Hope & Faith

What is Hope? What is Faith?

Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen…..3 Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.  …6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarded of them that diligently seek him…24 By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter; 25 Choosing to rather suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;

Hebrews 12:1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, 2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Oh do I tire, Oh do I weep, Oh I don't cherish the trials at my feet,

For only God knoweth my shame that I bare, and only God knoweth yes, He's there;

 Only God knows my heart weeps in despair, to be battered and torn and to be ripped into threads;

 So my hope can be shattered and my faith sometimes weak, and my spirit is yearning while his strength is complete;

 Great is my weakness and strong is his power, and it carries me aloft in each new waking hour;

To rest in his care I doth rest in his word, like the air that’s invisible, carries the birds;

Oh my Lord is my strength, and his spirit is my comfort, I’d be lost without him, and be down in the dumps;

So with care I will rest in his Words there like balm, with each minute in this world I am soothed and made calm;

And there's just one more thing, I'm so glad I'm his child, my tears he knows best while on my soul he smiles;

This world still revolves and holds nothing so dear, than my sweet savior's voice, that small voice in my ear;

While I listen he leads through the trials and through pain, but his love washes me, like a good summer rain;

I no longer can share in the worlds false delights, Cause my Shepard knows best how I rest in his light.

Without faith it's impossible to please the Lord, and we really should be more than we can afford;

That means spending time in his word and in prayer, so don't you just sit around going nowhere;

Our lives were commissioned to give him the glory, it's not about us, it's about Him, it's His story;

By Mark Aldrich (c)

 There are so many verses in the bible on faith that it is redundant to quote them all but Jesus made it abundantly clear that the Christian life is all about faith! Here are just a few to start. In Matthew 6:30, 8:10, 8:26, 9:2, 9:22, 14:31, 15:28, 16:8, 17:20, 21:21, 23:23.

 In Mark 2:5, 4:40, 5:34, 10:52, 11:22. Luke 5:20, 7:9, 7:50, 8:25, 8:48, 12:28, 17:5,6, 17:19, 18:8, 18:42, 22:32.  The list goes on, 13 verses in Acts, 34 verses in Romans, 7 in 1 Corinthians, 5 in 2 Corinthians, 20 in Galatians and the list goes on, you get my point!

Faith and patience work hand in hand and are most needed everyday of our lives. How do we live with out them? You know when it comes to having faith in ourselves, we know when we are at the cross roads and can't stretch any further. That is were the faith in God kicks in. Have you ever been at the end of your rope? At the end of your patience, at the end of your emotional train, and said, God I can't deal with this any more, I can't do it anymore, it's up to you to make this work!

 We all have been there haven't we? I believe we all have experienced the divine working of the Holy Spirit in our lives too and seen what our God can do in our desperation. So why do we have to be desperate to begin with? Is that a prerequisite to miracles? Is that a prerequisite to walking in faith?

 If we are walking with him and at peace within ourselves that is a pretty good sign that we are resting in him. When we get out of his will we will feel the weight of our sin. I mean the weight of disobedience! If we are a sure child of God, God's will in us is easier to follow because all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose! Romans 8:28

I have come to realize as I have said once before, that our way is guided and we shouldn't have to worry about the decisions we are confronted with in our lives. If we are conscious of his presence in our everyday situations, then he is conscious of us being conscious of him! It's at those moments our faith will be resting in Him.

Here is an example, when Jesus sent the disciples out two by two in Mark 6:7 and he told them to take nothing with them, but yet he gave them power over unclean spirits, they went out and preached, healed the sick and cast out devils, was Jesus with them then?

In Luke 10:1 he sent out another seventy this time and they did the same, was Jesus with them? Was it their faith that carried them through? Surely, once they left the presence of Jesus they could have lost all faith, being alone unto men. They returned with joy saying the devils are subject unto us through thy name.

 In conclusion:

Oh how powerful a witness we have in Jesus name. He is in us as we are in him and he is in the Father. We are one with Jesus; we are the body of Christ! So what are we doubting, why should we loose our faith in him? We have his
 promises and we have the Holy Spirit living in us!

A Daily Devotional From Oswald Chambers 


He went out, not knowing whither he went.

Hebrews 11:8

Have you been "out" in this way? If so, there is no logical
statement possible when anyone asks you what you are doing.

One of the difficulties in Christian work is this question -
"What do you expect to do?" You do not know what you are

going to do; the only thing you know is that
God knows what He is doing.

Continually revise your attitude towards God

and see if it is a going out of everything,
trusting in God entirely.

It is this attitude that keeps you in perpetual
wonder -
you do not know what God is going to do next.

Each morning you wake it is to be a "going out,"
building in
confidence on God.

"Take no thought for your life,...nor yet for your body" -
take no thought for the things for which

you did take thought before you "went out."

Have you been asking God what He is going to do?

He will never tell you.

God does not tell you what He is going to do;

He reveals to you Who He is.

Do you believe in a miracle-working God, and will
you go out in surrender to Him until you

are not surprised an atom at anything He does?

Suppose God is the God you know Him to be when
you are nearest to Him - what an impertinence worry is!

Let the attitude
of the life be a continual "going out"
in dependence upon God, and your life will have an ineffable
charm about it which
is a satisfaction to Jesus.

You have to learn to go out of convictions, out of creeds,
out of experiences, until so far
as your faith
is concerned, there is nothing between yourself and God.

My hope for you is that you have had a prayer of salvation,
and if you haven't and you want to ask Christ into your heart and life,
then I offer these words for you to repeat,
but only if your heart is sincere,
because God knows it if you're not.

Dear God, I now know I have needed you and have
rejected your calling, so today, right now, 
I ask Jesus Christ to come into my heart and my life, 
and forgive me from all past sin and Lord cleanse me 
from my unrighteousness. I believe that Jesus was 
crucified for my sin, died, and was buried and rose from
the dead according to the scriptures. I want you forever more
to be my guide and I want to follow you as a believer. 
I ask for your strength to change my heart and 
my earthly ways so that I can become a better 
child in your kingdom. Show me how to depend 
on you in all things. And show me how to do 
your will in my life. I thank you and pray this 
prayer in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen!

Apr 19, 2009, 9:51 PM