I want to thank you that we are alive and can use our mouths to give you thanks, though life gets tough, we thank you for your promises and blessing us with what you know we need. May we continue to be patient and trusting in you, may our faith not be shaken and above all may we continue to put you first in all that we do. So help us God as you lead us. In your precious name I pray. Halleluyah
Hebrews 11:1 ‘Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good testimony. By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which were visible.’
Will be more focused on Hebrews 11:1, we all say this scripture all the time, but do we actually pause to look deeper at what is being said. Let us break this scripture down- it says in His word that faith is the substance – what is substance?
‘Substance can be defined as the real physical matter of which a person or thing consists and which has a tangible, SOLID presence. The most important or essential part of something, the real or essential meaning, the quality of having a solid basis in reality or fact. The quality of being valid or dependable.’
So let us take it back to the scripture, it says faith is the substance of things hoped for, so when we have faith we are able to hold onto what is essential, to keep close to us. For what holds meaning to bring about hope needed for that thing to come to pass. To say that faith is the substance is to say that whatever we hope for, whatever we pray for, whatever we do and say, that faith must and should be at the centre of it all. To be dependable on that despite what we cannot see, because of the depth of the faith it will be able to keep us in check, until what we have hoped for in the spiritual then manifests to come to pass in the physical.
Are you faithful enough and hopeful to wait on the Lord, despite not being able to see what you have prayed for? You cant hope for things with lack of faith, it defeats the purpose of trusting in God to know that in His timing it will manifest to what you can see. That is why we walk by faith and not by sight, what is in sight isn’t always for us and can get us carried away to get things ourselves and lose focus and purpose of what we actually need.
Show God that you have soo much faith in Him, that no matter what it will not be shaken, you know that His best takes time, His ways are not our ways and above all to walk in purpose is not to take things into our own hands. But to leave all in His hands and keep that tunnel vision focus on Him and not the tough circumstances. That can lead you to take shortcuts to get what will only last temporarily.
The evidence of things not seen – What we ask for usually hasn’t manifested in the natural, if it had we would not be dependent on God to meet all our needs as it says in Philippians 4:19 ‘And my God will supply every need of ours according to His riches in glory in Christ.’ We can be assured that God can and will supply all our needs and so our faith in Him shouldn’t be shaken, not just because of what He will provide, but because each time He speaks it comes pass and He will never leave us nor forsake us.
So what is not seen doesn’t mean it will not be manifested it just means that our faith in Him should rise to know that He hears our prayers and will never give us less than we ask for, What God has for you is for you and no matter how many times you try to get what you think you deserve. He is saying to trust in Him and let what you have not seen yet come to pass. In doubt and negativity no one can see or hear from God, but it is when we focus on Him, pray, have faith and know His word that we can as well encourage ourselves along the way to hold on and let God.
Lastly to finish off remember faith is the assured confidence based on the past experiences that God’s newness for what is to follow you could never have imagined by any of us. To have faith is to believe in the character of God, He doesn’t lie and is who He says He is. To believe in His promises even though we cannot see them manifested in the natural, is demonstrating faith. We know that God called the whole universe into existence out of nothing and declared it be what it was not and it came to pass. So our faith is in Him who doesn’t lie, never backs down, or neglects His own. His words carry power and with them they don’t bring false hope. Hear His word- act on it – apply it and know with God we can never go wrong.
God bless you all