One of the great things for Christians is that our faith continually inspires us to hope. We are told always to hope. We don’t “do despair.”
Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.
Romans 15:13 (KJV)
You do not need to go to “New Age” quacks waving crystals and chanting “Om” or to some positive thinking guru’s hawking “I can do it” mantras in over-priced books to overcome feeling discouraged and low. No amount of tying yourself in knots doing Yoga and staring into the cit-akãšhã (pronounced chidder karge in case you wonder – meaning the inner mind-space of true awareness – in other words the “screen” of your imagination – a place I can assure you from personal experience that is a place where the devil is only too happy to lay a trap of false visions for you), no amount of staring at that screen, is going to show you to the exit from your problems. The devil is very careful never to give you useful directions. Try escaping with some drugs, some gambling, an adult mindfulness colouring book, a stiff drink, some porn, some weird mysticism, candles, hypnotism, tarot cards, ouija boards… (but never, ever, just a helpful, “Have you asked Jesus?”). What you’ll get are signposts that lead you AWAY from God, AWAY from happiness. They will tell you there is an easy way, a less steep hill. That my friend is however, the road down. Down down down, all the way to hell.
Things that make you go “Hmm” eh?
The truth is you are NOT going to overcome anything on your own and no-one but a Christian is likely to give you the answer you need about where you really can get the help you want. Let’s clarify that. A Christian is not going to tell you what you want to hear, is not going to give you an easy way out. They are going to tell you what you need to know. That is – YOU do not operate in your own strength and you ain’t going nowhere but in the wrong direction if you try to. The road we walk to salvation may be straight and narrow but it can be a very steep hill. Freedom is at the top of a hill. It’s actually so high its all the way up in Heaven. To get there you are going to give it everything you have got – your heart your life your very soul. But you will have an experienced guide beside you. Your sherpa will be Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus knows a thing or two about walking up hard steep hills carrying a heavy load – like Calvary for instance.
There is no promise that it is easy at all in this life, but there is a promise that the victory comes in the next, eternal life. It’s a hard road sometimes, but Jesus knows the way and will guide an help you walk every step of that hard road, IF you will ask Him and let him. I had to do that once in my life big time, and I know He really is there for you, but you do have to ask and trust. It is ALL about faith and faithfulness – and that is a two way street with the Lord. He will always keep his side of the deal, you just gotta trust Him. If you really think about it, is there really anyone else you you CAN trust like Jesus? Maybe your Mom, maybe, but not everyone can say that. Or a wife, or a brother, maybe. But with Christ there’s no maybes. He MADE you, me the universe and everything, and He loves you. He is the ultimate power and there is NOTHING He cannot do. So, isn’t it a no-brainer question? – Who you can really really trust.
On a personal note, lately I was reminded, just when I needed it, that God is good and has a great plan for me, and I was given some good words of encouragement about how to walk the walk that He has planned out for me. Two well-known people in particular – Joyce Meyer and Paul Begley have published very helpful work. You might find them useful yourself if you are feeling in need of some encouragement. Here are those videos below. Joyce’s has a couple of parts so when you’ve watched #1 do watch #2.
Both Paul and Joyce have great websites –
Here’s what he Bible has to say on the topic of where the strength and power we think we have, really comes from, and so (of course) where we should look for infallible assistance:
For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.
Philippians 2:13 (KJV)
Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the Lord unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of hosts.
Zechariah 4:6 (KJV)
And thou say in thine heart, My power and the might of mine hand hath gotten me this wealth.
But thou shalt remember the Lord thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day.
Deuteronomy 8:17-18 (KJV)