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How Faith And Hope Work Together To Give You Confidence in God

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.

Ending Thoughts

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  • 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!

    • 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.

  • 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?

    • 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.:)

  • ‘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.

    • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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.

    • 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.

  • 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!

    • 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!

  • Thank you very much for your explanation on how faith and hope work together to give us confidence,this is a timely message for me and may God keep on revealing to you more so that you can share with us. Stay blessed.

  • I believe that Faith is the strenght of life to believe in WHOM Create, Provide, Bless and Protect all for His Glory, Faith must be the Glory of God in our lives, in all spheres, to serve His Love, His Name and His Word, saved in our hearts, minds and souls.

    Faith Is the Power of God in our lives to become His Children of His Love in this world generations that lost all moral standards as parents generations that do not transmit life values of God Belief and Existence, nowadays worldwide.

    Faith has no limits, and grows in our hearts the more we love God in our lives. Faith grows each second we are alived, when we become God Temple as It is Written ” I and the Father Will Make of You, Our Habitat “.

    With Faith in God, we have all in our lives to live for Him and Glorify Him, as His Providence, because as It Is Written ” I Am the Way, The Truth and the Life “.

    Hope in Trust, is the strenght of assurance of our Faith in God, we exist and live for Him, in Hope of future certainity as Blessings and Protection against all evil.

    Hope in Trust is the assurance of Faith reality, of Faith existence in our lives, that God Leads all our destiny, that all Is In His Divine Hands through our Love for Him.

    Faith and Hope in Trust, interlinking, means to Love God from our hearts and souls, as It Is Written ” You Will Love God, with all your heart, with your mind, with your soul, and spirit discernment “, this being in fact LIFE IN GOD, LIFE WITH GOD, LIFE FOR GOD.

    As Jew Says many milleniums of years ago ” In God we Hope, Faith can move mountains “. ” Those that have hope in God, will fly as eagles enlarging territories “, to Glorify through Faith in all His Blessed and Protected Providence.

    We have Faith and Hope in trust , in a Blessed Future to Glorify God through His Divine Providence to our lives.

    In God we trust, through Faith, With Faith, and in Faith.

    Much appreciated and thank You.

    • Very good thoughts on faith here, Maria. Thanks for taking time out and offering your comment to the post. I’m sure people will look this over and consider and think through what you’ve written. Much favor and blessings! Greg

  • I have tons of hope. I believe more than not that a man walked the earth named Jesus and was seen to do amazing things and was crucified. However I hope He was Divine. I hope there is a God that’s more than an equation and that there is the possibility of life after death. I really hope these claims are truth but I have no faith. I dont believe my Christian relatives and departed friends are anywhere. I hope they are. Hence, I disagree with point 4. You can have hope without faith.

    I believe there are many people like me that have tons of hope but no faith. Certainly no feelings of assurednesss at all.

    I went to 2 churches over a 7 years hoping that my hope would find some faith, an assued expectation. I have deep affection for my Christian friends and love how faith lives in thier lives. They are so assured. Alas that did not happen to me and I felt a fraud going through the motions of reciting the Nicene Creed.

    So now I have decided to stop going to church. I don’t like churches that use money to pay stripends, paying people to serve God and upkeeping churches giving little to the poor or community.

    Church attendance in my small town is dwindling, churches struggling, and many have closed and be sold off.

    God does not appear to support the current model of worship. Christian history is a horror story. God certainly has left everything to faith. Nothing stands out about Christianity any more than a community minded and moral atheist or Buddist etc.

    Should people like me just give up on ever having faith and just keep hoping? According to many Christians, people like me aren’t going to be saved anyway.

    • Hi Marian. First, my apologies to this being sooo late. You have a lot going on here in your comment. I would say that church, religious activities etc does not give us faith. Faith originates in God, namely Jesus Christ. Without Jesus in our lives, confident hope cannot be found or experienced. Hope comes alive when we accept Christ into our lives. He is our source for assured hope. Blessings, Marian.

  • My faith has waned. I believe and know that God can do anything. ANYTHING. So when my God doesn’t do what I have been waiting for, I don’t believe I will get it. Some people don’t get what they feel they desperately need. And I am struggling with the hope I held onto for 30 years being futile. I think I hoped for the wrong thing and that the Holy Spirit could have grieve me a clue that it wouldn’t ever happen and to accept what I have. I am working out my anger, feeling of betrayal, all the while knowing that God is good and he is faithful. Grief.

    • Wow, Lori. I’m so sorry. Words are hard to come by when our hope is deferred for this long.  I realize the tension around his goodness and seeing the expression and breakthrough His goodness realized. I admire your heart to not let go, choosing to work through your emotions and feelings. I believe our “why’s” will be answered on the other side of this life, when we see him face to face. Heart goes out to you, and I am praying for you.


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