In the world, the general use of the word hope is akin to wishing or dreaming for something. This is the answer that some may give when asked if they think that they will go to heaven when they die. But you must believe when you ask. It is a hope that is like faith…a faith that cannot be moved by circumstances or what the eyes see because an unseen God is seen in His faithfulness. Faith permits a person to see beyond what they see to what they want. Yes, you have been disappointed. The Lord called light into being first and three days later created a source for the light to come from. By definition, we can see that hope works with faith, but it is not faith. Hope is not doubt but intense expectation. Mark 6:56b. Many have a hard time picturing internal healing. The Hebrew word Miqweh means “to wait or look for with eager expectation”. 1. The greatest thing God wants from us is to love and trust Him. We can say that faith is the confidence of what is yet unseen. In other words, it is the object of faith that renders faith faithful. Discussion and I pray … your faith may become effective through the knowledge of every good thing which is in you (Philemon 1:6). If we stop here, air will provide little benefit. 3. So most of faith is hope. This name of God occurs in both Old and New Testaments. All can be translated “confidence” or “confidence in.”  I personally like the conviction that the word confidence contains. Faith, hope, and love are the three gifts every Christian will always have. Like faith, there is a human component of believe and spiritual component of believe. They will soar on wings like eagles; they … The woman with the issue of blood was healed by her faith, not Christ’s faith. You must believe in order for my power to be released for you. With some problems, we turn it over to the Lord and wait on Him while with other problems we can ask the Lord, “What is your will,” “What would you have me do,” or “What is your solution.”  In each case it still is in God’s hands. In the earliest times the Hebrew word for hope in the Old Testament was a word that meant a cord or an attachment, signifying that a person was attached in safety. (Pistis) is faith, belief, trust, a conviction of truth, confidence, assurance, persuasion, or divine persuasion. Unfortunately, many think of hope as meaning just a wishing and a hoping. Question: "What does the Bible say about faith?" Speaking in a Holy Spirit given language is always a source of spiritual edification and building of our confidence and faith. We need to keep our eyes on Him rather than on our problem. They begged him to let them touch even the edge of his cloak, and all who touched it were healed. In you, Lord my God, I put my trust (Psalm 25:1). When their desires consume them, they have moved away from trusting God with their life and lose the joy of contentment because they are putting their interests above those of God. If we have received what we asked for, then faith is not needed. In the Bible, God is the one Who guarantees what we hope for, and since there are no limitations on God, there is no limit on His guarantee for what we hope for. Faith in God is not referring to what God can do as much as who He is. I would be negligent not to point out that sin will separate you from God and will make faith and belief of no avail as God will not answer the prayers of a person who is withholding sin from repentance. Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Like faith, there is a human component of believe and spiritual component of believe. This is how we know that faith and hope are both needed for our success in this life. Believe then is the action component of faith. As long as Satan can keep you believing that you do not have enough faith, he can keep you powerless and ineffective. In the New Testament book of 1 Corinthians, the apostle Paul mentions the three virtues together and then goes on to identify love as the most important of the three: God's Word should never be doubted, because God cannot lie. What is “works” and what does “dead” mean? Doubt is what tears faith down and eliminating doubt and exercising our faith builds it up. We decide to have confidence and reliance on a person or a thing. for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content (Philippians 4:11). Part of the problem with trusting God is that God’s ways don’t always make sense to us. God created everything we see out of what we cannot see. (Pisteuó) is believe in, have faith in, trust in, place confidence in, to entrust, adheres to, rely on, accept, to think to be true, or to be persuaded of. With trust and faith, John says, you can have confidence before God; and whatever you ask you receive from him (1 John 3:21-22). What is hope? Based on what you know, your hope to pass the exam is well founded. New Testament writers used the word hope in only one way and that was to express the idea that one anticipates (usually with pleasure) what one waits for. I am calm and quiet… at peace, like a baby with its mother (Psalm 131:2). In order to trust God completely, we need to make Him the Lord of our life. We cannot experience faith in God if we do not trust Him. We need to believe and not doubt. God is not a man that he should lie; neither the son of man that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? We have a choice to trust God and follow His kingdom, or we can trust Satan’s kingdom and follow the world. The Distinctive Biblical Meaning of Hope. The Bible says faith, hope, and love all should affect the way we live, but love must link everything together in every moment, "And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony" (Colossians 3:14). Natural belief exists within our five senses and does not believe what it cannot see. The Lord’s word is flawless (Psalm 18:30). Contentment does not mean never advancing; it does mean giving the Lord your desires and being patiently satisfied with what you have until the Lord fulfills your desires. If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me (Psalm 66:18). The Old Testament. According to Webster's Dictionary, hope means "...a confident expectation that a desire will be fulfilled.". Faith trusts in God and His Word. Air is a noun like faith is a noun. If we have the same faith as Jesus and Paul, why do most not see the results of such faith? We are relying on God’s Word to work in answer to our request. To doubt is to be in a wavering state of mind, as James said. The difference between the two concepts of hope is based on the issue of guarantee. Or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good? Let us picture and speak the answers that we are seeking. Trust then is the foundation for faith and believing in God. Believing then adds action to our faith. I have explained this in the previous chapter but briefly, here is how that works. James 5:15 says. Time is always in the hand of God, but you have the Word of God in your hand. The Bible says, "Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God" (Romans 10:17). That's why Romans 10:17 says. If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me (Psalm 66:18). It is our responsibility then to believe and operate within the faith God placed within us and to cast doubt away. God is not a man that he should lie; neither the son of man that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? When David and Solomon expressed this idea in their writings they included all three concepts of security, desire and waiting. We need to turn control completely over to our heavenly Father and stop trying to figure out a solution ourselves. Seed faith is watered with the Word of God. An anchor is something that provides a firm foundation and security. Satan works hard to keep you in doubt and tries to block you from receiving understanding. Pretty sure vs. one hundred percent sure! The hope in Webster's is based on the idea that one is relatively sure that things are going to work out. One of the fruits of the Spirit is faith (Galatians 5:22). However, they doubt that they have enough faith to get the job done. You have not seen God or the devil. In short, faith is God's “divine persuasion.” God provides faith, but it is our responsibility to operate and grow in it, and not to kill our faith with doubt and unbelief. New King James Version Then add to your hope, faith, then I will hear, and it releases my power to accomplish my blessings. A message from the Lord said, “I hear all the cries of your heart and I am moving on your behalf. The greatest enemy is doubt and unbelief. We need to keep trusting God regardless of what is happening around us, even if things seem hopeless. Back in the 1960's a singer named Dusty Springfield recorded a song entitled "Wishing and Hoping." I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances (Philippians 4:11). Belief is the action component of faith as persuaded by the Lord. Time is always in the hand of God, but you have the Word of God in your hand. By definition, we can see that hope works with faith, but it is not faith. With some problems, we turn it over to the Lord and wait on Him while with other problems we can ask the Lord, “What is your will,” “What would you have me do,” or “What is your solution.”  In each case it still is in God’s hands. Or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good? You trust Him with all of your life. It is joined to faith and love, and is opposed to seeing or possessing ( Romans 8:24; 1 John 3:2). In Ephesians 2:8, Paul tells us the source of faith. We want it our way and in our timing. Use the link below to share a full-text version of this article with your friends and colleagues. The writers of the Bible, however, used the word hope when they wanted to convey that someone had a confident expectation of a future blessing of some kind. The hope in Webster's is based on the idea that one is relatively sure that things are going to work out. What is God’s faith like? The word hope in English often conveys doubt. Doubt is when we cannot understand but we want to understand. King James Bible Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. will renew their strength. But you, beloved, building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit (Jude 1:20). That’s God’s part, but we must also do our part with faith and without doubting. We need to Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. While we may receive doubt from many different directions, it still originates with the devil. Since there is a limit to these things, there is only a limited guarantee for our hope (a limited guarantee because you never know). We just need to acknowledge what we have and begin to learn the laws from the Word that govern the operation of faith. Trust in me – in the end it will all come together. “Lord, I have confidence in you.” “I have confidence in your Word.”. We need to trust God with His ways and His timing for our life. The importance of faith in receiving healing cannot be over emphasized. We need to ask ourselves, “Who am I following?”, A message from the Lord said, “So trust me. The biblical object of faith is the person and work of Jesus Christ. In John 7:38, we have the Holy Spirit pictured as streams of living waters. Hope brings faith “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see” (Hebrews 11:1). Do you trust God to the point of being content? At the first sign of any difficulty, we think that God must not love us because He is permitting this difficulty to happen. God says, I will hasten my word to perform it (Jeremiah 1:12). Biblical hope is the anticipation of a favorable outcome under God's guidance. A verb can express a physical action, a mental action, or a state of being. By spending time in the Word, prayer, praise and meditation, revelation will come. God has given us a gift of supernatural faith at salvation, and it is never taken from us or leaves us. The Greek word used most often in the New Testament for "faith" is pistis. There is one important difference with the meaning of the word hope that is in Webster's Dictionary and the meaning of the word hope contained in the Bible. The God who spoke this world into existence and hung it in the sky, says that He will hasten to perform His Word. Trusting God is the stimulus by which we get results in every area of our lives. Everything that we can ever hope for (forgiveness, peace, freedom from condemnation and punishment, eternal life, spiritual power and character), all of these and more have already been given to us. Hebrews 11:1 says, "Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen." May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. We are all like the student who has neglected his studies and has no chance to pass the test through skill or effort. 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