Hope When You Feel Like Giving Up

Series: The Gifts of Advent

Watered Down Dictionary Def of Hope:  the feeling that what is wanted can be had or that events will turn out for the best:  to look forward to with desire and reasonable confidence. to believe, desire, or trust:

King David said this about him: ‘I see that the Lord is always with me. I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me.   26 No wonder my heart is glad, and my tongue shouts his praises!  My body rests in hope.  Acts 2:25,26

 Living hope creates a condition of rest.

 27 For you will not leave my soul among the dead or allow your Holy One to rot in the grave.  28 You have shown me the way of life, and you will fill me with the joy of your presence.’ Acts 2:27,28

 What is the opposite of hope?  Discouragment

 Living discouraged creates a condition of anxiety.

 Conditions of Life that Lead Toward Discouragement

 1)     Physical fatigue.

2)    Emotional Negativity

3)    Relational conflict or lacking connection

4)    Spiritually  dead or disconnection

 When You Feel Like Giving Up

 1 When Ahab got home, he told Jezebel everything Elijah had done, including the way he had killed all the prophets of Baal. 2 So Jezebel sent this message to Elijah: “May the gods strike me and even kill me if by this time tomorrow I have not killed you just as you killed them.”

 3 Elijah was afraid and fled for his life. He went to Beersheba, a town in Judah, and he left his servant there. 4 Then he went on alone into the wilderness, traveling all day. He sat down under a solitary broom tree and prayed that he might die. “I have had enough, Lord,” he said. “Take my life, for I am no better than my ancestors who have already died.”

 5 Then he lay down and slept under the broom tree. 1 Kings 19

 1)     Get physically fit.  Put action to beliefs.

 But as he was sleeping, an angel touched him and told him, “Get up and eat!”

 7 Then the angel of the Lord came again and touched him and said, “Get up and eat some more, or the journey ahead will be too much for you.”

 8 So he got up and ate and drank, and the food gave him enough strength to travel forty days and forty nights to Mount Sinai,the mountain of God.

 2)     Get quiet and listen to God.

 11 “Go out and stand before me on the mountain,” the Lord told him. And as Elijah stood there, the Lord passed by, and a mighty windstorm hit the mountain. It was such a terrible blast that the rocks were torn loose, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. 12 And after the earthquake there was a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire there was the sound of a gentle whisper. 13 When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave.

   And a voice said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”

 3)     Get together with other believers.

 15 Then the Lord told him, “Go back the same way you came, and travel to the wilderness of Damascus. When you arrive there, anoint Hazael to be king of Aram.

 18 Yet I will preserve 7,000 others in Israel who have never bowed down to Baal or kissed him!”

We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. 4 And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. 5 And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love. Rom 5:3-5