Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen – Hebrews 11:1
Faith isn’t a leap in the dark as some people say, but a leap on the Word of God. Understanding this simple truth will position you rightly to live triumphantly every day, and help you judge if you’re actually functioning in faith or not. Those who think faith is a mysterious leap in the dark are always apprehensive and reluctant to take the step that would have led them to victory. They’re always asking the “what if” questions: “What if I don’t get the money?” “What if I lay hands on the sick and he doesn’t recover?” “What if I speak the Word and nothing changes?”
Such folks have unwittingly entered the realm of fear and unbelief. But faith is the confident assurance that based on God’s Word; things favourably expected will come to pass. Faith doesn’t ask “what if?” rather, faith knows. In other words, faith knows that if hands are laid on the sick, they’ll recover, since that’s the Word says! Faith knows that if there’s a need, then there’ll definitely be a corresponding supply based on Philippians 4:19: “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”
If you see faith as a leap into the unknown, you’ll always have many reasons for not doing the things you ought to do. You’ll always find yourself considering, reconsidering and hesitating. Faith depends on the Word of God as the basis and assurance for action. For example, two people may hear the same message about giving, and then one of them is wondering: “So after giving, how will I be able to meet up with my expenses?” To such a fellow, giving at such a time will be a leap in the dark, and that’s wrong.
Whereas the other fellow is thinking: “Wow! What a blessed opportunity to receive! I know that as I give, I’ll never lack because God’s Word has promised me a harvest! Thus, he releases that money, not in fear but in faith. Faith hears and jumps, but fear hears the same thing and considers other factors. As Smith Wigglesworth, a dear man of God once said, “Faith jumps, but fear hesitates!” If you ever find yourself hesitating about what the Lord says to do, trying to reason out God’s Word in your mind, know for sure that you need to get back into faith.
Remember, in the eyes of natural men, the Word of God is “unreasonable”; it makes no sense. That is because God’s Word isn’t meant for the head but for the human spirit. Learn to respond to God’s Word from your spirit, and your faith will always prevail.
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Dear Lord, I refuse to reason out your Word and instructions in my mind; rather, I daily receive into my spirit, with faith and gladness, your engrafted Word, which is able to make me a success and put me over in life. As I put my faith to work and take my steps boldly in life, I thank you for causing me to triumph, excel, and make progress in life, in the Name of Jesus.
Further Study: Hebrews 11:1; James 1:8