SUNDAY, JUNE 1
Scripture: Hebrews 11:1-3, Ephesians 5:1a
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.” Faith has its own language. Because faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen, when we walk in faith we speak differently about things that we believe for but do not yet see. Ephesians 5:1a says, “Therefore be imitators/followers/mi-ma-tace of God as dear children.” Learning the language of faith helps us act like our Heavenly Father. We trust that what is promised will become ours. We understand that our language helps to frame those things and bring them into existence. Therefore we speak as if we already have them. The first thing we have to learn about how faith works is that our heart unites with a promise and our lips call into existence that promise. And what pleases God is when He watches us act, talk and live as if we already have it before it is even visible. By faith, things that were not visible were brought into reality. God created the earth by faith. He spoke it into existence. He calls all of us to walk by faith as we trust Him, believe Him and begin to pray for what we need. Faith is a very important part of who we are and how we please God in the last days. When we are calling into existence something that does not yet appear, faith visualizes what we are asking for. As already in our hand, we embrace it by faith. We call it forth and we trust that God will bring it into existence in our behalf and for our use in the Kingdom. The key concept of Hebrews 11 is the Greek word mar-too-reh-o. Mar-too-reh-o is the testimony that we give as we walk in faith, expecting God to make visible what now is only a prayer. Walking with God in the last days is calling into existence what we need to serve Him and to advance the Kingdom. God expects us to not only learn the language of faith but to walk our whole life in faith, with expectancy that He will honor what we ask Him to do and bring it into existence. A community of faith is very valuable in the end-times!