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Emanna for 02/06/2021

Faith Not Being Hope

Bible Verses

1 John 5:4 For everything that has been begotten of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory which has overcome the world--our faith.

Words of Ministry

Now we need to ask what faith is not. Faith is not hope. Those who have hope do not necessarily have faith. When you talk to others about overcoming and ask whether they have overcome, you know that they do not have faith if they answer, "I hope I will overcome." This is like talking to someone about salvation. If he tells you that he hopes to be saved, you know that he does not have the faith yet. Some people constantly hope that the Lord will save them, and they constantly hope that the Lord will help them overcome. Some people constantly pray and ask the Lord to make them overcome. Some people constantly wait for the Lord to make them overcome. Some people say that they have surrendered and believed, but they are still waiting to see whether it will work. If they want to wait and see whether this works, it will never work, because faith is not hope.

Bible verses are taken from the recovery Version of the Bible (RcV) and Words of Ministry from Watchman Nee, The Overcoming Life, pp. 122. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA. (Repeat from 7/19/97) Please visit us at www.emanna.com Comments to: comment@emanna.com.