I Cor 13:13
And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three;
but the greatest of these is charity.
For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith.
For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor
but faith which worketh by love.
me share an illustration, which the Lord gave me, concerning how these
three work together to bring results into your life. In the sport
of archery, you have three main items you are working with:
target is your goal. It is what you desire to hit or have.
This represents your hope. The arrow is your faith. It must
be active to be of any benefit to you, not just sitting idle in your
The bow is the love of God shed abroad in your heart. It is God's
love for you, and your confidence in Him, in His love, which gives
strength to the arrow of faith to continue on until the hope is
Several important points:
(1) You must be strong in your confidence that God loves you, and that
He will never leave you nor forsake you. He seeks to bless you
and deliver you from trouble, fear, and defeat in every area of your
life. This allows you to take a complete pull on the bow of love,
ensuring your arrow of faith does not fall short, and ensuring your
arrow of faith is not shaken by the winds of doubt blowing against it.
(2) You must have developed your arrows of faith. You cannot run
out and buy them. Nor can you pray them up. You are going
to have to go out to the treasure fields of God1, and collect into your
quiver, to be able to use them towards your targets of hope and against
(3) You are going to have to go hunting for your targets
yourself. Just like going hunting for game, it is not going to
come and lie down in your lap and say, "Here I am"! You are going
to have to decide what it is you want. You are going to have to
have the right kind of faith arrows for that game. And you are
going to have to have a full assurance that God loves you and wants you
to have that provision.
(4) You are going to have to be single-eyed toward your target, before,
during, and after you fire your faith arrow, or it will not land on the
mark. If your sight is drawn off from the target, as Peter was as
he walked on the water, taking his eyes off Jesus, and onto the wind
and waves of doubt, you will miss your target.
The light of the body is the eye: if therefore
thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.
BY LEARNING GOD'S LOVE FOR YOU, THROUGH THE HOPE OF HIS WORD, AND THEN
WALKING IN FAITH, YOU A BE AN "ARCHER OF GOD".