What is faith? According to Hebrews 11: 1, it is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen. But what does that mean? The Amplified bible describes faith as the “title deed”. Once you have acquired the title of ownership to anything, it’s legally yours. Whether it is a vehicle, a home, or other piece of property; the title declares the person entitled it. So then, faith is the title deed to the promises of God, and as you discover what you are entitled to, seizing ownership according to your rights. Faith is the proof or confirmation that something exists. When you book a hotel room or flight on an airline, they give you a confirmation number which gives you the right to a room or a seat on a particular flight. Even though you can’t see the room or the plane, you begin making preparations for the trip with no doubts in your mind that at both the airport and the hotel you will be given right of passage according to your reservation. Living a life of faith requires the same actions an attitudes. Once we are made aware of the promise of God for us, we believe it, receive, it , and act like it is so. We expect it to come to pass even though we can’t see it or touch it. We are convinced and cannot be talked out of what we believe.
Now all of that sounds great, and you’ve probably heard it before. But how do we get to that level of faith? Obviously, it’s not automatic, or every believer would be walking in it. The bible says faith comes only one way—by hearing. Hearing the word of God on a continual basis is how we develop the God kind of faith. He would not ask us to do something we are not able to do. And without faith it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6). Consequently, without hearing the word regularly, it’s impossible to have faith. Once a week is not enough to develop any lasting substantial faith in anything.
Hebrews 11:1 (Amplified)
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].
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