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Day 25: Hope


"FAITH IS FACING REALITY WITHOUT BEING DISCOURAGED BY IT."

Read that again

"FAITH IS FACING REALITY WITHOUT BEING DISCOURAGED BY IT."

They are not my words, but the words of Rick Warren

that pierced my heart with such power

reminding me that

FAITH IS COURAGE

because it moves you beyond

"What Is "

to

WHO IS

HOPE

PEACE

JOY

&

LOVE~

All what we really want

&

all that we really need

especially when we may have to

face a reality

that we wish wasn't the reality

that we may be facing right now?

WHAT IS YOUR "REALITY" THAT YOU WISH IT WASN'T?

In the midst of our "REALITY"

we all need

FAITH~

"NOW FAITH IS CONFIDENCE IN WHAT WE HOPE FOR

AND ASSURANCE ABOUT WHAT WE DON'T SEE." (Hebrews 11:1)

FAITH TAKES COURAGE~

to take a step

forward

to

the

HOPE

that

WE DON'T SEE

because

"Hope that is seen is no hope at all.

Who hopes for what they already have?" (Romans 8:24)

Hmm...

so if I don't have and if you don't have

what we really want to have

then

HOPE

is our only option~

"BUT IF WE HOPE FOR WHAT WE DO NOT YET HAVE,

WE WAIT FOR IT PATIENTLY" (Romans 8:25).

FAITH + HOPE = COURAGE

and

COURAGE

is what moves ones forward in the middle of wait

because

COURAGE

is

FAITHFULLY

clinging to

HIS HOPE

HIS PEACE

HIS JOY

HIS LOVE

when reality is dark & gloomy

when reality is bright & sunny

because

what we see

what we feel

in the here & now

is not

what our

True REALITY

is

for

"We don’t yet see things clearly. We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! We’ll see it all then, see it all as clearly as GOD sees us, knowing HIM directly just as HE knows us!

But for right now, until that completeness,

we have three things to do to lead us toward that consummation:

TRUST STEADILY in GOD,

HOPE unswervingly,

LOVE extravagantly" (I Corinthians 13:12-13 MSG).

FAITH IS looking discouragement right in the eyes~

"So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen,

since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal." (II Corinthians 4:18)

FAITH IS looking discouragement right in the eyes

with our eyes fixed on the

Unseen~

because of the

ONE who has COURAGEOUSLY

gone before us so that we can

COURAGEOUSLY face

whatever "reality" may come our way.

So let's

COURAGEOUSLY HOPE

by

"FAITH" (listen to the song below)


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