Message for December 9, 2012 from Pastor Shirley

Hebrews 11:1  Now faith is the assurance (the confirmation, the title deed) of the things [we] hope for, being the proof of things [we] do not see and the conviction of their reality [faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses].
    We are taught a lot about faith, but what about that little word, “hope”.  Most people understand hope as wishful thinking, as in maybe it will happen. Hope is founded on the promises of God given to us in the Bible.  The Biblical definition of hope is a confident expectation.
    Sometimes in the middle of waiting for the promise of God to manifest we may grow weary and think our faith has somehow failed us. But it is not that we have lost faith; we have lost hope. We have stopped expecting God to really give to us what he has promised in His Word. When we began to lose hope, that is when faith (the faith that God has already given us) loses its mission.
   Hope comes alive in us when we began to see ourselves with the promises of God more than we can see ourselves without them. Grab hold of the Word (our covenant); begin to speak-call those things that are not as though they were.  We confess not out of desperation that maybe God will, but because we know He has, and we are just waiting for it to come into full manifestation.  

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