I have been asked by a dear sister in Christ if I could write on the subject of faith. I have been chewing on the subject for some time, pondering things and seeking the Lord. I cannot begin this writing without quoting the faith verse, Hebrews 11:1: Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
Faith is simple, yet difficult, to say the least. Faith can also be known as hope. Faith is something you believe to be true, but do not see in the natural. You see it with your spiritual eyes and you believe it to be true, and you stand on this truth no matter what it looks like around you. Faith is believing for a better tomorrow. Faith is believing in God’s word even if you are not seeing it happen in your life. When we are saved we believe Jesus died for our sins and He has marked us with His promise, the Holy Spirit, who comes and lives inside of us. This is faith. We believe on God’s Word and know it to be true. Faith is to believe that God is with us always. You don’t see Him but you know He is there, because His Word says so. We, who are children of God, walk by faith, not by sight. We have a greater hope. We see past our here and now and see into our future.
Hebrews 11:1 says that faith is the substance of things hoped for. What are you hoping for? Faith is evidence of things not seen. You must see the thing in your mind’s eye, having faith that it will become real, before it does become real. You don’t need faith to see something that already is. You need faith to see something that is to be. Faith is believing that something is that is not yet! See the thing in your mind and in your heart and have an unwavering faith that it will come to pass.
Such faith does not occur instantly. God gives us faith in measure. As we build our faith one step at a time and as we increase our knowledge of God and his Word, we will grow stronger and our faith will increase. Faith is built up by going through trials and tribulations. Either you have faith or you live in fear of the unknown. We walk by faith, not by sight! We may have to walk through hell but the Lord will be with us. As we do, we walk in anointing and power from the Lord. Read Hebrews 11 in full. It is called the Faith chapter and gives us a picture of men and women of God who had faith without ever seeing the final result.
In addition to the written word, there is the rhema word – the spoken/prophetic word. Jesus is always speaking to us. He speaks through everything if we allow Him. Slow down and listen. You can hear Jesus speaking and you will hear all creation crying out. Meditate on the Lord and his Word; seek Him and you will find Him. Allow Him to guide you in all truth. Pastors and preachers are wonderful tools of God, but they are not here to be God for you. They are here to help you walk closer to the Lord and to help you hear God for yourselves. Do not get so connected to a set man that you lose sight of the Lord and what He has for you. He created you for a purpose! You are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood. It is time for you to arise and take your rightful place in the kingdom of God. He has set you apart for such a time as this. Are you ready to fulfill the calling that is upon your life.