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Thursday, April 12, 2012
Trust, Faith and Hope - Part 2
Today I am looking at how faith and hope work together, and then how trust, faith and hope work in our hearts:
Hope is like a road in the country – where there never was a road. With
continued hope, the road comes into existence
Once we choose hope, anything is possible
Faith and Hope:
Faith looks to the Word – the truth
Hope looks to the promises from the Word
Faith fights error
Hope fights trouble
Faith rises from the spirit
Hope rises from the will/heart
Faith is the fuel that drives us to our hope
Hope is endurance that steers us in our faith
Here are Trust Faith and Hope working together:
Daniel 3:17-18If this be so, our
God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and
he will deliver us out of your hand, O king.
But if not, be it
known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the
golden image that you have set up."
in God, they said: “…our God whom we serve is able…”
in God they said “…he will deliver us out of your hand, O king.”
As they had trust in God they said “…we will not serve your god or worship the
golden image…” – they trusted that God would bring them through and that they
would be worshiping their God again.
Even though others had died in this furnace, these three
boys knew that God was able to deliver them (faith). They had hope that He
would do it, but no matter what the outcome, they trusted the Lord and counted
Him worthy of praise
• Trust comes from
relying on God - Is. 50:10"Who among you fears the
Lord? Who obeys the voice of His Servant? Who walks in darkness And has no
light? Let him trust in the name of the Lord And rely upon his God.
• Faith comes from
believing in God -Heb. 11:6But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to
God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently
• Hope comes from
expecting from God - Ps. 25:3No one whose hope
is in you will ever be put to shame (NIV)
• When you throw a small child in the air, he laughs because
he knows you will catch him - THATS TRUST.
• An entire village were desperate for water and they decided
to pray for rain, on the day of prayer everyone gathered but only one boy came
with an umbrella - THATS FAITH.
• Every night we go
to bed, we have no assurance to wake up alive the next morning but still we
have plans for tomorrow - THATS HOPE