Have you ever lost hope? I know that there have been seasons in my life where it has seemed unattainable. I’ve always been optimistic and have seen the potential in things…almost to a fault, but everyone has their breaking point where hope seems lost.
Now Proverbs 13:12 tells us...
Proverbs 13:12 NLT
12 Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a dream fulfilled is a tree of life.
You also see in Proverbs 17:22
Proverbs 17:22 NLT
22 A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit saps a person’s strength.
other translations read… “but a broken spirit dries up the bones.”
And you can see this all around us today. So many things have the potential and opportunity to steal our joy… to break our spirits. If we are not careful… we will find ourselves wrapped up in the sarcophagus doubt, denial, frustration, hurt, pain...
We even find ourselves asking questions like “God, do you see what’s going on here?” “Do you even hear me when I cry out to you?” “Do you even care?”
We find ourselves stuck in these places. The people around us seem to abandon us. The voices in our lives seem to counter what you’re standing on. The voices in our heads beat you down to the point you don’t hardly want to do what Paul says in Ephesians 6:13
Ephesians 6:13 NLT
13 Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm.
This is why we are given the armor of God in Ephesians 6—so that we have the ability to withstand the attack of the enemy. He is roaming about seeking whom he may devour(1 Peter 5:8)… he is the author of confusion as God is not (1 Cor 14:33)… he is a liar the Father of Lies (John 8:44).
What does Paul tell us in 2 Corinthians 10:5
2 Corinthians 10:4–6 NKJV
4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds,
5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,
6 and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.
If we don’t know this… guess what we do? We try and find a way to numb the pain! We try to find a way to circumvent our frustrations, our guilt, our shame, our convictions.