Hope and Faith

I will start with the book of Titus. To get the most out of my comments you have to read Titus 1:1-4.

Hope and Faith is more than a title of a sitcom on T.V. Do you know the difference between hope and faith? Some people use these words interchangeably, but that would not be correct.

Hope is a feeling that what is desired will happen. It is an expectation for the future. Like heaven or Jesus’ return.

Faith is an unquestioning belief that does not require proof or evidence. It is knowing without a doubt that something happened in the past even if you did not see it. Like creation or the virgin becoming ‘with child’ or salvation.

It gives me great peace to know the hope I have for my eternal future will come to those who love the Lord. God promised it and God does not lie. Hope is the foundation faith and knowledge rests on (vs. 2). I would have no reason for faith if I had no hope of eternal life. I would not desire knowledge of Jesus Christ if I had no hope that it would help me live in eternity. I have faith and continuing knowledge in Jesus Christ because I hope in the eternal life God promised.

My hope is based on the fact that God keeps His promises. Heaven, my eternal home, is a promise I am anticipating with excitement. Between now and when I see heaven , I have been entrusted with knowledge that God does not expect me to keep to myself–God does not want me to keep secrets. I want to extend the light of God’s word to diminish darkness in this materialistic, selfish world.

The knowledge of Jesus Christ should motivate our every action. Let us hope in living with Him in eternity (future) as we have faith in the salvation he provided on the cross long ago (past). Then let us desire knowledge (present) about him daily and allow Jesus to be seen in our actions.

Prayer

Lord, guide me to a stronger, unwavering faith in you. Help my knowledge of Jesus Christ increase daily and be the motive behind all my actions. Sustain my hope and protect it from the enemy. If my hope waivers, my faith will follow. If my hope is supported so is my faith. Help me walk with the Spirit so my hope never looses its grip on me. No matter my circumstances, bind the hope of heaven to me. May I never loose the anticipation of seeing my Savior.

Consider

Do you know anyone who does not have faith in Jesus Christ or who does not want to know about Him? I bet that person has no hope of eternal life (Jesus could never love me) or even worse, they believe that being a ‘good’ person without Jesus is good enough for eternal life. You cannot hope for eternity and leave Jesus Christ out. That is impossible. Jesus Christ is the way to eternity. Follow our instruction book, the Bible, it is clear on that point: “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6

Pray for those who do not know Christ Jesus to have the desire to start a relationship with Him. Ask God to use you to touch some one’s life.

Further Study

HOPE: Romans 8:22-25; Romans 15:4; Hebrews 3:6;

FAITH: Hebrews 11:1; Romans 3:21; Romans 10:17; 2 Corinthians 5:7; Philemon :6

God bless you until we meet again.

Introduction

In-Step with the Spirit

I am passionate about keeping in-step with the Spirit (Galations 5:25). The only way to do this is to know where the Spirit wants to go. To know the way, I have to read the road map, the Bible. My destination is not mapped out with a yellow highlighter because I do not yet know where I am going. I am relying on the Spirit to lead and guide me. I have to listen with spiritual maturity to the Spirit’s directions, not look ahead with my worldy eyes. I have to trust the journey will be in my best interest and for the interest of others. My goal is to keep in-step with the Spirit and do what I am prompted to do. This is a process. A journey. I hope you will follow along and keep in-step with the Spirit as well.

Why this Blog?

I see so many people wondering why their life feels out of control, hectic, turbulent, and filled with conroversay. I believe they have fallen off the path and are not walking with the Spirit. There are times in my life when I fall off the path and need encouragement to get back on the right journey. I want to walk with the Spirit and help others walk with the Spirit so their life can be transformed into peaceful, tranquil, and pleasant lives for the service of our Lord.

Are you walking with the Spirit and able to hear his voice? Are you running ahead of the Spirit and can’t see him (I-can-do-it-myself attitude)? Are you behind the Spirit seeing only a fuzzy image ahead of you (Drag-your-feet affitude)? Are you running in the other direction totaly because the Spirit seems complicated, scary and demanding (denying Him)? If you can relate to these descriptions, I encourage you to read-on and let us stay-on the path together.
I love writing devos and writing this blog serves a three fold purpose. 1) I will stay devoted to staying in the Word, 2) I will keep practicing my passion for writing that is my God-given talent, and 3) I will offer insite, as I am led, on how to keep in-step with the Spirit (Galatians 5:25).

Format for this Blog
I’ve always heard the verse from Hebrews 4:12 that says, “For the word of God is living and active.” It has been true since the Word was chisseled on the tablets Moses carried, and penned on the first scrolls. Even today, the letters written in the Bible are relevant and guide us to understand God and his ways. Like Moses’ life journey, we are on our own journey. What better map than the Bible? The letters teach us new concepts, rebuke our off-the-path concepts, tweek our wrong concepts, and train us to apply concepts. All of this is done in our best intrest and so we can gather many to His kingdom.

Saying that, I will allow the Word the teach, train and rebuke me. I will follow the Spirit on the journey and do my best to stay on the path as I share what I learn with you. My prayer and aim is to stay in-step with the Spirit and help you stay there, too.

The map is in front of us. I can’t wait to see where the Spirit leads. I may not know the course we will take, it may be bumby, it may hurt, I may have to walk in circles to learn what I need to learn, but where ever the Spirit leads, I want to be in a harmonious step beside Him.