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Do I have hope or faith?

Updated: 2012-09-09 11:02:35

What is the difference between hope and faith? Faith is rooted in experience. Faith builds by experiencing God. Whereas, hope turns into faith.

"Faith is the substance of things hoped for." Hebrews 11:1

I am reading Christianity Unshackled by Harold Eberle, and this book made this very clear to me. Most of my life, I have misunderstood the elusive definition of faith. It seems most of us confuse faith with hope, and we often wonder why we cannot move mountains. The reality is that we do not yet have faith. We have not walked enough with the Lord to understand and experience Him. When we see the Lord work in our life, and others, it builds our faith. Seeing the Lord solve our little problems or guide us into something enormously incredible, builds our faith. Experiencing miraculous, immediate healing in our bodies, builds our faith.


Nevertheless, we must first hope for healing, usually, before we see it come to pass. We must have a vision, a hope, for something enormously incredible, before the Lord will guide us to it.


The Lord does not always require our hope or understanding to work a miracle, but explaining hope and faith in this way makes the differences clear. Faith comes from experiencing God. Everyone has hope. Not everyone has faith... yet.


"But if from there you seek the Lord your God, you will find Him if you look for Him with all your heart and with all your soul." Deuteronomy 4:29


Christianity Unshackled at Worldcast Ministries


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