Hopelessness comes from nonproductive hope that leaves a different image in your spirit. The person now says: "I canít see any way for this problem to be solved." This will produce no hope in the spirit.
Proverbs 13:12 Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when the desire comes, it is a tree of life.
HAVING NO HOPE
Divine hope is the blueprint that your faith works from; the inner image that shows your faith what you are to believe. Hebrews 11:1 states that faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
Despair is the opposite of hope, an inner image of total disaster. This image then tells your faith that there is no answer for the problem and that you might as well give up. Remember your faith is still working during this time, stopping God from doing anything. It is allowing the suggestions of Satan to stop the answers from arriving.
Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
Fear is faith working in reverse. God produced faith and then Satan twists faith, turning it into fear. Faith is having confidence in the promises of God. Fear is having confidence in the suggestions of Satan and expecting them to come to pass.
Acts 27:20 Now when neither sun nor stars appeared for many days, and no small tempest beat on us, all hope that we would be saved was finally given up. 21. But after long abstinence from food, then Paul stood in the midst of them and said, "Men, you should have listened to me, and not have sailed from Crete and incurred this disaster and loss. 22. "And now I urge you to take heart, for there will be no loss of life among you, but only of the ship. 23. "For there stood by me this night an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I serve, 24. "saying, ĎDo not be afraid, Paul; you must be brought before Caesar; and indeed God has granted you all those who sail with you.í 25. "Therefore take heart, men, for I believe God that it will be just as it was told me."
The people who were on the ship with Paul were filled with despair. They could see no hope for their problem. They had an inner image that they would be killed in the storm. Paul had been fasting and praying, expecting to hear from the Lord. The angel came to him to give him the answer for the people.
The discouragement of the people on the ship was turned into hope because they heard from the man of God. The Lord expects you to be in the same place to bring the message of divine hope to the people around you. It will be necessary to get alone with the Lord and His Word. Allow the Holy Spirit to direct you, so that you will have a message for the people.
Fear is an illusion that comes from Satan and it will attack your mind to bring thoughts of doubt or unbelief. The secret to success over these problems is to resist the temptation to be afraid or to doubt that the Lord will help you. The person who is sure that the Lord is going to help him each time there is a need has no reason to lose his hope.
1 John 4:18 There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.
God has NOT given us a spirit of fear. His Word tells us over 80 times to not be afraid. Fear comes when the person thinks he canít control the situation, or complete the task. Fear can come in many different forms. It may start in your mind and then affect your spirit. You then develop a spirit of fear. It is allowed to grow by the confession of your mouth, which is really an _expression from your spirit.
John 15:3 You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you.
Talking from a spirit of fear will stop faith from working. Get back into the promises of God. John 15:3 tells you that you are cleansed by the Word. The Christian who spends time in the Bible does not have to be bound by a spirit of fear or despair. You receive and build your divine hope from the promises of God. Hope will only become useless when a person does not believe in and act on the promises of God.
Many Christians are afraid of not receiving answers from God for their needs, so they do not try at all. The more you expect God to answer your prayers and enable you to receive, the sooner you will see the answer to what you are expecting.
Romans 5:2 Through whom also we have access by faith into this grace, (Godís favor), in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 5. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
Hebrews 6:18 That by two immutable (unchangeable) things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we might have strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold of the hope set before us. 19. This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, (mind), both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil.
God expects you to rejoice in the hope He has given you, because it will not disappoint you. It becomes an anchor for your mind that will keep you from going into the area of unbelief. This divine hope will also be an anchor for your emotions and desires.
INNER IMAGE OF DEFEAT
The Christian who has a great deal of will power has taken the Word of God and built his will to line up with Godís will. Many Christians have only built up their will power in certain areas. This is because the image of hope is bright in those areas, but is almost nonexistent in other areas.
Many Christians are constantly having victory in certain areas of their lives. The inner image they have established is that they will overcome those types of problems, but find that they are frequently having a battle in other areas. One example is a weight problem. Though it is only a weight problem, the inner image in their mind is that they have no control, or canít do anything about it. Often they will find that they do not have a weight problem, but have a food problem. Some people eat to live, whereas others live to eat. Sometimes this comes from the lack of wanting to take responsibility for controlling how much they eat.
The solution is that the problem has to be dealt with at its root, which is spiritual. The first thing that is necessary is to change the inner image. You must decide that you will be victorious over the problem.
Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens (Greek: empowers) me.
Does Godís Word say that you can NOT get victory over any situation? He tells you that you can do all things because He will give you the power to accomplish it. Go back to the Bible and look for everything the Lord has to say about the problem you have. Spend time in prayer to overcome the satanic forces that have prevented you from receiving the answers, causing you to have an inner image of hopelessness. Some Christians have more faith in Satanís power to give them trouble, than they have in Godís power to get them out of trouble. The Lord will change that inner image and turn defeat into victory by the power of God.
People who have been in wheelchairs for a long time frequently have a bad inner image. They have become so dependent on the wheelchair, and have no other image in their spirit. People who have had much pain can fill their thought life with the inner image of constant suffering. They may think that it is their lot in life or the cross that they are to carry. Some have even stated God is receiving glory because of their suffering. If God is receiving glory in their suffering, then why donít they ask for more suffering so that God will receive more glory? God will receive glory in the way we take the suffering, however, Jesus paid for your suffering and expects you to claim the promises He has made to you.
Isaiah 53:4 Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. 5. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.
1 Peter 2:24 Who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness; by whose stripes you were healed.
The woman who was healed after touching the hem of Jesusí garment, Matthew 9:21, had been bound by a spirit of infirmity and hopelessness for many years. Jesus set her free from the hold that Satan had on her. She had to first change this image of hopelessness in her spirit. The more she saw what Jesus was doing, the more she realized that she could receive help as well. She had one more problem to overcome, her thought that Jesus was too busy to talk to her. Since she was already depending on Jesus in her spirit, the Holy Spirit gave her the idea of reaching out to touch the hem of His clothes. She was made totally well as soon as she did this. Later others followed her example and asked Jesus if they could touch Him as well.
Matthew 9:20 And suddenly, a woman who had a flow of blood for twelve years came from behind and touched the hem of His garment; 21. for she said to herself, "If only I may touch His garment, I shall be made well." 22. But Jesus turned around, and when He saw her He said, "Be of good cheer, daughter; your faith has made you well." And the woman was made well from that hour.
Matthew 14:36 And begged Him that they might only touch the hem of His garment. And as many as touched it were made perfectly well.
Hopelessness has bound so many people with illness, personality problems, etc. The inner image in their spirit is not changing to match what God has for them, because Satan has blinded their eyes into thinking that nothing can be done. They have a feeling of hopelessness, but God has a different picture. The hope of God can remove the old image and replace it with a new image.
The inner image that Sarah had was that she would never have a baby. She possibly thought that Abraham misunderstood God when her husband was promised a son. Abraham continued to believe God, because he was fully persuaded that God was going to fulfill His promise.
Romans 4:18 Who, contrary to hope, in hope believed, so that he became the father of many nations, according to what was spoken, "So shall your descendants be." 19. And not being weak in faith, he did not consider his own body, already dead (since he was about a hundred years old), and the deadness of Sarahís womb. 20. He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, 21. and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform.
FEAR OF FAILURE
Many Christians want to be used by the Lord and there are times God will give them ideas of what He wants them to do. Sometimes they will not go forward because of a possible repetition of past failures. Donít be tripped up by fear of failure or being afraid of what people think. If God is calling you, then expect Him to direct you as well as meet the needs to fulfill the vision.
Romans 8:15 For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, "Abba, Father."
2 Timothy 1:7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
Galatians 5:25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
Ephesians 3:16 That He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man.
You do not have to be afraid of failure if youíre expecting the Holy Spirit to direct you. Satan wants to give you the idea that you will fail. Resist him in the name of Jesus. Then ask the Holy Spirit to show you what to do. When you start to step out of the will of God, you will immediately find that the Holy Spirit will show you that you need to change.
INNER IMAGE OF VICTORY
Inferiority plagues many Christians. When they get to heaven they will be apt to shout over and over again: "I made it, I made it." It will be as if they are not fully convinced, or surprised that they arrived. This comes from a wrong inner image that tells them that they are only sinners saved by grace. They look at Romans 3:23, and forget to read the verses that were before or after verse 23. You must have an inner image to show you that you are not just saved by the skin of your teeth and that you are no longer a slave to sin. This is true because all of us who have accepted Jesus as our Savior and are living for Him, have been given the righteousness of God that is through faith in Jesus Christ.
Romans 3:21 But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, 22. Even the righteousness of God which is through faith in Jesus Christ to all and on all who believe. For there is no difference; 23. for (because) all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24. being justified freely by His grace (favor) through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25. whom God set forth to be a propitiation (atonement and reconciliation) by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed. 26. to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.
Isaiah 54:17 .... and their righteousness is from Me," says the Lord.
Romans 5:17 ...Receive abundance of grace (favor) and of the gift of righteousness ...
2 Corinthians 5:21 .... That we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
Many people are only hoping that they will make it into heaven. God wants you to EXPECT TO ARRIVE, as well as expect Him to tell you: "Well done, you good and faithful servant." This will be possible because you have an inner image in your spirit that matches what the Word teaches.
Many Christians have been praying for their unsaved children for a long time. They frequently look at the circumstances, instead of looking at the Word. You must look to the promises of God and start claiming what they say. An example is seen in the following verses:
Isaiah 49:25 But thus says the Lord: "Even the captives of the mighty shall be taken away, and the prey of the terrible be delivered; for I will contend with him who contends with you, and I will save your children."
Isaiah 54:13 All your children shall be taught by the Lord, and great shall be the peace of your children. 14. In righteousness you shall be established; you shall be far from oppression, for you shall not fear; and from terror, for it shall not come near you. 15. Indeed they shall surely assemble, but not because of Me. Whoever assembles against you shall fall for your sake. 16. Behold, I have created the blacksmith who blows the coals in the fire, who brings forth an instrument for his work; and I have created the spoiler to destroy. 17. No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against you in judgment you shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is from Me," says the Lord.
The key to receiving the protection from the above promises is seen in verse 14. You will be established in righteousness. You are to expect the righteousness of God to fill your life - then you will receive the protection. Filling your spirit with the Word of God allows the Word to control you. Verses 16 - 17 show that God created Satan - the spoiler, however God will handle him.
Romans 15:13 Now may the GOD OF HOPE fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
You will see an increase of your divine hope in direct proportion to how much time you spend in prayer and reading your Bible. Many times you may get to the point of almost receiving the fulfillment of the vision. You can stop its arrival because of doubt and unbelief and will have to start over again. You can frequently become too busy to pray or read the Word. When this takes place Satan will bring back the old image that shows that you will not see the answer.
The confession of your mouth will build or destroy the new hope God has given you. Jesus said that out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks, Matthew 12:34. When the thought goes from your mind, and you put it into your spirit, you will start to see the answers come.
The hope of the gospel is a divine dream which has been placed in your spirit. It will completely overcome the spirit of hopelessness you may have had in the past. There will not be imaginations in your mind, but a vision that has been placed by God into your spirit.
GODíS IMAGE OF YOU
God has an image for you that might be quite different from what you have in your spirit. Godís thoughts for you are not thoughts for bad, but of peace and victory. He wants to help you and give you peace during the trying times that others are having. Many Christians have an inner image of lack. They confess lack, and that they will not have enough. The inner image must be changed to match the vision God has for you, that God wants to supply ALL of your needs.
Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. 12. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. 13. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.
Jeremiah 33:3 Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.
Daniel 11:32 ...but the people who know their God shall be strong, and carry out great exploits.
Your spirit must become the incubator to nurture the things that are already in the spirit realm and transfer them into the realm in which you live. Any Christian who fills his spirit with Godís Word and then acts upon it, will receive an inner vision from God. Spend time seeking God for His will and then expect the Lord to produce the answer in your life.
In Luke 17:5-9 you have the account where the disciples wanted Jesus to increase their faith. He told them that if they had faith the size of a mustard seed they could cause the mountain to move by the sea and it would obey them. He next talked about a servant.
Luke 17:7 "And which of you, having a servant plowing or tending sheep, will say to him when he has come in from the field, ĎCome at once and sit down to eatí? 8. "But will he not rather say to him, ĎPrepare something for my supper, and gird yourself and serve me till I have eaten and drunk, and afterward you will eat and drinkí? 9. "Does he thank that servant because he did the things that were commanded him? I think not.
Jesus is not giving you instructions for treating servants. He is telling you to treat your faith like a servant. Make it work for you!
Ask God to give you a new vision from which your faith is to work. This inner image will show you that you are to be free from the problem that has affected you. The prospects of believing it will come to pass will sometimes be more than you can think that God will supply. Expect the promise seen in the following verse to be fulfilled in your life.
Ephesians 3:20 Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us.
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