Faith


Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1 KJV

Faith is an action word. It will cause you to see, say, and move toward the thing hoped for. 

Faith is the reality of the spirit received and acted upon.

No Faith – No Favor. Divine favor with God and man flows in the river of activated faith.
But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. Hebrews 11:6 KJV

God always rewards the one dilgently seeking Him with believing faith..


Only Believe

Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen. Ephesians 3:20, 21 KJV

“Only believe. Only believe. All things are possible. Only believe!” 

There is so much available in God that most Christians never realize because their every day language has not been molded by the Word of God.
Not believing something does not change its reality. Words spoken in believing faith work for those who are willing to speak them. The Almighty backs every faith filled word that agrees with what He has spoken.

Believing faith brings the evidence and substance of heavens reality into the now of personal and societal experience. In this God is glorified.

Christ in us is all we need. By His Spirit He is the power within us. Only believe.


Presence

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When a people who are in covenant relationship with God gather together to meet with Him they are promised an audience with Him.

When a people who are simply serving themselves gather together they meet without the Presence and, in fact, invite a spirit of deception into their midst.

All that calls itself “church” and all that looks like “church” is not necessarily “church.” A good light show, with great entertainers and a polished speaker, does not impress God in the least.

God shows up where a people “worship Him in spirit and in truth” and honor His Word.

Selah


Faith sees the unseen before it becomes seen.

Seen, or Unseen

And Elijah said unto Ahab, Get thee up, eat and drink; for there is a sound of abundance of rain. 1 Kings 18:41 (KJV)

After a long drought there was proclaimed in the ear of the prophet of God that there was an abundance of rain. He couldn’t see it, but he could hear the proclamation that it was coming in abundance. The Hebrew word for sound is proclamation or thundering declaration.

In this day and age, too many Christians want to see something before they will believe it. The Lord teaches us that we must believe it before we see it:

Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. Mark 11:24 (KJV)

First, we believe, then we receive (have). In fact, we are taught by our Savior to say what we believe before we receive, because the word spoken gives release to the thing believed for.

For verily I say unto you, that whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Mark 11:23 (KJV)

It is what is held as truth in the heart that will come out of our mouths and what is held in the heart will draw to itself for evil or good, curse or blessing:

. . . out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. Matthew 12:34 (KJV)

A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. Luke 6:45 (KJV)

We bring forth, give birth to, in our lives, the treasure that is in our hearts and spoken with our mouths.

Rain Cometh

And it came to pass … Behold, there ariseth a little cloud out of the sea, like a man’s hand. … And it came to pass …, that the heaven was black with clouds and wind, and there was a great rain. 1 Kings 18:44-45 (KJV)

The unseen must be looked for with the expectation of a man who has heard the proclamation of God, and although it may only begin as a small cloud the size of a man’s hand, the declaration of God must be held sure enough to act upon. Don’t settle for a small cloud or a drizzle instead of a downpour.

And Elisha said, As the Lord of hosts liveth, before whom I stand, . . . Make this valley full of ditches. For thus saith the Lord, Ye shall not see wind, neither shall ye see rain; yet that valley shall be filled with water, that ye may drink, both ye, and your cattle, and your beasts. 2 Kings 3:14-17 (KJV)

We must do what we would do if we really believed that what we heard proclaimed was speedily coming to pass. Action is the result of mature faith. “Make this valley full of ditches” was the requirement to have them filled with the provision of God.

The normal evidence of the provision (wind and rain, or whatever you or I might be looking for) will not always be seen, but He Who is the Provision will cause the provision to appear in the place, and at the time, promised.

Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) Hebrews 10:23 (KJV)

We must ever remind ourselves that our faithful God watches over His Word until He brings it to pass:

Then said the Lord unto me, Thou hast well seen: for I will hasten (be alert, sleepless, on the lookout, ever watching) my word to perform it. Jeremiah 1:12 (KJV)