“Now faith is the assurance (title deed, confirmation) of things hoped for (divinely guaranteed), and the evidence of things not seen [the conviction of their reality—faith comprehends as fact what cannot be experienced by the physical senses].”
Hebrews 11:1 AMP
Faith is believing that the spiritual realm is more powerful than the secular world. Therefore, I cannot expect to receive things in the secular world from God until I have received it in the spiritual realm. In other words, I have to completely surrender all doubt and spiritually believe that I will be given whatever I ask for. Of course every prayer has to align with God’s good and perfect will. We cannot expect prayers to be answered if we treat God like a genie. God is not a genie, as he doesn’t function in a box on our time or within the lines of our plans. God is omniscient (all-knowing) and omnipresent (everywhere at the same time), so He’s always on time and answers our prayers when we truly need it. God can answer prayers that we only dare to utter in our hearts.
This is a relationship built on trust, so God asks for our love and respect in return. That’s why when we pray for things and subsequently receive it, it really is a “miracle”. We truly believed that we will receive that thing through God’s supernatural intervention, and not through anything that we have done or need to do, besides to surrender and have faith.
Unfortunately, it is quite common that we are more ready or find it easier to give the devil 40 years to destroy our lives and turn it into chaos and confusion, but we find it completely difficult or sometimes even ludicrous to give God 3 weeks to fix a huge problem or a simple request. For example, sometimes we really want to have faith, but don’t want to get rid of the friends that we have who keep feeding us negative fruits. These negative fruits attack our faith everyday and cause us to doubt, not just ourselves, but most importantly our God.
God wants to prune us and provide us with the best life so that we can live up to the highest standard that He believes each of us can achieve. So having complete and blind faith in God cannot properly function if we don’t make an effort to get rid of the people or things that might be dragging us back down.
Daily Battle to Defeat Despair
“All who came before Me [as false messiahs and self-appointed leaders] are thieves and robbers, but the [true] sheep did not hear them.I am the Door;anyone who enters through Me will be saved [and will live forever], and will go in and out [freely], and find pasture (spiritual security). The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy.I came that they may have life, and have it in abundance [to the full, till it overflows].”
John 10:8-10 AMP
Despair is the most unnoticeable face of the enemy! The negative echo of despair discourages and cripples us everyday. It stela’s our joy, kills our faith and destroys our purpose making use feel powerless. What we need is discernment. This is not a function of our intellectual mind, but a function of our conscience (our spirit)! The Holy Spirit plants spiritual knowledge in our conscience, so that we can discern when something is wrong or right.
A majority of the old things and people in our lives, before being born again, were “bad habits” sent to distract us from the truth. The truth is that without the hope of Salvation, we only have despair. Despair is the hopelessness that comes to steal, kill and destroy every fruitful part of our lives.
If we truly want to live fruitful and radically faithful lives we have to practice blind faith on a daily basis! Yes, this means failing and trying again. This means having doubt and asking God for more faith. This means being weak and humbly asking God for more strength. This means that we enter a continuous battle to defeat despair.
Jesus Christ, The God of Hope
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing [through the experience of your faith] that by the power of the Holy Spirit you will abound in hope and overflow with confidence in His promises.”
Romans 15:13 AMP
I can’t expect my fellow brothers and sisters to have the same exact gifts and strengths as me, we have to beat despair as a community. As Christians, we have to encourage each other daily and lead others who are blind and have not accepted Christ into their lives. Jesus Christ is the living son of God and He is the epitome of faith and hope.
True faith and hope in Christ is to have belief in who the bible says Jesus is more than what we “think” or “feel” He should be. To think or feel is to be controlled by flesh and emotions, instead of being led by the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit will also guide us on when to speak and how to confront people.
Faith is the Key to God’s Kingdom
““For God so [greatly] loved and dearly prized the world, that He [even] gave His [One and] only begotten Son, so that whoever believes and trusts in Him [as Savior] shall not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge and condemn the world [that is, to initiate the final judgment of the world], but that the world might be saved through Him.”
John 3:16-17 AMP
When we trust God we begin to see things through His eyes and have faith in His promises. The purpose of salvation is not to highlight judgment or punishment, but to encourage hope in the people’s heart that ANYONE can be saved. Having true faith is to believe in the Gospel, which tells us that Jesus‘s blood was shed to cover our sins. There is nothing that we need to do. Our works (or our religiousness and rituals) are enough to save us from judgment. The only thing that can save us is Jesus, which is why we need to have faith in Him.
I believe that it does not matter what we want. What we need is a Saviour. Jesus is our Saviour and He is alive. He resurrected on the Third Day. When we believe in Jesus’s resurrection we receive new eyes and the key to God’s kingdom. Through this faith we are able to experience spiritual transformation. We are born again and free from the despair and limitations in the secular world.
“Born Again” – Faith allows God to Spiritually transform us
Being born again does not work like a light switch. It is not an automatic transformation. It takes continuous daily work on our part in worship and prayer. It takes true faith and hope in God’s promises. Not conditional faith which only exists when we have our way. We place our hopes in false and unstable expectations when we practice conditional faith. Unconditional faith is imperishable. It is to pray with the hope that miracles WILL happen. We cannot have faith without hope. What is hope? Hope is the positive expectation that something good WILL happen at any unexpected moment.
Imagine if every Christian was hopeful and positive in times of trouble, chaos and confusion? We have to keep the right perspective and pray to God. We have to ask God to keep a lock on our complaining and ungrateful human minds. We have to find positive things to say to each other because we really need some good news in the world right now!!
The “Good News” – Salvation is the result of Faith
In other words, what we know now is just a little teeny tiny sample of what God has in store for us. The Holy Spirit is a depositor of good things that ought to come. Through Christ we have the strength to manifest hope, so we can believe in the evangelical mission to spread the Good News. We must believe that we are strong enough for God to use us to convince others of the Good News!
I cannot explain my blind faith, but I know that Jesus is coming back for us all. When we die we only have two options of where to go and if we’re a little smart about the decision we should each know, without any doubt, where we ought to end up. We have to be honest about where we stand with God by entering into daily reflecting about our choices and how we treat others.
Why does the promise of joy and good news cause so much doubt? It costs nothing to BELIEVE in the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost (Godhead, three in one). If I spend my life believing this and I’m wrong, then I didn’t lose anything, but if you spend my your life not believing this and you’re wrong … that is not going to be a pretty ending for you.
Without faith, I have more to lose, so I choose to blinding believe in the good news regardless of the doubt and despair that the enemy plants.
The “Children of God” will receive the kingdom
The verse does not say that any of us can “get” the kingdom of God. Instead it says that we can “receive” it. We do not receive salvation as a result of our acts or deeds. We can only receive it by our faith in Jesus Christ.
We have to be child like if we’re going to believe in Jesus Christ, as He represents things in the spiritual realm that we cannot see. We have to be a little child-like so we can be led by the Holy Spirit.
For example, if a 3 year old’s daddy tells him to jump into a 6ft. swimming pool, I’m sure he will jump without hesitation because he 100% believes that his daddy is faithful. Daddy loves him, so he will catch him. This is analogous to say that when God tells us to jump we must remember that He is faithful and He loves us, so He will save us. But just like the child, we need to take a leap of faith first to assert our trust in the relationship.