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Prisoners of Lost Hope

Posted by bmshoemaker875 on April 15, 2017 at 1:20 PM

Bondage, Fear, despair, depression. We all are prisoners of lost hope at some point or another. Somehow we just find ourselves locked in a struggle with pain or in a wrestling match with sin. We refuse to look deep within ourselves during these struggles. We only want to find a way to deaden the pain. The emotional pain of the past and present transgressions locked deeply in our hearts. The hopelessness of all the devastation around us comes crashing in. Many times we can’t find the way out of the entrenched and dark tormented prison we have found ourselves in. Yearning for a ray of light, just a sliver of hope somewhere. Trying to climb out of the murky recesses of our mind. The pain in our heart is so great. We become bitter cold and lonely. Void of any life or passion.

I spend time at a local ranch that ministers to our wounded warriors after returning home from the battlefields. I have found that their biggest battle is in their own mind's eye. They can’t forget all the terror they have seen and been a part of in war. They are unable to forgive themselves for the role they had taken on in the war zone. They have become a prisoner of their own pain. A pain so deep it is too much to bear. Many times the only way out of that pain for them is to attempt to take their own lives. They live in the hopelessness of the devastation around themselves.

Four years ago my husband made the decision to take his own life. He could find no other way out of the painful prison he was locked in. If only he had run to the stronghold (faith), to the protective arms of El Shaddai “the all-sufficient one.” The one who sees.

Romans 5:1-4. Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only that but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope.

Jesus holds the keys to the lock. That key is called grace. We need to run to him in our darkest hour. When we get there we have to look, be still and listen and fall into his quiet place of peace. There, in his arms, we will find our peace we are so desperately searching for.

Hope gives us a promise of a future. Hope gives us that ray of light to get out of that deep and dark prison. Hope in God will set you free, protect you and give you the strength to get through the times of trouble. Ask him to set you free and give you shelter from the storm. Know that he loves you and will give you the victory over your prison of lost hope!

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