The Root of Hopelessness
Have you ever felt hopeless…ready to give up? Maybe you’ve already given up…felt that there were no answers and that you were simply trapped right where you sit. Well, according to the Word of God, you don’t have to stay there.
According to the Word, hopelessness isn’t caused by lack of money. It isn’t caused by lack of education. It isn’t caused by negative circumstances. Hopelessness comes from being without God in the world. It comes from being a stranger to His covenant (Ephesians 2:12).
Anybody anywhere can have hope if they know Jesus and the covenant promises of God. Your background, race or financial status doesn’t matter. You can live in the worst slum in the world and still have hope in God because He isn’t limited by man’s resources. He isn’t limited by man’s prejudices. God is an equal opportunity employer!
Some people have said to me, “You ought not preach that prosperity message in poverty-stricken areas. You’ll get those people’s hopes up, and they don’t have the same opportunity to prosper that you do.”
Yes they do!
I’ve seen God prosper people in places where there was absolutely nothing. No food. No jobs. No welfare program. Nothing! There is one country in Africa where the government wanted a tribe to die out, so they just stopped the flow of food and began to starve them to death. But that plan failed because some Holy Ghost-filled, African Christians refused to give up hope. They knew their covenant, so they prayed “Give us this day our daily bread.” Do you know what happened? The people were fed and the government went under!
The Apostle Paul said in Philippians 1:20, “According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed….” If you’ll look up the two Greek words translated “earnest expectation and hope,” you’ll find that both mean the same thing. So hope is earnest expectation.
“But how can you so intensely expect to prosper when the unemployment rate is up and the economy is down?” you ask.
Because what I’m earnestly expecting isn’t dependent on the world’s economy. It’s based on what God has promised in His covenant. Because He said it, I earnestly expect it! I have a covenant with Almighty God and I can be filled with hope. If you need hope today, ask God into your heart. If you are already a believer, take authority over the devil and cast hopelessness away from you. Stand on God’s Word, His personal promises to you, and let hope rise up within you. With God all things are possible to him that believes!
Speak the Word
“I am a believer. All things are possible to me!” (Mark 9:23)
Scripture Study: Ephesians 2:11-18