Enforcing Hope in Your Thought Life

Table of contents for The Best Hope is Not Seen

  1. Belligerence in the Midst of Hopelessness
  2. Enforcing Hope in Your Thought Life

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When facing extended trying circumstances, it is necessary to belligerently believe that hope still exists even when no visible signs of hope are evident. “Hope that is seen is not hope at all (Rom. 8:24).” If you did not yet read the explanation of this principle in Part 1 of The Best Hope is Not Seen, please read it first as that is the full discussion. This section, Part 2, is taking apart one of the main quotes in that post, giving the definitions from the original Greek language.

We are going to dissect the following quote from its original language as it is very beautiful, “Let us hold fast to the confession of our faith without wavering, for He who promised is faithful (Heb. 10:23).” (Click the text link here to read why I use Greek definitions.) The Greek fonts may or may not appear depending on if you have them on your computer.

1. Let Us Hold Fast – katecw,katecho, or “hold fast” in English is defined as hold fast, keep in memory, possess, retain, seize. We are to retain, grab hold of, seize and not let go, keep in our memory, in the forefront of our minds our confession, i.e. the promises of God for our well-being and abundant life. Similar to the old adage of “When you get to the end of your rope, tie and knot and hold on,” we should seize and not let go of the thoughts and even audible speaking of wellness over our lives regardless of how visibly hopeless a situation appears.

2. Confession of Our Faith – elpiv,elpis, or faith in English is defined as to anticipate with pleasure, expectation, and confidence. This is not the Greek word used for faith that refers to one’s moral convictions. This word is often translated “hope” but does not imply the wishful thinking “hopeful” typically means in English. “Hope” in scriptures refers to a definite, confident expectation that good will happen to you. As seen here in this definition, it is such a definite confidence that you actually feel excitement about the good coming to pass.

3. He Who Promised is Faithful – pistov,pistos, faithful in English is defined as trustworthy, faithful, sure, true. Here is the whole reason for excitedly anticipating with confident expectation that good will come to you even in the most visibly hopeless circumstances-because the Almighty God in whom you are hoping is trustworthy, faithful, sure and true!! One cause for us having such difficulty in believing the faithfulness of God is that we base it on the lack of dependability of the numerous humans who have failed us. This is why it is essential to remind ourselves that God is a person but not human. In regard to the countless promises of help, deliverance, abundance, and provision that He promises in scripture, God says of Himself, “God is not a man that He should lie or change His mind. Does He speak and then not act? Does He promise and not fulfill (Num. 23:19)?” The last 2 questions are rhetorical in nature meaning that of course He acts when He speaks and fulfills His promises!

In spite of how visibly hopeless the situations of your life appear to be, enforce on your thought life and in your speaking the positive promises of God, promises of a definite hope for help. Your hope is not based on what you see. “Hope that is seen is not hope at all!”

Greek Definitions from Strong’s Greek Dictionary of New Testament Words

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