H.O.P.E.

Ephesians 1:18 says, “I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe.”

This is my prayer for all who read this.  That the eyes of your heart may be enlightened.  Why?  So that you may know the HOPE to which He has called you.  For what?  The riches of His glorious inheritance and His incomparably great power for us who believe.

Learning about who He is and gaining knowledge of our Lord’s character, integrity, and compassion is the best way for us to open the eyes of our hearts and to be enlightened.  Our hope then comes from knowing Him and  understanding who He is.  We can trust Him because we know Him to be trustworthy and honest.  We can put our hope in Him when we are confident in His love for us and His ability to protect and provide for us.

H.O.P.E. could stand for Honoring Our Prince Every day.  When we know Him, we can then honor Him.  To honor is to regard with great respect.  So when we determine that He is the One True God, the Holy One, the Creator of Heaven and Earth and that He loved us first, we regard Him with great respect; we honor Him and in that honoring hope springs up in our spirit.  We hope for “the riches of his glorious inheritance” and “his incomparably great power for us who believe.”

As you learn more about your Heavenly Father and the Christ who came to Earth to live among us and to take our place on the cross, I pray that hope springs up in your spirit and you can walk in the life that God has envisioned for you.  H.O.P.E. is Honoring Our Prince Every day so make a point to honor Him in your speech, your character, your actions, and your relationships.  And He will honor you with riches of His glorious inheritance.

An Attitude of Gratitude

My God is Elohim.  He is my creator.  He is the Creator.  He is your creator.  A creator is proud of his creation and that is the same way with our Lord.  Because He creates us, He loves us, and He is proud of us.  When He created you, He had a plan for your life.  If we can get that concept deep within our soul (which is our mind, will, and emotions), we would see ourselves differently.  Our self-image is in our mind, how we feel about ourselves.  If we can understand that God loves us, wants what is best for us, and that He is proud of us, we would walk in a room with our shoulders back and our head held high because we know that He believes in us.

Psalm 139:14 says, “I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well.”  

Notice it says, “And that my soul knows very well.”  My soul is the mind, will, and emotion of the person.  As we spend time in His Word and in His presence, we learn more of the character of our Creator.  Our mind will be renewed by the Word of God and our faith will grow.  Our faith in who He is, His nature, His character.  When we know a person and learn the character of that person, we will come to trust that person.  If circumstances in someone’s life has made that person not trust people, then this is not an easy thing.  Learning to trust can be easy for some and more difficult for others.  That is why reading about who He is and putting our trust in Him is a growing process.

When we know in our soul (our mind, will, and emotions) about who God is, we can then trust Him in our spirit.  We can then put our trust in Him in our spirit and put our faith in Him.  Once we can do that, then we can be thankful for what He has done in our lives.  Being thankful and having an attitude of gratitude toward our Heavenly Father is one way to be close to Him and to honor the One who has created us and given us a purpose on this earth.

Wake up each day with an attitude of gratitude.

Activate Your Faith

SOME FAITH BASICS

What is faith?

Heb 11:1, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (NKJV)

“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” (NIV)

“Now faith is the reality[a] of what is hoped for, the proof[b] of what is not seen.” (Holman Christian Standard Version)

NKJV says in Heb 4:14, “Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.”

Heb 4:14 and Heb 10:23 both say to “Hold fast our confession.”

This is what you hold in place in that confidence as you stand firm for what you do not see. You put it in the place of as you are believing for the outcome.

How does faith come?

Rom 10:17, “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. “(NKJV)

That’s a continuous verb in the Greek, so it means “hearing and hearing and hearing.” We don’t just hear once. We continue to hear. And how do we hear?  By reading the Word of God, by hearing preaching and teachers, but also by speaking it ourselves. There is no better way to grow our faith than by speaking it out loud and we hear ourselves speaking it. When we are speaking the Word of God, our “head faith” turns into “heart faith”.

The spirit of man is what grows, so it is in the heart that the Word has to get into for the faith to grow in a person.  It is like flowers.  If you water all around on the outside of the root system of the flowers, you are not helping it get its water.  You must make sure the water is getting to the plant’s roots for the water to do any good.

Romans 10:10, “For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” (NKJV)

  1. with the heart we believe
  2. with the mouth we confess – speak

This works for not only salvation, but for anything that you are believing God for.

Then, of course, we have to look at Mark 11:23-24,

“For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. 24 Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.”

  1. Say   2. Believe   3. Have it

If you will notice that the word “says” comes up more often than the believing.

We’ve all been given a or the measure of faith as it says in Rom 12:3, the Wycliff’s translation, the measure of faith. It is our responsibility to grow that faith that has been dropped into us.  That faith stays dormant inside of you until you choose to increase it and activate it.

ACTIVATE YOUR FAITH 

  1. One way to activate your faith is by speaking the Word of God.  Saying, or speaking, is an important part of activating your faith. Brother Hagin said “Faith is proving God’s Word by acting on it.”

Our words are extremely important in our fight of faith, as we fight the good fight of faith as in I Tim 6:12, “Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.”

Our words need to line up with the Word of God. And how do we do that? By speaking the Word of God. Find out what God says about it and only speak words that agree with that. For the Word of God is truth and everything else has to line up with that.

For healing, for bringing your prodigals back, for financial blessings, for marital blessings, etc. Find the will of God concerning this and speak the Word out loud.

Scriptures on healing, scriptures on blessings, scriptures on having favor with God and man, scriptures concerning your family, scriptures asking for wisdom, etc…, all these will grow in your spirit as you speak these words and grow your spirit man.

If you are not in the habit of speaking the Word out loud, write some scriptures on index cards and tape them around your house. Every time you see one of these, you read it, speak it out loud. Eventually, you will be doing it as a way of life.

  1. Another aspect of activating your faith is corresponding actions.

Have you noticed how ministers that pray for people will ask people to do something that they couldn’t do before? They are asking that person to do a corresponding action – to take a step of faith.

Here are some EXAMPLES in the Bible of people activating their faith by corresponding actions:

  1. The wedding in Cana. Jesus’ first miracle.

John 2, “Now there were set there six waterpots of stone, according to the manner of purification of the Jews, containing twenty or thirty gallons apiece. Jesus said to them, “Fill the waterpots with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. And He said to them, “Draw some out now, and take it to the master of the feast.” And they took it. When the master of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and did not know where it came from (but the servants who had drawn the water knew), the master of the feast called the bridegroom. 10 And he said to him, “Every man at the beginning sets out the good wine, and when the guests have well drunk, then the inferior. You have kept the good wine until now!”

That was their corresponding action. To fill them up with water, and then to draw some out to let the master taste it.

2. The cripple man from birth.

Acts 14:8-10, “And in Lystra a certain man without strength in his feet was sitting, a cripple from his mother’s womb, who had never walked. This man heard Paul speaking. Paul, observing him intently and seeing that he had faith to be healed, 10 said with a loud voice, “Stand up straight on your feet!” And he leaped and walked.” 

His corresponding action was to stand. Some have said, “No, I can’t.” And they don’t.  But this man chose to stand when told to.  And it was his corresponding action.

Several years ago, my husband and I had our house for sale and it had been on the market for awhile.  As I was praying one day, I believe the Lord told me to walk the property and speak the property sold, in Jesus’ name.  Well, I told my husband that we needed to walk tHE property and speak it sold, but he said that He did not hear that from the Lord.  A few times I brought it up to him, and he would always say that the Lord hadn’t told him to do that.  Finally, one day, he told me that maybe that was something that I was supposed to do since the Lord said it to me.  So finally, I got out there one day and walked the property line.  I was speaking the property sold.  I was waving my hands and speaking loudly.  I am sure that my neighbors thought that I had lost my mind.  But within a few days, we got an offer on our house and it was sold very soon after that.  That was my corresponding action.  When I activated my faith with that corresponding action, the answer came.

These are just 2 ways to activate your faith. 1) By speaking the Word and/or faith-filled words. And 2) By stepping out in corresponding actions.

Faith is active. And you must put it into action. It sits dormant until you put it into play. In any kind of ballgame,  there is no sense in studying the playbook, if you never put the plays into action.

We should come to God with our expectors on and put faith into action by speaking the Word and speaking faith-filled words and to act upon the Word of God.

 

Our Confidence is in Him

Jeremiah 17:7-8 (NIV) says, “But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in Him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream.  It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green.  It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”

The definition of confidence is “the feeling or belief that one can rely on someone or something; firm trust.”  Having that feeling or belief that you can rely on our Lord, to have that firm trust, comes from knowing Him.  The only way to KNOW HIM like anyone else it so to spend time with Him.

When cultivating a relationship, whether it is a romantic relationship or a friendship, you spend time with that person.  You get to know that person by being with them, asking questions, talking about stuff.  The more time you spend with someone, the more you know that person.  Your trust or confidence in that person then comes from how he or she reacts to circumstances that arise while with that person.  You should not just take that person’s word for whether they are trustworthy or not.  You watch how he or she handle situations, whether they are trustworthy in their dealings with you and with others.

It is the same with the Lord.  The more time you spend time with Him and in His Word, the more you become acquainted with Him and His character.  As you cultivate your relationship with Him, you spend time with Him, talk to Him, and expect Him to communicate back to you.  You start off by giving Him small situations to entrust to Him and watch Him be trustworthy.  You let Him show you who He is and let Him build your confidence in Him.

How do we do that?  But spending time reading His Word.  Then by putting His Word into action.  Take a scripture that stands out to you, and meditate on it all day.  Maybe it is a scripture that gives you peace.  Let that peace come over you as you think on it.  Say it in your mind and say it our loud.

The Word is the only thing that is life-changing.  Hebrews 4:14 says in the NLT, “For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest twoedged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.”

Let the Word teach you who our Lord is.  Have confidence in Him that He will be there for you in whatever circumstances you find yourself in.  Trust Him that He will see you through anything that comes your way.  Spend time with Him and find Him trustworthy so that you may have the confidence in Him.

In the 8th verse in Jeremiah 17 above, it says, “They (the people who have confidence in the Lord) will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream.  It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green.  It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”

The more you spend time with Him the more your roots are soaked with the nourishment they need to see you through a drought.  There will be no fear that you will dry out or that you won’t bear fruit.  You will have water to spare because you have been preparing and soaking your roots for the day of the drought.  These are the people who seem to be able to walk through a fire because they have prepared their root system in advance.  Soak up the Word of God so that you will be prepared for whatever fire comes your way, whatever drought or life-change may try to attack you.  You will have confidence in your Lord because you have developed that relationship so that you can count on Him to see you through.