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If It’s Not Present Tense It’s Not Faith!

If our words and thoughts are not Present Tense then It is Not FaithThere 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!

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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!

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