Faith, being the substance of things hoped for, gives us vision to see beyond unfavorable circumstances. We might physically be constrained, but we don’t have to keep our minds trapped in an undesirable predicament. Faith serves as a buffer—providing a mental escape until the change comes. Thank God for FAITH!
But we are deceived, if we think we can walk by faith, while grasping onto hopelessness. The devil knows our indecisiveness impacts the outcome of our circumstances. Therefore, he keeps gloomy thoughts in our view around the clock in order to drain our energy—making it harder to believe there are other considerations to contemplate aside from his lies.
I’ve even heard people say, if you don’t expect anything good to happen, then you won’t be disappointed if it doesn’t come about. We all know who pitched that lie into their minds. That line of thinking contradicts the basic principles of faith.
God supplies the weapons; we must use them.
Walking in the fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance (see Galatians 5:22-23) is a weapon that provides us with hope in the midst of adversarial conditions.
Now, combine the teachings (weapons) of the apostle Paul found in Philippians 4:8 to the fruit of the Spirit, and think on whatever is true, honest, just, pure, lovely, virtuous, and of a good report. Finally, add the weapons of praise, worship, and thanksgiving.
The reason the enemy works relentlessly to keep us in a downhearted state, is because he knows if we ever attach faith to God’s weapons, his gravy train—free ride has come to a halt.
Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost (Romans 15:13).
See you next week on Paulette Talks Faith.