17 Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah,
for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.
18 And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock, I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.
19 And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth
will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”
The Reason for Your Loss of Hope and Joy
Satan comes to steal, kill, and destroy (first part of John 10:10). The result is a
loss of hope and doubt in God. This is especially prevalent in our present times.
Constant messages of doom and gloom in the context of world events beat on our
hearts and minds like heavy, unceasing rain. We’ve only human, and can’t take
the unending battering forever.
The only antidote or remedy is to turn our thoughts back to Jesus. He never left
or forsook us, but rather we let our focus drift away from Him. He is yearning for
us to come back to His arms, the Harbor of Peace. He gives us the peace that
passes all understanding. “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer
and supplication, with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God; and
the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and
minds through Jesus Christ (Phil. 4:-7). Also see John 14:27. “Peace I leave with
you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your
heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. We need not know how or why it
works, but just believe it works by faith.
Just as a tiny rudder turns a big ship, so a tiny amount of faith can move a
mountain. See Matthew 17:20. “So Jesus said to them, “Because of your
unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will
say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will
be impossible for you.” Also see John 14:1. “Let not your heart be troubled; you
believe in God believe also in me.” The last part of the answer is in the last part of
John 10:10. “I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more
abundantly.” If you have life abundantly, there is no room in your mind to dwell
on loss of hope and joy.
So let these scriptures be the answer to your loss of hope and joy. In the name of
Jesus, there is power, more power than any weapon man or the Devil has, has
had, or ever will have. Call on that precious name, truly believe, and have faith
that Satan has to flee!