Written by Christian author, Pola Muzyka
Teens and young adults may feel overwhelmed or abandoned. Abuse, victimization, overly indulgent parents, lack of discipline, or too much discipline will bring rebellion, defiance, and any number of strongholds into their lives.
We heard it would happen. But never envisioned it happening to us. Hopelessness stands at the door and waits. If hopelessness floods in, with it comes depression, low self esteem, insecurity and much more.
This stronghold has its roots in all kinds of wrong thinking and self absorption. When we lose something we hold dear–when we try to escape what we determine is a brutal world–when we imagine that we have not had enough breaks in life, or for whatever reason, hopelessness knocks down our doors and barges in without our resistance.
Hopelessness is separation, from God. God is the only answer and key to our hope now and for eternity.
Parts of this stronghold blog post are echoed on the post:
1. Look to God for your future. The world brings death. But God’s love brings eternal life through Christ Jesus.
2 Corinthians 7:10 For godly grief and the pain God is permitted to direct, produce a repentance that leads and contributes to salvation and deliverance from evil, and it never brings regret; but worldly grief (the hopeless sorrow that is characteristic of the pagan world) is deadly [breeding and ending in death].
2. Ask God for help whenever you feel oppressed or hopeless. His plans for us are to give us hope and a future.
Psalm 34:17 When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears, and delivers them out of all their distress and troubles.
Psalm 34:17-20 18The Lord is close to those who are of a broken heart and saves such as are crushed with sorrow for sin and are humbly and thoroughly penitent. 19Many evils confront the [consistently] righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all. 20He keeps all his bones; not one of them is broken.
Proverbs 23:18 Surely there is a future, and your hope will not be cut off.
Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome.
3. Trust God to see you through even the most difficult circumstances. He has promised to never leave us nor forsake us.
Philippians 4:6-7 Never worry about anything. But in every situation let God know what you need in prayers and requests while giving thanks. 7Then God’s peace, which goes beyond anything we can imagine, will guard your thoughts and emotions through Christ Jesus.
Matthew 11:28-30 “Come to me, all who are tired from carrying heavy loads, and I will give you rest. 29Place my yoke over your shoulders, and learn from me, because I am gentle and humble. Then you will find rest for yourselves 30because my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
4. Pray continuously during the difficult times.
Romans 12:12 Rejoice and exult in hope; be steadfast and patient in suffering and tribulation; be constant in prayer.
Philippians 4:6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
5. Be patient and courageous. Remember the promise of the Lord.
Psalm 31:24 Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the Lord!
Deuteronomy 31:6 Be strong and courageous. Don’t tremble! Don’t be afraid of them! The Lord your God is the one who is going with you. He won’t abandon you or leave you.”
2 Corinthians 3:12 Since we have such a hope, we are very bold,