NOW FAITH … is the SUBSTANCE of things HOPED for (Hebrews 11:1). This verse brings out three points:
- Faith contains substance.
Substance refers to matter or something material. Although you can’t see faith, you can see the actions and results of faith (which is always something of matter or substance, such as healing, provision, marriage and children you prayed for, blessings from God, material things like houses, cars, food and clothing, new employment, etc.).
- Faith is “right now”, whereas hope is always for the future.
This means that when we pray in faith, we believe we have “already received” whatever it is we have asked for, and then we shall have it (this is what Jesus said in Mark 11:24). You may ask, “If we receive the answer “right now” then where is it? Why don’t I immediately have it?”
Whatever you are believing for, God firsts answers your prayer in the “Spirit realm”. In God’s perspective, He has already answered your prayer. It is a done deal.
Usually it takes a period of time, according to earthly standards of time (the ticking away of the clock), for the answer to become manifest in the physical realm. The physical realm always has to catch up with what has already been accomplished in the Spirit realm. Often intercessors see the answers to their prayers weeks or months after they began praying for it.
Sometimes healings or miracles happen instantaneously when Heaven invades earth. When the Glory of God invades the place of worship or a person’s life, anything is possible. During Jesus’ ministry, He performed healings and miracles, most of which were instantaneous. Jesus said that we (the Body of Christ) would do even greater works and exploits than He did. Do we really believe this? The world is groaning and waiting for the manifestation of the sons of God who understand their authority in Christ.
Miracles usually take place during a time of crisis. Miracles are great, but it’s better to have faith for a lifestyle of divine health, provision, good relationships, etc, rather than waiting until there is a crisis to have faith for a miracle.
In 2003 I was instantly healed of arthritis in my back when some people commanded the affliction to leave my body. I have remained healed since that time. However, there are other health conditions I had that took anywhere from weeks to years to heal.
Sometimes prayers are answered instantly. However, most of the time prayers are completely answered over a process of time. That’s where patience comes into play. Faith and patience work together. God promised Abraham a son, but it took 25 years before Isaac was born. That is a more extreme, and rare, example. Most answers to prayer don’t take that long.
- Faith is the substance of things HOPED for.
You must first have hope before you have faith. Hope is more than just wishing for something. The Greek definition of hope is: “expectation, confidence, to anticipate (usually with pleasure), to trust, to have faith.”
Hope is desire, but notice that the desire is accompanied by positive EXPECTATION. It means I am expecting something specific to happen. Often things never arrive because you have no expectation of it showing up. You must have anticipation that what you are hoping for, that hope will bring it to the door.
Hope is defined in the Webster’s Dictionary as “a feeling that what is wanted is likely to happen”.
Hope is like having a dream that you believe will come to pass.
To have hope is to know that things are going to get better no matter how they look right now.
Your future and your hope are gifts from God that no one can take away! Hope is a gift! All you have to do is receive it and you can walk in divine hope every day.
When you look around at your circumstances and limitations, it can often be discouraging and disappointing. When you look UP and look to Jesus, at His possibilities, hope comes.
Keep expecting God’s favor and blessing.
Look at Joseph in the Bible—there was no hope left for him, except what God had promised him. As Joseph looked to God, he went from the pit to Potiphar’s house; from the prison to the Palace. And so will you!
The Lord will turn your Valley of Achor (valley of trouble) into a door of hope and you’ll be able to help others (Hosea 2:15).
Hope brings rejoicing (Romans 12:12). Hope is joy and peace in believing (Romans 15:13).
Hope deferred or delayed makes the heart sick, but when the desire comes it is a tree of life (Proverbs 13:12).
Often hope is deferred because we are wavering, doubting and questioning if God can do it and we stop waiting on God and try to help God. God does not need our help. Our role is to praise Him and thank Him for the desired answer. This displays confidence and firm relying trust with expectation.
Hope sets the goal. Faith obtains it.
Hope is a spiritual force that keeps you holding on until the answer comes. Hope and patience work together.
If we hope for what we do not see or have, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance, patience and composure (Romans 8:25).
Hope and faith differ, in that faith CHANGES things. Hope’s job is to keep you moving forward until the manifestation comes.
Hebrews 6:19 says that hope is an anchor to the soul. When the storms come and the winds blow, hope will keep us firmly secured so that we are not tossed to and fro.
Hope sees the future as better and brighter. When you have hope you believe (have faith) that things will change, renew and improve.
Hope in God and in His promises does not disappoint us, delude us or shame us (Romans 5:5 Amplified).
For surely there is a latter end [a future and a reward], and your hope and expectation shall not be cut off (Proverbs 23:18).
Give yourself permission to dream big dreams, because God put those dreams in your heart and He is a BIG God! He can do anything! It just takes faith in God’s Word and His promises.
Faith comes by “hearing”, and hearing by the Word of God. It helps greatly to listen to faith building messages every day.
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11).