It’s not out of order to have hope for a thing, and not yet have the faith to move on it. I know that faith is believing without seeing, but that level of faith, though it be true, always takes me back to my college days to a remark made to me from a college Professor of one of my marketing courses. She had called on me to give an answer to her question, and I did give an answer. She looked at me with this smile; and then she said, Flowers, that is a great answer for a freshman. Well, I was senior at that time, and she expected a little more substance substance to my answer. We are going to be expected by Father to have a little more substance substance to our faith answer than the 101 version of believing without seeing. If Jesus only needed us to understand faith to the degree to where we just need to believe that which we can not see yet, he would have just told us all to just sail on. Of course, everyone is given the understanding that to have faith is to believe without seeing in order for everyone to start at the same place. If the truth be told, walking by faith, and not by sight, really has nothing to do with each other when it comes to how you get what you hope for. When the bible says that we walk by faith and not by sight, it is not saying that to say that we are cornering the market when it comes to walking by faith and not by sight. 2 Corinthians 5:7, “For we walk by faith, not by sight:” we can not leave out the words “walk by” when it comes to defining faith as believing without seeing. And another of many of my favorite faith scriptures that talk about not seeing: John 20:29, “Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.” Jesus is not saying to Thomas that we want to corner the market on not seeing; however, Jesus is saying to Thomas that when you “heard” the word that I had already told you would happen, then you should have counted what you heard as the evidence you needed to know that I was alive. It’s classic faith at the senior level, and not at the freshman level. Don’t Have Faith For Your Hope Yet? It’s Coming.
And how about the unaffiliated centurion, the one in which Jesus said had “so great faith” not found in all Israel? So faith is unaffiliated, it does not just operate with respect of persons. So if you are the unaffiliated centurion, and you don’t have faith for your hope yet, is faith coming to an unsaved, and non-Jewish centurion? We already know the answer to this concerning the centurion. This is what I meant when I said earlier that if the truth be told, walking by faith, and not by sight, really has nothing to do with each other when it comes to how you get what you hope for. The centurion did not leave home that morning all full of the teachings of not walking by sight, but by faith to get what he hoped for. No, he was at work, and he “heard” that a man was in town who could. Now the walking not by sight just means that your answer for what you hope for will come to you, to move you to it, as you hear it. We don’t walk not by sight to not look to see, we walk not by sight because we do not know where to look to see, so we listen for it, the substance of things hope for to alert us. Romans 10:17, “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” It is just the plan of God to confound the wise, and have us in the state of humility to receive from him that which we hoped for. The world systems, family systems, and many other religious systems, they also use faith at times; however, they do not use faith as their primary offense to get what they hope for. When it comes to the God that we serve, without faith, we can not please him. By the definition of faith: Hebrews 11:1, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” This definition is just the beginning to let us know when we are aboard the faith train. If we have hope for something in which we do not have presently; and we choose to believe the kingdom of God to supply it, and not another system, then take your earbuds off. We have now entered into the faith process; and now you are ready to move into faith substance when it comes by hearing. Don’t Have Faith For Your Hope Yet? It’s Coming.
The Father Still Does Love To Do The Body Good.