A Daily Word from The Word for Thursday, December 29, 2011
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. –Hebrews 11:1
As we experience 2011 coming to a close, I want to encourage you in your faith. Some of you are seeing another year passing without those things, those promises which you have been given, that you have been hanging on to, not yet manifest. Many of you are shaking your heads in agreement while reading this. “When Lord, when?” are your cries that echo up into the Throne Room of the Most High.
Dear Child of the Most High King, you already have the evidence! Be encouraged today! The evidence of that thing, that promise not yet seen, the substance of that which you are waiting to manifest is the Promise! Your waiting for that promise to materialize is the wrong focus; the promise materializing is result of that evidence which is what you already have! So continue to lay hold of the evidence as the confirmation of the Promise. The Promise itself is the confirmation proved out by the substance of things hoped for, evidence of that which is not seen.
The manifestation may not come this year, or next year, or the year after. That may be a fact. But as people of God, we don’t deal with facts, we deal with Truth! The Truth of God’s Incorruptible, Ever-solid and reliable Word! Brothers and sisters, you already have it! That is your focus! If God promised you a job, you already have it! Continue to claim the promise because you already have it through the substance hoped for and the evidence not seen! Has God promised you that your family would be saved? You already have it! So start thanking Him for it! Has God promised to bring physical healing to you? You already have it! As you continue to thank Him for that which you have, as you continue to stand fast in your confession of faith, you continue to bring that which you already have closer to the manifestation in your life. But again, focus on the substance and the evidence.
The Greek word for “faith” is “pistis” (pis-tis) meaning “persuasion, conviction, the truthfulness of God, assurance, belief, confession.” “Substance” in the Greek form is “hupostasis” (hoop-os-tas-is) meaning “a setting under, essence, that of which a thing consists.” And “evidence” is the Greek word “elegchos” (el-eng-khos) meaning “proof” (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance).
We get it backwards a lot of time. We get caught up in waiting for the proof or the evidence of faith by waiting for the manifestation of a thing. But the Word of God says that the evidence is in the degree of faith that you have, not the actual thing. Catch this please: substance is a setting under, to stand under. When we stand under that substance, we are believing that the substance is the promise that is already there, or we wouldn’t be standing under it, waiting for it to drop!
Look at the way a trial works. Conviction is all about the evidence- not the actual crime. The proof of that crime is in the evidence, not the crime itself. When a person goes to the doctor because something is wrong, the doctor is looking for evidence of something to prove or disprove, he is not looking for that thing itself.
My Bible says that “Faith is the title deed of things hoped for” (Spirit-Filled Life Bible, © 2002, Thomas Nelson). That is an awesome truth! A title deed means that you already own it! When you have a title deed to a house or to a car, with your name on it, and you are holding it in your hand, you already have and own that thing! The house itself or the car itself isn’t the proof that you own it; the title deed is that proof! Every thing, every promise that you have been given and you have been believing for is already in your hands! The substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen is your title deed! That is your proof of ownership!
Going into 2012, God wants “to crown the year with your bounty, and your carts to overflow with abundance” (Psalm 65:11). God wants 2012 to be a crowning year for His people. And the crown that we wear is Faith.
Father, I thank you that we are people of faith! I thank you, God who is Our Promise, that we already have the promises; we are just waiting for the manifestation. I thank you Father that we have faith that is pleasing to you, faith that causes you to arise from Your Mighty Throne and move in a powerful way on our behalf. Father, we speak because we believe. We believe in You, and we believe that you are far able and willing, and will bring to pass those things which you promised us. We honor you, we praise you, we thank you, and we call these things already done! In the Blessed Name of Jesus. Amen and Amen!
Take Action! Challenge your thinking! Choose to lay hold of the deed with your name on it as proof of that which you have been believing. Choose to thank God for His promises, which you are simply waiting for them to manifest. Choose to stand firm and hold fast to your confession of faith, for it is in your confession that you already have secured your promise! And continue to fight the good fight! For God has already given you the victory!
May God Bless you and Keep you always.
With warmest regards,
And In Service of The Most High King,
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©2011. Matthew Gargano.
Matthew is founder of HMD Ministries and sits under the leadership of Apostle Dr. Don Lyon of Faith Center Ministries International in Rockford Illinois, where he is a member.