November Letter 2016

November Letter 2016

Dear Faith Partner:

foc_website_highlight-2Did you know there is a divine connection between faith and hope? Hope is a confident and favorable expectation. When you allow the Word to create a favorable expectation, and then add your faith to that expectation, you have a winning combination.

Many times hope is a neglected part of the Christian life. Hope alone will never bring results from God’s Word. However, when hope is developed in the Word of God and is then used in connection with faith, you will begin to see the move of God in your life like never before.

Notice what the Apostle Paul says in 1 Corinthians 13:13, “And now abide (last, remain, dwell permanently) faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.” Faith, hope and charity are powerful spiritual forces. However, each of them is significant to the other. For instance, faith works by love and faith gives substance to what we hope for. No Hope = No Faith. There is a natural hope that everyone has. Then there is a supernatural hope that is imparted by God and it is that hope that requires the presence of faith. To receive miracles, we have to bypass the limitations of natural hope and press on to obtain God’s supernatural hope through faith. The amazing truth is these three, faith, hope and charity, operate in us now that we are born again and will still be in operation throughout eternity!

It is our faith in God that stirs up an expectation on the inside of us, because it is the foundation or the basis of our hope. It is time that all believers allow God’s Word (which is the producer of hope and faith) to provoke a greater level of expectation within. Faith gives substance to your hope. To be hopeless is to be helpless! Every time you give up on an issue, dream, vision, or idea you become absolutely hopeless. Not even God can help you then, because remember without faith, it is impossible to please Him. (Hebrews 11:6) No matter how strong your faith is, without hope it will be unproductive.

Hebrews 11:1 (KJV) states “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Notice faith is always now, in the present tense; not yesterday or tomorrow, but NOW. Substance means bases, or foundation; literally in the Greek it means a setting under; that which stands under something; that which supports something. Faith is real and it exceeds facts. It is substance and evidence of things that cannot be seen, but they do exist. There is the natural realm and the spiritual realm and they co-exist together.

I cannot over emphasize that hope is involved in faith? If you do not have any hope or anything you are hoping for, faith has nothing to work for; no dream, no vision, no hope, leaves faith without anything to fulfill. That is why the world says “don’t get your hopes up!” or “don’t get your hopes up high!” I thank God that He wants you to get your hopes up; He wants your HOPES UP HIGH! Look at the accounts of Blind Bartimaeus, Abraham, and the three Hebrews boys as a few examples.

The very word hope means expectant and Biblical hope is expectation of good, earnest expectation of what God has promised… favorable expectation. I want to encourage you do not lose your hope, because God is able in every situation! Ephesians 3:20- 21a (MSG) God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us.” Your hope should be built on nothing less than Jesus’ Blood, and His righteousness. Read Psalms 78:7, “That they may set their hope in God, And not forget the works of God…” As a matter of fact, Ecclesiastes 9:4 says, “For to him that is joined to all the living there is hope…” The writer here is saying there is HOPE for anyone joined to the living God, in whatever situation he may find himself.

Faith will give reality to what you are dreaming, and we ought to be dreaming dreams that come from God just as Joseph’s did. Joseph was in prison, yet he never gave up on his dreams or his hope. That dream and those ideas you have are not dead – do not give up. In one day, God turned it all around, for Joseph. His dream and hope became reality, because he would never give up. Hope and faith are expressions of our confidence in the integrity of God’s Word. Do not ever give up!

Faith gives substance to what you are hoping for. Hebrews 11:1 (TLB) says, “What is faith? It is the confident assurance that something we want is going to happen. It is the certainty that what we hope for is waiting for us, even though we cannot see it up ahead.” Faith is not based on your feelings; it is based on God’s Word. I tell you God’s Word will always come true come hell or high water. That is why Romans 3:4 says, “…let God be true, but every man a liar…” Jesus says in Matthew 24:35, “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.” Numbers 23:19b, “Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?” God watches over His Word to perform it. (Jeremiah 1:12)

David asked a question and made a statement in Psalms 42:5 that I want to mimic now, “Why are you cast down, O my soul? Hope thou in God…” Why are you cast down, losing hope and giving up? Has God died? NO, God is Alive and well! Why are you cast down, do you not know that God is your Heavenly Father; He is El Shaddai, the God Who is more than enough! Do you not know that He is El Elyon, the Most High God, possessor of Heaven and Earth! He is Jehovah Jireh, the Lord your provider; He is your Healer and He cannot fail! Do you know that? DO NOT LOSE YOUR HOPE!

Let me tell you 3 things about hope. First, hope strengthens your faith. “And being not weak in faith, because he believed in hope…” Romans 4:19.  Second, hope reminds you, “It’s not over” causing you to disregard contrary opinions, comments, and negative reports. “He staggered not at the promise of God…” Romans 4:20. Finally, hope helps you to see it clearly. II Corinthians 4:18 (NCV), “We set our eyes not on what we see but on what we cannot see. What we see will last only a short time, but what we cannot see will last forever.” Romans 4:21 (NKJV) “and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform.”

Janice and I pray that you, your family and those you are called to lead will stand strong in the Lord in the days ahead. Thank you for your continued commitment and your faithful prayers.  We love you.

Your Partner and Friend,


Richard B. Peoples, Sr.


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