Friday, January 25, 2019

Faith, Hope, and Love

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1 Corinthians 13:13 (NET)
And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.

Ojone was very sick and had lost all hope of recovering because the doctors didn't seem to have a cure for the disease that was destroying her.

One day she went to church, a prophecy came from a servant of God who was visiting their church. He mentioned her situation in a way that she knew it had to be God. He mentioned things that only she could know. He mentioned the source of the demonic attack and gave her the word of the Lord. The word was that she was going to live to a certain ripe old age and see good days.

Ojone received this word, and through it, hope was built in her heart. This hope substantiated in faith (faith is always with action). She started confessing that she was healed and became cheerful and full of joy and peace again. In a matter of weeks, she was completely healed.

Faith and hope are intricately related. Faith is the substance of hope (things hoped for)(see Hebrews 11:1). It always produces action that justifies the presence of hope. Faith is the token tangible manifestation of hope. Faith is action, for faith without works (action) is dead (James 2:14).

The foundation of faith is hope, and God's word [and promises] is the source of our hope. The word of God, whether written years ago in scripture or received through prophecy, is the same. God is ever present and so is His word. He and His word are not affected by time. He is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8, Psalm 46:1).

When hope and faith are built up in the heart of a believer, the product and fruit will be total, unrestrained, 'unreasonable' obedience. That's what we saw play out in Abraham's life.

The Lord's most important commandment to us today is that we love one another (John 13:34). The best and most pristine action faith in God produces is love. Faith works (manifests) through love (see Galatians 5:6).

A believer who hopes in God and believes His promises cannot be lacking in faith. A believer who walks practically in love cannot be lacking in ever sufficient faith.

Go into today remembering that the fruit of real faith is actions of love. Ask the Lord to help you be more fruitful.
—Abraham Damilola Arigi

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