Hopelessness articulates an argument which opposes Christ, (2 Corinthians 10:5).  The lie spoken is that there are circumstances, personality traits and people that are bigger than God. Hopelessness has a voice that seeks to drown out Gods affirmation and confirmation, it calls the believer to be measured and realistic in their expectations.

To pull down the stronghold of hopelessness means to lean into joy, this is a countercultural act. Being realistic, and preparing for disappointment is at the core of our cultures lived out behaviour. Many people anticipate fear, disaster, setback and so they prepare themselves for the worse by refusing hope and joy. The church too has lived like this for decades. If we are going to be realistic about ourselves, the church and society then it probably is hopeless. But we are not called to be measured and realistic in our expectations. When the church factors in God, and genuinely begins to believe that He is good and His promises are real, hope gets ignited and hope is the first stage of transformation.
It is better to be hopeful and occasionally disappointed than to live hopeless. Even if a circumstance doesn't turn out as expected we can still have the confident expectation that He can turn it around for good, whatever happens He can fulfil prophetic promises. God has the incredible ability to make every negative in our lives turn to a positive. Hope is what brings us to the place where we no longer live defensive and afraid. 

Jamie Lee, 27/08/2017