Faith and hope are vitally connected and it’s important to understand the value they have together so we can have an unshakeable confidence in God.

To be honest, both faith and hope have always been a bit of a mystery for me. By nature, they both seem a bit vague. You cannot touch them, hear them or see them yet you see the evidence of each: people saved, prayers answered and a joyful outlook of the future, to name a few.

One thing we do know, there is a vital connection between faith and hope. One cannot live without the other.

Thoughts on Faith and Hope

It says in Hebrews 11:1 “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”

Volumes of books have been written on the subject, but I’m going to lay out some thoughts that have personally helped me connect the two.

1. Faith is given by God to know God.

Faith’s object is God (His goodness and power). Faith grows through revelation of who He is by the Holy Spirit. It gains strength as we know God better.

2. Faith’s anchor is assessing accurately WHO God is.

This is vital. When we understand God rightly then we can confidently say, “all things are possible with God.” When we rightly understand who God is and continue to grow in this understanding then our faith increases. On the other hand, when we misunderstand who God is, faith wanes and hope is not even in view. This is huge!

3. Faith is active.

Faith lives and accesses God’s Kingdom. Faith has movement. Faith is best defined by demonstration.

4. Faith is the substance of hope and hope awakens faith.

There is an interactive dynamic between faith and hope. Faith gives life to hope and hope strengthens our faith. You can’t have one without the other.

5. Faith is coming into agreement with what God is saying and hope anticipates its reality.

Every promise, every prophetic word God has given carries with it life that can only be activated by faith. Faith comes into agreement and believes each promise, prophetic word and/or written Word.

6. The proof of our faith is hope.

When we have hope in God we prove that faith is active.

7. Without faith, hope is only a wish (powerless). But when we have hope in God, faith is powerful.

A wish is hope without God. It’s something we long for but it’s generally not connected to God. Biblical hope has as it’s foundation faith in God.

8. Unbelief honors what we see as impossible. Faith honors what we believe is possible.

Unbelief is simply faith in the inferior.

9. Hope looks to the future while faith lays hold of the present.

10. By faith we understand (Hebrews 11:3)

Most of us need to understand something first before we have faith but that’s not what the Bible says. The Bible says that we have faith in order to understand. Faith is understanding.

11. Faith is not presumption.

The difference between faith and presumption is faith is our response to God’s word of revelation, presumption is our expectation of God to do something He did not say.

Regardless of what we are going through we can put our faith in God and find hope. When we rightly discover God we will undoubtedly find faith and be filled with hope. When both of these are active, we will truly have an unshakable confidence in God to meet every situation we face.

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16 Comments

  1. dloewen Aug 27, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    Interesting how connecting those two subjects that can be vague makes them so clear. 🙂

    “A wish is hope without God. It’s something we long for but it’s generally not connected to God. Biblical hope has as it’s foundation faith in God.” – I find I have a lot of things that turn out to be wishes that I thought were founded! By that I mean that when hope isn’t tested, it doesn’t have to stand up on it’s own. When it’s tested, then you have to fill in the gaps with a good foundation!

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    1. Greg Simas Aug 27, 2013 at 9:08 pm

      Hello, Dloewen. You make a good point from your own experience. Sometimes when are things are placed in the fire we discover what they are made out of. I’m learning this too.

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  2. Amy Jensen Aug 29, 2013 at 11:59 am

    would you say if you really had faith you would have peace? How do you know if you truly possess faith? I say I do and I have hope but sometimes I still feel uneasy and worried. Is that lack of faith or am I just not letting myself enjoy the benefits of the faith and hope?

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    1. Greg Simas Aug 29, 2013 at 3:37 pm

      Hi Amy. Great questions. For me, believing faith = assurance. When I have assurance I will undoubtedly have peace about something even though it might seem impossible. So yes, faith brings peace.

      I think the uneasiness and worry we all feel are results of just being human and a maturing (growing) in faith. So when we are uneasy and worried, go back to that promise, encounter with God, prophetic word or scripture verse etc that the Lord gave you. When you do, you will be reassured and confidence will be found. Hope this helps.:)

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  3. Cynthia Y Aug 30, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    ‘Faith’ and ‘hope’ have in the past been vague to me, too. The Lord’s used my health issues as teaching grounds to define both concepts. ‘Hope’ is the current lesson. It becomes clearer to me what is when it’s absent or waning, for it has a profound effect on my soul. When I lack hope, I sure can sink in heart; but, when I have hope, I float like a boat, and my faith is fueled.

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    1. Greg Simas Aug 30, 2013 at 11:32 pm

      Hi Cynthia. So true. I enjoyed your analogy about the boat and fuel with hope and faith. It’s been said, “Man can live about forty days without food, about three days without water, about eight minutes without air…but only for one second without hope.” Sometimes hope is the fuel for faith. Keep going!! I love how you are pursuing the Lord. I’ll be praying for your health and healing.

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  4. Dan Black Sep 3, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    Great thoughts, Greg. Hebrews 11 is one of my favorite chapters. Faith allows us to believe in God, our unique self, and for a better future. Loving your blog posts!

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    1. Greg Simas Sep 3, 2013 at 10:21 pm

      Hi Dan. Thanks friend. I fully agree with your thoughts regarding faith as well. Thanks too, for the encouragement regarding the blog posts. Always great to hear when we can add value to peoples lives. Thanks for stopping by! Blessings.

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  5. Gina Hyatt Sep 6, 2013 at 9:37 am

    I love this. At the beginning of the year the Lord struck my heart on the area of faith and hope and its been a growing theme and song in my heart “let faith arise”. I am always filled with hope when faith is arising in me. I spoke months ago on this and when I was preparing for my message the Lord had given me a picture of hope being the burning, hot embers of a fire, waiting for faith (the lighter fluid) to come “awaken” the flames. Love how they work together and how my heart comes alive like a fire! GREAT POST.

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    1. Greg Simas Sep 6, 2013 at 6:27 pm

      Hi Gina. True. I really don’t see how we can have one and not the other to whatever degree it is. I find that making declarations regarding God’s promises and His Word are fire starters for both faith and hope. I just want to be filled with both of them.

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  6. Rev Sammy May 27, 2014 at 9:28 am

    i like the hope and faith message

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    1. Greg May 27, 2014 at 10:23 am

      Thanks, Sammy. Blessings.

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  7. Julie Jun 29, 2014 at 8:06 pm

    I just stumbled upon this older blog today. My favorite line is at the beginning.
    “Faith’s object is God.”
    Seems like most often, faith’s object is money–for ministry or for a desired item or to pay a debt or whatever. Sometimes faith’s object is one’s destiny or a life goal or a marriage, etc. It’s not that those things are bad things to believe for, but they are not the ultimate object of our faith. The end goal and intent of our faith is GOD.
    Thank you for that reminder!

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    1. Greg Simas Jun 30, 2014 at 7:13 am

      Hi Julie. Love this this verse. Heb. 12:2 “Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith…” (NIV) Because of all the distractions I need to keep this verse in front of me on a regular basis. I’m glad this helped you to stay focused!

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