're facing has left us exhausted. The good news is that God doesn't fault us for feeling weak. He doesn't say, "What's wrong with you? You need to have more faith."

The Scripture says, "When you are weak, He is strong" (2 Corinthians 12:10). When you are overwhelmed and feel like you can't go on, Christ comes in with power and gives you special strength. Strength that you didn't get on your own. Strength to move forward when you should be stuck, strength to overcome the addiction, strength to outlast the opposition. You are going to "run and not be weary, to walk and not faint" (Isaiah 40:31). There's going to be a strength that's not natural, but supernatural.

Maybe you feel weak today. Perhaps you're worn down by everything that's going on—the pandemic, the unrest, the uncertainty. Don't beat yourself up for feeling weary. Don't be down on yourself because you're not strong all the time. You're human. God's not faulting you. He's saying, "When you're weak, I'm going to step in. I'm going to make you strong. I'm going to give you power to run again." You wouldn't be reading this if special strength wasn't on the way. God hasn't forgotten about you. He sees what you're going through. He sees the lonely nights, the struggles, and all those times you've gone the extra mile.

Perhaps you don't feel like you have the strength to move forward, the strength to fight the illness, the strength to raise your children. The prophet Isaiah says, "God gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak" (Isaiah 40:29). God is saying, "I'm about to increase your power. I'm about to make you stronger." It's not something you have to muster up and make happen. It's the hand of God lifting you, empowering you, reenergizing you, causing you to run and not be weary. You're going to have a new passion, a new fire, and special strength to stand strong, to try again, to outlast what's trying to stop you, and to step up to a new level.

 

Lift Up His Name

The other day I was reading these wonderful words of reminder to Hebrew believers who were suffering for their faith: "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever" (Hebrews 13:8). I love it that Jesus doesn't change. No matter what we've done, He doesn't change His mind about us. He doesn't change His promises to us. He loves us with an everlasting love. He doesn't change His plans for us, "plans for good and not evil, to give you a future and a hope" (Jeremiah 29:11). God has never failed in the past, and He's not going to start with you. It may not happen your way or on your timetable, but God is true and faithful to His Word.

I don't know about you, but in difficult times and overwhelming situations, I find I can get low and discouraged. You may be facing huge challenges or perhaps you have friends or family who are and you're worried about them. When we worry, and our mind is going in circles, we've lost our connection to our source of strength. You have to reconnect to God. The best thing is to place those challenges in the hands of God the Father. He says He'll be there with us no matter what we go through, and He never changes. He wants us to take those low places and lift them to Him.

How do we do that? Jesus said, "And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself" (John 12:32). There is a lifting that happens when we lift our faith and praise to God. Anytime you feel depleted or overwhelmed, just begin to praise and thank God, draw near to Him and He'll draw near to you. When we praise Him, the Scripture says that He inhabits our praises. When we give God praise, we're putting Him on the throne. When we lift Him up, there's power in His presence, and we'll be refreshed and restored to His full joy. When we seek after Him, He rewards us and causes miracles to begin to take root and motion in our lives.

So let go of those low places and lift your life to Him in praise today. Quit dwelling on the negative and start praising. Lift up the Name of Jesus with all your might. Stand by faith in that place of promise believing that He never changes and can never fail you. Believe that God is doing something new in your life right now!