What is faith? In Hebrews 11:1 we read, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” In other words, faith can be viewed as the assent that the thing that we want already exists in the Spirit realm and is capable of manifesting in the natural realm. That manifestation comes through positive, persistent action and spoken words which activate the power of the Holy Spirit to work on our behalf. He supernaturally causes it to come into the natural realm where our senses can pick it up.
Therefore, faith will eventually cause my senses to perceive what is not evident in the present. For example, I believe that the Eiffel Tower exists in Paris, France, however, I have not seen it with my own eyes. I’ve seen pictures, but I have never actually seen it in person. How do I know that it’s not a picture that someone “photoshopped?” Maybe someone created that illusion. But seriously, I have faith that there is an Eiffel Tower somewhere on the planet. Thus, if I want to see the Tower, faith in its existence, though I have never seen it, will cause me to save my money in preparation for a trip to Paris, France. I will get a passport, then I will buy my plane ticket and book a hotel. On a specified date, I will get on a plane to fly overseas, then I will get off the plane and get a taxi, or do whatever is necessary until I finally am able to actually stand on the Eiffel Tower and experience a breathtaking view of Paris.
You see, each action I take will progressively move me toward seeing the Tower. Likewise, when we are believing God for something, we have to make an assent that what we want already exists somewhere, namely, in the Spirit realm. Each spiritual action that we take, i.e., speaking the Word over our situation, reading the Word and finding scriptures to support whatever we desire, meditating on scriptures, worship, etc., is a step toward seeing the thing that we hope will come to fruition. The key is to be persistent in doing those things that will move us closer, step by step, towards receiving our blessing.
To illustrate further, let’s say that I want to see the Golden Gate bridge in California, but I choose to walk across the country to get there. Again, I have never seen it in person, I have only seen pictures, but I believe it exists. In order to get there on foot, I must walk step by step. I must put one foot in front of the other. It will take me quite a while to get there from Norfolk, Virginia, but if I keep moving toward my goal, I will get there. It’s the same with believing and receiving the things of God. I must keep speaking the Word, decreeing what I want, worshiping and praising God for it in advance, “putting one foot in front of the other,” until I get to my destination of having what I desire. I may get tired and want to give up on my quest because I have been walking quite a while, and there is still no sign of the Bridge. I have no idea how many more miles I have to go, but I must keep walking until, finally, I see the Golden Gate Bridge right there in front of me. Then I can rejoice in accomplishing my goal.
So if you have been trusting God for something specific for a long time and have not seen it yet, keep moving forward in the Spirit. Just because you cannot yet see it with your eyes, does not mean that it does not exist. Don’t think about how long it’s been since you started your “faith walk.” To God, a thousand years is like a day, and a day is like a thousand years. (II Peter 3:8) Keep doing what you know to do based on God’s Word. When you get weary, pray to God to empower you to hold on to your faith and “hope against hope.” (Romans 4:18) His Word is true and it will not return to Him void. You must be prepared to stand on the Word until you see victory.
Is there something that you have been believing God for a long time? What keeps you going?