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Many people woke up this morning troubled-in-mind about something that’s going on in their family, at work, in church, in the country, or with themselves that they’ve come to believe is a hopeless situation. Maybe not. No, probably not. Someone once wrote, “There are no hopeless situations. There are only men who have grown hopeless about them.” For the most part, and usually, this is true.

Hopelessness is part and parcel of fear, and fear has been described as False Evidence Appearing Real. All the evidence may seem to indicate that a situation is hopeless, but be careful. The “evidence” might be, and probably is, faulty. Don’t be misled by it. Don’t come to a false conclusion and let yourself grow hopeless. Remember this: “God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” (2 Tim. 1:7).

Hopelessness is part of the package of depression, defeatism, despair, dread and spiritual and emotional debilitation that the devil wants to lay on us, but there’s power in hope. “Hope,” said G. K. Chesterton, “is the power of being cheerful even in circumstances that appear to be desperate.” So power-up, shake off any spirit of hopelessness you may be feeling. Start your day, relative to any adverse thing that may be going on in your life right now, with hope. And “Don’t leave home without it.”


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