I was asked about Faith & Hope

Romans 8:24 For we were saved in this hope, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what he sees?

Hebrews 11:1 Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.

The Centurian had great faith, he had seen Jesus work miracles, He understood Jesus’ authority and trusted that Jesus would send the command for his servant to be healed and it was done! Mary and Martha saw their brother Lazarus raised from death to life, they knew Jesus and had seen His mighty works! Let’s go back to a time before Jesus walked the earth as a man of flesh. 2Kings chapter 4 tells of a great lady who helped an old prophet. She wasn’t expecting anything in return, just showing kindness to a good man. She fed him whenever he came by her house and had her husband to build him a special room on their wall so that he could, at anytime, go in and take rest there. He felt compassion for her and knowing that she didn’t have a child told her that she would have a son. Time went on and the boy was born. She was so very happy. One day the boy was out in the field with his dad working and had a sun stroke, he came in to his mother holding his head and crying, he died in her arms. This great woman laid the child on the Prophet’s bed and without even telling his dad that the boy had died she took a mule and went to find the Prophet. She was a mother with a mission. The Prophet, Elisha, saw her coming and sent his servant out to find out what was wrong. He asked her if it was well with her husband, her son, she answered him with, “It is well.  When she reached Elisha she fell in front of him and held onto his feet, she was not going to leave and go home until he went with her. She had faith that if this man of God, the man who had foretold his birth, would go with her, her son would be raised from the dead. The Prophet went and the end of the story is that the boy was raised from the dead! He was alive and well! Her faith was answered.

I think of how many prayers that God has answered for me and wonder if I am grateful enough? Do I thank Him enough? When trouble comes around how do I react? Am I one that gets hysterical and says, “Where is God in this?” Am I one that complains to other people that God has turned His back on me, or let me down? Whether you are facing sickness, death, financial crisis or relationship problems, let me recommend facing the world with a brave “It is well” and then thank God for all the things He has already done for you, your faith will be answered!

Matthew 9:29 says, “According to your faith let it be done to you!”

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