Hebrews 11:1 ~ Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
substance refers to the reality of a thing. Reality is not in the ‘what’, it is defined by belief. Meaning that a thing can be whatever you believe it to be, isn’t that amazing!
Scripture tells us in Romans 12:3 – that to each has been given a measure of faith. The reason being that, since we are created in the image and nature [likeness] of God, we have to have the abilities to do the things that He can. However, these abilities are only activated in us through belief in Him [faith]. It is a gift that all humanity needed to have right from formation. It is the instrument that links us to heaven. This faith, we use on anything else when we have no knowledge of Christ Jesus. God gave to us a mind that creates, meaning that our thoughts become our words and words form into energy. Formed energy is what we call reality. Hence scripture tells us to guard our hearts because every thing we speak, first becomes substance in our hearts. Then, when we speak it becomes reality. This is the substance referred to as faith.
Concerning faith however, there has to be hope first. We need to hope for something, and stay hoping and speaking what we hope for in order for faith to bring it to reality. In most cases our hope is influenced by what we feel. The power of feeling (emotion) drives us to burn with the desire to see something, mostly as a form of revenge or to prove something. This means that faith as the substance truly does work in our lives, but understanding God teaches us to control our thoughts that they build good hope. This helps us use faith positively, to build rather than to destruct.
Faith is not working much to our advantage at the moment, because we have not yet understood God enough to understand faith. Because of such, we place it on the most minimal of things, like getting a job; promotion; a new car or a business deal. These are the things we are guaranteed to have when we are in the kingdom of God. Therefore, it is minimising God’s glory when we focus our faith on that. Faith is the creative element of our Being. God spoke everything into being, first by thinking it. As we are in His nature, the same power He has given to us through faith.
Numbers 21:8 – 9, And the LORD said unto Moses, Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live. And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived.
How is this different in our times? Why is it that we don’t think that the same way the Israelites were healed from fiery serpents bites, can be with us concerning any sickness in our days? Yes, it may be figurative and we have Jesus, but Jesus did not remove the yields of faith in His coming. Meaning that whatever worked for Israel through faith in their days, can still work for us. Afterall, God is the same yesterday, today and forever.
We first have to understand that it is not the bronze serpent that healed the Israelites with snake bites. Imagine coming across a bronze serpent now, would you consider it as a healing aid? It is what they believed about that bronze serpent that healed them. Meaning that it can have the very same effect to anyone who believes it to be a healing aid even today.
We have to awaken our creative power by considering faith to be such. We are dead bodies walking and wanting, yet we have such power dwelling in us, using it in an adverse manner rather than for our benefit. We activate this creative power [faith] through …
- Wisdom – wisdom is the word of God applied in our lives. Through wisdom, we transform our mentality, our way of thinking and reasoning. We see things differently than when we do when we are physically oriented [carnal].
- Understanding – to have understanding means to have a knowledge of God [Father, Son and Holy Spirit]. Scripture in proverbs 3:19 says that, by wisdom the earth was founded and by understanding the heavens were established. Meaning that, without wisdom we cannot bring to reality anything here on earth even with faith. It also means that we have to know God in order for us to bring heavenly things down to earth. For us to do as Jesus did, we need the knowledge of God [understanding]. That we get through the Spirit of God.
- Hope – hope is both, a feeling that a desire will be fulfilled and a person on which expectations are centred. Hope is one of the virtues of a child of God besides faith and love. In His word, God has given us all sorts of promises on which we should base both our desires, and belief that they will be fulfilled [hope]. His word determines our expectations on Him. It is this kind of hope that places a demand on faith [our creative power] to bring to reality what we desire.
- Attitude – I prefer to refer to attitude as mental posture. It is one’s standpoint, a mental position acted out. It is an act that constitutes one’s belief, values and feelings. It is what causes faith to be effective. It causes one to act a certain way.
Faith then challenges everything we believe from the physical point of view. It tells us that nothing is as we deem it to be, but everything we believe it to be. It truly is evidence of things unseen, like energy. We don’t see energy, but when it has formed and is substance, we see it through one’s actions. If our hope then be in Christ, what do we choose to believe?
It is now time that we challenge our faith. May the Holy Spirit help us with courage and boldness.