Fresh Hope – 21st December 2017

Three times the New Testament, letters quote Habakkuk 2:4 ‘the righteous will live by faith!’

We know that no amount of good behaviour can qualify us or bad behaviour disqualify us, only by faith are we accepted! How vital it is that we check ourselves to ensure it’s faith driving our behaviours and not our circumstances!

Hebrews 11:1 | NIV
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.

All through the Bible, God is either pleased with people because of their faith or displeased because of their lack. Jesus often performed a miracle and declared ‘your faith has made you well’ and he also condemned the unbelieving towns where he could perform no miracles.

It’s the same today that in our lives we either activate something from God by believing (regardless of circumstance) or we displease him by allowing ourselves to just behave like the world without God.

I wonder how often in our lives we continue (needlessly) in a bad circumstance, purely because we keep reinforcing the bad situation by speaking just factually about it, rather than with faith of what it could be? Basically, we moan!

I find this very challenging! When we moan about anything at all, regardless of whether we’re right or not, we declare we don’t believe in the goodness of God for that situation! If we did believe in the goodness of God for the situation, as if it’s already happened, our confession would follow what we believe and we’d have nothing to moan about.

I personally enjoy a good moan, but if I want to see more of God in my life, I can’t afford to be negative about people or situations and neither can you.

Let this not discourage or condemn us today, but let it convict and challenge our thinking in relation to the way we talk, especially when things aren’t going great.

If someone has let you down, if you have a desperate need, if you’ve had some bad news or if you’re disappointed and frustrated, before you open your mouth, stop and think! Make a decision that what you’re about to confess doesn’t declare ‘there is no God’ but declares ‘my God has this!’

‘Faith is confidence in what we hope for and the assurance about what we do not see.’

Luke Cartwright

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