Faith is now; hope is about tomorrow. Hope is where faith blossoms. People without hope, can’t have strong faith. You need an expectation of God’s goodness so that you can have faith. If you don’t believe that the best is yet to come, your faith will have a hard time to take root.
Faith is a quantifiable substance. You can measure faith. Be careful: sometime faith gets lost in a mystical teaching. Faith is not some mysterious, ethereal thing. We call the Christian life the life of Faith. We come to God by faith. We accept Christ by faith. You have faith like you have a muscle. Like you have an ear and a nose and eyes. “For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.” (Romans 12:3)
God gives us faith, it is up to you what you do with it. We can see this play out over and over again with Jesus, and his disciples. When they were fearful, he said, “But He said to them, “Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?” Then He arose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm.” (Matthew 8:26) He wanted them to exercise their faith so it didn’t remain so small.
When fear is present, faith is absent. When faith is present, fear is absent. Both faith and fear have to be fed to be sustained. So feed your faith and starve your fear. Here is how: “Trust in the Lord, and do good; Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.” (Psalm 37:3) We have to do the hard work of trusting or leaning on God, working to do good and benefit others, staying put where God has put us and feeding (or thinking) on his faithfulness. These this will grow our faith and allow us to continue on in our walk with Christ.
Your faith has a destiny to be great. Great faith is a faith that believes God. Faith is the assurance, title deed, the confirmation that what you hope for will come into reality. Faith is a condition of reality. Faith perceives as a fact what your senses have not perceived as a reality. There is an argument between faith and reason. Faith says, “I believe I am healed” before you are healed. The church today often believes that if anything happens, it is God’s will. But that is nonsense. Use your faith and things change.