There are so many who do not truly understand what Faith really is. Now when I talk about faith I am not talking about our faith in Jesus; that He is the son of God , died, was buried and rose again and is now seated at the right hand of God making intercession for us his children. That is all true but I am talking about faith for the impossible. Believing God to make an impossible situation possible!
Faith is taking hold of something we do not see and bringing into reality. Most people read Mark 11:24 where Jesus himself declared “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” They say “ok I can ask for whatever I need and then I will receive it.” But hold on, there is a missed step. Jesus said whatever you ask for BELIEVE you received it , notice that the word received is past tense, so Jesus was telling us- when we ask we must ALREADY believe we have received it and then He said it WILL be yours.
I have ministered to so many people who see this and get excited about it. Then I listen to them talk to me later -while they are standing in faith waiting for it to come to pass -Their words tell me a lot of the time they are not in faith but they are hoping. When 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, but the Word of God tells us to have faith for right now and Jesus said believe you have RECEIVED – that is – it is already done!
We need to make sure we are not saying “I hope God will do this, I prayed for Him to do it, I know the Word of God says He can and will, but I hope He will.” – That is NOT faith. We do not receive anything from God through hope, it is by faith that we please him and receive from Him.
Remember prayer changes circumstances but prayer does not change God. He is always the same and that means if He said ask, believe, and you WILL receive – then it will happen. But we must do our part. And He plainly tells us what our part is: ask, believe you received, and then He will do His part and bring it to pass.
We cannot substitute hope for faith and get answers from God. He gave us His word to lead us, every situation you need an answer to is in the Word of God. It is your instruction manual for life. But we must read His Word, know what it says we must do, know what it says we can have, and know the steps we are to take in order to get what we desire.
Now I know that some of you are thinking about hope in the Bible – that hope is the Blessed Hope. The Blessed Hope of the church is the soon return of the Lord Jesus Christ, the resurrection of the saved dead, the rapture of the living saints, and the hope of heaven and the hope of seeing our loved ones and friends. That is the Blessed hope.
But when we say “I hope the Lord will help me financially or I hope the Lord will heal me or I hope the Lord will deliver me,” the word hope is misplaced. We are not to hope Jesus will do anything because His word already said He will or He already has, so we are to have faith in His word, that what it says IS true. We are to have faith in God that He is not a liar and if He said He would do something -He will, but we must make sure we are praying and acting according to the Word.
If our prayers don’t seem to be working then we need to check ourselves. What are we saying, what scripture are we standing on, how much time with the Father are we spending, are we walking in love? We have a part to play in all of this, we can’t just say, “well whatever I ask for Jesus said I can have it,.” Yes He did, but we have steps to take first.
We need to check our words, when we say “I hope God will,” or “sometime God will do this” or “God is going to do something,” those are not words of faith and assureity that God is faithful to do what He said He would. Faith says it is mine and I have it now, no matter what it looks like in the natural, no matter what my 5 senses are telling me, I walk by faith I do not look at what I see, hear, taste, touch or smell! My 5 senses will not lead me, my circumstance will not lead me. I have it by faith!
But as long you are hoping and speaking God is going to do whatever you are desiring -your desire will not come to pass until you get over into faith and believe what God said He would do, believe it is already happened the minute you asked for it.
In John 4:43-50 the royal official son’s was close to death and this man had heard of Jesus and goes to him begging him to heal his son. He knew Jesus could do this obviously or he would not have gone to Him. But I love what verse 50 says about the man when Jesus told him to go, his son will live verse 50 says, “ The man took Jesus at his word and departed.” That is faith, this man did not say, “No Jesus you must come and lay hands on him, no come and make sure he is not dead.” Remember verse 47 said he begged Jesus, get this picture, this man’s son is close to being dead and he is begging Jesus to come and heal him. However, when Jesus said your son will live this man could not see if his son was dead or not, he had nothing but Jesus words that said your son will live, and he took Jesus at his word.
The Bible is the Word of God, it is Jesus words, we must read what it says about sickness and disease, what is says about lack and poverty, what is says about restoration and we must be like this royal official and take Jesus at His word! If it says we are healed and we have restoration, and we are not to live in poverty and he is our provider then we must take Him at his word – THAT is faith!
YOUR Faith gives the substance to the things you desire, hope does not have any substance. Listen to this translation of Hebrews 11:1 “ faith is the warranty deed….. is at last yours.” A warranty deed is a type of deed where the seller guarantees that he holds clear title and has a right to sell it! So get this – Your Faith is your warranty deed, your faith says you hold clear title to what you are believing for and you have rights to it!! Remember hope is future tense, and if you’re talking is not present tense you are NOT in faith.
We need to say Lord, “I believe I receive my finances, now, I believe I receive my healing now, I believe I receive my deliverance now,!” Whatever your desire thank Him for it and tell Him you believe you receive it in NOW! You are to praise Him and thank Him in advance daily until you see it come to pass in the natural KNOWING it has already come to pass in the spirit realm!
You can hope for your finances to come but faith gives you the assurance that you will have it! Your faith gives you the assurance! No matter what your desire is Jesus said YOUR faith gives you the assurance!