Dealing with despair

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  1. struggling

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    Sometimes the urge to despair in my faithlessness and unbelief overwhelms my logic and how I believe the truth.. I cry out to Jesus and say, "What have I done with my life??! I've ruined my Christian life! I've lost the race!" I tend to think I am in perdition, that I'm lost without hope.

    So I cry, "Jesus, please let me know if I have any hope or not!"

    Usually this state of mind does not assume I'm struggling in any sin(s). It can, but it's not true that every time this despair happens that I'm trying to keep a sin secret. Usually despair hits me when I'm perceiving God a certain way. I have actually asked God permission to pray to him and be able to call him my Father. That's how out of reality I get.

    Usually God answers, not when I think I really am sinking and need an answer, but gradually I find myself trusting him again out of the blue. I can then thank Jesus for showing his love for me by his work on the cross, and thank the Father for sending Jesus. Sometimes it just takes time and I'm alright again.
     
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  2. questdriven

    questdriven resident geek Staff Member Moderator

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    Been there. God's got you, and He'll never leave you or stop loving you no matter what.
     
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  3. for_his_glory

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    We can have our moments down in a dark valley of despair, but if we keep looking up that light of Christ is always there and will lead us out of the valley. Despair is a mind game Satan loves to play with us at times when we are weak, but we know we will always have victory over him by that of the blood of Jesus that covers us.
     
  4. wondering

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    Hi Struggling,
    for_his_glory has spoken truth. We've all been there.
    Why?
    Because we serve a God that is visible only in spirit and we're so trained to SEE what we believe in. God is like the wind,,,we don't see Him, but we see the effects He leaves.

    Is not everyone on this forum an effect from God?
    Absolutely yes.

    We should remember that Thomas doubted. We doubt because we want to be sure to be on the side of God. There are only two sides, no in between. Satan's side and God's side.
    Are you on satan's side? No? Then you MUST BE on God's side!!
    Remember that love cannot go by feelings but by what we know.
    Even when I feel like my husband doesn't love me, I know he does.

    Satan loves to keep us doubting. It takes time away from God.
    Put satan in his place --- don't even listen.

    We fear hurting God, offending His love, and incurring his punishment.
    So we despair. When we despair we cease hoping in God's love for us and in being forgiven for our sins.

    God does not like us to despair. It means we're loosing faith in His ability to forgive sin, in His justice, and in His word. His word is that if we believe in His Son Jesus, we WILL BE SAVED.

    Will be does not mean might be.
    John 3:16

    Everyone sins.
    1 John 1:1-2

    So are we all going to be lost?
    NO!
    We can trust what John tells us.
    God forgives forever and always and no matter what.
    He even forgives our despair.

    Stay on the side of God, which you're on or you wouldn't be here.
    Don't despair and give satan the victory. Give the victory to God.
    Be joyous and enjoy knowing the creator of the universe!
     
  5. wondering

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    Great testimony BTW.
     
  6. Douglas Summers

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    Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I WILL FEAR NO EVIL;FOR THOU ART WITH ME; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me, (Psalms 23:4)
     
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  7. Eugene

    Eugene Staff Member Moderator

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    You continue to sound like the Apostle Paul did in Romans Chapter Seven; read it, and then see the very next verse below when he says THEREFORE.
    Rom 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus !!!!!
    You can have the peace that passes understanding even in the midst of a storm. Go boldly to God's throne of grace and don't allow Satan to convince you ain't worthy. You have been purchased with the blood of the very one Who loves you enough to have given His life for you. Get out there and have a life.
     
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    Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, "Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you." Hebrews 13:5
     
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