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Put your faith to work

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Everything in the visible world emanated from the invisible world.

The physical realm is born out of the spiritual realm. According to the declaration of the Bible, we believe that at one time there was nothing until God released from inside Him that which now is.

Every human being, whether they are a believer or not, looks forward to having something they do not currently have. People have an expectation that somehow they will be able to acquire or attain that which they yearn for.

There is a force that persuades people that they will get it. Whether you are a Christian or non-Christian you have a desire to get something. The medium and vehicle to transport things from the unseen world to the world of time space and matter is faith.

Faith is a subject that is so much talked about, taught and learnt but which I feel is less practised.

People have every definition, example and conviction that faith brings results, but they just fall short in living by faith. It is not enough to have all Scripture quotations and theological definitions of faith without putting it into practice. What you know has to be put into practice so that it will be of benefit to you.

Refuse to have loads of information that do not benefit you. Do not go down to the grave with theses that never benefited you in your life time. Put your knowledge to work.

This is not to say that you should not pass on knowledge to future generations.
The journey of life involves getting where we have never been and acquiring what we do not have.

This is how we get satisfaction and fulfilment. We want jobs, husbands, cars and houses and many of us know that faith will bring into existence what we desire, but few of us will stand the distance and test of faith.

One important component we should have for our faith to be of use to us is willpower. Willpower will keep us away from wavering and changing goalposts.

Let us define faith then apply it. It is important to note that faith and hope are not synonymous. I think the most concise and classical definition of faith is given by the writer of Hebrews. Hebrews 11:1, (King James Version — KJV), says: “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

Faith is both the substance of things hoped for and the evidence that things exist that are not yet perceived with the senses. Faith is not mere human hope. Faith is based on the Word of God alone. Human hope may be based on the sands of wishful thinking or human desire, rather than on the rock of the Word of God.

Doubt and hope raise the question: “What shall I do?” Faith says: “I have done!” The common phrase, “I am hoping and praying” is incorrect. “I have prayed and am believing” is more Scriptural. Faith is not hope.

Faith is the means by which we receive those things we hope for. Neither is faith sight. Faith is the evidence of things not seen. Faith can only operate in the realm of the invisible concerning those things we hope for and do not yet see.

Faith cannot exist in the visible realm. When the things we hope for are manifested to our sight, then faith, the invisible “substance,” having done its work, is supplanted by the visible substance, that is, the things we hope for. When the actuality comes into view, then the image (faith) vanishes.

Since faith is both substance and evidence, you cannot just wake up tomorrow after failing to get what you wanted and claim that faith did not work.

If what you are waiting upon God for fails to materialise, you probably were holding on to it by hope or wishful thinking and fantasy. You were building castles in the air. Can you imagine a court of law simply saying it has lost the evidence and the exhibits?

Biblical faith is an absolute requirement for answered prayer. The writer of Hebrews states:

“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” (Hebrews 11:6, KJV).

Do not try to please God by crying, weeping and groaning without faith. You will be wasting your time and wearing yourself out. Please note that faith has motion and has the capacity to come to you:

“So then faith cometh by hearing — and hearing by the word of God.” Romans 10:17(KJV). Continue to read and hear the Word of God and you will see it coming. Faith is also a process and it grows, Romans 1:17: “For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, the just shall live by faith.”

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