Read or Listen: Romans 8:31-39
“It’s hopeless. You’re alone. You’re trapped. You are a failure. No one cares. Things will never change. You’re doomed. You can’t do anything about it, so why even try? It’s over…”
These words ring out long and loud in our hearts. You hear the message so often, you begin to believe it. You’ve convinced yourself that it’s hopeless! And you’re not alone. The CDC predicts that depression will be the world’s second-most common health problem in by 2020.
Some will look for hope in relationships, in accomplishments, in more wealth, in better health. Some will seek for it in pills or in a bottle, while others will try to find it through fantasy and escapism. But all of these just leave us more empty, more broken, more hopeless… even further from the truth, buried deeper in the pit of despair.
According to leading psychology professors, in order to overcome hopelessness, you must “examine the emotional evidence.” You’ve got to refocus your attention onto the truths [evidence] that will transform your emotional state from one of powerlessness to one of possibilities, from depression to determination, from overwhelmed to overcomer, from victim to victor.
God is with you: “I will never leave you nor forsake you” Hebrews 13:5
Things happen for a reason: “All things work together for good” Rom. 8:28
You were made for a purpose: “We are his workmanship, created unto good works” Ephesians 2:10
God is greater than anything in this world: “Greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world” 1 John 4:4
God’s thoughts are on you: “I know the thoughts I think toward you…to give you an expected end”
There are many lies we are tempted to believe. Be transparent and confess which are hardest to ignore.
There are many things (right) that people use to satisfy themselves which always leave them more broken and empty. Why do they keep going back?
Which of the five promises (above) is the most encouraging to you? Why?
Lord Jesus, may you always be my “enough.” I seek real and lasting hope in You. I will believe your voice and ignore the lies of the devil.
devotion by Patrick Nix
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