Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Faith - The substance of things "EXPECTED"

My wonderful blogger friend, AKA Bella's mother Susie, wrote a post on her blog entitled "Expectant Hope" In this post she included the definition of hope, "confident, expectancy."
I found a version that makes it even more clear... "to expect with confidence"

Contrary to popular belief Hope is NOT defined as merely "wishful" thinking. Hope is actually looking in expectation toward the future with confidence that something WILL be obtained!

Once you understand the true meaning of the word Hope, suddenly the biblical definition of the word Faith is seen from a completed different perspective. For

"Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen" Hebrews 11:1

Actually this scripture is saying...Faith is the substance of things EXPECTED!

Every blessing Christ died for is received by Faith! This is the Spiritual law that God set forth into motion. Just as there are physical laws of gravity or such, God has set forth Spiritual laws as well.

You see, Love has already moved the Hand of God. Compassion has already moved the hand of God. Because of His love and Compassion for us, God sent His only begotten Son to die for our Redemption. (John 3:16) Christ has already laid the foundation for all of our blessings. He has already provided a solution to every problem we have on this Earth! Now that the solution has already been provided, God's hand is moved ONLY by Faith!

Our problems will not move the hand of God...if they did everyone would be problem free! Our whining does not move the hand of God. The only thing that will move the Hand of God, (spiritual law) is our faith in His already given provision.

When you are thirsty you ask for a drink. When someone answers by providing you with a glass of water, do you continue to ask for that said water, or do you simply reach out your hand, receive it and say thank you? The same goes for God's blessings, (salvation, healing, prosperity ALL provided on the cross) God has already provided, now it is up to us to receive His blessings!

Every day, people put their faith in things of this world. We have faith in complete strangers while driving down the road, for we EXPECT them to stay within their lane. We have faith in the pharmacist at our local drug store, for we EXPECT him to give us the right medication. We have faith in airplane pilots for we EXPECT them to come to work sober. Yet we fail to have faith in the one Being who controls ALL of these happenings. We fail to EXPECT God to bless His children. We become fearful and fail to EXPECT God to protect us! We become ill and fail to EXPECT God to heal us! He has promised us time and time again. The word says He is a God who can not lie. (Titus 1:2) He has sent forth a guideline on how to receive His blessings...obey His commandments, righteousness through the blood of Christ, and BELIEVING HIM!

Need salvation? Ask and ye SHALL receive! Expect it! Need healing? Expect it! Prosperity in ALL areas? Be obedient to God and EXPECT IT!

Does this mean we will not have trials? Absolutely NOT. The Word tells us in James 1 to consider it all joy. Within every trial there lies a lesson for us to learn. I can not even begin to tell you all the lessons we learned during our journey with Serenity. I am a completely different person than I was three years ago. I have a deeper understanding of faith, I have a closer relationship with Christ. God taught me how to COMPLETELY surrender to Him and rely on Him ALONE for ALL of my needs! He even used what satan meant for harm and not only healed my daughter, but also healed many relationships within my family! For those who love God and are called according to His purpose, He will bring our good and His glory out of EVERY trial (Romans 8:28)

God is our Heavenly Father. Just as any good parent knows there are times when we must allow our children to endure hard times. For this is the way, they learn, build character, become the person we hope for them to be. In our own way we are trying to perfect our children. However, once that little light bulb goes on and they learn their lesson, we are always there to bail them out. If this is the kind of love we have for our children, how much greater is God's love for His. For God IS love! (1 John 4:8)

Don't most of us EXPECT our earthly parents to take care of us? We EXPECT them to be there if we need healing, or provisional means. Even more than our earthly parents, our Heavenly Father wants to bless us! He does NOT want us to suffer! He LOVES us more than our human minds can even comprehend! So shouldn't we always EXPECT HIS blessings! You receive as you believe!!!

Remember we may endure trials....

"But thanks to our God who gives us Victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord. " 1 Corinthians 15:57-58

My Savior did NOT shed His blood in vain! My Savior did not take His stripes in vain! My Savior had a reason! My Savior had a purpose! My Savior Died to set me FREE! And my Savior DID the same for YOU!

"Have Faith in God" Mark 11:22 (Have the substance of things EXPECTED in God)


Stephanie RN BSN (to be!) said...

Love, love, LOVE this post! I absolutely agree...you must have the attitude of expectation or your hope means nothing.