Hope is defined as the trustful expectation in God’s promise. But many have not guaranteeread enough of the Word to know what God has promised. God’s promises are what He guaranteed to provide, give or supply if we hope and trust in Him and His Word. I only identified 10, but there are so many more.

  1. Whatever He promised He will honor.

My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips. Psalm 89:34 (KJV)

  1. God will not lie or change His mind.

 God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good? Numbers 23:19 (KJV)

  1. No good thing shall be denied.

For the Lord God is a sun and shield: the Lord will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly. Psalm 84:11 (KJV)

For the remaining promises, you will notice that we must do something and then God will.

  1. For forgiveness, we must confess our sin.

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9King (KJV)

  1. For life directions, we must acknowledge God.

 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Proverbs 3:6 (KJV)

  1. To receive God’s wisdom and knowledge, we must ask.

If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. James 1:5 (KJV)

  1. For our everyday needs, we must not worry, but seek God.

31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?

32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.

33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof. Matthew 6:31-34 (KJV)

  1. For our blessings, we must bring our tithes to God.

Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. Malachi 3:10 (KJV)

  1. To be delivered from fear, we must seek after God.

I sought the Lord, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears. Psalm 34:4 (KJV)

  1. To receive peace, we must not allow our hearts to be troubled.

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. John 14:27 (KJV)

T + T = T


Time plus trials equal trust. T+T=T. I would love to take credit for saying this formula, unfortunately, I heard this line from Joel Osteen. It made sense. And I wanted to share this concept with the readers of this newsletter.

Think about it. How is trust established? With some people (and I am leaning more on the younger generations), they trust very quickly. Then later, they are betrayed by this untested trust. They meet co-workers or students or the members of the opposite sex and instantly trust them. Maybe, it is because the person said something profound, accomplished a difficult feat or just had a demeanor to be trusted. So they trusted them. Sometimes it works out, but oftentimes it does not. Why? Little time was invested in the relationship, and it was not proven through tests, trials or troubles.

Then you have the older generation or those who are very firm in who they allow in their inner circle. Without thinking about the equation, they embrace the “let’s just sit back and wait attitude” before trusting a person, they hardly know. Time has passed and it appears a thin line of trust can be given, but the rest of the equation must come into play. The last component of the equation is when times become rough, when unexpected situations occur or tragedy hits, where is this untested, unproven person? How do they react? Do they offer support? Do they run? Do they avoid you? Do they think of themselves? Do they offer little comfort? Do they offer vain words or voice the common statement, if there is anything I can do? If you are truly close to a person there is always something that can be done. Or, do they go out of their way to help? Do they perform the things you did not expect? Or, surprise you with their words and support? Take a minute and think about this.

When should the T+T=T equation come strong in effect?

* Meeting new coworkers, students or neighbors. Everyone who smiles and says kind words cannot be trusted.

* Meeting a potential husband, wife, girlfriend or boyfriend. So often two people meet, plunge into a sexual encounter and think lust is love, and complementary works are deemed as trust. Remember, words can be spoken easily, but actions speak louder than words.

* Expressed business encounters or deals. The excitement of having your own business can get in the way of truly trusting the person who is proposing the deals.

* When contemplating, large purchases, i.e., homes, cars, electronic systems. This is a salesman’s job to relax you with comforting words, to stroke your ego or to convince you to trust them and this is the greatest opportunity and if you don’t take it, you are missing out.

* When money is a factor. It never appears to amaze me how money can persuade people to say, do or act in a manner beyond their better judgment. People will give you $40 freely and then manipulate you out of $400. Others buy you an outfit, but before you know it, you are purchasing them a new wardrobe. You think they are supplying you with your needs, but they are ramping you up for their biggest needs down the road. When you realize it, you are receiving a lot less than you are giving, take heed to this unbalanced situation. There are always exceptions to the rule. But keep an eye on tipped scales. Example: A man, women or friend moves in with you, they promise to assist with the monthly bills. They give $200 a month. This may seem reasonable. However, weekly they eat $100 worth of food, uses electricity, excessively, they take long baths and showers. With the washing machine, they use a full load to wash a pair of socks, they turn the thermostat up way too high or way too low to serve their needs. Their $200 is long gone, and their expenses have become your expenses.

Take heed to the posers and conmen. Posers pretend to be someone who they are not. A Conman is someone who swindles people by gaining their confidence. These are the people who will use the T+T=T equation to their advantage. They will take all the time that is needed. They will say whatever they think you need to hear. Do whatever you need to be done. They will come across as the most trustworthy person you can imagine. When the opportunity is right for them, they will come in for the kill. And rob you emotionally, mentally, financially or maybe physically. Trust should be earned, not quickly given.

Confused when to trust? Who to trust? When the T equation appears to be falling short. My solution, you need a greater Authority on the matter of trust. And the greatest Authority I know is God. He will give you the wisdom and knowledge on who and when to trust. Trust in God and not your own thinking.

Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. Proverbs 3:5 (KJV)

Today, people put more trust in themselves and others. This constitutes why there is so much mistrust going around. This is why there are so many broken relationships, shattered emotions and financial ruins. Remember, putting trust in people than has not been proved or have not gone though the test of trust is dangerous.

God gives us His wisdom which is more powerful than man’s or the world’s wisdom. What will God’s wisdom grant you?

* Wisdom will grant insight and prudence when it comes to those certain men and woman, the types who spit out smooth words while rehearsing a fabricated story.

To deliver you from the way of evil and the evil men, from men who speak perverse things and are liars, Proverbs 2:12 (AMP)

To keep you from the evil woman, From [the flattery of] the smooth tongue of an immoral woman. Proverbs 6:24 (AMP)

God has surpassed the Time plus Trials equal Trust Theory. Remember the times when He assisted you through your tests and trials that equates to trusting Him.

Now remember the times you put your trust in a man or woman and when faced with difficult times how they let you down.

It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in princes. Psalm 118:9King James Version (KJV)

Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD. Jeremiah 17:5King James Version (KJV)


What is the item some people never had? While others had it, but gave up on the hopevalue of it. Or, those who lost it? While others held on to it no matter what? Is it a rare coin? Money? Love? My answer in this scenario is hope.

What is hope? In the spiritual arena, it is the trustful expectation in God’s promise. This is the definition I hold fast in my life, because I am trusting in God. God is reliable, He does not lie or change His mind.

God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good? Numbers 23:19 (KJV)

In the everyday definition, hope is wanting something to happen; or to think it could happen. To desire with expectation of obtainment. This definition can lead you to put a trustful expectation onto yourself, others, the government or the world. These arenas are shaking, changeable, and not always reliable.

It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man. 9 It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in princes. Psalm 118:8-9 (KJV)

Now, I will address the examples of the hopeless and hopeful people.

The hopeless are the people who never had hope. Hope is something that is taught, seen, experienced or a commitment to seek after. With the hopeless, their parents, guardians or family members never believed in hope and taught them is no such thing as hope. Or, expressed the concept that being hopeful is a waste of time. This way of thinking may have stemmed from poverty, afflictions, abuse, drugs or any other issue that clouded the mind to see God’s promises.  For them, there are so many trials, tribulations, and troubles, it is difficult to see there is a glimmer of hope shining down the dark tunnel of life. There is no hope in God, oftentimes there is not any hope in themselves or anything. They have seen the doom and gloom and expect doom and gloom.

And might not be as their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation; a generation that set not their heart aright, and whose spirit was not steadfast with God. Psalm 78:8 (KJV)

Another form of the hopeless are the ones who lost hope or lost the value of hope. They hoped for something for a while, it did not come to pass immediately or in the time frame they thought it should come, they gave up. Sometimes hope is delayed. It can be to test our trust in God; to build our character; to realize everything will not always work according to our timetable. Impatience is the problem today. If something does not materialize immediately or waiting is involved, people give up on God, thinking He did not hear them, He is mad at them or He refuses to help them.

2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

3 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;

4 And patience, experience; and experience, hope: Romans 5:2-4 (KJV)

If they had only waited and believed; their life would have been so fulfilled.

Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life. Proverbs 13:12 (KJV)

The hopeful are the ones who never give up on hope. They hold fast onto hope, because they believe in God’s promise. They have seen God’s promises manifest in the past and know they will manifest in the future. They are incarcerated in the hope of God.

Turn you to the strong hold, ye prisoners of hope: even to day do I declare that I will render double unto thee; Zechariah 9:12 (KJV)

The hopeful ones teach their children hope.

That the generation to come might know them, even the children which should be born; who should arise and declare them to their children.

That they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments. Psalm 78:6-7 (KJV)

Also, the hopeful instructs on the benefits in the hope of God’s blessings.

For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly. Psalm 84:11 (KJV)

Let all of us hope in God’s promises, teach our children the promises of hope and be the example to the hopeless.

We will not hide them from their children, shewing to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, and his strength, and his wonderful works that he hath done. Psalm 78:4 (KJV)



What are directions? According to Merriam Webster, directions are a statement that tells a person what to do or how to do it. Also, it is guidance that informs you how to get to a certain place.

With today’s electronic devices, GPS is probably one of the most utilized app. It informs you how to arrive at a certain destination, how long it takes, if there are accidents, construction, detours or tolls along the way. And, now, it tells you multiple modes of transports that can be used, i.e. car, bus, train, walking and biking. GPS are built into cars, phones, and tablets. Most of us rely on this convenience for traveling and will not leave home without it. However, GPS is not foolproof. They are man-made. They have faults and may lead you down wrong paths. They can misguide you turn to left and not right, direct you the long way around or other directions that are not sought. Most of us use them anyway and hope for the best.

We have an Ultimate GPS that will never lead us astray and will always tell us the correct path to take at the proper time. God is out Spiritual Guide for all avenues of our life. The same concept that the GPS is activated, we must wake up daily and activate our Spiritual Guide.

Wake up every morning and greet God. Good morning Lord. Some have mastered this task while others have never thought about it. If you have a spouse, children, family or roommates, do you get up in the morning and say nothing? There is some type of greeting or salutation. Generally, no one wakes up and have absolutely no communication with the people in the household.

Secondly, with our spiritual GPS, we must praise Him. I praise You God. I praise Your Holy name.  Praise is an expression of love, respect, and thanks. Again in the mornings, with our families, we perform some type of ritual like a kiss or a hug maybe making breakfast or offering a cup of coffee. We should extend this same type of appreciation to our Almighty Father.

Now that we have greeted God, praised Him, now it’s time to ask for daily direction.

Give us this day our daily bread. Matthew 6:11 (KJV)

Bread is food. Food is something that nourishes (to develop or grow stronger), sustains (support or relief to), and supplies (to provide someone or something with that is needed to wanted). Ask God to nourish, sustain, and supply all of your needs daily, that include family, finances, work, and all avenues of our lives.

When asking God for our daily bread we must not fall into our human nature pitfalls. Oftentimes, God will direct, instruct, and provide us with His daily directions. And we decide, we have a better plan or a better direction. When we take our paths and not God’s path and find ourselves lost or in an unfamiliar territory, we wonder why.

Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. Proverbs 3:5 (KJV)

The key is to always to communicate with God in everything in our lives and He will always be our Spiritual GPS.

In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Proverbs 3:6 (KJV)

If you work with God; He will work with you.

Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established. Proverbs 16:3 (KJV)

Every morning, preferably before your feet hit the floor. Remember to:

* Greet God. Good morning Lord.

* Praise Him. I praise You God. I praise Your Holy name.

* Ask God for your daily bread.

* Not fall into human nature pitfalls.

* Communicate with God in all avenues of your life.

* Work with God. He will work with you.