Hi, and thanks for joining me today on a 'Walk of Faith'!
You know, in recent weeks we've been spending a lot of time talking about hope and where we find hope. But I would like to take you one step further, if I can, today. These are the first three verses of Hebrews chapter 11 and they really talk about how hope comes to be in our lives. So, give a listen.
"Faith is what makes real the things we hope for. It is proof of what we cannot see. God was pleased with the people who lived a long time ago because they have faith like this. Faith helps us understand that God created the whole world by his command. This means that the things we see were made by something we cannot see."
That gives us a really important clue that if we want to live into the hope that we have, for not only our eternal life but also for our daily existence, that it requires taking steps of faith. And we are reminded in scripture that faith is a gift from God, not something that we generate for ourselves, but is something that we receive from God not only that we might believe, but that we might live into that hope that is promised to us by God.
That's an important concept to remember as we go through our daily lives that we not get too discouraged by the circumstances of our life, but we live into the positive vision that God has placed into our hearts as believers. And to remember that even when we can't always see God at work in the world around us, we take by faith that God is working out his plan and purposes for us and for the world around us. Because he's wanting to redeem all of creation, of which we are a part.
So having accepted Christ as the means of our salvation, we not only have access to the presence and power and plan of God, but we live into the hope that God has placed within each one of us; that permanent relationship we have with him.
So I want you to hang on to that as you go through your day and through your week and try to live into that hope in such a way that other people can see it in your life, too.
And as you go, please know that God's love, Christ's peace, and the power and the presence of the Holy Spirit are with you. Be safe! Amen.
~ Pastor Kerry