Are you in a valley of despair? You need to know: you have a choice. You can choose to remain in despair. Or you can choose to take action and defeat despair. Let me show you how.
I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living” (Psalm 27:13 nasb)
You really can defeat despair!
Start with a definition. Webster defines “despair”:
:to no longer have any hope or belief that a situation will improve or change
“So… why am I in despair, and what can I do about it?”
Start with these three thoughts:
1) This is very likely true:
The devil is tormenting you.
…Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. (1 Peter 5:8)
The devil DOES NOT want you to know how to defeat despair. He wants to increase your despair in order to defeat you!
So we know that the devil has you on the radar screen of hell. But…
2) Good News!
No matter where you are, God is with you RIGHT NOW! He will help you defeat despair.
…for He has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5)
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you… (Isaiah 43:2)
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. (Psalm 46:1)
Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is refuge for us. (Psalm 62:8)
Now that you know that God is always with you, here’s how you can start getting His help and His comfort RIGHT NOW!
Click Here to view and download a file with 4 Scriptures based on the verses quoted above.
Here’s what they look like:
Here’s what I urge you to do with these cards.
If you are not able to print them right now, just read them on your computer screen. I urge you to read them out loud, right now! Read them several times. Let your spirit connect with the God of all creation. Thank Him and praise Him for the wisdom He has given you. Keep doing this, even if you don’t feel anything but despair right now. Keep proclaiming the Truth of God’s Word into the room where you are. He will help, but you have a speaking part in the drama you are in. He’s given you your lines to speak. Say to Him, “Heavenly Father, thank you in advance for the help that I know You will pour out over me. I praise You! Thank You for Your Word!”
3) Really Good News!
God is longing to help you. Take a look at this verse:
Therefore the Lord waits to be gracious to you,
and therefore he exalts himself to show mercy to you… (Isaiah 30:18a)
God wants to help you, but this could be the problem:
God cannot make a world in which we are free to choose — yet at the same time guaranteeing that we will always choose Him.
Before He can act on our behalf, He needs our permission. So until we believe in Him and ask Him, we’re on our own.
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So what does despair feel like, and what can we do to defeat despair?
Imagine yourself trapped in a place of utter darkness, intense pain, total exhaustion, and with the realization that you had zero resources with which to rescue yourself. You are completely alone and without hope.
Now, think how your spirit would soar if — just as you were about to give up — a light appeared. In that moment, although you would still be under the difficult circumstance, when you saw the light, you’d be seeing hope!
God is light in the dark times and hope in the hopeless times. Best of all, God is right there with you. Turn to Him right now!
Here’s how to do that. Read my article entitled If You Don’t KNOW God, Then You Have NO God! It’s all about trusting Him and getting to know Him by knowing and applying His Word into your life. If you want to defeat despair, you need to know God. You need to have a personal relationship with Him.
The turning point in our example above is where the psalmist wrote, “…unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord.” It’s all about what you believe.
You will always act according to what You believe.
Thus, the more we know of God’s Truth, the better equipped we are to defeat despair. Satan uses unbelief to keep us in the dark, demoralized, and utterly despairing of hope. He lies by denying the goodness of God. We defeat despair by learning to recognize Satan’s lies and then choosing to ignore those thoughts and feelings by focusing on the Truth of God’s Word.
What was it Jesus said?
If you remain in My Word, …you will know the Truth, and the Truth will set you free. (John 8:32)
PRAYER: “Heavenly Father, I am filled with praise, joy, thanksgiving, reassurance, expectation, hope, and great confidence as I rest in the knowledge that You are in control of my life. I see Your goodness: ”˜And now, O Lord GOD, You are God, and Your words are true, and You have promised this goodness to Your servant.” (2 Samuel 7:28) You guide me: ”˜Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” (Psalm 119:105)
Now you have everything you need in order to defeat despair. Will you use it?