Faith and Hope

There are two types of hope…

(Rom 4:18 NIV)  “Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, “So shall your offspring be.

Against all natural hope Abraham found a supernatural hope…natural versus supernatural.

Natural hope is like a dream or a wish, it has no substance and no chance of being achieved. There is nothing in it that you can get hold of.

There is a difference between hope and wishful thinking. Wishful thinking is a mistaken identification of one’s own wishes with reality.

Supernatural hope are The Promises of God.

(Heb 11:1 NIV)  “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.

(Heb 11:1 KJV)  “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

Faith must give substance to hope because in and of itself, hope has no substance, it is merely a goal or destination. It is future tense.  Add faith to hope, and hope will begin to take on substance. To achieve a goal or get to a destination there must be some action taken. To get there we must start on the journey.  Faith is the action that takes us on the journey.

(Mark 11:24 NIV)  “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”

(1 Th 5:8 NIV)  “But since we belong to the day, let us be self‑controlled, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet.

Faith and Love are products of The Spirit (breastplate). Hope is the helmet, what does it cover? Your mind, Satan attacks in the thought life.

(2 Cor 10:5 NIV)  “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

By Renewing the mind, and through all that God has provided for us by His Word, we have the Authority to bring every thought into subjection, to keep them under our conscious control. In this way we are not victimized by thoughts implanted by Satan to destroy our hope in God.

(Phil 4:8 NIV)  “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable‑‑if anything is excellent or praiseworthy‑‑think about such things.

(2 Pet 1:3 NIV)  “His Divine Power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of Him who called us by His own Glory and Goodness.

Remember- when He calls us to do something in His Word, He has provided us with the ability to do it.

(Prov 13:12 NIV)  “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.

Pursue your hope by faith! If God has given you a hope, He certainly means for you to attain it.

(Prov 29:18 NIV)  “Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint; but blessed is he who keeps the law.

Revelation is the hope given by God. Without God’s goals in our life, we perish.

Your vision is your hope.  Don’t give up hope.

(Heb 10:23 NIV)  “Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who Promised is Faithful.

1. Hope is a Partner to Faith
(1 Cor 2:12 NIV)  “We have not received the spirit of the world but The Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us.

 

Through The Spirit of God we have understanding of the hope that God has given us, and therefore know where to place our hope.

Natural things reflect spiritual things. Example – An air conditioner is an active unit, with the goal set by the thermostat. We are the air conditioner, The Spirit of God sets the thermostat, or gives us our hope (destination).

Thermostats have no substance.  Someone who has never seen a thermostat before may expect it to do the cooling, however the thermostat is only the goal-setter.  Faith is the substance like the air conditioner when it does the work.

The A/C unit will not work without the thermostat, as faith without hope will not work.

(Prov 18:20‑21 NIV)  “From the fruit of his mouth a man’s stomach is filled; with the harvest from his lips he is satisfied. {21} the tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.

When we speak, we are activating the “thermostat.”  If we turn the thermostat to 70/95/60 we will blow a fuse.  People do this with their confession. The unit doesn’t make its own decisions, if you dial for cold, it sends cold.

(Gal 6:7 NIV)  “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.

By our words we sow, either in agreement with God’s Word, or not, we will reap what we sow.

(Mark 4:26‑27 NIV)  “He also said, “This is what The Kingdom of God is like. A man scatters seed on the ground. {27} Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how.

Seed to a farmer is a goal-setter; if you want to know what goal he has, check out his seed. If the farmer wants corn he plants corn. We don’t always know how faith accomplishes its goal, but nevertheless, it does.

(Mark 4:26‑29 NIV)  “He also said, “This is what The Kingdom of God is like. A man scatters seed on the ground. {27} Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how. {28} All by itself the soil produces grain‑‑first the stalk, then the head, then the full kernel in the head. {29} As soon as the grain is ripe, he puts the sickle to it, because the harvest has come.“”

We need to speak our desires and hopes, plant the seeds in our spirit man, and God will cause it to grow.

2. The Distinction between Faith AND Hope

 Hope is always in the future, Hope is never now, while faith is always now.  Hope gives a goal, a purpose to function.

(Rom 4:18‑20 NIV)  “Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, “So shall your offspring be.” {19} without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead‑‑since he was about a hundred year’s old‑‑and that Sarah’s womb was also dead. {20} yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding The Promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God,

Abraham abandoned natural hope, and in its place took supernatural hope, that which God promised him. He then took the action of believing it, and through that faith received The Promise. Faith is always based on something that is past.

We are born again because of the cross, which has already happened in the past.

We are filled with The Spirit because it has already been poured out.

We are healed – 1 Peter 2:24b… “By whose stripes ye were healed.

. . . Vs 18who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, so shall thy seed be.”

Might become…”  This is future tense; hope is always future tense.  It’s not wrong to talk about the future, not wrong to express or speak of your hope.