I am faithful I will have the strength I need this week.
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I am hopeful I will have the strength I need this week.
In my perpetual effort to be a good Christian, I would drop the word “faith” as much as I could.
You may feel the same way.
After all, Christians should be integrating their faithfulness about the future into conversations and prayers, right?
I’ve discovered the answer is yes and no.
Christians should demonstrate their faith in everything they say and do.
Christians should not speak of faith solely in the future.
The foundation of the Gospel is grounded in what has already happened at Calvary.
Author and Missionary Watchman Nee, in The Spiritual Man, remarked:
“Expectation regards things in the future, but faith deals with the past.”
Consider also the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Romans (Chapter 6):
5 For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his. 6 For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with,that we should no longer be slaves to sin — 7 because anyone who has died has been set free from sin.
Notice Paul’s intentional use of the past tense in just these three verses for the new church … united, crucified, ruled, died.
It’s More Than Just Semantics
It may be easy to dismiss this argument as nothing more than word choice.
Faith and Hope.
One in the same, right?
Try This Experiment
This week, I encourage you to recognize when you use the words Faith and Hope in your conversations and prayers.
When I did, I realized I was”faithful” for a lot of things in the future, but my dialogue was not grounded.
And for that matter, my faith was not grounded.
Now, I look first to the cross.
And my example from the start of this blog post now reads:
I will have the strength I need this week because my faith remains in Christ.
Strengthen yourself and others through your conversations that your every day hope is based in your faith in Christ.
A faith in what has already been given to you.
How do you stay grounded in your daily conversations and prayers?
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