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GOODNEWS DEVOTIONAL   💣SUNDAY, 24TH OF JUNE 2018

👔 *YOUR HOPE AND YOUR FAITH* .

TEXT: HEBREWS 11:1

” _Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen_ “_

 

You cannot have faith if you do not have hope. Hope is the platform on which faith stands, So every attack on your hope is an indirect attack on your faith. Faith cannot work if hope is not in place.  so, to protect your faith, you must protect your hope. Our text says “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. This means when you are hoping for anything, then you cannot have faith for anything. For you to commence on the journey of faith, you must learn to be hopeful on every matter.

 

This is the truth,  your faith will stop where your hope stops and your faith will increase where hope is increased. You cannot be hopeless and expect to be faith filled. God needs you to be full of hope before he can make you full of faith. Faith is the evidence of things hoped for. It means, you must hope for it before you can have faith for it. Hebrews 10:35-38 says “Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise: “For yet a little while, And He who is coming will come and will not tarry. Now the just shall live by faith; But if anyone draws back, My soul has no pleasure in him.”

 

Hope is not a gift, it is a virtue that you must develop by yourself as a believer. When the enemies attacked the camp of David and took way their wives and belongings, Bible said David wept and was discouraged, but almost immediately, he called his heart back to life. David said in Psalms 42:5 “Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him for the help of His countenance.” Some erroneously say “when there is life, there is hope” but the truth is that it is when there is hope that there is life.

 

Hope gives you advantage over the enemy, hope gets you connected to the power of God. It gives your faith food to feed on. It does not matter the situation,  just remain hopeful. Bible says in Job 14:7-9 “For there is hope for a tree, If it is cut down, that it will sprout again,.. Though its root may grow old in the earth, And its stump may die in the ground, Yet at the scent of water it will bud And bring forth branches like a plant. David told himself in Psalm 42:5

“Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him..” Also,  tell yourself that there is hope for you because you will yet praise the Lord. Hallelujah.

 

Confession

Father, I thank you for there is hope for me.

My testimonies are guaranteed in the name of Jesus.

 

Daily Bible Reading: EZEKIEL 1, PROVERBS 24, PHILPIANS 1, DEUTERONOMY 22

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