THE FAITH SERIES:9
As promised we would consider the interplay between Hope and Faith this week. In my estimation it would appear that Hope is one of the most underrated and overlooked spiritual force in Christiandorm. I believe this is unfortunate and has led to a lot of faith cripples. The scripture rates Hope highly, probably only second to Love... which is the nature of God.
1 Corinthians 13:13 say:
And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity. (1 Corinthians 13:13 KJV)
Consider this, if Love is the greatest of the three, logic would suggest that hope is next in line if you consider the way they are arranged... FAITH, HOPE and CHARITY (ie God kind of Love). Secondly, the arrangement and study of scriptures will suggest that Hope is some sort of intermediary between Faith and love (Romans 5:1-5). It took me a long time to appreciate the place of hope in exercising strong Faith, try and follow me, without strong Hope there is no strong Faith. We need to take a closer look at Hope
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1 KJV)
Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see. (Hebrews 11:1 NLT)
Looking at the above popular passage in both translations, it seems to me that Hope is referencing the future while Faith is active in the present. It also suggest that Hope must first be in place before Faith can show up. In other words Hope must be transformed to Faith to be of any use. But how does this happen? What if I say 'faith puts substance to hope, or makes hope tangible, and provides the evidence for what cannot be seen by the naked eyes'.
What this means is that without Hope there is no Faith, because Hope has got to exist in order for Faith to add substance to it. Hope is then the skeleton on which the muscle of faith is added. If the skeleton is poor the whole structure becomes suspect. Another example is to compare Hope to the blueprint of a house and Faith as the house itself. If the blueprint is faulty then the house will be faulty. Just like Hope refers to the future the same with the blueprint, it gives guidance, structure and scope. What Faith does is to bring those things that are in the spiritual realm (realm of hope) into physical reality.
So we need Hope to fire our imagination through the word of God, once we can see it through the eyes of Hope it's only a matter of time before Faith will bring it into reality. It is impossible to have Faith when you see your situation as hopeless. This is what meditation in the word of God does (Joshua 1:8).
That is why we encourage sick people to meditate on healing scriptures, once they see it on the inside and become full of Hope, Faith comes along and wraps it with substance to make the health manifest in your body. It may not be easy. but it's that simple
Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost. (Romans 15:13 KJV)
STRONG HOPE + SUBSTANCE = STRONG FAITH