FOUNDATIONAL FAITH

 

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen… And in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots. And Peter calling to remembrance saith unto him, Master, behold, the fig tree which thou cursedst is withered away. And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God” (Heb 11:1; Mk 11:20-22, KJ)

 

For us, the children of God, faith is one of the greatest and most precious subjects to study. All believers have an amount of faith. This ‘saving faith’ is trusting in the Person of Jesus Christ and not in ‘a religious thing’. We trust the Lord Jesus Christ for the salvation of our souls and for answers to our prayers. Some have little faith and some have bigger faith. We pray that our faith increases with time. Faith is not an imagination. It is ‘substance’ and it is ‘evidence’. In Greek, the word ‘substance’ means foundation. This foundation is invisible to the eyes but it the underground support of the building (successful life) you see. Faith is intimately connected to hope. Faith works ‘now’ and hope works in the future. Hope is defined as the joyful expectation of the future. You believe God today for the manifestation of things you desire to see in your future. Without faith working today, your hopes for tomorrow are false and deceiving. Work on your present faith and your hope shall not be ‘cut off’. “For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes in him will not be disappointed” (Rom 10:11)

 

Faith is the opposite of sight. Faith relates to the invisible things of the Spirit. When Jesus cursed the barren fig tree, Peter observes that the tree got dried from the roots up. The leaves were still green but the dryness was going up from the roots. The Lord explained this by pointing to ‘faith in God’. You need faith to curse a sickness and you need faith to bless someone. In both cases, faith starts working from the underground, from the invisible foundation, from the spiritual realm of ‘roots’ and invisible motives of actions. Faith dried the tree from the roots, which is the invisible part. Faith works in the invisible realm but later, it produces visible fruits. Once faith becomes visible it is no longer faith. It is called sight. “For we walk by faith, not by sight” (2Cor 5:7). May God increase your faith! May your dreams for the future come to pass! In Jesus name, amen!

 

Let’s pray: “Dear Heavenly Father, right now, in the name of Jesus Christ, I… (Please, write your name)… trust You for salvation, for healing, deliverance and breakthrough. I declare that my future is better than my past! By faith, I command the mountains that block my progress in life to be removed and be thrown into the sea of forgetfulness.  I declare that I trust in the Lord Jesus Christ and therefore I am saved. My miracle has come! By the stripes of Jesus I am healed and delivered from oppression. I declare that I am happily married and fruitful. I declare that it is well with me. As Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever, so my life is secure and fulfilled in Him! To the glory of God! In Jesus name’, Amen!”

 

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