By Danny Claborn
Hebrews 11:1 says “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” The first word of verse 1 is Now. Our faith must be now!!!! If our faith for whatever we need is not now, it must be doubt.
Faith is confidence in someone or something. We put our faith in the banking system that our money is safe with them. Our money system would not be accepted without our faith in it. We put our faith in things that we cannot see. If we can see it with our eyes, it is fact and not faith.
In the Greek, the word for faith is (pistis), a noun. The verb is (pisteuo) to believe. Romans 10:17 says “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” We must hear the word of God to have faith in God. We must believe that Christ died for our sins, was buried and rose again on the third day according to the scriptures. 1 Cor 15:34.
Acts 16:31 says “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shall be saved.” Simple believing is hard for most people. For many people, it would be easier if we had to do something or pay for our salvation. But God doesn’t want human sacrifices; salvation is a free gift given by His grace and received through faith.
We must believe that God’s Word is true and decide to accept Him as our Savior. Our first faith in God should start with believing that Jesus did die for our sins, was buried and on the third day, rose again. We must confess with our mouths this belief. Romans 10:9 says “If we confess with our mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” This is the most important step in your spiritual life.
Second, we must use our faith to defeat Satan. We must study God’s word in order to increase our faith.
Hebrews 11: 6 says “But without faith, it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” Once we confess our sins and believe that Jesus died for us: we die to our old man of sin and become alive to God. (Romans 6:7-8) We can now use our faith, or our hope, as a confident expectation. Maybe you have been sick, oppressed, or in lack; now, we must have a confident expectation that we have overcome these obstacles.
We must begin to meditate on scriptures until we raise our image to being healed, being happy and joyful or being prosperous and out of debt.
“Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ; by whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.” Romans 5:1-2
As we use our faith, the confident expectation, we are saved and we overcome Satan. We see the glory of God manifested in our lives. No more sickness, no more oppression, no more lack. Expect to see the glory–meditate on the glory. This is the way God intended for us to live on earth. By using your faith and having the expectancy of the glory of God in you; you can now face anything Satan throws at you and laugh when you use your faith, anchored in your hope. So, start expecting now!