Just as our five senses of sight, touch, hearing, smell and taste give us evidence of our physical world, our faith is the sense that gives us evidence of our spiritual world. Faith is not an intellectual understanding; it is an eagerness to trust in and cling to God’s Word, as it goes beyond our physical world.
“Now faith is a substance of things hoped for, the evidence for things not seen. For by it the elders obtain a good testimony. By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things that are seen were not made of the things that were visible.”—Hebrews 11:1-3
We are limited in our physical bodies, but we know there is more out there than what we can see and understand. It is by faith that we begin to understand the unseen realm. We know by faith that our universe was created by a Designer. However, we can also know with our minds how the universe was created. Faith gives us a deeper understanding and window into God’s process.
Scripture says it is impossible to please God without faith. The reward of belief is faith. Faith is vital in a Christian’s walk. The list of elders and ancients listed in Hebrews 11 show how each person was active in faith, and were commended for it. When we hear from the LORD and act upon the instruction He has provided, through faith we are putting aside the familiar and physical world and are making way for God’s application.
When you are given a direction or decree from God through prayer or His Word, speak it with your mouth. Claim what He has given you and what He has said about you. Speaking God’s spiritual blessings and promises forces the enemy to scatter. God desires us to pray and speak blessings over each other, making claims of His truth, strengthening and encouraging one another… ultimately growing in faith.
- “Therefore comfort each other and edify each other, just as you are doing.”—1 Thessalonians 5:11
- “And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.”—Matthew 21:22
Actions may speak louder than words, but action in faith is even louder. God does not want us to simply “do” things in our flesh, mindlessly because of traditions or habit. He wants faith to guide our way and light our path. If we serve God only because of formality, He is not pleased. He sees our hearts and our true intentions. He desires to reshape our hearts from broken to whole. When we put our faith in Him, we will receive our inheritance.
It is by this faith, when we speak with our mouths what God has said, that we can be sure of what we hope for and certain of things unseen.