At the End of Your Rope of Hope

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Romans 7:24-25 “O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord….”

The Apostle Paul goes through the struggle that many find themselves in every day. He shows the struggle between the desire to do right and the desire to do wrong. Paul said that he knows he should do things, but he doesn't do them, and then there are things he knows he should not do that he ends up doing those things. He recognized the war inside him and almost came to the end of hope. He asks in verse 24, “O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?” Thankfully, Paul did not end right there because he revealed that there is always hope. Paul shows the hope in verse 25 when he says, “I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Paul is saying that when you come to the end of your rope of hope, you will always find that Jesus is there to give you hope.

My friend, when it seems like there is no hope, there is always hope. Sin always brings you to the end of yourself to make you think there is no hope, but there is always hope in Jesus Christ. Do you find yourself at the end of the rope of hope? Let me share several things that are not an option when you get to the end of that rope.

First, vices are never the hope when you reach the end of the rope of hope. Running to vices always makes your situation worse. Drugs have never resolved one person’s problem, but they have always caused those problems to get worse. Medicinal marijuana, prescription drugs, or illegal drugs are not the answer for hope. Just because you have a prescription for a vice doesn't mean that it will resolve your issues. It may “calm” your nerves, but your problem will still be there when the effects of the drugs are gone. Drugs have never given anyone hope or answers.

Second, alcohol is never the hope when you reach the end of the rope of hope. You may be able to drown your problems in alcohol for a few hours, but you will never resolve those problems. Alcohol in ANY amount is wrong! Nobody has ever found themselves overcoming their issues by running to alcohol because it only makes your issues worse.

Third, running and hibernating is never the hope when you come to the end of the rope of hope. Burying your head in the sand doesn't change reality. Reality is still there and getting worse the longer you avoid dealing with it.

Fourth, bad habits to sulk in your sorrows will never give you hope when you come to the end of the rope of hope. Overeating, spending money, or whatever you do will not give you hope. The only thing that the wrong answers for your problems will do is that they will strip you of hope to overcome.

Fifth, suicide is never the answer when you come to the end of your rope of hope. Suicide may end your problems, but it creates a host of problems for those who love you. It is a cowardly way out of facing problems. If you have the courage to commit suicide, you have the courage to face your problems.

Always remember that your only hope of victory is found in Jesus Christ. Look to Jesus when you come to the end of your rope of hope, and you will not only find hope, but you will also find the answer to your problems.

Dr. Allen Domelle


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