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What is faith?

 

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

Millions lack faith to receive answers to their prayers. To a large extent this is due to lack of understanding of what faith is. Notice in Hebrews 11:1 that faith is the substance -- or can be rendered as “assurance” -- of things hoped for. So faith comes before possession. Once you have received the possession, you no longer hope for it. But even before you receive it, you have it in substance; and that substance -- that assurance that you shall possess it -- is faith.

Faith is evidence -- the “evidence of things not seen.” Faith precedes the actual receiving of what you ask for. And faith is the evidence you shall have it, before you even see it. Faith is the substance -- the assurance -- of receiving that which you still hope for.

Because what we see -- what we feel -- is not the true evidence, faith is a spiritual matter, and it has nothing to do with the five senses, which are physical.

Faith is your evidence that God will do what He promised. You can’t see faith -- you can’t feel it. What you see or feel has nothing to do with faith. Faith is simple reliance upon God’s Work. Faith is the assurance that the things which God said in His Word are true: and that God will act according to what He has said in His Word. This assurance, this reliance on God’s Word, this confidence, is faith!

Remember, whatever your need, the first thing to do, to be sure of receiving an answer to your prayer, is to search the Scriptures, to learn whether it is God’s will (Ephesians 5:17; II Timothy 3:14-17).

The Bible reveals God’s will. We need never say, “Well, I know God could heal me if it is His will.” You can know His will. The Bible is full of promises -- literally full of them! God promises to supply every need -- that if we’ll seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness -- He will provide every material need (Matthew 6:33).

How do we do this? Draw closer to God. Get to know God. Surrender all the way to Him, and do His will. And then pray. You get to know Him in prayer. We are too close to a modern, materialistic world -- our minds so filled with the material interests of this life; our minds and our hearts are so far from God; we are so out of touch with Him, through lack of enough time spent in the study of His Word and lack of enough of the right kind of surrendered, submissive, and earnest prayer. Through prayer, much more prayer, you can come closer to God and the Spiritual things of God. Your faith will increase as you begin to trust in the assurance you have in God and the evidence of His Word!

 
 
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