Faith- "the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen" (Hebrews 11:1) If faith is the evidence of things not seen then faith must be something that can be seen, that proves what is not seen, so what does faith look like? How can you tell if you're in faith to begin with? What does faith do? We know that "faith is what pleases Him", we also know that many times Jesus scolded the disciples on their lack of faith, it even says that Jesus COULDN'T do miracles in a particular place because they didn't have faith, and it also says that Jesus is the author and perfecter of our faith, so obviously faith is a BIG DEAL.
Faith is always active. That's why James said,"faith without works is dead."
Faith puts "action" to what you believe to be true. When confronted with circumstances that are less than desirable is your default to have faith in God and in the Word? Does your mouth, thoughts, and actions display what you say you believe? Or is your default action to succumb to what's easy, what feels good, or what your emotions are telling you? I'll be honest, this isn't always easy, in fact sometimes it's just downright hard... but that doesn't change that faith is what pleases our God.
I've written many times on Heidi Baker's statement, "love looks like something". Writing about that is pretty easy because Love does always look like something and it ALWAYS looks like 1 Cor. 13. Love is tangible and demonstrated, but what about faith? What does faith look like in your circumstance? We have great examples from Hebrews 11 of what faith "looks like" because the truth is, faith looks like something too.
I've learned that there's often times when having faith feels uncomfortable, it means going against my emotions, and it means lining up with the Word despite what the situation in front of me looks like. Faith is believing the Word of God and trusting Holy Spirit over anything and everything that comes my way and because of this, faith often does things that seem... well.... crazy. Faith will challenge you to do the opposite of what the world thinks you should do in any given situation.
Often faith dances, laughs, and praises when you feel like crying. That's my faith bringing evidence to what is not yet seen with my eyes. It may feel like your trial will kill you, but the Word says He won't give you more than you can bear, so responding in joy is faith saying, I believe I can make it through this, I believe His grace is sufficient, I believe that He is working on my behalf, this is my evidence of what I can't see yet, but I know to be true... I will come out better from this. Faith will often give when you have a major need. Perhaps you are really trying to figure out how in the world you're going to pay rent this month. You're down to the last few dollars and the bills aren't paid. And yet faith will say give what you have to that person over there. It doesn't make sense, but the Word says if you give, you receive. It says that God is Jehovah Jireh your provider. Faith will ask you to give believing that God is who He says He is. Give evidence to what you believe to be true, God will provide, so you can give. Sometimes faith takes a step that Holy Spirit is leading you to take when you have no idea how it's going to work, how you'll be provided for, or what will happen. Hebrews 11:8 says that Abraham went out in faith even though he didn't know where he was going. God told him to go, so he went, he made an act of faith and obedience, despite the unknown.
Faith is a necessity to the life of a believer. We need faith not just to please God, but to receive the many things He has for us. It took faith for people to receive miracles from Jesus. It takes faith for us to receive salvation from Him. It takes faith to receive forgiveness. It takes faith to walk in love, joy, and peace. It takes faith to see your mountains "cast into the sea" (Mark 11:23).
Activate your faith by taking action. Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God. Get into the Word and find the promises to put your faith in. Find out who God says He is, what He says He'll do, what He says you can do, and then believe. Ask Holy Spirit what to do in your specific situation, Believe Him and let faith move you to action. Faith will take you deeper into the heart of our Father. Faith will take you out of your comfort zone to new levels you never imagined possible. Faith will sustain you through trials of life. Faith will open doors for God to do miracles.
Faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen. Faith is a necessity.
Be Blessed, J. Tate