|Posted by ptodd on August 18, 2014 at 10:40 AM|
Hope Built on Faith
John Ogden Sr.
August 11, 2014
"Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen" (Hebrews 11:1, NKJV).
There are many things in life that we look for, think about and, from a natural standpoint, say we hope for. But that is man’s hope, not a hope tied to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The hope that is described in the above verse is the hope that is built on the principles and foundations of God’s Word. It is a hope that is planted in our spirit based on God’s faithfulness.
Hope built on faith in God and His Word will produce optimism and confidence that cannot be acquired any other way. It stands on the foundation and the faithfulness of God. This kind of hope in God and His promises produces faith. Even though at times we may find ourselves in what would appear to be hopeless conditions, God would remind us that, in Him, there are no hopeless conditions, only hope. He is faithful and He knows what we have need of. With this in mind, hope becomes faith which, in the Christian life, is the opening to God’s promises, moving us towards the confidence of Heaven itself.
He declared that in this world we would have tribulations, but He said, “…be of good cheer, for I have overcome the world” (John 16:33, NKJV). I challenge you to lay hold of a hope based on God that produces confidence beyond the natural and takes us from victory to victory in every situation.