2003-02-16-Faith, Hope, Trust
Topic: Faith, Hope, Trust
Group: N. Idaho TeaM
Malvantra (Jonathan TR): Greetings, friends. This is Malvantra. I come to you today to express my pleasure at your ruminations. You cannot imagine the delight it has brought to myself and others as we witness your investigations into many aspects of your lives. You do well in your efforts to weave your various life elements such as your friendships, your physical bodies, the inventions of your sciences, your discoveries of your scientists, the thought systems of your religions, and your own psychological emotions and thoughts. This effort at commingling what could be seen as separate categories creates a matrix which builds a perspective that overlays your mind to the extent that how you decide in your daily life is greatly enhanced.
As I look back through the records of lessons presented to you, I am aware that the topic I choose to emphasize today has been addressed before. You have come to know that realities of an eternal nature are good and in time, and that the truth once heard or expressed is never discarded but remains relevant. So, I will proceed. I wish to emphasize today, because it is current to you all, hope. There are three words that have slight similarities but emphasize different points, and they appear in a fuzzy way related. However, they are more distinct than often considered. Today I am going to draw some lines between them to give them independent shape. I have mentioned hope; along with it there is faith, and also trust.
You, and myself included, are creatures of time, and so we context our concepts, our faith, trust, and hope in time. These three words have been criticized at times because they allow uncertainty or resolve through the displacement of personal power or ability. To have faith in God, to trust divine law, to hope for Light and Life can be seen as potentially stagnating, leaving it for some agency to fulfill. Faith within time has no relevance beyond the present. To place faith in God is not for tomorrow; it is for today and even for now and not later this day. It is the fuel of the spiritual life. No fuel provides benefit if it sits in the tank, in the reservoir. It must be delivered to its point of power and used. So when you say, “I have faith in God that all things will work out” what is the action to be taken? How are you going to manifest God’s outworking? How will you combust that faith such that the work of the will of God is done?
Then enters the notion of hope, for this view orients itself to the future. Often hope is misaligned with wishfulness, the projection of your own desires. Hope springs forward from faith. Faith is the instantaneous experience of a spirit child of God that reveals the reality of spiritual truth, beauty, and goodness through action. Hope is the projection of this action of faith. A deep hope for the future to work out for the good of all cannot be had without an active, living faith. It [would] then . .. become merely wishfulness. So, as you hope for goodness upon this world you engage your faith to bring the result.
Now I will orient us toward trust. Trust implies reliance upon a power or a structure that will sustain you, support you, and propel you forward to protect you. Trust is different than hope, for it involves the element of your past. It is the track record of your application of faith. Day by day you live by faith, thus accumulating trust. Again, it is not the wishfulness of a trust that things won’t crumble; it is the certainty and assuredness of a trust that, having undertaken difficult experiences through faith before you know you are supported, you know you are protected.
To some extent hope and trust are the two wings attached to the fuselage of faith. They balance the future and the past with the present. The entire vehicle which is your being moves forward, accomplishes work, attains destination.
I hope I have instilled in you thoughts to ponder. Thank you for hearing me.
Evelyn: Why are you bringing this up? You have laid out some definitions that are workable; maybe I just need to spend time pondering them.
Malvantra: In levity I would say it’s because I lack a lesson plan. However, such is not the case, for my preface underlined the value of returning to previously discussed topics due to immediate relevancy. You have discussed today many things wherein hope and trust and faith play an important role be it in regard to your international situations, your family lives, or your own personal quandaries. There are many who receive my words by way of your good services, and so I present these that those who receive will draw from my comments what applies to their situations as they receive it. I trust because of the presence of the Father’s spirit within each that these notions will be applied and bring benefit to the soul of everyone.
Ginny: Faith, hope, and trust are virtues of time. As we ascend in awareness of our soul growth those virtues become more knowledge and love, I suspect. How much does our faith and trust depend on having knowledge and information? We love and trust that which we know; they increase the more we know. Or not?
Malvantra: Before I let others comment I wish to interject.
Yes, knowledge does elevate faith and trust and hope. In a way it boosts the octane of your faith/fuel and can improve the performance of your spiritual life. However, one ought to assure oneself that knowledge is an accumulation that spans eternity. Faith must be used in this instant. So, while knowledge improves faith, faith must act at the level it can with all considerations present, be they fully or partially.
You do not err in noting the triangular relationship of these three. I mentioned that trust has a link to the past, and in this past are multiple experiences which fits your perspective of “many”. Faith is irrelevant without God. No one individual can borrow the hope of another; it must be your personal possession.
I wish to receive more of your comments.
Malvantra: Indeed it does, and it is done so through living faith, not a faith that is alive, but that you live your faith. Trust, while it is yours alone, does involve multiple factors. It may not be people; it may be experiences that are yours. It is the accumulation of these experiences, even insights, that trust develops in.
As you ascend, as you have commented in our discussion, each one of these words slides from the wishful, tenuous feelings of uncertainty toward the end of spiritual maturity where certainty and asssuredness are strong elements in your faith, trust, and hope.
Tom: In healing, those who are counting on a healer, even though their own acceptance is required, they can be inspired by and have faith and trust and hope that another can see the end from the beginning. That gives them the courage to jump that gap and allow healing to flow.
Malvantra: This is true, well said.
Kirk: I like the idea of faith being for the moment whatever happens. It’s all working for the good, it’s all working for God. Hope is that everybody has that faith and the trust that it will happen, that it’s God’s way.
Malvantra: Thank you very much each of you for your interjections, for you have provided for many who will observe this meeting of ours, that necessary human element that correlates with your fellows. In so doing you also contribute to inspiring hope, activating faith, and deepening trust. As I chose to ask you for your responses today I hoped each would. I trusted that you would, for my experiences of the past have revealed to me that you are quite full of many things to say. So, in faith I asked you.
Ginny: I hope you enjoy our little dialogue as much as we enjoy yours.
Malvantra: I do most profoundly. The Melchizedek universities are designed to educate the ascending children according to the directions of Michael. However, this is not a curriculum that is force-fed; it is a curriculum that is revealed through the actions and choices of these ascending personalities, yourselves included. So, we arrange our lesson plans for relevancy and applicability as you grapple with your current understanding, your current enlightenment, and your motives for growth.
Elyon: This is Elyon, I greet you today. I just simply wish to interject a comment, and that is, way to go, team! for you have pleased our resident Melchizedek, and that is thrilling to me, your teacher. It is a joy to witness my friends, who you are, having an effect upon a Melchizedek son and to witness my own Melchizedek instructor having such a good effect upon you. Naturally this does not only apply to today but spans our years of association. Keep up the good work. You are fulfilling my hopes when I took in faith this assignment as a teacher in this Correcting Time. I trusted the Melchizedeks and now I trust you. Thank you.