“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1
I know people make every effort to try to separate faith from hope, and inside me I say stop it preacher, can’t you see that it can’t. The writer of Hebrews didn’t, why should you?
FAITH is the substance of things HOPED for, and basing on this, see how the two are inseparable.
Faith + Hope = good report/ good success
In actual fact HOPE is an upper level of faith. Hope keeps your faith alive!After you’ve prayed, you still need to wait patiently upon the Lord in order for him to supply your need, and there is nothing you can do about except to wait/hope.
Paul said, “…we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.” Romans 5:1-6
We continue to stand in the faith because of hope, and the two are heavily dependent upon another. Listen to this, faith is the substance of things hoped for! What that means is there is need that you capture, (hope for) it first in the spirit or inner man before you even can have faith. Faith comprehends as fact that we initially hope for, before it is experienced by our physical senses.
I’m reminded how when young we used to ask ourselves which came first chicken or egg? If you like, hope came first, and then it hatched faith.
I like what Peter said, “…..Christ…who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you, Who by him do believe in God…that your faith and hope might be in God.” 1 Peter 1:19-2
Hebrews 6:11-12 says, “And we desire that every one of you do shew the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end: That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.”