THURSDAY, JUNE 9
Scripture: Hebrews 11:1-3
Hebrews 11:1-3 says, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good testimony. By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.” The word “testimony” is the Greek word mar-too-rah-o. Verse 3 really is descriptive of how faith works over a period of time. We live in the world that our words framed yesterday. I remember when my wife and I did not have a house but lived in an apartment. I was in ministry, she was working as a school teacher and our apartment did not allow kids. We found out that Jayne was expecting. So we had to find a different place to live. But because it seemed all apartments in our area had rules against children, we had to find a house. But buying a house was out of the question because I could never be approved for a loan. I couldn’t show the banks any income because I had gone to seminary on the GI Bill and the Lord had told me I could not get another job afterwards. I was given the privilege of staying in ministry and He told me to live by faith as I taught His Word. We did not have the credit to put a down payment on anything. So here we were, trusting God for a place to live that allowed for children. We got to the eighth month of her pregnancy and were still looking. We found a small home that was in terrible condition but it had an assumable mortgage. Basically if we could come up with $43,000 down the bank could not say no. But we did not have it. So we started praying. We started decreeing. We were declaring and decreeing that God would supply our need. And in three weeks’ time, the Lord brought $43,000 in to put down. We had a roof over our heads, but it was utterly by faith. Walking in faith is not exactly easy – it is a challenge! In the end-times, we must be a people of faith. Substance/hoop-os-tass-o says when we face a situation we discover whatever we need and by the Spirit, we put it under our feet. We have to know it is the will of the Holy Spirit. But when we know we have the will of the Holy Spirit, we declare it and we walk in it. Having the faith to speak what is not as though it were requires the kind of faith it will take to walk in the end-times. We must be a people of the Spirit and a people of faith.