Faith calls to mind. Almost every time this word is used, it’s translated “to remember.” It carries the idea of controlling your thought life; being in charge of what you are thinking. It also implies controlling what you are thinking by speaking of the thing you wish to remember.
If the pilgrims of Hebrews 13:13 had focused on the country they left behind to follow God’s call, numerous opportunities to go back would have appeared. Instead, however, they focused on the land of God’s promise, a better, heavenly country. They “called to mind” a goal that rested in the centre of God’s promises.
The important thing to remember is that we are to be absolutely in control of what we think. Some may argue that we can overdo this. Yet God would not give instructions on how to think (see Phil. 4:8) if it were not possible to do exactly what He has said!.
Faith desires. The Greek word oregamai (Strong’s #3713; or-eg-om-ï) signifies an inner choice to reach for something, to stretch oneself out to an extreme position of vulnerability, as in saying, “This is what I want to do with my life.” It’s the word used in 1 Timothy when Paul says that it’s a good thing to desire the office of a bishop. In its negative form, it’s also the word used to describe someone coveting an object not yet possessed. In the positive, you would use this word in the phrase, “This is the desire of my life.” Faith desires the fulfilment of what God has promised.
The practical purpose of our faith life is to bring us where God wants us to go. It is not a tool for self-accomplishment, but for God’s accomplishing His purpose in us as we actively, aggressively open up to His Word, will, promise, and power.