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What You Need To Know When Hope Seems Lost

Many of us can relate to failure or defeat. In times when we feel our lives are spinning out of control, we may find it difficult to trust in the God who says He’s a God of power and love. The weight of our pain and disappointment can blind us to the lies of the enemy. Instead of leaning toward God, we turn away from God. We place blame on God and are even tempted to walk away from our faith. How can we trust and know that God is in control of our lives, especially when we are weighted with a sense of failure and defeat?  

The Bible tells us in Revelation 11 that God sends two witnesses who make an enormous impact on the world. These witnesses are given power to do mighty works and are committed to telling people about Jesus. Despite their dedication and devotion, they are beaten and left for dead. What went wrong? Absolutely nothing! The Bible says that the bodies of the two witnesses lie dead in the street, but when all hope seemed lost, “they stood upon their feet” (Revelation 11:8-13)!

God is in control. He already knows the outcome, and, throughout the book of Revelation, He tells John what is going to happen each step of the way. In the same way, we can know today that we also will win. As believers in Christ, we may not fully understand the reason why we go through what we do, but we can be sure that we will always overcome! 1 John 5:4 says, “for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.”

Reflect:

  • How can trusting God in your circumstance assure you the victory and  peace God has promised? (Read: 1 Corinthians 15:57, 2 Peter 3:9, Psalm 29:11, Romans 15:13)
  • What are ways you can build your faith in knowing that God is in control of your life? Have you considered spending devotional time with God?

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