This week's devotional: Faith or Hope?
Faith or Hope?
Many Christians are disappointed and frustrated with prayer because they do not receive what they think they should. Often it is because they are praying in hope, but not in faith.
An essential difference is that faith is in the heart, while hope is in the mind. In Romans 10:10, Paul said, “For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness” (KJV). True biblical faith originates in the heart. In this verse it is followed by the preposition “unto,” indicating the result that it produces: “righteousness.”
Faith is never static. A person who truly believes will be changed by what he believes. Everything that finally decides the course of our lives proceeds from our hearts (see also Proverbs 4:23). Mental acceptance of truth is not faith. True biblical faith proceeds from the heart and determines the way we live. It is based firmly on the statements and promises of Scripture.
However, God does not leave the mind without its proper provision. Faith at work in the heart produces hope in the mind. We see this in Hebrews 11:1: “Faith is the substance of things hoped for” (KJV). Faith in the heart is the substance, the underlying reality. This provides a valid, scriptural basis for the hope that we entertain in our minds.
Heavenly Father, thank you for the gift of your Word. Help me to believe it and live by it. May your Word determine my deeds and thoughts. I choose to believe what you say, more then I believe my senses and mind. Today, I thank you for the hope you have given me through your Word. Help me to share this hope with others. Amen.
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