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"Now faith is the assurance (the confirmation, the title deed) of the things [we] hope for, being the proof of things [we] do not see and the conviction of their reality [faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses]."

Hebrews 11:1 (AMPC)

Part of reigning as children of God includes honing our skillfulness with the gifts and tools given to us by God. One of these tools is faith. Let us examine faith, together.

Faith literally makes sense of, or brings into reality, everything we read in God's Word. Dr. David Yonggi Cho explains faith this way: The manifestation of God's will on the earth begins when His word touches our thoughts—His thoughts touching our thoughts. We eventually manifest the things we meditate on the most.

In Hebrews, Paul the Apostle calls faith the "confirmation" or the "title deed." In other words, once we see God's vision for our lives, we have the seed, the substance of His will in our hearts. This challenges our thinking because often when we read a promise in the Bible, we begin looking for evidence—that "confirmation" or "title deed" of that promise in the flesh before seeing evidence of that promise in the spirit. However, as with most things, quality requires patience.

Everything formed by the substance of faith has upon it the seal of God's Word. All things created by faith have a longevity, a steadfastness, and a certainty that is multigenerational. The promises God gave us many, many years ago are still valid and at work today. The substance of faith does not often materialize in our natural world instantaneously, but when it does materialize, it lasts. Just as the Word of God spoken over the earth is still holding together our reality after all these years (Colossians 1:17), His Word will sustain what His Word manifests in our lives.

SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT
Jonathan and I were driving around a neighborhood one day, and we were captivated by some of the properties and views in that community. Jonathan used that context teach me a little about the substance of faith. He noted the likelihood that those homes and properties were not the substance of faith. It was more likely that they were the substance of ambition, hard work, and skill. He then drew my attention our home—our cute, 500 square foot home. "That," he said, "was made from the substance of faith." As we read the Word of God, God's thoughts touched our thoughts, and we received a seed-promise from God in our hearts. Together, we took steps of faith to obtain our home, our promise.

We had the "title deed" to our home long before we had the keys in our hand. Our home may be small, but it is made of a supernatural substance, faith. We expect that as with everything created by faith, it will never lose value and is built to last. We have the seed-faith in our hearts for a bigger home, and we will patiently wait for the actualization of that promise in our lives. We will not rush the process because we know that when faith builds by way of patient perseverance, it is multigenerational. God's Word does not fail, nor does anything that was manifested through His Word. (Lacey Vasquez)

TODAY'S DECLARATION
"I have in my heart the confirmation of what I am believing for, and I patiently wait with expectation for the manifestation that promise."

TODAY'S BIBLE READING

    • Old Testament: Isaiah 14-16; Proverbs 21:1-16
    • New Testament: Luke 22:1-13; Hebrews 4:1-11