How to Find Hope When Your Feeling Hopeless

Being hopeless is not a fact; it’s a feeling!  It’s not your truth. It’s your emotion or reaction to something.  Merriam Webster dictionary says hopeless is having no expectation of good or success.  Collins Dictionary says you feel very unhappy because there seems to be no possibility of a better situation or success.  Hopeless feelings fill you with so many negative thoughts and emotions that it’s hard to have hope.  So if you find yourself hopeless, there are four ways to find hope.

 4 Ways to Find Hope

 Habitually Own Prayer Evidence

 

  1. H – is for habitually.  When you feel hopeless, habitually fix your focus on God.  We get so caught up focusing on the problems way more than we do on God.  We become so focused on the issue than the position our heart is in.  Proverbs 23:7 For as he thinks in his heart so is he. Whatever thoughts you allow to dominate your heart and mind will control you. When we do this, it becomes an   Which means we spend all day devoted to thinking more about the problem than anything else.  Being hopeless is an attack that distracts your focus away from God and draws your concentration on yourself and the difficulties you face.  When you fix your attention on God, it can change everything.  Real hope is keeping your eyes on God even when everything around you speaks contrary to the hope you have. 
  2. O – is for own.  Own your thoughts, and don’t let them own you.  By owning your thoughts, choose to remember who you are in Christ.  When you feel hopeless, you have forgotten who God says you are.  That hopeless feeling is an attack on your identity in Christ.  This causes you to struggle to believe in yourself and God.  It’s hard even to recall what God’s word says about you.  Philippians 4:13 (AMP) I can do all things [which He has called me to do] through Him who strengthens and empowers me [to fulfill His purpose—I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency; I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him who infuses me with inner strength and confident peace.].  Your currents circumstances are not there to stay forever.  This is only a small part of your story and not your whole story with God.  You are alive today, so there is still time for things to change and get better.  
  3. P – is for prayer.  When you feel hopeless, it’s an attack on your prayer life. Prayer is essential to go from a hopeless state of mind to having hope.  Recognize that you need to pray over your hopeless feelings and emotions.  Pray without ceasing is what the bible says in 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (ESV) Rejoice always,  pray without ceasing,  give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.   I know, the last thing you want to do is pray when you feel hopeless because you don’t feel like it will even make a difference.  Well, that’s a lie.  Prayer is the difference maker and a life changer.  Prayer is the key to your breakthrough.  So keep praying about those hopeless feelings until you feel better. 
  4. E – is for evidence.  Psalm 77:11(NLT) But then I recall all you have done, O Lord; I remember your wonderful deeds of long ago.  Go back and recall those moments where there is evidence of God in your life.  Just like when the disciples were with Jesus and saw him do miracles in one moment, and the next questioned their faith to believe because they forgot what they saw him do for them and others.  We can sometimes act like we have amnesia, too and forget all the incredible things God has done when we find ourselves facing troubled times.  Have you forgotten all that he’s done for you?  Are you failing to remember how he made a way when you didn’t see one, or how healed you of a disease or provided for you when you didn’t have the means to do so yourself?  If you can’t remember some of the ways God has shown himself faithful to you, then ask the Holy Spirit to bring back to your remembrance some of these memories.  Okay, so I want to take you through an exercise to use those memories to create your spiritual resume.  A spiritual resume is a document that shows you factual evidence of God powerfully working in your life.  It’s a list of your experience, education, skillset, and achievements that you’ve been able to obtain with God.  This is an excellent tool for reminding you of God’s goodness, so you won’t forget who God has already been to you and what he’s done for you.

Write Spiritual Resume:

  1. Experience – Merriam Webster dictionary says it’s the process of doing and seeing things and of having things happen to you.  For this section, you need to ask yourself, what have I been through in my life?  What trials and tribulations have I faced?  Write as many as you can remember down.  
  2. Education– Is the process of learning and acquiring knowledge.  In this section, review your experience list.  Next to each experience, write down what you learned from   Ex. I learned how to encourage myself and others, I learned how to be financially savvy, I learned how to pray, or I learned how to be optimistic.  Write as many things you can think of and make it as detailed as possible.
  3. Skills– This is the ability to do something based on your knowledge.  So for this section, go back to the education portion and write down next to it the new skills you use.  What specific skills do you have now after you learned from your experience?  Whether it was gaining strength in a new area or what are you able to do now that you couldn’t do before the experience happened.  Ex. Active Listener, Better Communicator, Time Management, Problem Solver, Resourceful, Money Management   
  4. Accomplishments– This is the area where you get to brag on God.  What have you been able to complete or achieve successfully?  Write down what God has helped you to achieve.  Nothing is too small to write down in this area.   Lost 5 lbs., graduated from college, became a great mom, cancer-free, etc. 

Now you can take all of this info and put it into a resume document.  Change the headings to align with the four sections of a spiritual resume.  So, go ahead and create your spiritual resume.  Keep this where you can access it easily and from anywhere.  You never know when those hopeless feelings can try and creep back in on you.  Plus, this is just a great reminder of how good God is and shows you just how much he cares about you and the kind of amazing love he has for you.  

If you find yourself feeling hopeless, it’s a feeling that can change, just like the color of your hair.  You don’t have to stay in that place.  Instead, you can choose to come out of those feelings.  Hope is all about the choices you make.  You deliberately have to choose every day to have hope.  Please believe me; I have been hopeless too.  I can empathize with how you feel right now.  It can be and feel lonely but know you are not alone.  God is with you, and he can help you come out of those feelings.  Please pray this prayer:  Lord, thank you for always being an ever-present help in my time of need.  Today, I surrender my hopeless feelings, wrong thoughts, and negative emotions to you.   Your grace is sufficient for me, and your power is made perfect in my weakness.  Release me from the burden I carry and show me how to walk in freedom from it.  As I go throughout this day, help me to focus on you, remember who you say I am, and be able to recall memories of your goodness in my life.  I’m choosing to trust that you will make a way for me to triumph over the adversity I’m facing.  Let hope arise in me today, in Jesus name! Amen!

If you’re still struggling with this, please speak to your doctor about it so you can get the proper help you need.  Don’t be afraid or ashamed to admit this.  

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