Home >> Blogs >> Working Against Faith And Hope

this user is offline now  CurtKlngerman
Send message

Gender: Male
Status: Married
Age: 58 Years

Country: United States

Signup Date: 07/07/2013

  Religion & Philosophy

May 2020
April 2020
March 2020
February 2020
January 2020
December 2019
November 2019
October 2019
September 2019
August 2019
July 2019
June 2019
May 2019
April 2019
March 2019
February 2019
January 2019
December 2018
November 2018
October 2018
September 2018
August 2018
July 2018
June 2018
May 2018
April 2018
March 2018
February 2018
January 2018
December 2017
November 2017
October 2017
September 2017
August 2017
July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013

Who Gives Kudos:


8:41 AM   [21 Sep 2014 | Sunday]

Working Against Faith And Hope

Hope deferred makes the heart sick (see Proverbs 13:12); therefore, there are a number of people who find themselves spiritually sick. They have lost hope because they have failed to believe God. When you remove hope, you vacate faith, and when you take faith out of the equation, you lose the ability to hope. Unwittingly, many defer their hope by working against it and faith. They have hardened their hearts through unbelief. They fail to remember what He has done for them, and have let go of the promises He made to them as if He is unfaithful or incapable. In some cases, they believe their “unworthiness” is greater than God’s sovereignty and righteousness.

Through out Scripture, we are exhorted to remember God’s Word and what He has done. Not only are we to remember what He has done in a general sense, but also what God has done for us specifically. As soon as you forget what God has done, your heart will begin to harden. In turn, you will be incapable of seeing what He is doing in your midst, even when it is plain as day.

One of the reasons people forget what God has done is that the circumstances they face are greater than God in theirs eyes. The moment you magnify a problem you begin to forget the sovereignty of God. We have seen examples throughout the Bible. One is the children of Israel in the wilderness, who forgot what He did in Egypt as soon as they faced hardship. Even though God parted the waters of the Red Sea, which revealed He rules the water and is capable if giving them water in the desert, they did not trust Him to give them some to drink. They failed to see God as the faithful Father He is, and murmured against Him. Another example is the disciples of Jesus, who hardened their hearts right after seeing Jesus feed the five thousand (see Mark 6:45-52). Why do we forget what He has done the moment we face challenges? Should we not be able to stare challenges down because we know God is our Help in the times of trouble? Part of growing up in the Lord is learning to stay in the Spirit while facing difficulties. We learn to submit to the Holy Spirit and stop allowing our flesh to move us by what we see in the natural. As long as a person focuses on the mountain, the mountain will stay planted where it is. It will be rooted in unbelief. However, if he puts his trust in God he will be able to say unto the mountain, “be thou removed” and it will be (see Matthew 17:20; 21:21-22; Mark 11:22-24).

Another way to work against faith and hope is by putting God on trial. Without realizing it, some people judge God. There is a number of those who are skeptical of His goodness at best. The unfortunate thing is that their scales are slanted by unjust weights. They have already decided the verdict and use circumstances against God. In fact, to prove their hypothesis they themselves will create negative circumstances, and then blame God for them. Much of their judgment stems from hurts from their past. Those who were supposed to love them have wounded them. The ones, who should be the most trust worthy in their life, broke their trust. In some cases, it was broken repeatedly and in severe ways. Their thought is: if I cannot trust those whom I can see, how can I trust the One I cannot see? Some simply blame God for having a hard life. Whatever the case may be they question God. They need a revelation of His love and goodness. Many still need to forgive those who hurt them and even God Himself. Unforgiveness also works against faith and hope. It leads to bitterness, which in turn strangles hope and rejects faith.

Perhaps an approach to take during difficult times is found in Psalm 77:1-13. I cried unto God with my voice, even unto God with my voice; and He gave ear unto me. In the day of my trouble I sought the Lord: my sore ran in the night, and ceased not: my soul refused to be comforted. I remembered God, and was troubled: I complained, and my spirit was overwhelmed. Selah. Thou holdest mine eyes waking: I am so troubled that I cannot speak. I have considered the days of old, the years of ancient times. I call to remembrance my song in the night: I commune with mine own heart: and my spirit made diligent search. Will the Lord cast off for ever? and will He be favourable no more? Is His mercy clean gone for ever? doth His promise fail for evermore? Hath God forgotten to be gracious? hath He in anger shut up his tender mercies? Selah. And I said, This is my infirmity: but I will remember the years of the right hand of the most High. I will remember the works of the Lord: surely I will remember thy wonders of old. I will meditate also of all Thy work, and talk of Thy doings. Thy way, O God, is in the sanctuary: who is so great a God as our God (KJV)? We acknowledge our struggles to the Lord, and then call to remembrance the great things He has already done in our lives. We decide to believe and hang on to the hope that is in Him.


- 0 Comments - 0 Kudos - Add comment 

Copyright © 2009 - 2012 True2ourselves. All rights reserved.
Reproduction in whole or in part in any form or medium without express written permission is prohibited.