Having Comes AFTER Believing

Want the secret to having great faith? Keys to victorious faithOne of the most recited scriptures is Hebrews 11:1 “ Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” I love this scripture for so many reasons. As we spend time in God’s precious Word we will learn so much more about Him and how amazing His Word is. Remember the Bible tells us Jesus was the Word who became flesh and dwelt among us {John 1:14}. So as we partake of the Word we are partaking of Jesus, we are speaking Him. As we read the Word we are not to just read over it, but must study it. Have a study Bible and read the footnotes on what was really going on. Look at different translations and see what it is really telling us. The Hebrew and Greek words which are written sometimes mean something other than our English words mean. So studying the Word of God is very important.

One of the things I love about Hebrews 11:1, and in so many of the scriptures, are the little words which seem to have no real significance; however they are huge! One such word in Hebrews 11:1 is the first word of the sentence, the word “now.” It says “Now faith” which is telling us – it is the faith you and I need for right now. Do you need faith for right now, is there a situation you need faith for this very moment in time? This powerful little word is telling us we do need a “right now faith!”

Then we move on to the second little word in this verse; which is the word “is.” “Now faith IS” – is what? IS the substance; what substance? “Of the things hoped for.” So what are we hoping for? Whatever you need – hoping for finances to come, hoping for healing, hoping for deliverance, hoping for a relationship to change, whatever you are hoping for, this promise is telling you that faith IS the substance you need for whatever you are hoping for.

Do you see that? If you are hoping your finances are coming, then your faith for right now IS the substance you need! “Now faith IS” the substance you need for what you are hoping for. Moffatt’s translation says “Now faith means that we are confident of what we hope for…” The word substance according to the dictionary means “the actual matter of a thing” So let’s take all of this and put it together so far; The faith for right now IS the actual matter of a thing you are hoping for! Faith is your substance, faith is your actual matter of a thing. Faith IS your means by which you get your financial miracle, Faith IS your means by which you get your healing, Faith IS your means by which you get your relationship restored. Your right now faith IS the actual matter you are holding in your hand so to speak, that IS your answer! Your FAITH! YOUR faith!

Now lets look at the rest of this scripture “… the evidence of things not seen.” Oh boy now this is where we get messed up. I know you were jumping with excitement as you were reading above; your faith for your situation right now is the actual matter which will bring about your promise. Me too, I was jumping and praising as I was typing, but now…. we are talking about evidence. Evidence is what we look for all the time in this natural world. In a courtroom a case would be thrown out and not even tried if there was not enough evidence. Evidence is what we can prove by our five senses. What we can see, hear, taste, touch, and smell. This is how we live in this natural world; If we cannot see it, hear it, taste it, touch it, or smell it then it MUST not be true! But hold on – the Word of God says we are no longer of this world; if you have been born again you are a citizen of Heaven, temporary residents and foreigners on this earth! {Philippians 3:20-21, 1 Peter 2:11} So we are not to live by what we can see, hear, taste, smell, and touch in the natural. We are to live by FAITH! 2 Corinthians 5:7 instructs us plainly “For we walk by faith, not by sight…” the NIV translation says “ We live by faith, not by sight” Another translation says “Indeed, our lives are guided by faith, not by sight.” And Young’s Literal Translation declares “for through faith we walk, not through sight.” So it is pretty obvious we are to live by FAITH and NOT by what our senses or this world tells us! We have to live and walk out our lives by faith!

Now look at the end of that sentence “the evidence of things not seen.” NOT SEEN! Right there is the answer! It is not seen. We are not to see THEN believe – that is the world’s way. “oh when I see it THEN I will believe it!” WRONG! We are to believe FIRST THEN we will see! Again it is our FAITH which is now the evidence, not our 5 senses – our faith is the evidence! Who is the evidence to? Whenever we have to show evidence, we are showing it to someone. In a court of law we are showing the evidence to the judge and jury to PROVE what we are saying. Now get this; your FAITH IS YOUR EVIDENCE but to who? Who are you showing your evidence to? JESUS!!!!! A few verses down in Hebrews 11 in verse 6 it tells us without faith it is IMPOSSIBLE to please God! So we please God, we please our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ when we have faith. When we present to Him our “evidence of faith” – we please Him.

So many times in the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John we read over and over where Jesus talked about faith and believing. I encourage you to get your Bible and read these four books over and over, especially everything Jesus Himself said, and get it in your spirit! You can only grow in faith by the Word of God – Period! “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.” {Romans 10:17}. No other way! The Word is the ONLY way your faith will grow, but you must read it! You must read it more than just Sunday when the Pastor gives the verse of scripture He is teaching on. You must read it Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. You cannot grow in your faith without reading The Bible or hearing the Word of God spoken, and you cannot live on one verse once or twice a week!!!

If you want to please God you must have faith, and your faith must grow or you will not be able to stand up in the times this world is in! If you need a change then you need faith; and you receive faith by reading and hearing the Word of God. This world is so full of destruction and lack if we do not spend time growing our faith by hearing and reading the Word of God we are NOT going to have enough faith to stand!

So whatever you are hoping for; your financial situation to change, your body to be healed, your relationships changed, your deliverance from a problem remember “Having” comes AFTER believing! Let’s say it like this; you will get what you need AFTER you believe, AFTER you have and show the faith for it! Jesus promised it in Mark 11:24 “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” JESUS said that! Whatever you ask for, BELIEVE you HAVE received it. You can have it, but first you MUST believe you HAVE already received it. That is faith! Believing you have it BEFORE it is seen in the natural!

So let’s finish this with all we have learned today. The faith for right now IS the actual matter of a thing you are hoping for (finances, healing, restoration, deliverance) your faith is the evidence and proof to Jesus that you believe EVEN THOUGH you cannot see it YET!

{Want more devotions? I’m A Sword Wielding Devil Slayer; Declaring the Word of God and Taking Back What the Devil Stole from Me!}

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  1. […] we say “Lord I hope you will do this for me” we are NOT in faith. Remember we are to have a NOW Faith – as in Hebrews 11:1, when we are hoping we are saying it may be coming sometime in the future, […]

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