Hebrews 11:1 – “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, evidence of things not seen.”
The foundation of our relationship with God is our faith. God is good (Psalm 136:1), and everything that God wants to do in our lives is good. And the truth is, that in this life everything that we receive from God is acquired by faith. Fear is also faith, only it is in what the devil wants to do; or in the negative. Any time we choose not to believe God it is called unbelief. God gave the Israelite’s a promise to enter into the “promised land.” But in Hebrews 3:19, God says that they were not able to enter into the promise that He gave them because of their unbelief. Jesus would ask his disciples, “Why are you so faithless?” You see fear and faith in God cannot coexist- they work against each other.
Like faith, fear is a substance. Satan has no power in our lives except through our agreement. Fear is agreeing with any suggestion that the enemy is making that opposes the promises of God and will try to cause our heart to come into agreement with his intimidating suggestions.
Unbelief or fear is safe because it takes no risk and always gets what it expects. Then, after a person gets the manifestation of their unbelief they say, “I knew it.” Which proves what Jesus meant by saying in Matthew 9:29,”It will be done unto you according to your faith.” Fear is faith only in the negative.
Faith offends the religious and the comfortable. Just like in Jesus’ day it was the religious that were offended by his ministry. Jesus said in Luke 18:8, that upon His return, He would be looking for people of faith, the kind of faith that He displayed. In John 14:12 Jesus makes it very clear that we can minister and live in the same kind of faith. “Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever believes in Me, the works that I do they can do also; and greater”(in quantity). The reality is that the outcome of our trials is the evidence of our faith, usually indicating for most of us that we have not arrived and are in need of growing our faith. I like what Bill Johnson says in saying, “After I pray for someone’s healing and there is no change, I don’t point a finger at them, I look in the mirror and ask why?”
God has called us to live a life that is totally dependent on Him and His unwavering power, love, and ability. Let’s be those people that step out, take risk, get out of our comfort zones, and have faith in God. Faith that does the impossible, changes the natural and amazes the skeptics. Whatever your circumstance today, I encourage you to believe that “Nothing is impossible for them that believe”(Mark 9:23).
My prayer for you today is that you will continue to grow your faith by trusting God and His Word, that you would be so full of God’s Word that when trouble’s come you already have the evidence of your faith in you.