Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen
17 (As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were.
18 Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be.
Faith, the Word says, is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen; which means it is substance, and it is evidence. Faith is not presumption or assumption. Faith is based on something sure, as certain as substance, as sure as evidence. Evidence is proof; substance is tangibility. Faith is based on something that can be proved, and a substance that’s undeniably tangible. The Word tells us that faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen as yet. What does this mean? It means faith is the spiritual proof that what you expect will definitely come to pass, or is as good as done. The substance and evidence of things hoped for is surely not physical, or else it wouldn’t be faith, but sight. The substance or evidence is the conviction rooted in the heart given by the Word of God. Romans 10:17 says, “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word”. God’s Word revealed or spoken to you is the substance or evidence of your hopes. You don’t hope without evidence or substance in your heart by the Word of God. Such hope is hopeless. Faith is substance and evidence of the unseen. Therefore, hope that will see the light of day must be rooted in the Word of God in your spirit which is evidence or substance of things not seen as yet.
Many a time, some Christians claim to be walking in faith as touching things, but they are literally in hope. They hope to have things come to pass but lack the substance and evidence in their hearts as to that. Faith is of the heart; it is with the heart we believe God (Romans 10:10). Faith begins in the heart. The Word must be revealed to the heart first, to birth the substance and evidence of things hoped for. God must have spoken to you from the written or preached Word in such a personal and revelational manner to be in faith about what the Word talks about. You must seek to receive the revelation of God’s Word in a personal, intrinsic manner such that conviction is hearty and intimate.
My Solid Front (Confession):
In the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ, I declare that I live by the Word of God. I meditate on the Word daily, and live by faith with
the substance and evidence of hope in me. Amen!