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Hope vs. Faith

Hope Vs Faith

If today’s church would simply meet Papa God’s conditions as the 120 did on the day of Pentecost how could we not experience the same sort of results? How odd is it that over 500 hundred people saw the resurrected Jesus Christ of Nazareth all at the same time and only 120 of them actually did as He instructed them. See (1 Corinthians 15:6) How is it now today with so much more information, a completed Bible and so much research available to us. That we are still seeing so many people in churches hearing of such supernatural events week after week, year after year, and who continue to entertain the spirits of doubts and unbelief? Not understanding that not every thought they have is your own. We see in the Bible that the resurrected Lord Jesus actually appeared 7 times to his followers. Yet we read in Matthew 28:17 “And when they saw him, they worshipped him: but some doubted.” This means they actually saw the physical resurrected Lord Jesus/Yashua, saw the wounds in his hands and feet, and side and saw him appear and disappear and some still doubted. I suppose they must have been related or friends with “Doubting Thomas”. We can take great comfort because the Lord told us who do worship and believe and are doers of the Word in places like John 14: 1 “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.2 In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also”.
When we are believing the Word of God we need to be expecting not just hoping it will work. When I pray for someone for a healing miracle I must pray with my whole heart believing it will happen in Jesus/ Yashua’s name.

The  difference between hoping and expecting may indeed  determine whether or not you achieve your goals in life as well as getting your prayers answered. For example that women in Mathew 15 came expecting to receive a healing miracle for her daughter and she was not going to stop asking the Lord Jesus until she got what she came for. It is also interesting to note she understood her daughter was grievously sick because of demons. At first Jesus did not even answer her, but she persisted to press in to a point where his disciples actually tried to convince him to send her away. Instead Jesus explains to the women at this time he is just sent to the Jews. At this the women begins to worship the Lord always a good place to start, (nudge, nudge say no more). As she is worshipping the Lord, Jesus tells her clearly its not appropriate for him to extend his miracle healing power to her by saying in Matthew 15:26 But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children’s bread, and to cast it to dogs.27 And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.28 Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour. This is a wonderful example of what happens when you stay in faith. Because Jesus was sent to the Jews first then after his Resurrection, the Gospel was available for everyone. But here this women would not stop pressing in until she got what she needed from Jesus. When she said even the dogs get to eat crumbs from their master table. Jesus said your great faith has just made your daughter healed.

Jesus commanded blessings on all of Israel if you will do what I say. If you love me keep my commandments.

Salvation means peace and safety, health and miracle, provision and blessings.

Many people think that hope and expectation are the same thing but they are not. For example if a woman hopes to get pregnant, that is not the same as a woman who is expecting. Many people may hope to get healed but in the Bible we see the ones who came to Jesus expecting to be healed were always healed. In fact he healed everyone who came to him and there is no where in the Bible where he turn someone away.

Could I say it this way hope may give you a motive, whilst expectation takes action. You need to put faith in action.

Hebrews 4:2 For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.

For example you might hope for a promotion in your job, you might decide to come in early and stay late and even work weekends in hopes your boss will take notice. Putting your faith to action because you are expecting a promotion because you have done what is necessary to achieve it and you know the Lord will provide it for so it is only a matter of his perfect timing and it will happen. Now you apply that where you need to because it is a biblical concept.

Mark 11:23 “For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith”
The Word of God is a certainty. But  hope is something that you just desire to happen; You might hope that something might happen, or you can mix your faith with the Word of God and expect that something will happen. Amen.

Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

Faith is a tangible substance as it produces a chemical reaction in us so we can hope because when you take hope far enough in faith it will cause the truth to be received as expectation.

Hope is like anticipation of some future action, but it is still uncertain how it will work out.

Having the promises of God you can walk in faithful expectation, having an understanding and “belief about the future” based upon the fact of God’s promises to you.

Getting sanctified more each day as we obey the Lord’s instructions. So you have access to all the benefits of the Bible.

2 Corinthians 1:20 For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.

This tells us All Gods promises are for us as believers including healings and miracles, provision and everything else we need.

We can gain understanding as we observe how gardens grow.

The gardener knows it is best to prepare the soil, plant the seeds of whatsoever they want to see grow and then water and fertilize it. Mind you its work to stay on top of all those nasty weeds of the devil tries to sow into your garden.

Matthew 13: 24 Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field:

25 But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.

26 But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also.

27 So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares?

28 He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up?

29 But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them.

30 Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.

Let us continue them to plant good seeds, and waters them in expectation of the harvest. The rules of sowing and reaping have not changed.  If we are only hoping for that a harvest to appear in our life, are we going to plant the entire garden? I am guessing probably not.

Because if your only hoping then you are probably not  going to invest in continuing to weed and water day after day, week after week, and month after month until you bring in that harvest?

This is vital to understand and I am encouraging you to start expecting results. As we saw inHebrews 4:2 For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it. So put your hope into action by mixing your faith with the Word of God, so you are able to activate the promises.

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