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Psalms Chapter 34: 17[The righteous] cry, and the LORD heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles. 18The LORD [is] nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit. 19Many [are] the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all. 20He keepeth all his bones: not one of them is broken.


2 Corinthians Chapter 4: 8[We are] troubled on every side, yet not distressed; [we are] perplexed, but not in despair; 9Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;


1 Corinthians 10:13 - There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God [is] faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear [it].


Philippians 4: 19But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. 20Now unto God and our Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen. 21Salute every saint in Christ Jesus. The brethren which are with me greet you. 22All the saints salute you, chiefly they that are of Caesar's household.


2 Corinthians 12:9 - And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.


Someone said that: "Despair … is the voluntary and complete abandonment of all hope of saving one’s soul and of having the means required for that end.


Whoever wrote that was less interested in defining “despair” than he was in scoring points against Luther, Calvin and Arminius.

“Unless a seed dies and falls to the ground,” Jesus said. John 12:23-25(NIV) - 23Jesus replied, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. 24Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. 25Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life.


No, no, this writer counters, the seed has the means required to save itself.


In our journey here on earth sometimes we experience a complete loss of hope; this is what we call despair. For the Believer we have the blessed hope which is that day when Christ will come to redeem us and receive us in full glory as we have know and will know again.


Until that day we need to remember to focus on the right things, as Paul reminds us in Philippians 4:8 (KJV) Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.


He reminds us that despair will be replaced with peace when we think on the right things. Sometimes our despair is because we forget how important it is to spend time building others up, rather than concentrating so much on ourselves.


When we think on the things that are good and do for others, we will have hope and true joy and peace that passes our human understanding. We have no time for despair when we are busy “doing”.


We have all read the scripture that scripture in Revelation that says:

Revelation 21:4 - He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.


The good news is that you don't have to wait until you're dead!


“One of the things I learned the hard way was that it doesn’t pay to get discouraged. Keeping busy and making optimism a way of life can restore your faith in yourself.” – Lucille Ball