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Destroy & Rebuild




(October 25, 2012)

Occasionally we must take stock of our lives and reassess things. Today is a day like that for me. In stocking and assessing, I've decided to finally make some moves on doing what has been on my mind to do for awhile.

What is that, you ask?

Well, it's to use my gift for a greater mission as defined by God. The gift? Writing. The mission? To share my journey so that it'll reach others. I really feel that this is God's will for me and as such, I've removed a lot of content from this blog and rebuilt some things.

I have been journeying for awhile with Jesus and on that journey, I've learned a lot of things about myself and I'm continuing to learn. I am going to share with you what I have learned and prayerfully trust that through my experiences you'll delve a little deeper and get closer to God too.

First lesson that I wish to impart I have come upon as I typed this.

HOPE.

Where there is faith, hope cannot exist too.

Seems a bit morbid and sullen, right? No hope?

Well, as I was typing this, I found myself not using the word, "hope." As in, "I hope you learn." Or, "I hope this will reach you."

That is purposeful. For I feel that were there is hope, doubt exists. Doubt and faith cannot co-exist. Faith is. It just is. You believe.

It may just be a matter of semantics -- just a choice of words. But, I feel that you cannot be in hopeful anticipation of something and believe faithfully that it will occur. They just seem to be in opposition of each other.

You either believe that Jesus is your Lord and Savior, or you don't. That is faith, or not. You can't hope that He is and live a life hoping that salvation is yours. Salvation is ours, all of ours, by faith alone. By a singular belief.

Or, as better stated by Karen Dunlap:

What is hope? The dictionary defines hope as "the feeling that what is wanted can be had". At first glance, hope and faith appear to almost be synonyms but if you go deeper you see a very clear difference. Hope is based more on a desire where faith is based on a knowing. Both relate to something that is unseen but to have faith is to truly believe in the outcome rather than wish for it. With hope, there is still a seed of doubt but when we have faith, we believe to our core that the desired outcome will prevail.

We can either live our lives by hope or by faith. If you live by hope, you are not fully committing to your beliefs and desires. When you live by faith, you have that internal "knowing" that allows you to completely commit and believe in the outcome. Hope may provide the path but faith is our compass to travel down that path. Faith allows us to stay strong and anchored in our journey and not succumb to the challenges or trials along the way. I've learned the difference between hope and faith these past few months and yes, I choose faith!

"Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see" – Hebrews 11:1

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