What is Faith Made Of?
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
Wouldn’t it be nice for all of this to make perfect sense to us? Where God’s Word completely becomes 1 + 1 = 2 and then we could add it all up with our understanding and we could make perfect sense of it all. Well, it wouldn’t make sense for it to make sense, if it did then why would we need faith?
Many times, people wonder if God’s promises are true, or they may believe that God’s promises are true, but wonder how can they be sure these promises will come true for them. When you step out in faith believing that God’s promise will come true for you, then you are hoping for substance or reality to happen for what you are believing for, and rightly so, because faith is believing for the substance that is not yet seen. (Hebrews 11:1)
God’s Word says that all the promises made by God are yes and amen (so be it). These promises are not yes for this person and no for that person but yes for everyone. In 2 Corinthians 1:20 we read: “For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.” So, God only uses one set of measurement to give you His promises and it is always yes, by Grace thru faith.
Faith Not Yet Seen?
When you have been waiting for God’s Promise to manifest, you are experiencing Hebrews 11:1 which says “not yet seen”, with substance hoped for coming soon. When you depend on these promises thru faith in God’s Grace, then you will see the answer to your faith. If you are going to go about saying things like “I must have faith… I hope that I have enough faith… I will have faith… I will not lose faith… etc.” then you have begun to depend on yourself and your degree of obedience, goodness, service and your faith and not depending on God’s unmerited favor. In this manner, you are basing your faith on your merits. God says in His word that our righteousness is like a filthy rag, so depending on self-merits is not going to work out to well, and could add stumbling blocks to receiving God’s promises. (Isaiah 64:6)
Let’s say you hear that a faith preacher, known for his healing ministry, has come to town to hold a healing service. You have heard about this preacher, and his special gift of healing, and you want him to lay hands on you so that you will be healed of a disease you have. You go to his meeting and all you can think about is when he has the alter call and he lays hands on you then you will be healed. You may have entered into an act of focusing on his merits as a healing preacher, believing the degree of this preacher’s special faith is what will get you your healing. If you believe that his faith, your lack of faith or any other combination other than your trust in God’s Grace will get God’s promise of healing for you, it probably won’t work for you. You forgot that it is by the Grace of God you are healed, not the preachers faith or your faith. Faith is trust in God that He is who He says He is and that He will do what He promises He would do.
For example; “There was a lady who lived in some apartments close to my grandmother. My mother was visiting my grandmother and met this lady, who was my grandmothers neighbor. This lady told my mom she had cancer and if someone could just give her a ride to a faith church, where the elders would anoint people with oil and pray the prayer of faith, she would be healed. My mother decided to take her to a church and she was prayed for by the elders, and anointed with oil, and she was totally healed of the cancer. This elderly lady no longer needed chemotherapy and all her hair grew back. “This was faith in God’s Word in James 5:14, using the church as a point of contact. She was depending on God’s Grace and His promises to set her free. It really didn’t matter to her which church it was or what elders prayed the prayer of faith. It was just a point of contact to receive God’s promise to heal her.
For by Grace You Have Been Saved Thru Faith
The word saved in the Hebrew/Greek means deliverance, victory, prosperity, health and protection. When these promises of God happen in your life, they are unmerited, and happen when you put your faith in God to keep His promises. (Ephesians 2:8-9) God says yes and so be it when you ask him for His promises. (2 Corinthians 1:20) God wants you to see His grace, when you see His grace, He sees your faith. God says, “For by grace are you saved through faith.” It is by grace through faith that God’s promises become substance and reality in your life.
Beloved, don’t worry about your faith but instead begin to see God’s grace in your situation and He will see that as faith. When God’s sees your faith, you will receive from Him the promises you find in His word.