Hope in God in Hopeless Times

by Jack Wellman on August 24, 2011 · Print Print · Email Email

The times we live in are so troubled.  People losing their jobs, the stock market falls, natural catastrophes, and uncertainty in what the future holds.  In today’s economy there is little to hope  for the future however God is never caught off guard or by surprise.  God knows the future.  You are not the only one that has felt that there is no hope.  Even Bible heroes had their times when they wanted to give up.  Job, Moses, Jonah, Jeremiah, even the powerful prophet in the Old Testament, Elijah.

Humans have definitions of hope that are different from God’s.   We might hope our team wins the Super Bowl, or we might hope we don’t lose our jobs or our house.  But the biblical definition of hope is not a hope-so but a know-so.  Our hope in God is surer than the sun rising in the morning.  Just read these verses of hope and put yourself or your own name in the place of “I” or “we”.  Where is hope found?  It is in the Bible, the Word of God.  Psalm 119:74 “I have put my hope in your word”, in Psalm 119:81 “… I have put my hope in your word”, and in Psalm 130:5  “… in his word (The Bible) I put my hope”.

Here is real hope.  When a person reads the Word of God (Bible) they can know for certain that they have a secure and certain future for God will never allow us to suffer beyond our own capabilities to handle it.  There is nothing on this earth more certain than hope in God.  He will never leave us nor will He ever forsake us.  He is our anchor in the present and for the future.

Redemptive Hope

Put your hope in the LORD, for with the LORD is unfailing love and with him is full redemption. Psalm 130:7

If you are a believer you can rest assured that God’s love is unfailing and He will deliver us in the days of calamity.  He has rescued the born-again believers from certain judgment and promised us an eternal home with Him.  Instead of using ink, God has signed this redemption with Jesus’ own blood which seals you permanently.  When our hope is in the Lord and not in us, it is a rock solid hope.

Gift of Hope

For you have given me hope. Psalm 119:49

We know that there is always hope when we trust in God for He has given us His Holy Spirit to seal us as we read in Ephesians 1:13, “And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit.”

Future Hope

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

God had plans for you.  You can bank on that.  His plans are not intended to harm you but to prosper you.  Now this does not mean that He plans to make you rich but He does plan for you to have a secure future.  God says that He has plans for you and He knows them even if we do not.  Your stockbroker or financial adviser might have plans for you too, but they do not know the future, they may try to plan for a secure future but they do not have the ability to bring it about.  God knows your future and is planning it better than anyone else can, ever ourselves.

Hope is for now, it is for today, and it is for tomorrow too.

Hope is for now, it is for today, and it is for tomorrow too.

Unending Hope

Put your hope in the LORD both now and forevermore. Psalm 131:3

Hope is for now, it is for today, and it is for tomorrow too.  Jesus clearly tells Christians that He will never leave us, never forsake us, and will never, ever caste us away (John 6:37).  This promise is for tomorrow morning, next week, and next year.  This hope is the believer’s hope that covers their entire life.  It is without end and will stay with us until Jesus comes for us.

Lovely Hope

The LORD delights in those who fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing love. Psalm 147:11

I am a father and grandfather.  My children have troubles.  They come to me for advice.  I am always offering them hope that all things will work out for their best despite what today may seem like (Romans 8:28).   I delight when they come to me with their troubles.  So too does the Lord delight when we put our hope in Him and His unfailing love.  He wants us to depend upon Him for everything.  He delights to give us the desires of our hearts (Psalm 37:4).

Unashamed Hope

No one whose hope is in you will ever be put to shame… Psalm 25:3

If we have our hope in the right place, that is not in ourselves, our jobs, our circumstances, but in God alone, we will never be disappointed.  We will never be ashamed for placing our hope in Him because He has the power to deliver us out of all our troubles.  We do not posses that power.  Our 401K does not have such power.  God owns the whole earth, He owns every animal in the forest, and He is the owner of the cattle on a thousand hills as Psalm 50:10-11 says, “for every animal of the forest is mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills. I know every bird in the mountains, and the insects in the fields are mine.”

Guiding Hope

Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long. Psalm 25:5

We are finite creatures and can not look beyond today but God has planned every step we take.  He guides us and protects us, even in areas where the dark shadows of death seem imminent in the lowest valleys (Psalm 23).  We might plan our own course but God Himself determines where our steps go (Proverbs 16:9).

Courageous Hope

Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the LORD. Psalm 31:24

If we are not a believer, then we have only hope in this world and among men are most miserable.  But if we are Christians, then we can take heart and be courageous because God is our hope.  When God is your hope you have a sure thing.  When it is in the world, then we are consumed with worry because we don’t know what comes next.  Those who have hope in God have hope in the only One Who can guarantee our future.

Reverent Hope

But the eyes of the LORD are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love, Psalm 33:18

When we hear the words “fear in the Lord” or “those who fear him” this is not a fear of punishment or retribution.  Fear is simply a reverential respect and standing in awe of God.  That is what “fear of the Lord” means.  It means that those who reverence God and His name have nothing to fear at all; no evil, no pestilence, no begging for bread, and no fear of want.  His unfailing love is upon those that fear or revere Him:  His love never fails and His eyes are fixed on you in a permanent gaze that is transfixed upon your today and your tomorrow.  You are the apple of His eye (Deuteronomy 32:10, Zechariah 2:8).

Protective Hope

We wait in hope for the LORD; he is our help and our shield. Psalm 33:20

Our hope in God is a shied of life.  Not only a shield in eternal life but in the present life.  He is our help when we need it and our shield when we need protecting.  God alone is our help and our shield.

Sovereign Hope

But now, Lord, what do I look for? My hope is in you. Psalm 39:7

When we look to ourselves, our employer, our retirement fund, or our inheritance, we can not fully hope with 100% certainty.  But what do we look for when our Hope is in God?  We know that even our employer’s decisions are in God’s sovereign hands.  Proverbs 21:1 says, “The king’s heart is like channels of water in the hand of the LORD; He turns it wherever He wishes.”  The king thinks he might be in charge, or the boss might think he or she is making their own decision, but in God’s sovereignty, they do nothing that is not in God’s divine plan for us.  They are subject to the Lord’s will whether they know it or not.

...  when hope is in God we have reason to praise our Savior and our God.

… when hope is in God we have reason to praise our Savior and our God.

Praiseworthy Hope

Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God. Psalm 42:11

(These are repeated in Psalm 42:5 and Psalm 43:5)

Here the Psalmist examines his own heart in asking, Why am I so downcast? Why am I so disturbed? When really he has no reason to be because when hope is in God we have reason to praise our Savior and our God.  If you do not know Christ, then I would agree that there is every good reason to be downcast, to be depressed, and to be so disturbed.  The world is the most uncertain place to live in today above any other day but not so for those whose hope is in God.

Restful Hope

Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him. Psalm 62:5

I have often times wrestled with tomorrow while I lay down to sleep.  The many “what if’s” haunt my mind and do not allow me to sleep as I rehearse the day’s events and worry about what happens tomorrow if….  But worrying about tomorrow is borrowing trouble from tomorrow and spending it on today.  When you realize that tomorrow is already taken care of by God alone and the hope you have in Him, then you can find rest.  It is easier to sleep tonight if you know tomorrow is in God’s hands.

Hope In God Bible Verses

If you are feeling hopeless and worried about tomorrow, next week, or even next year read the rest of these verses and see how far having hope in God goes:

Psalm 65:5   You answer us with awesome deeds of righteousness, O God our Savior, the hope of all the ends of the earth and of the farthest seas

Psalm 69:6   May those who hope in you not be disgraced because of me, O Lord…

Psalm 71:14   But as for me, I will always have hope; I will praise you more and more.

Psalm 71:5   For you have been my hope, O Sovereign LORD, my confidence since my youth.

Psalm 9:18   But the needy will not always be forgotten, nor the hope of the afflicted ever perish.

Romans 12:12   Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.

Psalm 9:18  But the needy will not always be forgotten, nor the hope of the afflicted ever perish.

Job 11:18    You will be secure, because there is hope; you will look about you and take your rest in safety.

Psalm 33:18  But the eyes of the LORD are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love.

Psalm 33:22  May your unfailing love rest upon us, O LORD, even as we put our hope in you.

Psalm 119:74  May those who fear you rejoice when they see me, for I have put my hope in your word.

For A Certain Future!

If you are not a born-again Christian then you have no hope in this present world.  Your future is uncertain and you have no idea what tomorrow may bring.  Decide right here and now, at this very moment, to fix your hope on the rock-solid promises of God and all of these verses can be literally claimed by you.  It is a promise from God Himself.  Today is your day of salvation (2 Corinthians 6:2).  Here is how you can have a living, breathing hope.  Even if you have to print this out and read this on your knees, or you have to read it out aloud right now,  I ask that you would receive Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior today.  Do it right now and you have the assurance of hope in God for today, tomorrow, and for all eternity:

  • I Admit – that I am a sinner and in need of a Savior (Romans 6:23)
  • I Abandon – self-effort and realize I can not be saved by my works or efforts (Acts 16:31)
  • I Accept freely Christ’s payment for my sins, required of the Father (John 3:16)
  • I Acknowledge  Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Savior (Acts 4:12)

If you have just received Jesus, you have now received God’s inheritance rights since you are now a son or daughter of His and can never be lost again & live forever (John 10:28-29).  Now, join a Bible-believing church, or call 1-888-NeedHim (633-3446) for follow up questions about salvation that is only available through Jesus Christ.

Read some more about hope in this article:

Words of Hope

Resources – New International Version Bible (NIV) THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.™ Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide. YouTube video “Praise You in the Storm” by Casting Crowns.



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Josh August 24, 2011 at 9:28 pm

Great piece Jack. God is truly the only source of hope! My hope and prayer is that many will be encouraged to find their hope in God through this article.

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Margaret Yohanna August 25, 2011 at 8:25 am

You’ve raised my hope,this article is timing because there is one thing i’ve been hoping the Lord to do for me the past 12Yrs and just last two days i gave up(lost hope)but after reading this article my hope is high again.May God bless you.

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Pam August 25, 2011 at 12:31 pm

Great article Jack. It goes to the mission of this site “… equip, encourage, and energize Christians.” This one did all three and more for me today. Well done brother!

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Jack Wellman August 25, 2011 at 1:47 pm

Thank you Josh, and Pam. And also Margaret. Hey, I love that God’s Word can help people in such a hopeless world without Him. Our joy can not be compared to those who do not know Him. It is not a hope-so hope but a know-so hope. Amen?

And again, thank you. All glory, honor, and praise to Jesus Christ and to Him alone.

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Jenyfer February 13, 2012 at 7:19 am

Thank you Jack for this wonderful article. I was almost about to lose my hope. But after reading this article I have hope in God.
Thank You.

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Jack February 13, 2012 at 3:39 pm

Jenyfer, thank you so very much for your encouraging comment. Truly, you have made my day. I have been lost in hopelessness to my friend and I found relief only in the Word of God. Please come back again soon, please.

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Puteri March 17, 2012 at 9:35 am

Thank you and bless you. I feel this message is meant for me.
I am surrounded by many problems and I know that my only hope is in the Lord. I have come to a stage where I do not even know what to pray for first. I was planning to fast and pray soon. I have to sell my land on an urgent basis, I have to settle a government loan, and 2 of my daughters have shared their problems with me and have requested for prayers.
I am really lost. Which of the above items do I pray for first.
Shalom.

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Jack March 17, 2012 at 10:56 am

Puteri, thank you for visiting us and for your comment. I love the pattern of what is called the Lord’s prayer but not just repeating it. The letters that spell out ACTS are a great help to me.

A-adoration to God the Father, thru Jesus the Son, and praying in the Holy Spirit. God’s name is a name above all names and to be honored and hallowed.

C-confess your sin. Sins block our fellowship with God, but not our relationship. The Psalmist said that he or she who covers their sins (does not confess it) will not prosper but he or she who confesses their sin will prosper.

T-thanksgiving to God. Thank God for everything we have. Even our trials and troubles work out things for our best (Rom 8:28). Thank Him for life, home, family, job, even problems but God loves to hear our thanksgiving to Him and one God’s favorite offerings in the Old Testament were the “Peace Offerings” which where really offerings of thanks to God for all that He has done.

S-supplication. This word means pour out your needs to God. There doesn’t need to be any order at all. I always pray for others first, for the government, leaders, police, church members, and those who seek prayers at this website. I always try to put myself last. Putting others ahead of our own needs is a godly way to pray because Jesus put others first. You should not have to worry which person or need goes first in your prayer. Just talk to God. I like to get on my face, hands, and knees and just pour out my heart. Its not so much which comes first or what should come first…just let it all out to Him in any order that your heart seems to feel.

I hope this helps Puteri. Praying for you too. Please come back again soon. There are a lot of prayer warriors here for you.

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Puteri March 20, 2012 at 10:17 am

Many thanks for praying on my behalf. I feel encouraged.
Be blessed.

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Jack March 20, 2012 at 3:09 pm

I am glad to be of service Puteri. One thing I can think of is when we pray to God…just talk to God like you would a loving father if you ever had one. This delights Him so much and pour it all out on Him…He can take it. Just picture yourself as climbing up into the lap of God and Jesus’ Name is the boast up onto the Father’s lap that makes it possible. May God continue to bless you and your family.

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Amajuoyi Damian March 17, 2012 at 10:54 pm

Hello pastor Jack.
Really I put my hope in the Lord for all my life endavours. But sometimes is seems that things wants to grow worst. Please what will I do?

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Jack Wellman March 18, 2012 at 1:30 pm

Hello Amajuoyi. Thank you for visiting us and for your comment. When we are brought to our knees, the only way to look is up. A man or woman stands only if they fall on their knees. God wants us to fully depend on Him for everything in prayer. When things get their worst, God is at His best, so have faith that God has not abandoned you my friend. Praying for you as I type this. Things get worse before they get better, but all things, even bad things, always work out for the very best for us (Rom 8:28). When gold is refined, the impurities and dross are burned away and when its close to being pure, it reflects the refiner. God is refining us thru trials to make us more like Him. No one in human history has ever suffered like our Jesus….and look where He is at today. Exalted in heaven. Our day will come. God bless and so sorry it took me so long to respond. Please stay in touch to let us know if your and my prayers are beginning to make a difference and if so, we know that Jesus’ name will be glorified in this.

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joan March 20, 2012 at 7:27 am

this is very powerful thanks for your encourangement

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Jack March 20, 2012 at 3:05 pm

And we thank you too Joan. I appreciate your visiting us and your very encouraging comment. God bless you my friend and please some back again soon.

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ranganayi mikiya March 23, 2012 at 5:44 am

thank you very much jack, this article sounded like a wake-up call when i went through it. i have been uplifted and its my prayer that many should be helped the same way.

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Jack March 23, 2012 at 12:33 pm

Thank you so much. I am overjoyed that this can help someone because truly I have swimmed in the deep seas of hopelessness before and only the lifesaver of God’s Word kept me from drowning in despair. I am glad you visited us and left us with some encouraging words.

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Johan April 27, 2012 at 3:24 pm

I’m so caught up in all my troubles, that it feels like i’m sinking and going to drown. I’m so tired and afraid that if i’m going to fall, i will not have the power to stand up again. I’ve prayed so hard but it feels to me that there is no answer. Sometimes i ask myself if i’m not praying wrong. My hart and soul belongs to my Lord, but it feels that He forgot about me.
Please help and pray with me in my time of need.

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Jack April 28, 2012 at 11:32 am

Thank you Johan for your comment and I most definetly will put you on my prayer request list. I too am like you in that I can not wait for the day when our King returns to rule and all sorrow, pain, and suffering will all be gone….in fact, the Bible says that He will wipe away every tear. I too am bone-weary my friends and at times it is very, very hard to go on. I actually think it is good that we acknowledge, like you did, that we do not have the power to stand up again because in 2 Cor 12:9 it says, ” But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.”

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David July 28, 2012 at 7:38 am

“I will bless those who have humble and contrite hearts, who tremble at my word.” Isaiah 66:2 m

Is it difficult to be in a position to be blessed by God? All it takes is a humble and repentant heart and an attitude of submission to His word. That’s all God asks of us! No religious ceremonies, no acts of devotion. The acts come after the heart is right. God is after the heart. If you’ve not experienced His blessing in some area, check your heart, especially with regard to pride and humility. If God is speaking to you about something, listen and do what He says. Blessing will follow.

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Johan April 28, 2012 at 4:39 pm

Jack
Many thanks for answering. I never though there is someone out there that care. It make me already feels that the Lord is answering my prayers. It is great to know that there is real friends when you need them. I know the Lord will bless you for your good work. Keep it up because i know there are many like me out there, but sometimes we are to proud or to ashamed to ask for help. I’m so glad i accidently found this site.

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Jack April 28, 2012 at 4:44 pm

Yes, this is so very true Johan. I think that when we pray for one another God is being sent several other prayers to Him and not that we move the hand of God but that we move the heart of God. You are so right my friend. I too have been too proud and ashamed to ask for help I must confess but I too am so glad you found this website. Truly, God is sovereign and if even a sparrow falls to the ground that God is not aware of, He knew you would come here and you have blessed us too my good friend. May God answer your prayers and the God of all comfort satisfy you with the Helper from above.

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kenny May 1, 2012 at 3:17 am

hi pastor Jack, Im so happy i found this site of yours. I am in the point of discouragement, frustration and hopeless moments. I have these feelings that burdened my heart and my mind. Even the words of the Lord is not so living and active. Im in great trouble. I am in Norway as job seeker. I left my job and went here to find work but many days after the interview i always feel depressed and frustrated. they always said to me that come back when you knew the language…. i tried studying it so hard and answer them as much as i can.. i let them feel that i tried even it is so hard just to let them know and feel that i am determined to know the language and willing to work in them. aside from that i have fear that my savings are near to end when in fact i dont have work to support my living everyday here. Ive been praying for this to God for many days that i want to come to Norway and find a job, yet it is really hard to find work here. seems all my hopes are gone and i am about to give up. your words indeed help me to pick up all the pieces. please include me in your prayers pastor jack. thank you so much

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Jack May 1, 2012 at 3:41 pm

Kenny, it is my pleasure and privilege to put you on my prayer list and I am so sorry that this trial is what you are living thru right now. Know this, that we care and we are praying people and will do so for you sir. God bless you and thank you Kenny.

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scott May 13, 2012 at 6:09 am

noticed a misplaced word. after the Psalm 130:7 in blue the word unfairly in the first line should be unfailing.
A great article Jack.. I’m referring to it in my Bible Study class this morning.
God Bless!

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Jack May 13, 2012 at 1:02 pm

Thank you so much Scott. I appreciate that. Hope your Bible study class goes well. Please come back again soon sir.

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daniel kemboi June 1, 2012 at 6:28 am

thanks for God work I am encouraged be far much blessed

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Jack Wellman June 1, 2012 at 2:57 pm

Thank you so much Mr. Kemboi. I appreciate your very kind words sir and thank you for your comment and your encouragement. May God bless you for your edifying words sir.

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Amajuoyi Damian June 1, 2012 at 5:14 pm

Pastor Jack.
Your Words and teachings are very educative. It gives one hope. since I started receiving your messages I picked more courage in God in times of difficulties.
Thanks very much. More greese to your elbows..

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Jack Wellman June 1, 2012 at 9:16 pm

You are so kind my friend. I am glad this article could help but the credit truly belongs to God for I used His Words from the Bible and that is where our real hope comes from Amajuoyi. I love the “more greese to your elbows” line. Very clever and I thank you and am eager for your to return to the website again my friend.

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Amajuoyi Damian October 25, 2012 at 11:40 pm

Dear Pastor Jack,
Thanks a lot for having time to reply my comments. Truely it has been long I have not putting any write up down, notwithstanding, I am always on this web to read your and other peoples comments.

But Pastor I have something that is burdering me so much. Despite that all my hope is in Jesus Christ.
I am a University graduate. I want to serve God in a unique way. I have the desire to serve God through the ministerial priesthood of the Catholic Church, but I am finding it too difficult to get admission into a Religious Order due to age limits. Now my problem is, how long should I continue hoping before I settle down for life.
Pastor please I need your advice on what to do, and how to go about it.
Thanks a lot.

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Jack Wellman October 26, 2012 at 3:16 pm

Remember you are never too old to be a minister, pastor, or priest. Moses was 80 when he was called by God to lead Israel out of Egypt. Does the Religious Order have an age limit? They shouldn’t. There is not one listed by the Catholic Church. Ask them why they put an age limit on it?

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Barb June 14, 2012 at 6:34 am

Wonderful article! Hope wanes so often in life. When waiting and waiting for a breakthrough, it’s hard to hang onto at times. Thank you for all these reminders that only God is our hope and shield. God bless you.

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Jack Wellman June 14, 2012 at 3:43 pm

Thank you Barb. I know what you said is true…hope wanes in times like these and its going to get worse I believe. Thank you for your kind words. If our hope was not in Christ we would be of men and women, most miserable indeed. I do not know how the unsaved make it day by day with this hope in eternity.

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Benjamin June 18, 2012 at 6:07 am

I came across this article in a state of such despair…I’m simply going to ask any who reads this response from me, to lift me up to God in prayer for three things.

1. That God would prove himself to me…I don’t care how, but I NEED this…desperately

2. For God to finally release me from the power of fear in my life…my life is being stolen from me day to day, I want to live!

3. That Jesus would invade and pierce the thickest of walls that this prison is, that I have built around myself and am in with his Love. However, wherever, whatever, whomever, but that finally, His love would touch me in such a profound way that my being would truly recognize him for who he is, and that I would doubt no longer.

That through these three requests, I could have PEACE and live in the moment of each Day, trusting God in each situation no matter how good or how bad, and not worry…but especially not DOUBT my lord anymore.

I wish that my words could truly convey how dark things are for me and have been for me for decades…how lost I have been in my mind and my heart…God FREE ME!!!!

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Jack Wellman June 18, 2012 at 2:45 pm

Amen to your request Benjamin. I have you on my prayer list my friend. Please don’t give up. The good thing I read in this is that you are depending upon God to help you and truly that is the greatest source to go to in our dire time of need. Many of the greatest evangelists and many in the Bible have suffered great depression so know that I will pray for you and I also pray that others will join me in this my friend. Know that we care and you are not alone before the Throne of God, in Jesus’ mighty name I pray, amen.

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Ncube Nomduduzi July 19, 2012 at 12:03 am

Thank u so much pastor Jack for such a wonderful website. Am also struggln to mek ends meet.. Thank God for people like u. I was on the brink of suicide coz sumtimes its like my prayers nd fasting is in vain..i do need a miracle. God bles you

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Jack Wellman July 19, 2012 at 2:19 pm

Ncube. God bless you too my friend. I am so glad you changed your mind. God is never thru with us in this life until HE decides to take us home. Take care of yourself. I will pray for you Ncube.

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Abigael September 20, 2012 at 1:15 am

Great piece, thank you Pastor Jack for sharing! I really needed this for I have been praying to God to open my ways so I can find a job. I lost my job, is almost running out of savings yet I need to pay my rent, school fees, buy food,clothes etc. I trust that God will find a solution for me soon because he has rescued me from worse situations before but feel that my answer/solution is taking too long to come. So many tempting and sinful solutions are coming my way, but I have chosen to ignore them and trust God fully for deliverance-because His solution is the best. Please pray for me that I may remain steadfast in Him and that I may find a job soon.

Thank you
Abigael

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Abigael September 20, 2012 at 1:29 am

This is interesting…after I had typed this, tears began flowing down my eyes. I dont know why…this may seem normal but it isnt for me! I havent cried in a long time, I try to maintain a tough exterior so many including my friends and family have no idea what am going through. I dont like sharing my problems with them because they will overeact, my mother especially. Thanks to you Pastor Jack I finally let out what was on the inside. May God bless you abundantly as you continue to touch lives across the world.
Abigael

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Jack Wellman September 20, 2012 at 5:24 pm

Abigael, what a precious comment…both of them in fact were amazing. Isn’t God so good. I will be happy to pray for you my friend. Our God will never leave us or forsake us ever. I am glad that you shared your problems because the saying is true: A joy shared is doubled, a grief shared is halved. I hope you will come back and let us know how God answered your prayer Abigael and I will pray for you in Jesus’ name that His Awesome Name be glorified. God is near the broken hearted and will not abandon those in need.

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Mrs. Michael September 22, 2012 at 2:39 pm

Reading your article is very inspiring and appreciated in KY life. May GOD’s blessings continually flow throughout your life and all you do.

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esoym September 29, 2012 at 5:08 am

I am feeling that am going to embrace curse my sin brought to me. I always cry for God to help me. Any one here please pray for me. I feel like am already punished, i fear to go hospital, God is my only hope. I am hoping grace , mercy and forgiveness. I hate what I did what I lie in your name what I been in Adultery God make your son I do not want to die cause there are money hoping me to help them God please give extra chances like before I do not want to toss them again like before.

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Jack Wellman September 30, 2012 at 4:17 pm

Hello Esoym. Know that I care and will pray for you my friend. Please know that God will forgive you of ALL of your sins once you confess them and then cleanse you from ALL unrighteousness (1 John 1:9). You must believe what God says that there are no sins that He will not forgive so know that we are all still sinners (1 John 1:8, 10) but we can be forgiven and since God can not lie, He will not ever cast any away who come to Him (John 6:37) and will remain His for eternity (John 10:28-29) so just believe Him Esoym.

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esoym October 1, 2012 at 6:28 am

Thank you Jack Wellman. I am just curious about my health. I am the hope of my family. I am just afraid of breaking their heart if I die in this young age due to my Adultery problem I did in the past. I always cry to God to give me another chance. My hope is God. Please pray for me Jack. I am just 25 years old. May god forgive me. O father I am waiting for your replay for no one is there for sinner like me except you Lord.

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Jack Wellman October 1, 2012 at 4:38 pm

Hello again Esoym. Let me ask you…are you sick? Are you at risk for dying for health reasons? You seem very young to die. Let me say that adultery can be forgiven and if you have asked God to forgive you for this, He already has (1 John 1:9) so you have no risk of going into judgment for this. You must believe God will forgive you for your every sin. Trust God, believe Him, don’t believe your own feelings or doubts. God can not lie and He says you are forgiven. I will pray for you anyway but know this that God will not ever cast any away who come to Him for forgiveness (John 6:37). Please read John chapters 3, 6 and 10. There is no reason to fear for those who trust in Christ to save them.

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esoym October 2, 2012 at 5:29 am

Thank you Jack again! I just feeling I am going to have sexually transmitted disease may be the worst of all, the deadly one. I believe in him for he says ask you will be given knock it will be opened for you. I felt fear to bring my self to test. I do not know what if I am sick of the disease. May God listen your prayer to me. The father of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob I ask you to forgive me. Jack thank you again.

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Jack Wellman October 2, 2012 at 6:50 pm

Esoym, I am so sorry my friend. I pray your fears are put to rest and that the peace of God, which is beyond human peace, not as the world has, wraps around you and allows you to know the truth of His unconditional love and forgiveness that is all encompassing and will not be prevailed against. When the devil reminds you of your past, remind him of his future…and when you think of your past, remember your eternal security in Him for all who trust in the Lord will never be put to shame…ever! (John 6:37). God WILL hear your prayer of forgiveness…and you must believe Him that He HAS forgiven you all of your sins and cleansed you from ALL unrighteousness…forever! (1 John 1:9).

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esoym October 3, 2012 at 4:45 am

Thank you pastor! I believe in him!

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Kathy S. October 10, 2012 at 2:03 pm

Pastor Jack…. In your article you state, “When a person reads the Word of God (Bible) they can know for certain that they have a secure and certain future for God will never allow us to suffer beyond our own capabilities to handle it.” Where is that in the bible? I have been walking with the Lord for over 28 years and have never found that to be true. If we can handle our problems, as you state, why would we need God? My husband and I have been dealing with his unemployment for 12 of the last 15 months. Things are looking very, very bleak. In an effort to help, people OFTEN misquote 1 Cor. 10:13, which says ” No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.” They try to use it as a source of comfort and tell us that God will not let us suffer beyond what we can bear. In all of my research and consulting with pastors, no one has said that this verse is talking about suffering or earthly difficulties. They have said that this verse applies to TEMPTATION. Which is quite different from the trials and suffering of this world.

If you couls clarify or shed more light on this, I’d certainly appreciate it.

Thanks.

Kathy S.

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Jack Wellman October 10, 2012 at 3:00 pm

Hello Kathy. I believe you are right about that 1 Cor 10:13 Scripture that many people quote that. They may not be aware that the Scripture you think is misquoted is actually supportive of what I said that God will not allow us to suffer beyond our capabilities. Why do I say that? Because I Cor 10:13 is using the Greek word for temptation and tempted which also means “testing” and “tested” and this “tested” is more in line with the context of chapter 10.

Also, Paul wrote in 2 Cor 12:9, ” But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Philippians chapter 4:11-12 also reveal that Paul learned to be content in whatever state he was in…and he was chained to Roman guards at the time in a decrepit dungeon which was freezing cold. He wrote the “joy” book of Philippians while in prison and in chains and in hunger and cold.

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anne October 25, 2012 at 11:01 am

God bless u for encourging artiicle ve been blessed and my hope in God has been lifted please pray for me i need financial miracle and not to waiver in my faith in God be blessed in all u do -Anne

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Jack Wellman October 25, 2012 at 2:30 pm

Hello Anne. Yes, I would be glad to pray for you. You can trust in, rely upon, lean on Jesus Christ Who will never fail you.

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Rita October 29, 2012 at 7:21 am

Dear Jack,
God is faithful and just. His Word contains everything we need for our encouragement. I have no doubts in my heart about this. Through a number of trials and tribulations I have always been able to look back on “one row of footprints” and know it is not my own footprints.
Just recently I have become tired, very tired and I’m trying to hold on to the truth that we will not be taxed beyond our strength. God obviously sees more strength in me than I think I have. I read and re-read the account of Job and try to take encouragement from his example. I’m just so tired….

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Jack Wellman October 29, 2012 at 3:08 pm

Hi Rita. I am so sorry. I too grow very weary my friend. In fact, I totaled my car, have not job (since I was a bi-vocational pastor) and am in doctors care until Nov 30th and in a great deal of pain so I must turn the battle over to the Lord and let Him fight it for me for when I am weak (or tired) He is strong.

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Rita October 30, 2012 at 1:16 am

Dear Jack, I always try to look at people around me and see that their fight appears equally fierce or even worse, but being human I believe that our own personal fight touches us deeply and intimately. Over a period of time I have lost a husband (25 years ago) to a severe illness, was left financially destitute with two small daughters, I was diagnosed with a life-threatening disease shortly after that. I met a wonderful man whom I was married to for 20 years, stabilized the disease and felt I had a charmed life. My oldest daugter died at 23 years old in a vehicle accident, my husband then left our seemingly happy marriage four years ago for another, I lost my “life”, my lifestyle and my earthly happiness, together with my other 3 kids that came as a package deal with my second husband. Financial hardship once again hit me with the break-up of the marriage and at 53 I was once again starting over. I had piles of debt incurred by my ex husband due to combined bond, unpaid municipal bills, legal bills, a business which was no longer being run along God’s will by the ex. Finally to preserve my “name” I took over these debts and secured our mutual home once again along with a new bond as I believe that God had made me stewart over the property. My remaining biological daugter was also involved in a severe motor accident which left her disabled and incapable of looking after herself at 30 years old. Then my adopted son died 4 weeks ago at age 35 of a very aggressive cancer and left 3 beautiful daughters behind. Two days after his burial I was notified of retrenchment within my firm and I was one of those who have to go. In South Africa it is virtually impossible for a White person, especially of my age, to find employment and once again I stand to lose everything I have just fought for. Hence my reference to Job of the Old Testament, as I can see so much of what he went through in my own life. I admire his endurance and pray that God will strengthen me to stop staring at all the closing doors, and instead to look forward to the door He is going to open for me. The spirit is willing, the flesh is very, very weak.

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Jack Wellman October 30, 2012 at 7:27 pm

Rita, I admire your internal fortitude and indeed you must only be able to continue in His strength. We have an article on Job which you could type into the Search Box “Job” and I believe you have gone thru just about as much as this man did. Praying for you Rita for what that’s worth.

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Kathy November 14, 2012 at 8:46 pm

Jack, I am a single mom who has been alone and has struggled most of my life, bad decisions out of fear and lonliness. My kids and I are fighting losing our home, I feel I have failed them. I am fighting satans thoughts in my head that they are better off without me. I have nothing but the Lord and I am trying desperately to hold on to that. Life has just beaten me down for so long I dont want to get up any more. I am just done, so very, very tired of my pitiful life. Please tell me how to hold on for my kids sake. I really feel my peace will only come when I leave this place. Thank you so very much…

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Jack Wellman November 14, 2012 at 8:52 pm

Hello Kathy. I have no easy answers. Just think of this. What would your children do without you? Where would they go? To the state? To your immediate family? You must live for them, but more so, put your cares and burdens in Jesus’ hands. He carried far more heavy burdens that we ever will. Imagine your own family abandoning you, your own nation ridiculing you, your own religious authorities dispising and mocking you, your own authorities crucifying you after torture, your own disciples denying you.

You must live for them. Bring the to heaven with you. Will the know Christ without a godly mother? Can they ever forgive you if you leave them now? Will they ever trust anyone again? Will they despise God for taking you away?

I am going to pray for you and hope that others will join me in this Kathy. Christ could come at any moment. Pray, read your Bible, think of your children & their future. Can’t you see that this may be why God directed you to this article and this site for such a time and reason as this?

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Rita November 15, 2012 at 12:13 am

Dear Kathy,
How well I can relate to what you are experiencing! I hold onto Ps 91 in the assurance that God is my fortress! When I am so tired, like you explain, I try to step outside of my situation and find a single thing of joy… my child’s arms locked around my neck …. a flower blooming …. a glorious sunset …. and I see God all around me, he is omnipresent. We do not have to leave this earth to be in the presence of God! As Paul to aptly describe our life on earth as being the good race we have to run. Any athlete knows that in a race there comes a time when giving up seems like an option, but then the winning-post looms and he knows he cannot give up! Just take one day at a time dear child of God, and don’t worry about the future. God is there already, paving the way! I join Past Jack in prayer for you!

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User1 November 24, 2012 at 10:00 pm

What if i am a believer and too far away from god due to sins inmy life? My dreams and deep passions are all ruined, i can no longer achieve what i desire, so do the consequences of my sins and decisions define my entire future? I can only see this and it brings me a lot of sorrow and pain.

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Jack Wellman November 24, 2012 at 10:04 pm

Dear User1, please know that no one is EVER too far away or far removed from God that He will not forgive them. 1 John 1:9 says that “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” That means ALL sins, cleansed, and forgotten. Remember the story of the Prodigal Son? He was in a FAR away country, and was in a pig pen and was at the bottom of the barrel, but the Father was actually looking for him and ran after him when he saw him. There is no sin or sins that God will not forgive. Consequences may come, but God always has a future for us all. Know that God’s plans for you are for your good and not for evil. Please know that you are NEVER too far beyond God’s forgiveness and mercy.

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chinnu December 12, 2012 at 10:20 pm

Thank you so much for giving me all this verses . today i am very much disappointed i lost my job . but still my hope is my god the living god please pray for me

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Anil December 13, 2012 at 11:11 am

Hi jack

Your article on hope is truly inspiring. I read bible daily and psalms is my favourite chapter. Please.pray for me. I lost my job six months back I have no clue of where I’m heading. Frankly I have knownGood like never before now. I keep praying for new job but my prayers are not answered yet .Can you remember me in your prayers . I was totally close getting a job on November but at the last moment they went ahead with a different candidate . Iam completely baffled but one thing is sure he is taking me to place where he wants I don’t have the ability to know it. He has not kept needs of my family wanting. He has given ways to handle such frustrating times and I’m very grateful. please pray for me .

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Jack Wellman December 13, 2012 at 2:51 pm

Hello Anil. I am so sorry for your financial difficulties and hardships. It is hard to trust when our eyes see no promise of help but I will be glad to pray for you. God is faithful and trustworthy and that is certain but I will pray God sends provisions for your family speedily my friend.

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Abigail December 16, 2012 at 1:54 am

Hallo Jack,
I am here to testify what God has done for me. Six months ago I was here jobless, hopeless and desolate. You encouraged me and urged me to have hope that things will be okay. It has been tough, but am thankful that on no one day did I go to bed hungry, or lack rent, money for transport etc I say thank you for encouraging me, and more so thank you for helping me build a relationship with God and learn how to hope/have faith in Him. I finally got a job, very well paying and can afford to feed/cloth/pay rent and school fees. I am so happy that this year is ending on a high note for me esp since at one point I thought I had lost everything. I thank God for having enabled me stay strong through it all, and also for giving me this new job. I want to have a stronger relationship with Him because He alone knows what my tomorrow holds (I may need your help with this as I believe am still young spiritually and need some mentorship) to fully grow. Once again thank you so much for this platform and continue blessing others.

Abby

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Anil December 16, 2012 at 9:16 am

Abby

praise be to god forever. I’m also jobless for more than 6months .in glad that god has finally answered your prayers.In also running through the some emotions which you had gone through.
please pray for me.Thanks jack for praying for me.
Anil

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Jack Wellman December 16, 2012 at 1:35 pm

Amen Anil. Let’s pray in Jesus’ name so that it is glorified.

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genesis December 17, 2012 at 5:28 pm

I am hopeless and i am facing doubts if god is real and if i have faith and my mind wanders away alot from god and he is probally upset at me cause i hate wandering away from him and i am trying to havee a repwnting heart but i am overwhelmed with problems and i just hope god will have mercy on me cause i am scared and i am reading versus but my mind wont listen.

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Jack Wellman December 17, 2012 at 7:07 pm

Hello Genesis. It is when we are in hopeless situations when we have nothing left, we are at the end of our rope, our backs are against the wall when God is glorified and show mighty when we pray and depend upon Jesus’ name. God will have mercy on you. Read 1 John 1:9 and trust God and take Him at His word. God IS real. Don’t depend on your human feelings which are so untrustworthy and unreliable like human feelings are…but God can not lie and is full of truth. Believe Him, pray to Him, cry out to Him.

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Esoym December 19, 2012 at 1:24 am

Lord i come before you to thank you. Five months ago i feel like am going to die but now God forgave me. Thank you every one who had prayed for me specially pastor Jack Wellman. I testify the work of God. Lord you are worthy to praised.

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Toni January 6, 2013 at 11:15 pm

I have suffered from depression, PTDS and various other mental illnesses. This past month has been a real test, one of the worst I have ever had to face Just when I think it might be getting better, something else occurs. Today, I can only describe as feeling totally hopeless, ready to throw in the towel. But I went on-line, found your web site first, read the whole thing and it has really helped. I realized I have not been putting ALL OF MY HOPES in God, but in others and that won’t work. I just pray that as I seek mental treatment, God does the dialing, He directs me to where I will find hope in a therapist, different meds THROUGH HIM. Thank you and God Bless!

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Jack Wellman January 7, 2013 at 1:01 pm

Hello Toni. I thank God for your powerful testimony here that I believe will give others real hope. It appears that your faith and trust in God is strong and that is the launching pad to success in Christ Jesus.

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Gracy January 31, 2013 at 7:03 am

God Almighy. U re All Powerful and Ever Faithful.
Kindly meet me at d point of my need. I know u already knew my heart desires. Let ur Holy will be done. IJN. Amen

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Hopeless February 8, 2013 at 9:35 pm

For the past few months, I have been losing hope. Not in God, but in life. Today was the end of my rope. I got in the car and started to drive, but my head was swimming. I felt completely overwhelmed. I felt as if I would go mad. I wanted to drive off a bridge, or blow my brains out (but I had no gun). The only thing I could think of to do at that moment was to scream. And so I did. And then I sobbed. I went to the nature trail and fell to the ground and prayed and begged God for help. Then went home and threw up. And now I am just numb. I am very sick and very poor and very alone. I was once a nurse and a law student and a mom and a wife – but now I am disabled and trapped in a cycle of poverty and illness with no hope for anything to get better. I have lost everything and everyone. I will never get well (my disease has no cure). I will never be financially secure (by that I mean able to pay my rent and bills and have food and medicine). The rest of my life will be just like today, a struggle to survive, and the reward for the herculean efforts of the poor just to get by another day are little to none. If I did not have faith, I would not be wondering where God is right now, and whether he forgot about me. I have faith in the next life, just not in this one. And this one is still 40 or 50 more years … and I cannot bear to think about those seemingly endless days of misery.

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Jack Wellman February 8, 2013 at 9:42 pm

Hopeless, I am speechless and helpless to find any words and I can not say that “I understand” for that is not true. Only you and God know the full extent of your present suffering and it does appear to have no hope in the future at all. These are times that even I, a pastor, feel totally helpless in trying to help one of God’s own children. All I can do and what I will do is to fall on my face, hands, and knees before God on your behalf to send you help in some way and to make it in the form of a person. Have you spoken with your pastor? Do you have a church home? I would think that you need someone to talk to face to face. Our church has a prayer chain and when many saints of God go to the throne room of heaven, then God will most surely hear. Talk to him or call him right now…this is an emergency. Don’t wait. If I was your pastor, if indeed you even have a church home, I would come over right away and put you on our church’s prayer list. Say, I can do that and will keep your name anonymous. Please don’t give up. Know we care and we are praying for you. Seek a godly man of faith to tell right away.

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Jack Wellman February 8, 2013 at 9:45 pm

Dear Hopless….just take a listen to this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=xGPS8sa-bRQ#!

and cry out to God and tell Him what you have written to us from your heart. Pour our your heart to Him for He cares for you.

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Trevor Goodwin February 11, 2013 at 4:46 am

I read one of the articles my friend sent to me of a woman who haed all and because of a terminal desease has now nothing and nobody to suport her. She wants to comit suicide but that will be worse because she will go to Hell. My advice is to take her bible and go befor God first of all repenting before Him for any sins she has commited in the past then telling God she surrenders her whole life to Him. Then confess that by the stripes of Jesus she is healed and read Psalm 91 daily. Seek Gods face earnestly every day THANKING Him

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Alicia February 18, 2013 at 10:25 pm

Dear Hopeless:

I lost my job at the end of November. I love God with all of my heart 100%, with no doubts. I wish for nothing more than to serve God somehow, to have this life mean something to HIM, to be significant somehow to HIS Kingdom. That has always been my desire. Unfortunately my life does not seem of much value to me and much of the time I wish I were dead instead of living this life in such struggle, alone, lost and destitute. It is hard to hang on becuase this world is so foreign. God has many promises in the Bible to prosper us, build us up and finish the good work in us that HE started, if we believe. I am sick, poor and alone too. But low and behold, now that we are sharing, we are not alone after all. In the natural, for the moment, we may be poor, but with GOD there is always a way. God is a God of supernatural provisions and HE can suddenly turn things around. It is hard, but after losing my job and now running low on my funds, my mind with worry is my greatest enemy and I am having to learn how to declair God’s promises over my life no matter what it looks like. With God I am not poor. In HIM I am rich. To over come I must Praise God for all that HE has done for me and continues to do. God has always provided. I will pray that your circumstances change in a supernatural GOD like way in the Nmae of Jesus Christ.

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Alicia February 18, 2013 at 10:49 pm

Jeremiah 29:11 ~ For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.

Matthew 11:28-29 ~ “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

Isaiah 40:29-31 ~ He gives power to the weak
and strength to the powerless.
Even youths will become weak and tired,
and young men will fall in exhaustion.
But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength.
They will soar high on wings like eagles.
They will run and not grow weary.
They will walk and not faint.

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Benjamin February 19, 2013 at 12:52 pm

Reading scripture like that after decades of waiting on God to bring these words to life, in my life. It becomes very wearying to read them again. One begins to wonder if scripture like this, is being taken out of context and is not meant on a personal level. These words are so wonderful to conceive of actually being made real in the hurt and darkness of one’s lifelong situation…that pit of destruction; that miry bog; that place of hopelessness and confusion that is built on one’s own life and the patterns and habits that have led one there…these words become like a carrot leading a donkey on, never actually becoming a reality of God’s power and love that free’s the prisoner, but always being proposed and layed out before the suffering individual as what COULD be and what God wants to do…yet one is left empty and lost.

Does God actually act…in the end God is sovereign and owes me nothing…Oh that my Lord would bring the words above to a living reality for us!!!

Experienced and Witnessed in our day to day lives. A renewal of life.

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Daniel March 20, 2013 at 4:18 pm

Amen,GOD bless you so much Pastor,my lost hope is now restored.I will not look upon man anymore, for God is more concerned about me.Thanks and GOD bless you.

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Jack Wellman March 20, 2013 at 4:20 pm

Thank you Daniel. Your words encourage me and give me hope that we can look to God and not to man. I am with you too at times for I am not above feeling a sense of hopelessness my friend…but then I must put my eyes back on Jesus. May God richly bless you Daniel.

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Carol May 4, 2013 at 12:39 am

Dear pastor jack,i have been thru alot since when i was a child but i thank God for evrything.pray for me over spirit of denial,fear,failure,i hav been jobless for a year $ some month,i dont know what to do,i have to pay rent,buy food $ take care of other needs but God has always seen me through.my family depended on me $ now am helpless but i hope in God,pray for me to get a new job,get a suitor $ be hapily married.i know God wil fulfil all the desires of my heart $forgive me each day of my life.amen

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Jack Wellman May 4, 2013 at 1:27 pm

Hello Carol. I am so very sorry my friend. God will forgive you and He promises to provide for our every need. Have you spoken with your pastor? We have helped some in our church to meet emergency needs and perhaps your church has something like this too. We can know God will not allow His own to beg bread, but we must reach out and ask for help when necessary and it should start with your pastor and church but in the meantime, I pray for you Carol.

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Carol May 5, 2013 at 8:14 am

Yes,my pastor knows my situation $ been praying to me too.am really inneed i want God to attend to me iam expecting a miracle as soon as possible-i want him to wipe my tears for good $ bring joy into my life forever

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Kyle May 24, 2013 at 5:59 pm

Dear Pastor, despite of a many problems i’m taking. I never loses hope on God despite of a serious problem. If there’s a trust on him definitely there is no impossible on God’s. I can’t write down my problem. But God is already know, i just wanna share my thoughts and experience thru the world of problems.

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Jack Wellman May 25, 2013 at 4:04 pm

Hello Kyle. Please do share your experiences with us here on this website by your leaving us a comment. Thank you.

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Perry July 9, 2014 at 1:56 am

Please pray for
Me and
My family we are just confused about what to do we
Pray for gods peace and guidance in all things thank you and great post it really helps to hear gods word god bless

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Jack Wellman July 9, 2014 at 7:51 am

I will do so Perry. I would also talk to your pastor and yes, pray for peace about this and that God would give you clear direction. Thank you for your comment.

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