Photographer Gary Tamin

During my quiet time, I recently meditated on Hebrews 11:1 which says, “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” The phrase “the evidence of things not seen” jumped of the page that day. I began to think about how photographs are evidence of things that actually do exist. For instance, when I see a picture of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, even though I have never been to Paris to see it with my own eyes, I know that it exists. Faith is like a snapshot or photograph in your heart which is evidence that what you desire exists somewhere. If you can formulate an image of yourself actually having what you desire and feel the emotions as if you actually have it, that IS the evidence that it exists somewhere. Where does it exists? In the Spirit realm, where God dwells.

You see, since He says He declares the end from the beginning (Isaiah 46:10), this is an indication that past, present and future exists simultaneously in the spirit realm. Another way to say this is from His perspective, He is experiencing past, presence, and future all at once. He can do that because He is omniscient, He knows everything that has happened, is happening, and will happen. In His world, what we desire is indeed already done. The healing is complete. The marriage is restored. The prodigal son has come home. The stronghold of drug addiction is broken. The anxiety and panic attacks are a thing of the past. So if we can get a picture in our heart and mind of what His Word already says is true to the extent that we can see it and feel as if it’s already done, that is the evidence that what He has promised does exist in the realm where He dwells.

The question is how do we get that snapshot to formulate in our heart? Back in the day, the formulation of a picture was a process that took place in a dark room with photography paper immersed in a solution. Similarly, the development of your snapshot of faith is also a process, and in order for you to formulate a picture in your heart, you must do the following:

  1. Read the Word. You must read the Word so you can find out what God’s will actually is and what He says you can have according to the covenant spelled out in the Bible. He says if you ask anything according to his will, He hears you, and if He hears you, you know that you have the petitions that you ask of Him (I John 5:14). The snapshot of faith cannot be developed apart from the known will of God.
  2. Speak the Word. Speaking the Word out loud is imperative because the Bible says, “Faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17) As you speak the Word, it goes into your own ears and drops down into your heart. Your Faith picture is being developed, and that image is becoming sharper and clearer.
  3. Make a declaration. You must declare what you want to happen. Job 22:28 says, “You shall decree a thing and it shall be established unto you, and light shall shine upon your ways.” Speak what you want to happen, and prophesy to your own future.  The Apostle Paul said, “I believed, and therefore have I spoken” (II Corinthians 4:13).
  4. Take action. Faith without works is dead (James 2:26). If you believe, then you must act as if you believe. Start to make preparation for the blessing that is on the way. When you really believe in your heart that your request is granted, you will not sit idly by, but will do what is necessary so that when the blessing shows up, you are ready to receive it.
  5. Embrace trials. Allow God to use the “dark room” of difficult experiences in your life to build your ability to trust and believe that He is true to His word. That means the “snapshot of faith” will sometimes be formulated as you walk through “the valley of the shadow of death” (Psalm 23).
  6. Rehearse past victories. Meditate on what God has done and how He has answered your prayers in the past. Has He healed your body? Has he provided what you needed just in time? Has He helped you to mend a difficult relationship when you thought there was no hope? When you revisit these experiences of how faithful God really is, that will build your faith and help you to formulate the “snapshot” of what you want in your heart.

Once the picture in your heart is formulated, just like the picture of the Eiffel Tower, THAT is the evidence that what you want and need exists, even though you can’t perceive it with your senses right now. When you can see in your heart the image of you possessing what you have asked God for, you’ll feel the emotions as if you already have it. That’s the time to praise Him like you have lost your mind! Why? Because in God’s timing, He will cause your blessing which exists in the spirit to show up in the natural.

What are you believing God for? Please leave a comment below.

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