In yesterday’s message we talked a little bit about Hebrews 11: 1 which is one of our study scriptures for today. Faith is the substance of things hoped for the evidence of things not seen.
Faith is a substance. In fact, I talked about faith in my personal devotional message on my personal page “Living A Divinely Inspired Life”. Faith and fear oppose one another. You can fear something into existence just like you can faith something in to existence.
How often do you hear someone say that something is their “worst fear”? You know what? Do you know what that “worst fear” is so real for them? I guarantee you that what ever their worst fear is…I’ll bet you my entire life’s savings they have a picture or vision in their mind about what their worst fear looks like. Fear is also a substance that can bring about the evidence of the unseen. Fear and Faith are direct opposites, but they work the same way.
Fear can just as easily allow things to manifest in your life just as faith can. However, fear is always absent of hope, and when you have fear about something you don’t have any hope that whatever your greatest fear is…you won’t be able to avoid it.
Faith is the substance of things “hoped” for. Whatever it is that you are asking or believing God for…you also have a picture or vision in your mind of what the thing your believing God for looks like.
Look at some of the heavyweights of faith here in Hebrews 11. This chapter is often referred to as the Hall of Faith.
Do you realize that everything that was created was a result of faith? Look at verse 3. By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are not seen were not made of things which are visible.
When the Bible says that the earth was without form and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep…that means that before God said “Let there be light” there was absolutely NOTHING…the only thing we know that was already here was water…because the Bible says that the Spirit was hovering over the water.
So before God even created light there was nothing. Yet in 6 days (that’s 6 literal 24 hour days) God created everything you see. There was darkness, and then God said let their be light…and there was light..
So…if ya want to dissect faith a little bit. Now we can. Faith is the substance of things hoped for…the evidence of things not seen…right?
So…by faith God looked at the darkness, and said “Let there be light”. He called something forth that was not as though it was. When He spoke let there be light…He believed that before He even spoke a word that when He said “let there be light”…He believed light would appear…immediately.
Remember Jesus’ words. If you have faith the size of a mustard seed you could speak to the mountains, and they would obey you. How about when He stood before Lazarus’ tomb and said that I thank You that You hear Me…You always hear Me…you know what…you are bold in the things that you have faith about.
Jesus boldly stood before Lazarus’ tomb, and called him to come forth. Why? Because He knew that He was going to speak life into Lazarus’ dead body…and I bet you that there was a vision in Jesus’ mind…and He saw Lazarus coming forth from the tomb.
I would recommend taking time today to read through the Hall of Faith. Take a look at who had faith, what they had faith in or for, and meditate on that for a while. I believe that everyone who had faith in something here had a vision of what it was they were believing God for.
That’s exactly how faith and fear are able to manifest what you are seeing in your mind. Think about your greatest fear for a moment. I have an exercise for you.
I want you to think for a moment about what your greatest fear is. What do you see or imagine in your mind when it comes to your greatest fear? Now…think about something that you are really truly believing God for. What do you see or imagine when it comes to what your believing God for?
I’ll give you an example. My greatest fear in life is…well…standing before the Lord, and hearing Him say; “Away from me. I never knew you.”. Yeah, I have a picture of what that looks like, but you know what the key to keeping that being just a fear is…keeping it just a fear…I don’t speak that out. The biggest thing people do to bring their greatest fears to light is they speak them forth.
On the other hand. One of the things I’ve begun believing God for is that I’m going to stand in front of Him and have Him say” “well done, thou good and faithful servant.” It’s a much nicer picture…and ya know what. I speak that over my life.
That’s how fear and faith work. You get a vision of what you fear or what you have faith for…that becomes the substance of what your hoping or fearing for. Then with the spoken word…it comes forth.
God saw light before He spoke it. Jesus saw Lazarus coming forth from the tomb before He called him forth. He said that if you had faith the size of a mustard seed you could SAY to the mountain, you could say to the fig tree…and they would obey you.
What are you allowing to be made manifest in your life…the things you fear or the things you faith?
“The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. My love be with you all in Christ Jesus. Amen.” (1 Corinthians 16:23-24)
Blessing & Grace to you
Bryan J. Kizer
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