According to Hebrews 11:1, faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. In other words, hope is the precursor of faith. Before someone can have faith to believe, they first need to have hope in their heart for something better.
The enemy knows that if he can steal our hope then we will be powerless over his wicked attacks. That’s why he works overtime to keep us in the dark concerning God’s promises.
I met a woman in a healing line with 8 herniated disks. She suffered with unbearable pain for many years. The doctors could not help her, there were no medical treatments or pills that could ease her pain. She lost hope that she would be well and pain free again, and actually lost her will to live and wanted to commit suicide.
Then one day a few of her friends offered her hope for healing. And they brought her to their Church for a healing service. As the woman listened to what Jesus did for her at Calvary so that she could be healed her hope transformed into faith. She believed in the redemptive work of Christ and was instantly healed.
Like her friends, we need to offer hope for the hopeless. Hope for something better. As in the case of this woman, hope not only healed this woman’s spine, but it also gave her the will to live again.
God’s Word offers hope in every area of life for us. Here are a few of His promises:
- Forgiveness for sin. “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. “ 1 John 1:9.
- Salvation instead of damnation. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16.
- His blessings in place of satan’s curses. “The Lordis my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters.” Psalm 23:1-2.
- Provision for lack. “Consider the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap, which have neither storehouse nor barn; and God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds?” Luke 12:24.
- Healing for sickness. “But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.” Isaiah 53:5.
- Miracles for impossible situations. “But Jesus looked at them and said, “With men it is impossible, but not with God; for with God all things are possible.”” Mark 10:27.
- Protection from danger. “No evil shall befall you, nor shall any plague come near your dwelling;” Psalm 91:10.
- Joy for mourning. “To console those who mourn in Zion, to give them beauty for ashes,
the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness;
that they may be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.”” Isaiah 61:3.
- A new beginning. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” 2 Corinthians 5:17.