SEEDS OF DESTINY – FRIDAY 21 APRIL, 2023
TOPIC: HOPELESSNESS – A TRAP OF THE ENEMY
SCRIPTURE: For to him that is joined to all the living there is hope: for a living dog is better than a dead lion. Ecclesiastes 9:4.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Hope imparts life and hopelessness brings death.
Hopelessness is a major weapon of the enemy. It is one device of the enemy to weaken God’s children. One critical fact about hopelessness is that life begins to lose value when hope is lost. But God admonishes us not to lose our hope.
Ecclesiastes 9:4 says,
For to him that is joined to all the living there is hope: for a living dog is better than a dead lion.
Hope means optimism, positivism. Don’t be negative; be positive. Don’t be pessimistic; be optimistic. Be confident of the fact that God is on the throne, and that things will change for the better. Be mindful of the fact that God who has done many good things for others will do the same for you.
Beloved, do not toy with hopelessness because people commit suicide in extreme cases of hopelessness.
The author, Zig Ziglar told a story about an experiment that was conducted using some rats. A group of rats were put inside a tall container like a plastic bucket and covered. Another group of rats were put inside another tall container but not covered.
Zig Ziglar said after sometime, the group of rats in the covered container all died but the ones with the uncovered container lived. It was discovered that as long as the rats in the open container kept seeing rays of light, they continued to live, but those in the covered container died because they couldn’t see light. They died because they lost hope, having no light.
So, hope imparts life and hopelessness brings death.
You see, as long as those other rats kept seeing the ray of light, they were confident that there was hope of coming out. They were convinced that one day, their captivity would be over, so they lived.
But those that saw only darkness died because they lost the hope that could have sustained their lives.
Refuse to be discouraged in life. Keep hope alive despite what you are passing through.
Remember this: Hope imparts life and hopelessness brings death.
ASSIGNMENTS: SEEDS OF DESTINY – FRIDAY 21 APRIL 2023
1. Refuse for your life, destiny, ministry or career to die due to hopelessness.
2. Always put your hope in God.
PRAYER: Lord, deliver me from the spell of hopelessness. I put my hope in you and I believe that my change will come, Lord in Jesus’ Name.
FOR FURTHER UNDERSTANDING, GET THIS MESSAGE: THE TRAPS (DEVICES) OF THE ENEMY.
QUOTE: In times like this, when people perpetrate evil with impunity, does it mean there is no hope for God’s people? No. Is there hope for God’s people? Yes! Culled from “15 KINGDOM STRATEGIES FOR SURVIVAL” by Dr Paul Enenche.
DAILY READING: Nehemiah 12-Esther 1
AMAZING FACT: Scientists believe that an elephant’s trunk is made up of 100,000 muscles.
PROPHETIC DECLARATION/WORD: In the Name of Jesus, I curse every trace/root of hopelessness in you in Jesus’ Name.