St Augustine said: "Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of faith is to see what you believe.
Now faith is the substance of things hoped
for, the evidence of things not seen.
translation of this verse reads: Now faith means that we are confident of what
we hope for, convinced of what we do not see.
author of Hebrews supports his encouragement to steadfast faith by reviewing
the triumphant experiences of Hebrew heroes. First He provides not a
definition, but a description of of how faith works. Faith is established
conviction concerning things unseen & settled exception of future reward.
Greek word translated substance literally means "a standing under,"
& was used in the technical sense of "title deed." The root idea
is that of standing under the claim to the property to support its validity. So
faith is the title deed of things hoped
substance to things hoped for, hope doesn’t have any substance, but faith gives
substance to those things you are hoping for. In other words, what God is
saying here is that faith is taking hold of the unseen realm of hope &
bringing it into the realm of reality.
grows out of the Word of God Rom 10:17 So faith
then comes by hearing, & by hearing by the Word of God.
Ganeida said last time that the Greek word for faith is Pistis which means
conviction, confidence, trust, belief, reliance, trustworthiness, &
persuasion. in the New Testament setting pisitis is the divinely implanted
principle of inward confidence, assurance, trust & reliance in God &
all that He says. The word sometimes means the object or content of belief.
(Acts 6:7; 14:22; Gal 1:23)
What God is
telling us is that faith is laying hold of hope & bringing it into the
realm of reality. Too many times when it comes to receiving the Holy Spirit,
healing or an answer to prayer, many people are just simply hoping they will
receive. Hope is NOT faith.
does not get the job done; it's believing. The Bible says "now faith is
the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Heb 11:1.
If it is not now it's not faith. Someone may say "Well I believe I'll get the Holy Spirit sometime”. That is not
faith, that is hope, because hope is always future tense or pointing to the
future. But faith is now. Faith says "I’ll
receive right now; I believe I have my petition now when we pray”
Therefore I say unto you, whatever things you
desire, when you pray, believe that you will receive them, and you shall have
need to realise this when it comes to receiving from God.. The same principal
is true concerning receiving the Holy Spirit, healing, or an answer to prayer.
The principles of faith are the same in any area, you want to receive from God.
chooses to believe God's word above the evidence of the physical senses & is
to be kept subject to the Word of God. In other words Faith is not denying the
circumstances; rather it is believing God's testimony & living in agreement
is really taking sides against God's Word. The sad thing about it is, there are
so many believers who are in doubt & unbelief, & who are taking sides
against the Word of God. These same
believers then wonder why God's Word doesn't work for them.
God's Word cannot
work for you if you take sides against it. If you want God's Word to work for
you, you must side with it.
you learn the principles of faith, then it is easy to receive whatever it is
you are seeking or whatever you desire from God that is in line with His Word.
Again I say unto you, That if two of you
shall agree on earth concerning anything that they shall ask, it shall be done
for them of my Father who is in heaven.
me put it this way if you come & ask me to pray in agreement with you say
in the area of finances & that you need an extra $50 dollars to meet a
bill, I pray the prayer of faith, then tell you that it is done, & you
respond "well I hope so", then it's not done because you were hoping
& I was believing. Let me give you an example: I like to think I am a girl
of faith, I can pray for healing, expecting & believing I am healed or
whoever I am praying for, & animals & have seen some miraculous
results, even with my own cat Willum has been on deaths door, because of the
prayer of faith he is as fit as a mallee bull. I mention pets because God gives
them to us to love & look after, they become part of our family & I
believe He wants them well. Now I have been praying for a husband for quite
some time now with no answer, it was when I was preparing this message that God
spoke to me & said "You have
been praying in hope, for you keep confessing my husband is coming & not
"Thank you Father I have him now". Again hope is always future
tense, & faith is now.
This is why some
of our prayers don't work for us. Certainly, it isn't God's fault that prayer
doesn’t work. If our prayers don't work. it isn't God fault because God never fails.
He is always the same & that means He is always faithful to His Word. (Heb
10:23; 13:8; Rom4:20,21)
It is imperative
that we pray in line with God's Word, He does not change, He only works in line
with His Word. So when we pray & don't get an answer we are at fault, it
cannot be God's fault because He never changes, we must get back to praying in
line with His Word. We cannot substitute hope for faith & expect to get
answers from God.
don't misunderstand me, if you keep hope in the right place, it is a most
blessed & wonderful reality to you. Paul said in 1 Cor 13:3
And now abides faith, hope, love, these
three; but the greatest of these is love.
didn't say that faith & hope aren't important; he just said that the
greatest of these is love. Each one has
example, you can't substitute love for hope, & you can't substitute hope
for faith. Yet so many people are trying to receive from God whatever they need
based on hope instead of faith.
I know this
because sooner or later they say if you take my hope away from me I don't have
we can thank God that we do have a Blessed Hope. The Blessed Hope of the Church
is the soon to return of the Lord Jesus Christ, the resurrection of the saved
dead, the rapture of the living saints, the hope of heaven, & the hope of
seeing our loved ones & friends.
rejoice in that hope, but that's all future tense. Jesus is coming again,
whether we believe it or not. He is coming because the Word says so. The
resurrection is going to take place whether we have faith or not. The rapture
is going to take place whether we believe it or not. & loved ones &
friends who are Christians, who have died & left this world & have gone
to heaven, are there regardless of what we believe about it.
My faith is not
going to bring back Jesus. In other words, I can't believe that He will come
back at a particular time & have my faith bring Him back. If that were true
then the Church could believe & could bring Jesus back by their believing.
is coming, But you see that is all future tense because we don't know when that
will happen, but we do know it will happen. We do know that it is Blessed Hope.
We also know that it is purifying hope for 1 Jn 3:3 says
And every man that has this hope in him
purifies himself, even as he is pure.
Greek word for pure is hagnos comes
from the same root word hagios
meaning holy. The adjective describes a person or thing as clean, modest, pure,
undefiled, faultless, & without blemish. Christ's ability to overcome
temptation & remain pure makes Him a role model for all believers.
Jesus' return & waiting for that Blessed Hope is simply believing what the
I say ""I'm going to get my healing sometime " that's not
believing at all. It's hope, NOT faith & hope won't bring healing to me. If
you say I believe God is going to heal me, sometime that isn't faith it's hope.
Again anything that points to the future is hope. It is not faith because faith
is now Heb 11:1 Now faith Is the
substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
says "It is mine I have Now". Hope on the other hand says "I'll
get it sometime. As long as you are in hope & not in faith whatever it is
you are desiring will never materialise that is it will never come into being.
But the moment you start believing & acting like God's Word is so, your
faith will work for you.
If you have been
in the healing line time & time again, then say "I just can't get
healed, that is the very reason, you have confessed that you CAN'T get healed
In Matt 25:34 ...out of the abundance of
the heart the mouth speaks.
you said you can't what in fact you are saying is that you believe you can't
get your answer, so as long as you say you can't & believe you can't, then
you can't. But as soon as you start believing you can receive from God, whatever
you need, you will get your answer,
Hagin tells how his hope was changed into faith, He had laid in bed for sixteen
months before he was healed, he had been sick all his life, therefore never had
a normal childhood. He never ran & played like other children & at
fifteen years of age became totally bed ridden.
doctors, one of whom had practised at the Mayo Clinic had said that as far
medical science knew or any record of, no one had lived past the age of sixteen
with this disease. He became totally bed ridden just a few months before he was
sixteen he remained bed ridden till he was almost seventeen years of age.
went through everything, everyone does when they desperately want to be healed.
He thanked God for all the good books on faith & healing, not that there
were many in those days. He was just a denominational boy reading his Grandma's
he was trying to get healed he cried & prayed & said, "Dear Lord,
please heal me." He begged God to heal him, & prayed all night &
for several nights.
said "when you are bed ridden twenty four hours a day you can do a lot of
prayed many hours a day, day after day, & month after month, but not
getting any results as far as obtaining his healing. Then he had a feeling that
God had heard him & had healed him. He didn't feel it physically but felt
that God had heard him in the spiritual sense.
then he'd feel his heart & it was not beating as it should, & he would
look at his lower limbs & they were paralysed, his legs were just skin
He cried & said "Lord I thought
you were going to heal me. I just felt like you did, I just knew it, but you
couldn't understand it, for about a month or so he wouldn't look at the Bible,
& decided he might as well give up on prayer as a bad job. Then he started
slipping away to death’s door, he fought death with every fibre of his being.
The he came back to the Word of God.
wanted to live so badly, from the natural point of view he fought death &
could not see where he was missing it spiritually. He tried to act on God's
Word & would recover from the attacks but still didn't receive his healing.
the second Tuesday in August 1934 (a bit of trivia that date was the 14th)
after lying on a sickbed for sixteen months he said to the Lord, "Dear
Lord Jesus, when you were on earth you said in Mk 11:24
Therefore I say unto you, whatever things you
desire, when you pray, believe that you will receive them, and you shall have
said, "When you pray". I have prayed. You said "Believe" I
continued "Dear Lord Jesus, if You stood here by my bed in the flesh &
I could see You with my physical eyes, & I could reach out my physical hand
& lay my hand on Yours, if You were to say to me, "Son the trouble
with you is you're not believing," Kenneth said that his response would be
that Jesus was lying because he did believe ( he said that he would have in
kindness, not arrogance).
Then he suddenly
saw it, like some had turned on a light bulb. He spoke again to the Lord &
said "Dear Lord Jesus I see it, I see it, I have to believe I receive my
healing before I get it. I have to believe for my heart whilst it is not
beating right. I have to believe I have receive healing for my paralysis even
from the natural point of view I am still paralysed, & if I believe I
receive it, then I have it.
was thing he hadn't done, he wanted his healing first & then believe it.
Instantly he saw what he had been doing, he had been hoping all those months to
receive healing & of course hope doesn’t work. He could never receive his
healing through hope, only by faith, so he had to believe before it manifested.
was lying there on his bed, it was only the lower part of his body he couldn't
move, no one told him to raise his hands, he doesn’t know why but he did, he
lifted his hands towards heaven & said "Heavenly Father, dear Lord
Jesus, thank God I am healed! I believe I am healed."
he said to the Lord that he believed & he received his healing he had faith
working for him. He said "Thank you dear Lord Jesus, for my healing! I
believe that my heart is well; I believe that my paralysis is healed! I thank
you for the healing. He praised God in that vein for about ten minutes that his
body & heart were healed.
devil tried to steal the healing telling him he wasn't healed but Kenneth sent
him on his way... satan tried to tell him that he had lied because he said that
he was healed, Kenneth told the devil that he didn't lie because he didn't say
he was healed only that he believed
was healed. He went on praising God & thanking Him for the answer. Then He
heard a voice on the inside of him that said "Now you believe that you are
healed, healed people don't have any business being in bed at this time of day,
they need to be up."
said "Yes that's right Lord, Praise God I'm going to get up."
he was in faith, believing is taking a step of faith, & that requires the
corresponding action, in Kenneth case he had been in bed for sixteen months he
needed to get up out of bed in order to act in faith. He didn't look or feel
any better, nor did he have any feeling from the waist down. If he had gone by
feeling, he would have been saying that he wasn't healed, but he knew that he
had been healed regardless of how he felt, so he pushed himself to a seated
position, then with his hands he pushed his limbs & feet off the bed &
twisted his body around so that he was sitting on the edge of the bed. His feet
fell to the floor like like chunks of wood.
The devil tried
yet again tell him that he would fall & that he would have to lie on the
floor for hours before someone would be home to put him back in bed. in Eph
4:27 says neither give place to the devil so he ignored him as if he satan hadn't spoken.
grabbed hold of the bed post, but his knees wouldn't function, with his arms
hugging the bedpost he hung there sagging at the knees. Praising God he lifted
one hand a bit I am healed he declared in the presence of Almighty God &
the Lord Jesus Christ & the angels in heaven, & to the presence of the
devil & evil spirits he said the Word of God is true. I believe I am healed.
he had been lying flat on his back for sixteen months, he felt that the room
was spinning, he closed his eyes & eventually everything seemed normal
again, So he opened his eyes & began praising God & thanking Him "according
to the Word I am healed, I believe that’. Then he felt something, feeling was
actually returning to him. It seemed to start at the top of his head, &
went down over him, Like oil or something warm. When it got to his waist, the
feeling continued right down to his toes. every nerve in his limbs was
reactivated, & it felt like two million pins were sticking in him.
Then he felt
normal, his paralysis was gone, so he said "I am going to walk now."
He did & had been walking right up to the time he went home to be with the
Lord In 2003 at the age of eighty six.
sing the song "Every step by faith", Some churches march round the
room singing "Every step by faith," This is not a fun thing to do but
a reminder that faith is an action, we are not merely to sit back & let God
do all the work we must do our part in Kenneth's case he had to get up out of
what faith is, you must act on it, God will do his part but you have a part to
play as well, whatever God tells you to do, do it, it's no different then when
Jesus told the man at the pool of Bethesda "Take up your bed & walk
need to realise that faith is of the heart, not the head. John Wesley called it
mental assent, he said that people mentally agree that the Bible or the Word is
true, but they don't believe it in their heart.
you are only mentally agreeing, you will say you believe that the Bible is
true, but you don't believe it is true for you, & you conclude in saying
something like "I believe the Bible is true, but I don't have my answer,
& don't understand why." But faith says "It's mine, I have it
now." Faith believes the Word & acts on it.
good analogy between head faith & heart faith, is the example Thomas' faith
versus Abraham's faith. Jn 20:25-29.
So the other disciples were saying to him, “We have seen the
Lord!” But he said to them, “Unless I see in His hands the imprint of the
nails, and put my finger into the place of the nails, and put my hand into His
side, I will not believe. After eight days His disciples were again inside, and
Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors having been shut, and stood in their
midst and said, “Peace be with you.” Then He said to Thomas, “Reach here with
your finger, and see My hands; and reach here your hand and put it into My
side; and do not be unbelieving, but believing.” Thomas answered and said to
Him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Because you have seen Me, have you believed? Blessed are they who did not see, and yet
(as it is written, “A FATHER OF MANY NATIONS
HAVE I MADE YOU”) in thepresence of Him whom he believed, even God, who gives
life to the dead and calls into being that which does not exist. In hope
against hope he believed, so that he might become a father of many nations
according to that which had been spoken, “SO SHALL YOUR DESCENDANTS BE.”
Without becoming weak in faith he contemplated his own body, now as good as
dead since he was about a hundred years old, and the deadness of Sarah’s womb;
yet, with respect to the promise of God, he did not waver in unbelief but grew
strong in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully assured that what God had
promised, He was able also to perform.
You can see the
difference between Abraham's faith & Thomas' faith. Thomas said I won't
believe until I can see the print of the nails in His hand & the wound in
His side, Jesus said to Him in V 25 "Because you have seen me you believe,
blessed are they THAT HAVE NOT SEEN & yet have BELIEVED."
look at Abraham who Calls those things which are not as though they were.(V17)
we see that true Bible faith is of course Abraham's faith Because Heb 11:1 say
Now faith is the substance of things hoped
for, the evidence of things not seen
is mentioned in this chapter as having faith that pleased God (8-12) Abraham's
faith was based on Rom 4:17...being fully persuaded that, what He (God) had
promised, he was able to perform. Abraham believed God & he believed His