The brutal battlegrounds that are our lives can make it feel, sometimes, like hope is lost. Or that hope is a thing for everyone else, but not for us. Not you. It can begin to feel like hoping for something better is something you do in dreams and fairy tales and movies.
One of the tactics of our enemy is to steal hope. When life gets hard, he whispers, there is no hope. He says it again and again, so many times that we finally relent and agree.
And we begin saying things like, “This will never change.” “I will never change.” “This problem is too big.” “I am all alone.” These are all agreements we make with the enemy, because God would never agree that there is no hope. He’s all about hope.
I mean, what’s the most hopeless thing you can think of? Death? Jesus conquered that. Evil? He conquered that too. Sin? Yep, that too.
Jesus came to kick off a massive, global restoration project—one in which every wrong, every sin, every hurt, every mistake, every lie will be set right. Everything. All of it. We know the end of the story. There’s nothing here but hope.
But our agreements with the enemy, agreements against hope, toward despair—they are traps. They slow us down, they prolong sin and drag out hurt—and they are designed to.
So, we’ve got to do something. We cannot stand by and let these agreements continue to operate in our lives. We cannot stay in the trap. We’ve got to step up and take action. We must repent and renounce and destroy these agreements, these entrapments.
In this episode, we name the agreements that might be robbing us of hope.
Where, in your life, have you begun to believe that nothing is ever going to change? . . .