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November 10, 2020 Claiming Faith and Hope - Jack Brisendine

“Where there is no faith in the future, there is no power in the present”.


If we Christians do not take hold of God’s visions for the future; faith, hope, and power may be playing a secondary role in our life. We are called to action to see what God is doing, and jump on board to help. What an honor, and a satisfying pleasure, to press on with faith and hope, seeking to come along side what God already has in the works. If we look with expectation, we can see God’s plans at work.


Recently, I attended a memorial service of a Christian friend. We were mourning the loss of a friend and family member. There was the usual hush, music, tears, hugs, prayer, and words of encouragement spoken. This was a time for remembering a departed life, and celebrating his entering into spiritual eternity with Christ. Ken’s kindness, influence, and love of Christ was evident in the service.


As I sat with my wife observing the service, I turned to my wife and whispered, "I see a devotional here three pews up." What I was witnessing gave me great hope as I witnessed God at work.


Let me briefly share what I witnessed: There was a young family with three children that I believe were family to the deceased. There was a son sitting second over from his father. I think the young boy was about age four. I love that God works through children. The son got up and walked around his sister to his father. He climbed up on his father’s lap, gave him a kiss on the cheek, laid his head on the father’s shoulder (looking back at me), and patted his dad on the back in a very affectionate manner. He was consoling his father. After a few minutes, he went back to his seat, and later came back over and went through the whole routine again. Praise God. I witnessed what I believe were the actions of a “shepherd”, and a witness of Christ at work. David, the shepherd boy, came to mind. This was a wonderful display of a gift in use that God had given the lad. I wondered what the child’s mindset was and if he fully understood the importance of what he did for his father. I like to think he understands compassion and comforting.


The future is full of hope if we have the faith to see it. Let’s find ways to unleash the power the Holy Spirit provides. God is not in quarantine during this pandemic. Praise the Lord!


What The Bible Says About Faith, Power, And Hope:

Matthew 13:58 (NIV) "And he did not do many miracles there because of their lack of faith."


Matthew 17:20 (NIV) "He replied, 'Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.'"


Mark 4:40 (NIV) "He said to his disciples, 'Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?'”


Romans 5:5 (NIV) "And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us."


Romans 8:24-25 (NIV) "Who hopes for what they already have? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently."


Romans 12:12 (NIV) "Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer."


Romans 15:13 (NIV) "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit."


Thoughts:

Without faith, we won’t see the possibilities.


If we have faith the size of small mustard seed, we can move mountains.


We should be joyful as we share hope.


Can people see God at work in our lives?


Let’s please God by displaying overflowing faith and hope provided through the power of the Holy Spirit.


Amen


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