Three Ways to Build Enduring Hope in God | By Chioma Oparadike

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Have you ever experienced a season full of such difficulty and discouragement, you struggled to remember the good times?

Struggled to find God’s goodness in the midst of all your worries, heartache, and pain?

When we are in that dark place, it’s easy to lose sight of God’s promises.

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace. -Rom. 15:13
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases. -Lam. 3:21
This light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory. -1 Cor. 4:17

And even when we do reach out for these promises, they feel far away—lingering beyond our reach.

So we simply remain stuck…

Wondering, “Why?”
Questioning God.
Without hope.

If you are sick of being stuck on sad and ready to find your way out of the pit, this article will show you three ways to build enduring hope in God—no matter your circumstance.

God knows what we are going through, and He has set a path before us that is full of hope.

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I pray you will take the first step down that path with me today.

How to Build Enduring Hope

The Bible is filled with stories of people who endured.

People who were persecuted, sick, or poor.

Their stories are all different, but there is one thing that unites them all—an enduring hope in God.

A biblical definition of hope is “an assured expectation.”

Because hope that is built on anything other than God will always disappoint.

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No matter how well-meaning, how powerful, or how strong it is.

It is only in God that our hope is assured.

Here are three simple ways to build enduring hope in God.

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#1 – Build Enduring Hope by Shifting Your Focus

We must see our circumstances through God’s love instead of, as we are prone to do, seeing God’s love through our circumstances.” – Jerry Bridges

So long as we are focused on the negative aspects of our less than perfect circumstances, it is nearly impossible to for us to build enduring hope.

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To combat this, we have to move our focus off our problems and on to God.

We must SOAK in His Word and speak LIFE into our situations.

During those moments when I’m filled with doubt, when fear and uncertainty plague my thoughts and actions, there are certain scriptures I hold onto for peace and reassurance:

For I know the plans I have for you” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11(NIV)

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28 NIV

“Being confident of this very thing, that he who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.” Philippians 1:6(NIV)

Believing and living these words requires that we trust God.

That we cast our cares and burdens at his feet and align our life to His perfect will.

This doesn’t mean that we will always get it right.

Many times, we won’t.

But God is gracious and forgiving toward us. He promises to comfort us in the midst of our trials so we can overcome, by the power of His might!

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#2 – Build Enduring Hope Through Consistent Prayer

“Our prayers may be awkward. Our attempts may be feeble. But since the power of prayer is in the one who hears it and not in the one who says it, our prayers do make a difference.” – Max Lucado

Prayer is a powerful way to build our hope in God.

In 1 Thessalonians5:17, Paul counsels us to “pray without ceasing.”

James illuminates this truth when he says, if anyone among us is in trouble, they should pray (James 5:13 paraphrased).

Diligent and consistent prayer allows us to communicate with God and lay the desires of our hearts before Him.

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Here are four biblical reasons why we should pray consistently (scroll over the reference to read the full verse):

  • 1. Prayer strengthens us in times of weakness (Psalm 5:3).
  • 2. Prayer provides direction (Matt 7:11).
  • 3. Prayer produces peace and reduces worry and anxiety (Phil 4:6).
  • 4. Prayer builds our confidence and conviction (Josh 1:9).

Prayer is simply talking with God. Telling Him what is on our heart, and asking Him to guide and direct us.

God can and will answer our prayers, but we must learn to diligently seek Him, with humble hearts full of worship and thanksgiving.

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Even when we are hurting or confused.

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#3- Build Enduring Hope with Accountability and Support

“Our weaknesses are the things that keep us connected because they are what we have in common.” -Renee Swope

The Christian life is a battlefield. The devil is constantly seeking ways to steal, kill and destroy us (Jn. 10:10)

But you are not alone and don’t have to go through life alone.

Throughout Jesus’ ministry on earth, we see Him operating in community.

He didn’t do it alone! And neither should we.

After Jesus died, many of the disciples fled. They were scared and confused. They didn’t understand it was all part of God’s redemptive plan.

But after hearing reports of His resurrection and seeing Him face to face, their hope was renewed.

When they were fearful, they chose to gather together in community. We learn in Acts 1:14 that the disciples, “all joined together constantly in prayer.”

Don’t underestimate the power of Christian community. A strong, vibrant community will not only build up its members but provide support in times of pain and sorrow.

There is this comfort in knowing we are not alone in this battle. Hope in discovering we have brothers and sisters who have overcome similar trials, and a God who is with us through it all!

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Let us, therefore, support one another, pray for one another, and hold one another accountable.

That is the power of community built on enduring hope in God.

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I pray that you were encouraged by these simple steps.

When we focus on God, dedicate ourselves to prayer, and invest in community, we find strength to look beyond our circumstance and see God clearly.

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Chioma Oparadike is a Christian Lifestyle Blogger with a heart to help young Christian women live purposeful and intentional lives. She writes on practical applications of the Bible on life issues relating to singleness, relationships, building faith and finding purpose.

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