What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them—Mark 11:24
Paul called faith a substance. It is actually touching the reality of the unseen world. Don’t you realize that there is an invisible world that most people are unaware of ? Faith perceives that alternate reality. Faith doesn’t bring things into existence, God does. Faith just makes it real to us. We get saved by faith, we are freed from the shackles of sinful behavior by faith, you can even be delivered from addictions by the power of faith in God. It actually touches the realm of the supernatural where all things become possible.
A. B. Simpson had a great way of describing the realm of faith, check it out.
“Faith is not working up by willpower a sort of certainty that something is coming to pass. Rather, it is seeing as an actual fact that God has said this thing shall come to pass-and that it is true-and then rejoicing to know that it is true. It is simply resting and entering into it because God has said it.
Faith turns the promise into a prophecy. While it is merely a promise it is contingent upon our cooperation. It may or may not be. But when faith claims it, it becomes a prophecy and we go forth feeling that it is something that must be done because God cannot lie.
Faith is the answer from the throne saying, “It is done.” Faith is the echo of God’s voice. Let us catch it from on high. Let us repeat it and go out to triumph in its glorious power.
Hear the answer from the throne,
Claim the promise, doubting one,
God hath spoken, “It is done.”
Faith hath answered, “It is done;”
Prayer is over, praise begun,
Hallelujah! It is done.”
I love that statement, ‘faith turns promise into a prophesy’. When our faith is awakened, the things hoped for become real to us. Even better, God Himself becomes real to us. Far too often our beliefs are just that, concepts about a spiritual things and a person called God that are just that to us, concepts. When faith comes we understand what Paul meant by his word substance. Heaven is no longer a concept, we have tasted the edge of it. Jesus is no longer a concept, He has become our friend. The Holy Spirit is not some vague idea about power or revelation, He is the unseen person that is as real to us as the air we breathe. The Bible is not a handbook for success, a series of empowerment slogans, or even a book of principles to live our life by. The Bible is the living breathing word of God. Faith brings His words alive to us, in it The Lord is speaking to us as a Father and a friend.