Biblically speaking, Christians are called to expand their spiritual territory through fasting, prayer and strengthening their spiritual well-being by giving up something or taking on a new habit. In the past, I’ve fought to give up chocolate. This sacrifice may seem boring or easy, but for a chocoholic like myself, I struggled. Believe me, I really did. However, I found a newfound sense of joy in giving up something I frequently snacked on while diving into His Word in place of chocolate, and that’s one of the many beautiful parts of fasting—becoming more aware of the impact God has in our lives and humbly growing in this new awareness.
With that said, perhaps its time to give up more than chocolate. Yes, I’m directing this message at myself, too. Perhaps the time has come that we give up something far more tempting than sweets and caffeine. I’m talking about giving up the mindset of hopelessness.
When you start to feel hopeless, you essentially doubt the promises and goodness of God because that is what hope is built upon—God’s Word and the faithful expectation of good happening in your life.
Today, commit to jotting down the number of times you make a self-deprecating remark, entertain a negative thought or give up in one day.
- “I can’t do this today.”
- “This is impossible.”
- “I’m not equipped for this.”
Jot it all down, every last ugly thought.
Then, take a good, hard look at these negative statements, and tell yourself that enough is enough. The time has come, once and for all, to give up the mindset of hopelessness, and what better time to do this than right now?
God’s mercy gives believers the space and grace of a new way of living, thinking and feeling, and in order to receive God’s forgiveness and grace, we must know and believe that nothing in life, and I mean nothing, is hopeless. Nothing could possibly stand in the way of God’s glory. Better yet, think of it this way—when you start to feel hopeless, you essentially doubt the promises and goodness of God because that is what hope is built upon—God’s Word and the faithful expectation of good happening in your life.
“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” —Hebrews 11:1
Not only is hopelessness a feeling of doubt, but hopelessness also puts power into the enemy’s hands. He wants you to feel disillusioned, and he wants you to believe that God is a liar, weak and incapable. Hopelessness is much more than a feeling—it is transformational. Hopelessness has the power to make you feel captive. The devil wants you to feel held back whereas God wants us to feel free.
- With hope comes freedom.
- With hope comes joy.
- With hope comes peace.
How you feel and what you believe deeply affects your faith, and the time has come to take back your power, not only for God but for yourself because God wants you to experience spiritual freedom and confidence. Believing in His Word produces happiness and an abundance of hope, but you must do more than acknowledge His Word—you must believe and act, too, and there’s no better time to do that than the present!
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” —Romans 15:13