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Monday, June 29, 2015

How To Beat Hopelessness



WHAT IS DESPAIR?



Have you ever been in a state where you felt hopeless and there’s nothing you could do about it? Was there ever a time when you have given up hoping for something?


This is what DESPAIR means; it is a state of hopelessness. A situation where you cannot see any light at all, it’s as if you are covered in darkness and you just couldn’t get out.


No one ever wants to be in that kind of situation; but sometimes life automatically gives it to you to test your faith. It tests your ability to keep on fighting and helps you become the strongest person you could ever be.



A HOPELESS CASE



I remember a friend of mine whose father just died of cancer. I saw how painful it was for her to see her father slowly dying from his illness.


I felt her anguish and pain of knowing that her father could go anytime. She wanted so much to hope that a miracle would happen and he would eventually get better.


But circumstances didn’t want to give her that chance. Her father’s situation got worse every day and the doctors already told her he could die anytime.


Imagine being in that kind of situation. Would you hold on to your hope or would you painfully accept that there’s no more hope left?


What do you think would a person feel if that was the case? She was hopeless. She could only watch in agony and desperation as her father slowly succumbed to his illness.


She cried her heart out on the day her father passed away. She told him he was so unfair to be leaving them so soon.


Situations such as this could be emotionally draining. They take the best out of you and give you a feeling of DESPAIR.




HOW FAITH HEALS



DESPAIR, this is exactly the atmosphere in a Bible verse where Jesus healed in response to people’s faith.



40 Now when Jesus returned, a crowd welcomed him, for they were all expecting him. 41 Then a man named Jairus, a synagogue leader, came and fell at Jesus’ feet, pleading with him to come to his house 42 because his only daughter, a girl of about twelve, was dying.


As Jesus was on his way, the crowds almost crushed him. 43 And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years,[a] but no one could heal her. 44 She came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak, and immediately her bleeding stopped.


45 “Who touched me?” Jesus asked.


When they all denied it, Peter said, “Master, the people are crowding and pressing against you.”

46 But Jesus said, “Someone touched me; I know that power has gone out from me.”

47 Then the woman, seeing that she could not go unnoticed, came trembling and fell at his feet. In the presence of all the people, she told why she had touched him and how she had been instantly healed. 48 Then he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace.”

49 While Jesus was still speaking, someone came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue leader. “Your daughter is dead,” he said. “Don’t bother the teacher anymore.”

50 Hearing this, Jesus said to Jairus, “Don’t be afraid; just believe, and she will be healed.”


51 When he arrived at the house of Jairus, he did not let anyone go in with him except Peter, John and James, and the child’s father and mother. 52 Meanwhile, all the people were wailing and mourning for her. “Stop wailing,” Jesus said. “She is not dead but asleep.”


53 They laughed at him, knowing that she was dead. 54 But he took her by the hand and said, “My child, get up!” 55 Her spirit returned, and at once she stood up. Then Jesus told them to give her something to eat. 56 Her parents were astonished, but he ordered them not to tell anyone what had happened.1



There were two situations here where faith has proven that even in the most desperate times there will always be a spark of hope that can lift you from your DESPAIR.




A DESPERATE MOVE



The woman who has been sick of bleeding for 12 long years could have felt hopeless and could have given up on her life after seeing a lot of doctors or healers, but her faith healed her.


Her strong faith in God and her belief that He is the only one who can heal her freed her from her illness.




GOD IS WITH YOU



It may not literally appeal to you but take for instance your situation right now. Are you feeling hopeless about something or someone? Have you lost all hope of ever solving your problem?


I tell you, in your misery right now God is with you. He is there beside you waiting for you to call on Him. Take time to open your heart and lift it all up to Him.


He is crying with you, He is bleeding with you. Put your faith in Him and take comfort in His presence. When you lift everything up to Him, you will feel His divine presence.


The feeling is unexplainable; it can make you cry with emotions of joy, surrender, calm and hope.


When you feel His presence within your heart you will be filled with all these mixed emotions.




A HOPEFUL SOUL



Jairus is another example of a person who never lost his ability to hope. Yes, he was desperate to have his daughter healed; that desperation led Him to Jesus.


His state of anguish proved his strong faith in God and all His wonders. His faith gave back his daughter’s life.


Rising from the dead may not happen in your whole lifetime but if you take this message as a representation of faith, it can change your life a whole lot.


Look at that man who already lost his daughter to death, he still had the ability to find that little hope in him and make his faith more alive.


He did not question Jesus why He allowed his daughter to die. He only stood there and let Jesus do His work.




CELEBRATE! YOU ARE ALIVE!



If you entrust your whole life to Him, He will give you the miracle you need. You may not see it literally or in an instant but God has always been doing miracles for you.


Waking up in the morning is already a miracle in itself. Celebrate because you are alive and you have another day to live your life to the fullest.


Don’t dwell in regrets, anger and desolation. Thank God for another day and live it. Live it with hope and love towards yourself and others.


Live one day at a time and do not worry about the future because He has everything planned for you even before you were born.


You may be down right now, you may be having difficulties and problems but they will all pass; just like how the wind passes by you every second of your life.




YOUR SUFFERING WILL END



Every suffering has an ending. Now might not be the time for yours but it will definitely end soon. Never lose the ability to HOPE. It is the edge of Jesus’ cloak; if you hold on to it know that you will be healed.


You will be healed from your illness, from your heartache, from your shattered soul.


Fight your feeling of DESPAIR now. Take comfort in your HOPE and FAITH in Christ.






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