“WHAT ARE YOU HOPING (Expecting) FOR?”

We live by believing in something, not by debating and arguing over many things.

The African impala can jump to a height of over 10 feet and cover a distance of greater than 30 feet. Yet these magnificent creatures can be kept in an enclosure in any zoo with a 3-foot wall. The animals will not jump if they cannot see where their feet will fall. Faith is the ability to trust what we cannot see, and with faith we are freed from the flimsy enclosures of life that only fear allows to entrap us.         John Emmons

The true, living faith, which the Holy Spirit instills into the heart, simply cannot be idle. Martin Luther

Faith is not a distant view but a warm embrace of Christ. John Calvin.

Little faith will bring your soul to heaven, but great faith will bring heaven to your soul. Unknown

During an especially trying time in the work of the China Inland Mission, Hudson Taylor wrote to his wife, “We have twenty-five cents–and all the promises of God! W. Wiersbe, Wycliffe Handbook of Preaching and Preachers, page 242.

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

Back to what we said, hope is the anticipation with expectation, and it is the vehicle to faith that brings our hopes into reality.

Look at Psalm 37 again – four keys to our faith: Trust in the Lord; Delight thyself in the Lord; Commit thy way unto the Lord; Rest in the Lord.

The Bible recognizes no faith that does not lead to obedience, nor does it recognize any obedience that does not spring from faith. The two are opposite sides of the same coin. A.W. Tozer

A man fell off a cliff, but he managed to grab a tree limb on the way down. The following conversation ensued:

“Is anyone up there?”
“I am here. I am the Lord. Do you believe me?”
“Yes, Lord, I believe. I really believe, but I can’t hang on much longer.”
“That’s all right; if you really believe you have nothing to worry about. I will save you. Just let go of the branch.”
A moment of pause, then: “Is anyone else up there?”

The obvious lesson: the next time you fall off a cliff – TRUST GOD!

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