Hope comes before faith

So many of us put the carriage before the horse when we’re merely seeking the faith needed to be healed, delivered, or for whatever other miracle that we need in our life. Did you know that hope proceeds faith? Little is taught about hope, but it is another foundational key to faith. If you don’t have hope, you won’t be capable of having faith.

When praying for somebody to be healed, you might ask them, “Can you see yourself healed?” If that person cannot even imagine what it would be like to be healed, then they have a serious lack of hope. Jesus actually thew this out at somebody who came to Him for a healing…

And when he was come into the house, the blind men came to him: and Jesus saith unto them, Believe ye that I am able to do this? They said unto him, Yea, Lord. Then touched he their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it unto you.
Matthew 9:28-29

Hope says, “I can get it!” Faith says, “I have it! It’s MINE!”

If you don’t have hope, then how can you have faith? How can you say, “It’s MINE!” without the hope of being able to receive it? You can’t!

Next time you want to establish faith for something, first imagine what it would be like to receive it. Are you seeking to be emotionally healed? Physically healed? Can you picture or imagine what it would be like to manifest that healing? There’s one of your first steps to growing faith. The devil and evil spirits do this all the time, but using fear and negative emotions to cripple our faith and trust in God… so why can’t we use our imagination for God’s purposes? We can!

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