Hopelessness to Hopefulness

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I Corinthians 9:24 In a race all the runners run. But only one gets the prize. You know that, don’t you? So run in a way that will get you the prize.

Hebrews 12:1 A huge cloud of witnesses is all around us. So let us throw off everything that stands in our way. Let us throw off any sin that holds on to us so tightly. Let us keep on running the race marked out for us.

Philippians 3:14 I move on toward the goal to win the prize. God has appointed me to win it. The heavenly prize is Christ Jesus himself.

What does quitting get you? Nothing. If you sign up for a marathon and don’t complete it, you get nothing. It’s those who finish the race who obtain the prize, so keep going. I don’t know who you are or what you’re struggling with, but the Holy Spirit does and he has prompted me to share these verses with you this morning. God is for you, not against you. I know it may not look that way, but he is. God is simply waiting for you to reach out your hand to him, sit in his presence and let him be what you need. He wants you to depend completely on him and not yourself, your family, your job, your bank account. Those things were never meant to meet your needs, they will always come up short. But God, he has an everlasting supply of whatever you have need of, just come to him.

Isaiah 30:18 But the Lord longs to show you his favor. He wants to give you his tender love. The Lord is a God who is always fair. Blessed are all those who wait for him to act!

Do you see that? Blessed are all those who wait for him to act! Let HIM do this for you. He wants you to know him as the God who is more than enough, the God who answers, who cares for and protects. Will you do that? Will you just wait on him?

Father, I pray for my friend, the one reading this who feels hopeless and helpless, be their hope and help in their time of trouble. Deliver them, just as you did for David long ago when his enemies surrounded him, you confused the enemies and gave him victory. Bring my friend victory today. Show them your grace in time of need, your tender love and favor. You are such a good God. There is no one like you in all the earth. We will not trust in others, we will place our trust in you. You said you won’t leave us ever and we believe that with all our heart, soul and mind. Right now, Father, cause them to sense the sweet rushing wind of your presence. Hover over them and instill the seed of hope that they need to make it through what they’re going through. We thank you. In Jesus’ name. Amen

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