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Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

Anyone can say he/she has faith, but how can we know for certain that this is true? Hebrews 11 identifies three (3) characteristics of faith. The first evidence that we have faith is seeing or expecting things to happen even when everything points in the opposite direction. Hebrews 11:1 points to this when it says that “faith is the substance of things hoped for”. It is communicating to us that when we have faith, we will see what we want to see happening even when our circumstances suggest that there is little chance of it manifesting itself. 

The second characteristic of faith is talking about what you want to see as if it has already happened. Hebrews 11:1 made mention of this when it says, ‘the evidence of things not seen’. Think about that for a minute, giving evidence of something that you are yet to see; It means testifying or talking about what we expect to happen as if it has already happened. David did that when he confronted Goliath in 1. Samuel 17:46. This was what David said: “this day will the LORD deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee and take thine head from thee”. David was very descriptive in testifying about something that he had not yet seen.

The third characteristic of faith is taking action towards what you want to see. Anytime we stop taking steps towards what we are believing for is evidence that we have given up. James 4:12 says faith without works is dead.  What the scripture was saying was that without taking action there is no faith.  There are two types of action that will emanate from our faith. The first is God-directed action; this is an idea or instruction given to us by God to move us closer to what we are believing Him for. Moses received a God-directed instruction to stretch forth his rod and the Red Sea parted. Give attention to every God-directed idea or instruction that you receive.  

The second type of action that we must take is obvious action; these action steps that are typically required to create the particular result we are pursuing. Where possible do them without hesitation. Do not just say that you have faith, it should be evident in the way you speak and act. 

Life Application: Create the outcome that you want by using your faith to expect what seems to be impossible and testify of it as if it has already happened even while taking obvious and God-directed action towards that outcome. 

Prayer: Lord, I believe in you and I put my trust in you. Help me to live by faith everyday. In Jesus’ name, amen

Stacyan Rowe

I am an avid reader who enjoys exploring the world through words. I am a Christian, wife and mother to two amazing boys. I am an English teacher at the secondary level. I love writing and having meaningful discussions.

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