I’ve begun to realize that some people have forgotten what true faith is. They have forgotten that the simplest form of faith is the key to a successful faith walk. When a problem starts to arise, we’ve started telling God, “Ok, time for You to prove Yourself to me again.” It’s a voice of desperation that’s clouded our confidence in what we already know instead of being confident and remembering that He’s already left all blessings in our hands.
faith and hope
All hope is in faith. Faith is the substance of all things hoped for. In other words, it’s the manifestation of our hope. Your faith is literally the substance which forces our hope to manifest (Hebrews 11:1).
Sometimes it’s easy to get caught up in our own lives and forget what’s really important: faith. We must not forget how confident our faith was when we first became saved (Hebrews 3:14). It seems we’ve replaced confident faith with desperation. When we find ourselves needing a miracle A.S.A.P. – and it happens to all of us – many of us are practicing a desperate attitude toward God.
The definition of desperation is feeling or showing a hopeless sense that a situation is so bad it’s impossible to deal with.
Now, how is God supposed to work with that? What we don’t realize is that when we’ve entered a situation with a desperate attitude, we’ve entered the situation using dead faith. Faith is tangible hope. Desperation is tangible hopelessness. So, desperate faith is hopeless hope.
Just like God says in Hebrews 3:14, we need to hold fast. We need to remember our confident faith. Confidence is defined as the belief that you can rely on someone – it is firm trust, and it’s the opposite of desperation. It’s easy to fall into that desperate sense of faith when an important situation arises and we cannot figure out how good can come out of it – but, those are God’s favorite times!
If we could just hold fast and cast down the sense of desperation, God can move. Hebrews 3:6 says, “We hold fast and firm to the end our joyful and exultant confidence and sense of triumph in our hope [in Christ].” He says so much in that one sentence that it’s hard to explain! Basically, if we hold fast our firm confidence in our hope, we experience triumph in Jesus! He doesn’t say hold fast to our desperate, wavering, faith. No – He says HOLD FAST YOUR CONFIDENCE in our HOPE. Don’t look at hope as something that could happen. Look at hope with confidence because it’s going to happen!
Hope means to look forward with desire and CONFIDENCE; to place trust – BOOM! That says it all.
Look forward with confidence.
Put your trust in God like you did that day you accepted Jesus into your heart.
Have an attitude that says God knows what you need better than you do! With that kind of attitude, God can work in every situation whether you’ve got it figured out or not.
He’s got an amazing plan for your life! Trust Him, and you’ll do great things in Jesus.
–By Alex Burns, Worship Leader at Harvest Barn Church