Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
NEW KING JAMES VERSION
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.
NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION
Now faith is the assurance (the confirmation, the title deed) of the things [we] hope for, being the proof of things [we] do not see and the conviction of their reality [faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses].
Faith seems like a hard concept but we operate in faith all of the time. I found myself thinking about faith this morning and how we tend to ‘spiritualize’ (I don’t know if this is a real word but I’m using it anyway) faith and how it operates.
Every time someone ‘sees’ a plan in their mind for anything they are operating by faith for that plan to come to pass. When an artists starts to paint a picture that they don’t see with their physical eyes they are seeing the picture ‘by faith’ until it is on the canvas. When an architect ‘sees’ an idea for a building he operates by faith until that building is built, the same is true for a fashion designer or actually any area of creativity. Just think of the person who carved Mount Rushmore, it took a lot of faith (and patience) to believe that what he hoped for would come to pass.
We use faith throughout our days, every time we do anything that ‘hope for’ but at the time of doing it can’t actually ‘see’.
We need to keep hold of this idea when we are believing for spiritual things. If you are believing for healing, ‘see’ yourself healed. Imagine in your mind you doing what you have not been able to do. If you are believing for a person to know Jesus as their personal savior, ‘see’ that person in church or praying or whatever you are believing for them. The same is true for believing for a person to be free from addictions, ‘see’ them free. If you are believing for finances, ‘see’ yourself debt-free.
Fear is the opposite of faith and operates in the same way negatively. Fear is believing what we do not see will come to pass. It is (unfortunately) very easy to operate in fear. If you are afraid of something you are believing something that isn’t currently happening will happen. An example would be if a person is afraid of heights, they are afraid that if they go up high they will fall and hurt themselves. Fear can be based on something that has happened in the past or not. In areas where you have fear, you will need to use faith to overcome the fear.
Just remember the as long as the Bible promises something you can have faith for it, just make sure to mix your faith with love and patience, then start expecting to see the answer.