Hebrews 11:1, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Here is one of the main entities other than the one that’s a given, believing, that you must have to operate in faith, and that is substance. And since hope is always the opening act for faith, substance is usually one of the things that we are waiting for to get the party started. So since faith is the substance of things hoped for, you usually will have to wait for it, the substance. And then after the substance does arrive, You are on your way to Now Punch Your Thing Hoped For. Do not become discouraged because you are having to wait for it. You just need to know while you exercise the skill to stand, that if you have a “Word” from God, you will have the faith eventually. The reason why you listen to, and hear your minister on a regular basis is because you will need to hear the “Word” on a regular basis in order to hear the substance in the season that you need it. We all know how faith comes: Romans 10:17, “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God,” but many times when the “Word of God comes,” we are not in ready position to hear the faith that came by it, although we heard the “Word” that carried it. And remember, the minster at your Church is the main dish, but by adding appropriate side dishes: personal prayer time, reading your Bible at home, prayer partner counsel, weeknight Bible study, and other resources; you will increase your chances of receiving the faith that you need to now punch the thing that you hoped for.
There are times when we did receive faith, but we didn’t receive the right view or the right confidence to punch the things hoped for. And we must remember that faith, and the word are two totally different entities that work together as a team. We know that word is truth: it is how we know that God is going to show up, because he will not let his word return to him void; and he is not a man that he should lie about what he said. Faith on the other hand, is the power, and the substance to get the truth of the word done. And that is another post for another day all to itself; while you will have the word, you will not get back the word verbatim as you viewed it during your mental inception of it. You will get truth: what is it that the Father wants to accomplish by this word according to his will. For example, you may have received the word “ball” while forming in your soul’s mind a round object with a beautiful orange color. The Father will indeed return to you the substance to manifest a ball according to the word, but we now have to unfold the substance to get the truth of the ball: this ball will more than likely not look like anything round with a beautiful orange color, but it will be a ball. We miss hearing the faith that comes with the word over and over because of interference from our mind. The word never did say the ball was round with a beautiful orange color, but because we concluded before our mind was sifted, we were waiting for it, but we were waiting for the wrong it. Another post on another day, now stay focus: it’s hard to do so when so much good stuff is just flowing out.!
Alright, Matthew 21:21, “Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done.” Here in this verse lies so many truths to receiving that which we hoped for. Now we can zoom in on the “IT” that we are waiting for. Yes, we start on the “Word” that answers our need because it is how we know that we are on the right path; and yes, we do wait on “Faith” because it is our substance, and power to bring to pass that which we hoped for; and lastly, we are waiting for truth to reveal itself so that we can move on the right ball, and not on the round orange ball. Jesus says to them first in the above verse, “If you have faith,” and we know that if they have faith, then they also already have some degree of word and hope if they have faith. We know this for two reasons: first faith is the substance of things hoped for, so there’s hope already if there is faith; and faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God, so there’s the word of which faith came by hearing. Then Jesus goes on to say “and doubt not, ye shall do your thing hope for.” The reason we need so much preaching or “word” is because we have so much dead faith trying to be revived by the “word.” The “word” does not revive your faith until you find your truth about that word, then will you have the faith to move your mountains. Why is there so much dead faith not coming to pass? Well that’s easy to answer, we can put all the faith we want out there before the world to hear as we do, however, faith is the substance of things hoped for, and hope does not obligate you to believe it just because you proclaimed it. Hope by definition is a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen whether you believe it will or will not does not stop you from hoping it to be the case. You know, I desire many things, and the list remains long, but the things that I believe in truth, I obligate myself with God to make them happen. When Jesus says, “and doubt not,” he means if you will wait for it, and wait for the condition to come in which you will believe that which you hoped for to be true.
This is how God set it up: hope can start the process of you getting what you want started, but without having you to be penalized for the lack of maturity, and development. It sounds just like the Father to put a measure of protection to the sheep, and buy time for them to be able to walk the talk. I bet you can now see all of the imaginations put out by the body, and understand better as to why so much of the “word” is still there just waiting for it: waiting for the truth to be believed to make that which was hoped for to be made true. So yeah, until we put belief with the faith that has come, we will continue to leave a lot hanging out there. The Father told me years ago to count every word that I hear as an imagination, until it is made true. We may be able to, and we do, speak a lot of things from hope, into faith substance brought to us by hearing the “word” of God; and those things are left out there just waiting for it, the truth. And it was only from the mind of God to use his “word” to carry faith substance from a hope: his “word” is truth, and he knew that we would be moved from the condition of doubt the moment that we heard our truth. And when we hear our truth, we can then take the process that was started by hope, and then be there in belief because the process of the loving Father was made to wait for it: wait for the truth that will move us to do because we now believe the truth we now know.
We may can have the same “word,” but we are not waiting for the same truth: the truth that will make you move the mountain is not the same truth from the same “word” that will make me move the mountain. I can hear what you hear, and you can hear what I hear, but we each need to hear our own truth in order to move on what we know, and not on what we hope. What truth will move you in power faith? You will find it as you go, and then you will go from hoping, to believing, and then to knowing. God attached the faith from hope to the “word” because he knew it would allow us time to believe it as we hear it over and over. What happened to get God to say to Abraham, “For now I know that thou fearest God?” Well, Abraham now knew having faced his truth: he knew that he would at any cost give God what he wants, and that God would fix it at the end; and what you know about God is what you get. The “word” to sacrifice his son may not have been the truth of someone else made true, but it was the truth that Abraham knew to be true. I had a minister friend along with her husband in need of a lot of Interior paint, and I had pick up paint from this one large paint company months earlier that they had removed from its shelves not being sold anymore. So I told the couple about it, and they went to the location closer to where they lived in the hope of coming away with the paint that they needed. I received a phone call later from them letting me know that they had went, but was not able to get the paint. Well you know, once I had tasted and seen myself come home with paint before, although it was months earlier and a different location, I just had to go. Once I get in battle mode, it’s all over: I went to that same store as they did just a day earlier, and I was bold enough to take the minister with me, let’s just say as an opportunity to see God in action. The difference between the minster and her husband going, and my going with the minster is that they went in hope, while I went in knowing. I did not go in the hope of getting the paint that I wanted. No, I went knowing that I was going to get the paint that I wanted. And we talked to the same guy in which they had just talked to the day before. And yes, we did leave there with more paint than they needed!
WAIT FOR IT: WAIT FOR THE TRUTH THAT MAKES YOU KNOW.
The Father Still Does Love To Do The Body Good.