Faith will always be paired with a ray of Hope. Anyone of us who will have faith in something or someone will have to always Hope in it as well.
The faith of a believer in Christ Jesus is something that's vital in the christian walk. It's the pre-requisite of a life lived as a follower of the Savior. Believing and having Faith in Jesus Christ saves us from unrighteousness as well as God's wrath. And it is this Faith that gives us the Hope of our salvation and eternal security in the arms of our loving Savior.
But many of the devil's schemes against the believer is aimed at the very foundation of faith. For the enemy seeks to steal, kill and destroy whatever HOPE there is for us in this life. The devil prowls to devour us as he attempts to ravage the faith we have for a life lived with Jesus in eternity.
The enemy aimed it's full ammunition at me the moment my book project became published online. The devil's arrows of discouragement and oppression came flying from left and right in order to bring down the faith I have in the work God has called me to do.
But I was encouraged by a verse I read in Romans 15:13 today. It reminds me of a God who never forsakes us nor leaves us to fend for ourselves. This is what it promises to all who believe ...
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing so that
by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.
I am reminded today that the life of a believer in Christ Jesus will always be filled with trouble, but the Word of God said that HE delivers us from them all. With that in mind, we are encouraged that our walk through this life may be difficult but we can be filled (and truly have) all JOY and all PEACE in our believing in Jesus' promises because it is by the power of the Holy Spirit that we will abound in Hope.
When we feel weak amidst the oppression of the enemy, we have a Comforter and a Sustainer that God placed in us that we may continue on with our striving for HIS cause and HIS glory. And that no matter what goes on in and around us, we have our great and mighty and strong and faithful God who increases our Faith and allow Hope to abound in order that we will have pure JOY and pure PEACE in HIM who strengthens us, allowing us to walk by Faith and not by sight.
All blessing and honor and glory and power be unto the God of our salvation, now and forever!