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the substance of hope

Why, hello dear friends!

So much has happened since I have last been able to post! However, bear with me and I’ll share my thoughts and prayers with you.

Over the past two months, things have ben going really well at certain stages, and then, at times, much worse. My cousin passed away on Tuesday evening, and we’ll be driving through to Harrismith later this afternoon to attend his funeral. Also, my sister was seriously sick a couple of weeks ago and she would’ve ended up in ICU, had it not been for the nurse’s quick work to put her on a drip. (She has had diabetes since her grace 11 year and last year alone she ended up in ICU three times. She has potential heart failure and 12% vision.)

Now, I don’t mean to paint such a morbid picture, but for the sake of context, here it is.

Two weeks ago in my cell group we spoke about HOPE. The lack of hope is the single most deadly thing, or condition if you will, that cause people to commit suicide; to ruin relationships. A lack of hope results in passivity and passivity is not a culture for growth. I know, because I have been there.

Hebrews 11:1 says that faith is the substance of hope, and that hope is the evidence of things that are not yet seen. In other words, faith has the potential to cultivate the climate for things to change, to become as you hope it might be. The cool thing is, that, first of all, you don’t need much faith. Matthew 17 verse 20 says that, even if we only have faith as small as a mustard seed, we will have the ability to command mountains to move. Now, it might not be an actual mountain, but perhaps you are standing before a spiritual mountain that,m to you, might present the biggest challenge to your faith yet. However, even if you only have a little faith, God is able to work with that. There are many example from scripture where Jesus would perform a miracle and then say something like “let it be according to your faith,” or “you are saved by your faith.” The second thing that is impossibly cool is, of course, that God knows ou needs and desires and He provides for them above anything we can hope or dream. This means that, apart from the fact that you might not feel physically or spiritually up to moving  mountains, God is still God and he is still powerful beyond measure. your faith is not a determiner for His ability to remain faithful. Your faith is simply the substance of that which fuels your hope.

1 Corinthians 13 says that, when all things have passed, these three things will remain: faith, hope, and love.

Two weeks ago, my sister had a lens replacement, (an expensive operation) and the doctor is very satisfied with the outcome. She has gone from 12% vision to 80% vision. To be honest, my sister’s health has been one of the biggest challenges to my faith and my walk with God over the past four years. believe me, it’s challenging to pray for other people to stand up out of wheelchairs and see legs grow out and pain leave instantly, but, when you go home and pray for your sister, it seems that nothing is changing.

However, I know that all things work together for good! I can see how God is working in my sister’s heart and how she’s starting to carefully seek after a relationship with Him. Also, I know that, according to Romans 5, suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not shame because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts by the Holy Spirit.

I don’t know what challenges you’re facing. It might be losing your job, not being able to make payments on your house or car, having broken relationships, loosing family members, or a sister who is really sick.However, dear friends, do not lose hope. He is faithful to complete the work that He has started!

Father, now, I just bring everyone before you that feel lost and hopeless. I speak LIFE over them and their circumstances. thank you Holy Spirit that you are working in each of their hearts and are ministering to them according to their needs. Jesus, surround them with your unfailing love. Thank you Lord for dreams and hope that are being restored right now. I thank you that each of these challenges will strengthen their faith. Thank you for your provision in each circumstance. Lord, your  love never fails. I thank you. Amen.

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