April 1: What Faith Is

Hebrews 11:1

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

Hebrews 11:3

By faith we understand that the [a]worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible

Hebrews 11 is one of the most important chapters on the doctrine of faith in the entire Bible. The chapter begins with the definition of faith. It says faith is the substance, or foundation, or confidence, or assurance of things hoped for, the evidence or title deed of things not seen. It stresses three things about faith and what it means to have faith. First, it is the substance or assurance or confidence of things hoped for. Second, it involves or requires hope or joyful expectation. Third, it is about things, not vain imaginations, but real things promised in the Word of God. So, faith is the assurance of things hoped for. Therefore, when it comes to faith, three elements or ingredients are involved: Assurance, Hope and Things. If any faith process does not involve concrete things pertaining to God’s promises in His Word and does not involve an assurance about such things and a joyful expectation to see them come to pass, then that’s not the Bible faith. Every Bible faith always possesses these three ingredients.

When we are in faith as touching anything the Word has promised us, we are confident that God’s Word is true in our case and that we sure will have God’s promise come to pass in our lives. We then exude exuberant expectant joy to see that promise fulfilled in our lives. We are never flat or neutral in faith, even when we are at rest in God. We are full of joyful and confident expectation of the fulfilment of God’s promises to us. Hallelujah!!! If the expectation of the fulfilment of God’s promise is void of confidence in God, that’s not faith. It must be a joyful and confident expectation. That’s what faith is and what it means to believe God. In essence, faith’s confidence stems from God’s Word. You know God cannot lie, and so you trust in Him absolutely. God’s Word has become your solid foundation on which to stand. You remain unshakable and unwavering because the Word is all that is bearing you up. The Word cannot fail, so you cannot fail. Hallelujah!!!

In the Name of Jesus Christ, I declare that I am of faith and that my faith is working. I am a believer that believes God’s Word absolutely! I lean on the Word, and because the Word cannot fail, I cannot fail. Amen.

Further Meditation:

Hebrews 11:33-34; 2 Corinthians 5:7.