Scripture: Hebrews 11:
1Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. 2This is what the ancients were commended for.
3By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.
Observation: Faith drives the soul and creates the world.
Application: We have talked before about how the whole scope of Christianity, and any religion for that matter boils down to faith. Faith is defined as belief in something that is not based on proof. While I disagree with that definition to some degree, it fits the world. Proof for the world varies depending upon who your talking to. Proof for me that God exists is found throughout creation. Look at the intricacies of life and tell me that they all came together by accident and I’ll tell you that you are deluding yourself.
The above verses are more familiar to me from the King James version where the translators chose to say it this way – Heb 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Faith is shown here in the NIV to be something WE are sure of. I think that when you look at them both together we get a clearer picture of what real faith is. YOU have to be sure of what you are hoping for even though you do not see it.
Although faith may be focusing on something that is not physically manifesting itself at this moment in your circumstances, you must go beyond an affirmation, you must go beyond a statement, you must be SURE. And being sure means you act and move as though it already is. I’m not telling you that having faith that your finances are going to improve so you go on out and buy that car that you can’t afford right now. But you can start by believing it is already yours, setting it in your mind that God has made it happen and that God has approved your abundance, or your health, or the salvation of your friends or loved ones. Because He HAS!
Remember a few days ago we talked about God calling things that are not as though they are. This is the ultimate example of faith. This is how the world is created. This is how your experience and your personal universe is molded, it is by faith. When God told Joshua and Caleb to cross over into the promised land He sad –
Jos 1:3 Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, that have I given unto you, as I said unto Moses.
The land was already theirs, notice he said “that have I given unto you,” past tense already done. But they still had to walk out the promise and claim the land as their own, there were still battles to fight and obstacles to overcome.
So don’t let the lie of your circumstances fool you into leaving behind the reality of God’s promise. Faith makes things real!
My family and I are financially secure because God wants us to have an abundant life.
My grandpa is going home.
The ministry that God has set me to is fruitful.
You are blessed!
I believe – forgive me for my unbelief.