The Bible says, “NOW faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1) Webster’s Dictionary defines: (1) faith as belief in the truth, value or trustworthiness of someone or something; Belief and trust in GOD. (2) substance as matter that occupies space and has mass. (3) matter is something that occupies space and displays the properties of inertia and gravitation when at rest as well as in motion.” Topic: “FAITH IS MATTER = SUBSTANCE!”
BRING IT DOWN ON HOME: We keep on running around and around the camp trying to figure out our problems, things, and other people but that’s not what the LORD GOD desires of us! If you want to please the Lord, you must have faith and it can be as small as a mustard seed – but you’ve got to have it! You ain’t never gonna figure out people as they change from moment to moment, day to day – depending upon their heartburn(s). If they eaten hot peppers and chili you can forget about going to the movies. If they drink too much beer, you can forget about going out to dinner. If they are still sleep on the couch by 1:00 PM on Saturday, you can forget about going to the beach! These are just the basic things but you can figure the rest out.
What is Apostle Paul telling us about faith, Hebrews 11:1?
You cannot see faith because you cannot put it in a bottle or cut it with a knife. However, “…NOW faith is the substance of things hoped for…the evidence of things not seen…” Notice Apostle Paul begins with the word “NOW” as it means this very second your faith is activated as it ain’t something you’ve got to get out the deep freeze! However, the actualization of the promise (…the things hoped for….) may be delayed or it may come right away – but it is coming! For instance you prayed for a good job but the actual job has not materialized – you cannot see the job or the company but it is definitely out there. Whether or not the job description is listed on the internet or in the news paper, you believe there is a job just for you! Whether or not you’ve applied for the position, you have faith to believe the job or another like it is being prepared with your name on it! Don’t you never give up!
What is the driving force within your pressing on?
You believe in GOD because “He is – I AM WHO I AM” and this is the force within compelling you to put your best foot forward day by day. However, you can feel the LORD GOD living on the inside in your heart and speaking to your mind. This is the Holy Spirit of God who keeps you….speaks to you within your heart…speaks in your inner ear…advises you to do right not wrong…tells you when you are wrong and condemns your mistakes…advises you repent of wickedness, etc.
When will the substance of things hoped for materialize?
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we had a time table for the evidence of things to surface or materialize? Let’s go back to the job you’ve been praying for as it may come next week or within 30 to 60 days! However, you’ve got to maintain Faith in GOD that HE is able to do what HE says!
Yep! This is unwavering faith from day to day and it is not dependent upon your mood or the circumstances in your life! As you know our lives are up and down everyday as one minute everything is great and the next minute all hell breaks loose. You’ve got to believe if the sun shines or the clouds darken the sky! You’ve got to believe whether your spouse, family, friends, supervisor, or co-workers on the job act up or not.
Whatever GOD says HE will do or deliver, you can take that to the bank! Remember this, “FAITH IS MATTER = THE SUBSTANCE OF THINGS HOPED FOR AND THE EVIDENCE OF THINGS NOT SEEN!”
Have a Blessed Day!