Hope And Faith

Monday, April 29, 2013
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Hebrews 11:1 – Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see. (NLT)

Hebrews 12:1b-2 – Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. (NKJV)

Hebrews 7:25 – Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them. (NKJV)

A landscape architect of my acquaintance envisions outdoor sport and recreation facilities, then draws plans so that others can build what he sees as possible. He supervises construction in the role of project leader while project managers and contractors call forth from his pictures the details of the real thing.

Once, I heard hope described as a blueprint, and faith as the everyday actions we take to see hope fulfilled.

My hope is Jesus Christ.

The architect of my faith is Jesus Christ. When I read Old Testament prophecy and New Testament gospel accounts, I find word pictures of what He makes possible. When I read New Testament epistles, I find word pictures about where He is now and what He is doing.

Since becoming a pensioner, seeking direction for my life in a new season, and using the blueprint/construction metaphor, I read Scripture word pictures about Christ, while desiring my own "blueprint". For example, I see "compassion" as a person when I read this way.

A few weeks ago in a sermon, our minister suggested that we begin to ask, "Jesus, what are you doing right here, right now, by Your Holy Spirit?", and then listen with our hearts. Because I had begun to make mental pictures, I was not surprised when I began to "hear".

Here is a sample of the Holy Spirit's prompts that I have felt in response to the question, "Jesus, what are you doing right here, right now?"

    "As you enjoy your walk, please join Me in a prayer of comfort for your neighbour."
    "Let's praise the Father this morning."
    "Please take the writing course you have put off for years."
    "Remember your absent prodigals; ask Me for reconciliation. Intercede daily."

This approach to Scripture and prayer is working for me. Would you join me in this joyous adventure of seeing and hearing by faith?

Prayer: Father, You promise, "I will never leave you nor forsake you." (Hebrews 13:5 NKJV) Teach us ways to know and live in Your truth and love. In the sweet name of Christ Jesus our Lord, we ask. Amen.

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Pat Bell <llebpat@gmail.com>
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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Good advice Pat.

    Dear PAT, I love the way you worded your Devotional this morning!

    Thank you Pat for this reminder of how the Lord can use Scripture to show us how to live. Blessings.

    Beloved Pat,
    I really enjoyed your devotional from today.

    Pat, thank you again for sharing with us. As always I enjoyed this very much and God does speak to us when we talk with him. All we need to do is listen!! Thank you and may God continue to speak to us and may we always be able to hear Him.

    Thanks Pat for some wonderful thoughts today. I shall remember to pray as I walk my dog and at all other times.
    You suggestions are really valuable…especially the one that prompts us to intercede for others.

    Hi Pat:
    While reading the daily devotional I was thinking to myself that that was exactly what our minister has been talking about. Then I got to the bottom and read your name. Amazing how God works.
    Thanks and blessings.

    Hi Pat
    Hebrews 11:1 – Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see. (NLT)
    Amen — You made me think more deeply about the season I am in now. This scripture makes me feel better about it.
    Thanks and God bless.

    Dear Pat,
    Your message reminded me of something I read in one of my bible studies called “An Architect’s View of the Bible” – the author is unknown. It presents beautiful word images for personal reflection like some of the ideas you shared in your devotional. I pray it will be a blessing and inspiration to your heart.
    Thank you for sharing these wonderful insights.

    Thank you for your devotional today. Since I am several years older than you I am just a little further along the road than you.
    I came across one of your emails you sent earlier when you were looking for a new church home some years ago. I appreciate your and some other contributors advice about a move. With the Lord’s help we can see what our future can be — as He knows our future and holds us in His care. I can only say we serve an awesome God.

    God works in mysterious ways. You have said exactly what I need to hear today. Thanks be to God.

    Pat, this is a wonderful devotional. There is one word in particular that I needed to read. I have missed you, God bless you.

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