Life has a way of beating us down and eroding our optimism. Whether it is due to intermittent seasons of adversity and recovery or a long haul with little to no reprieve, each of us fight the battle of holding out for hope.
Finding hope is especially difficult when we endure troubles that come to us through no fault of our own. The tragic death of a loved one, the destruction of a marriage, the unexpected loss of income. These are adversities that I have personally suffered. And if you, like I have, experience a long term of adversity, much more than your hope suffers—so does your faith.
I’ve known rejection and despair. I’ve seen the ravages that alcoholism and addictions have on individuals and families. I’ve suffered exceedingly serious financial trials, major life and death health issues. I’ve fought depression daily as the adversities of this life all but consumed me. But I found what you and many others are seeking. There is hope. Personal breakthroughs are available if we truly want them. That may seem like a strange condition. You may wonder, Why wouldn’t a person want breakthroughs?
I’ve known many people who, on a subconscious level, have become so familiar with their burdens, so identified with life as they’ve always known it, that the prospect of a breakthrough is not on their radar. They have become resigned to their personal situation and don’t even hope for anything different. Many people remain in a perpetual state of hopelessness simply because it’s familiar. For these people, the effort required to make any change is not something they are willing to put forth. Finding hope and overcoming tragedies actually begins with the individual’s will. No doubt this is why Jesus asked the man at the pool of Bethesda, who had been infirmed for thirty-eight years, “Do you want to be made well?”
The man’s response, as I read it, reveals he’d wanted to be healed for a long time, but it was nearly hopeless for him. He explained that with his every effort, by the time he could reach the healing waters, another stepped in before him. Do you relate? Have you been trying to find the answers you need, seeming to always come up short? Have you been dealing with a matter so very long that you are nearly hopeless?
The man at the pool of Bethesda believed he could only be healed if he were the first to enter the healing waters. Imagine how strange it must have been to him for Jesus, who was unknown to him, to simply state, “Rise, take up our bed and walk.” He must have at least had thoughts run through his mind similar to, Are you nuts? Can’t you see my condition? How do you expect me to rise up, let alone walk?
If Jesus were to ask something unexpected of you with the promise of your hope being fulfilled and your breakthrough finally materializing, would you be willing? Are you willing to reconsider the paths, or lessons or methods you’ve been taught to follow, with the prospect of finding new direction and new hope in Jesus?
I am a fellow struggler with a heart of compassion, wanting to share what I have learned to help you discover the victorious life that’s available through faith in Jesus also known as Christ—a title that means the anointed One of God. You can renew your hope. You can have personal breakthroughs. But I caution you, there is no formula—there is no specific recipe or particular program to follow that will produce the results you want. Instead there are principles and conditions that are required to be met, but they center around relationship not a methodology.
Renewing your hope and embracing the remedy for personal breakthroughs begins and ends with faith. Not the so-called faith that’s popularized claims that we can have whatever we want if we have enough faith. That teaching, sadly, is erroneous and has harmed many people concerning the true, genuine hope through faith that is available, and in abundance.
The first condition to satisfy is placing your faith in Jesus, that He was and is who He claimed to be, so that by faith you can be redeemed. This first condition produces what I call saving faith. The next condition is to embrace God and His promises to produce what I call effective faith—faith that produces astounding results, not withstanding supernatural miracles.
Do you need a breakthrough? Are you able to believe for a miracle? Pam has been working on this second book all year and would welcome dialogue with you. She’s learned a lot and is anxious to be of help to those who are finding it difficult to hold out for hope. Post a comment here or if it’s more personal write to her at email@example.com You can expect a reply.
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