A dictionary for navigators on spiritual rough waters: chapter eleven -faith and hope

Love and faith go hand in hand. Without faith one cannot appropriate the love of God.

Faith: Like love, God initiated this word in us so that we may receive His good gifts. Faith is spiritual, concerning the unseen (in contrast to physical or anything that can be detected by the senses) realm and counting it as real.

Faith is either there or not there. Mind and emotion cannot generate faith. Faith is a supernatural thing. Faith demands 100% allegiance. Either you believe or you do not. Otherwise you produce or receive nothing.

How to have faith? Ask God to give you faith. Ask the Holy Spirit to work the faith in you. Apply faith in action. For example, when you see a symptom of a sickness appearing, just command it to leave in the name of Jesus.

Have faith in God. Only God. When you have faith in God for divine healing, you forego all other forms of healing (described in the Bible as Egyptian way).

Faith is not taking a calculated action. The risk of faith cannot be calculated.

But faith has a source. The source is supernatural. The only source is God.

Faith enables us to see the awesome work of God. “By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.” (Hebrews 11:3)

God is pleased with faith and rewards faith. For example: healing, salvation, every spiritual blessings in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, every good gifts, eternal life, victorious life, abundant life!(Hebrews 11:6)

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Hope: Like love and faith, there is only one source of hope. God.

And now abide faith, hope, love, these three;” Paul declared in his letter to the Corinthian Christians. (1 Corinthians 13:13) Hope comes in between faith and love.

Faith gives assurance to hope. “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1)

Faith, hope, and love appear together in Romans 5:1-5.

1 therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 3 And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; 4 and perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.”

Christians are commended for manifesting these three characteristics in their ministry, which evidence they are elected by God:

We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers, remembering without ceasing your work of faith, labor of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the sight of our God and Father, knowing, Beloved brethren, your election by God.” (1 Thessalonians 1-4)

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