In my newest book, Hurting Hearts Need a Light, I talked about how many people have no purpose in life, and they feel downtrodden. I wrote the book so people could hopefully discover their purpose, which will give them something to look forward to; something to work toward.
If you’ve read some of my earlier posts, you’ll know that I’ve faced depression a few times in my life, but I don’t want to dwell on this, this time. What I’d love to do is tell you what I would do to bring some relief to my dreary days.
Whenever I look back, I understand that our enemy, which because of some of the things I’ve gone through will no longer even mention the name because of my disgust for him, therefore, I’ll refer to him as the enemy. And he’s not only our enemy, he’s our greatest enemy. We know he exists, and we’re aware of his ways, but I don’t believe it’s healthy to dwell on this enemy, or give him more credit than he deserves. I think sometimes we give him too much credit, throw his name around too much.
Understanding Our Enemy
But we do need to remind ourselves that this enemy has come to steal, kill, and destroy!
He is a liar.
This enemy is here to destroy our lives.
He tries to cause us to doubt God.
This enemy tries to cause us to believe that life isn’t worth living.
He tries to cause us to believe that there will never be any hope or brighter days.
I know, because I lived it. We all have. We all do.
But one thing that helped me in my life’s journey were the times I’d lay in bed at night and read the following verses in God’s Word. I want to quote them here because hope is renewed when we read these verses. They give us strength and courage to keep fighting and not give up.
Bible Verses About Hope
Revelation 21:2-4 says, “And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, “‘Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them. And He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.”
And if this isn’t enough to make us jump for joy, listen to this!
“The material of the wall was jasper; and the city was pure gold, like clear glass” ~ Revelation 21:18 (NASB).
“The foundation stones of the city wall were adorned with every kind of precious stone” ~ Revelation 21:19 (NASB).
And then the writer proceeds to enlighten us with the different layers of stone: jasper, sapphire, chalcedony, emerald, sardonyx, sardius, chrysolite, beryl, topaz, chrysoprase, jacinth, amethyst.
Revelation 21:21 says, “And the twelve gates were twelve pearls; each one of the gates was a single pearl. And the street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass” (NASB).
And get this:
“Then he showed me a river of the water of life, clear as crystal, coming from the throne of God and of the Lamb, in the middle of its street. On either side of the river was the tree of life, bearing twelve kings of fruit, yielding its fruit every month; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. There will no longer be any curse; and the throne of His bond-servants will serve Him; they will see His face, and His name will be on their foreheads.” ~ Revelation 22:1-4 (NASB)
Whatever we go through on earth will seem small when we enter God’s eternal Kingdom.
Our enemy isn’t worried about those who don’t know Jesus Christ as their personal Savior, but our enemy is working to discourage God’s children and to try and pull them away from our Lord.
May we all stand strong as we see the days drawing nearer to the coming of our Lord. Remember, we are Heaven Bound!
“Finally, brethern, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things” (Phil. 4:8 NASB).
Where Does Your Hope Come From?
What do you do to lift yourself up when you’re feeling down and discouraged? Please leave a comment below.