Written by Christian author, Pola Musyka
Many of us experience a futile time in our lives. We work hard to do something special and it’s not noticed by the people who should notice. Futility comes on suddenly. Certainly never when we have hope and are working hard. It comes on at first as a thought process. We question ourselves, we question our lives, we question what we’ve done.
If left alone for long, futility will take over. Vanity is a sister to futility. And allowing this stronghold to take over is foolishness. Futility can hardly stand on its own. When futility becomes a stronghold, frustration, depression, discouragement, insecurity, doubt, and many other strongholds willingly back it up.
Futility can end the life of its host. It certainly ends productivity in its host’s life.
To stop this demonic stronghold in our lives we must replace it with renewed hope, more training, a clearer picture of what works and what doesn’t, patience, faith, self control, and rest. The only way this will happen is to go to God at the first thought of futility.
There is not one single thought, sin, or stronghold in our lives that God is not aware of. He does have the answers. But first we need to give futility over to him and trust his judgement for the outcome.
1. Trust God. Aim to do only good. He may take us on a path we don’t expect because even in out attempts for goodness, we fail. But we have the assurance that all things come together for good to those who are called according to his purpose.
Romans 8:26-28 And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. 27 And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will. 28 And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.
2. Be moldable and pliable when it comes to making changes for good. When you give futility over to God, he will mold you and guide you to perfect your future.
Isaiah 64:8 Yet, O Lord, You are our Father; we are the clay, and You our Potter, and we all are the work of Your hand.
Ephesians 6:11-12 Put on all the armor that God supplies. In this way you can take a stand against the devil’s strategies. 12This is not a wrestling match against a human opponent. We are wrestling with rulers, authorities, the powers who govern this world of darkness, and spiritual forces that control evil in the heavenly world.
3. Make sure you are within God’s will when you attempt something. Whatever you keep in God’s will is never futile.
Ephesians 5:17 Therefore do not be vague and thoughtless and foolish, but understanding and firmly grasping what the will of the Lord is.
Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
Psalm 37:4 Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He will give you the desires and secret petitions of your heart.
4. “Expect great things from God, attempt great things for God.” –William Carey
Ephesians 3:20 God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us.
Matthew 6:33 But seek (aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness (His way of doing and being right), and then all these things taken together will be given you besides.
Ephesians 2:10 For we are God’s [own] handiwork (His workmanship), recreated in Christ Jesus, [born anew] that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us [taking paths which He prepared ahead of time], that we should walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live].
5. Be patient. Most of what we attempt, whether for good or evil, doesn’t come to fruition overnight.
Galatians 6:9 And let us not lose heart and grow weary and faint in acting nobly and doing right, for in due time and at the appointed season we shall reap, if we do not loosen and relax our courage and faint.