Here’s an interesting vision I had this week. I saw people talking while looking
at themselves in a mirror; the strange part was their reflections were also talking,
but saying something completely different.
Here is the understanding.
In one moment, we call forth what we hope for; and, in the very next moment,
by our own words, we nullify what we first spoke and are hoping to receive!
Oh, to truly know the power of our words and the importance of our hope.
Hope matters; it’s the springboard for our faith. According to Heb 11:1 it is our
faith that actually creates the substance by which what we are hoping for becomes
a visible reality. This is the place of calling what doesn’t exist as though it does;
bringing what is unseen into reality. The power behind this kind of faith is a sure
foundation of trust.
The application of this is nicely put forth in Hebrews 10:23
“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He Who promised
The Hebrew word for “hold fast” means to “cling tightly”. Related meanings are
“to solder, fuse, glue”. The same Hebrew word is also used to describe the intimacy
between a husband and wife! This means our holding fast isn’t just casually
throwing out some empty words, but that we are so into what we’re believing, we
become one with our expectation! The overall context of verse 23 refers to the promise
of eternal life, but this same resolve, of holding fast to what we say, is what we need in
our everyday lives.
It’s interesting that the next verse (24) begins with the word “And”. This implies it is
connected with verse 23, as a continuation of the same thought. “And let us consider one
another in order to stir up love and good works…” How I wish that were true of everyone
we share our hopes and dreams with! The power of agreement is awesome; we are called
to come alongside of one another to encourage and support our respective hopes, visions,
and dreams. Separate yourself from “dream snatchers” who speak doubt and discouragement
to you! Difficult circumstances and opposition aren’t to overwhelm or defeat us.
On the contrary, they are opportunities to hold fast in our faith and expect to see God’s
The surety of our hope received rests on God. He is the One Who is Faithful!
He is well able to fulfill all His promises. He has never failed, changed His mind, or
forgotten His Words to us.
The solidity of our faith to hold fast is in proportion to the degree we trust Him.
Trust means to believe in the reliability of another; to have confidence in another,
based on past experience.
Our knowledge of God, and certainty of His character, only comes through an ongoing
relationship with Him and experiencing His love.
Do you trust Him?