Faith Is a Substance, Believing Is a Process

Substance-300-webThe power of God is real, and believing makes the power of God a reality to us. It makes His reality our reality. He is all around us. His power is present every moment of every day. His reality is real – His power is real – whether we sense it or not. What a waste it is when we cannot take advantage of it.

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1 King James Version and New King James Version

“Now faith is the reality of what is hoped for, the proof of what is not seen.” Hebrews 11:1 Holman Christian Standard Bible

Faith is the reality of God’s promises. Faith is the noun form and believe is the verb form of the same Greek word, so believing is faith in action. Believing then is the process by which we receive His reality into our lives. Believing is our receiving the substance and reality of our hopes, and then providing the corresponding actions consistent with those hopes. Believing is accepting and choosing to act solely based on His reality, instead of responding to the factual but false reality around us. It is not denying this world’s reality, but rather choosing to count faith’s reality as more real. One is subject to change, the other is eternal.

“…as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:18 (English Standard Version)

It is how we receive ‘His Kingdom come and His will be done’ into our sphere of life. It is the process that brings His world into our world. Faith is God’s reality and believing is putting action to that reality. The ownership of that reality is imparted to our hearts when the Word of that reality comes alive in our hearts. Let the Holy Spirit speak this reality to your heart. When that happens, the Word on the page becomes the Word in the heart. Real Bible believing is of the heart and not of the mind.

Respond to the reality represented in God’s Word, instead of responding to the factual but false reality around us.

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  1. if you were sick and needed healing and Jesus was here like in his ministry if you had faith you would be healed, if you had a problem with sin faith can help you overcome it , but the man who said to Jesus Lord I believe help thou my unbelief was not only honest but answered also. god has concluded us all in unbelief that he may have mercy on some. Like the man who’s son was demon possessed and even the apostles who has witnesses Jesus miracles and done miracle themselves could not cast out the demon the man said lord I believe help thou my unbelief. god is so merciful that even this honest reply that he had unbelief and needed help was answered. so my question is what do you say or how do you help people who seem to have a problem with faith. they have asked 100s of times and it would seem no reply so they begin to believe they have no faith . they read and study they hear the word they know in there heart they believe in god yet it would seem no answer comes even when they ask for things that are right out of the word of god so they know beyond a shadow of doubt it is Gods will . if sin is a problem they have come to the lord and asked to be cleansed of all sin yet still no reply, they in no way blame it on God they believe they have a problem with faith how then do they fix it? since in 1st Corinthians 12 verse 9 faith is listed as one of the gifts can they not pray for God to give them this gift of faith? if they need faith to get the gift of faith they are at a impasse. Should they ask someone else to pray for them to receive this gift. ? I have come to the lord a little over 3 years a go . I am not praying for private jets, nor Rolex watches and designer suits like Creflo dollar, I am praying for a new heart and a new spirit to be an over comer to be filled with the fruit of the spirit and the gifts of the spirit to know what gods will for my life is not my own will . I pray to reach the lost to fulfill the great commission to understand and labor in the word and doctrine to be able to not break the least of his commandments nor teach others to do so while at the same time not be justified by the law and make god of no effect I pray to no his will to do the will of the father that he would reveal this to me to be transformed to be successful at reaching the lost to pray my whole family be saved which is a valid bible precept . to love his law and meditate on it day and night . many people will practice music 8 hours a day to become a virtuoso it is a labor of love not a drudgery I love the study of the bible and want gods gift to love it as a labor of love in this way and have him break open the scriptures like on the road to Emmaus and see Jesus on every page and be transformed into the same image. When I was little my father was in a fasle bible based religion . I felt it couldn’t be right. But I as a childe loved the believed stories I wanted to be a healer cause Jesus and the apostles healed, I wanted to be a warrior cause David verse goliath and Samson and Joshua and many other I wanted to be a priest. The new testament says take up the whole armor of God be a good solider of Jesus Christ we are priests , Chosen generation a royal priesthood. I wish to shew forth praises of him who has called me out of darkness into his marvelous light. I pray from scripture I want those things in scripture. I want to be the new man I want to reach the lost I want to be a fisher of men like the apostles I want to fulfill the great commission I want to hear his voice I want to develop fruit I want to heal others if not supernaturally than with medicine want to know Gods will 3 years I have been praying I know God is real I know the supernatural world is real I believe what I read in the bible the apostle had trouble with the demon after seeing more miracles that I can imagine if god had mercy on the apostles who saw his miracles and glory and he personally told them they had power over unclean spirits yet they had problems and couldn’t cast it out and the man then said Lord I believe help thou my unbelief and Jesus didn’t say you have no faith I will not help you he helped that man and his son when this man admitted he was I unbelief but asked for help so shouldn’t god if I am having trouble help me also I know I believe why am I not walking in the victory of the apostles I am not asking for cash flow [Creflo] dollar money I am asking to reach the lost and preach the gospel not to be guilty of preaching a false gospel as many are today [and Christ said there would be] I am asking for only those things I know are gods will yet I haven’t seen but maybe 1 person come to faith in Jesus in over three years and the apostles saw 3000 in one day and more miracles than any can imagine I keep thinking maybe I’m not saved cause I know god is real and I know god is good and I know god is no respecter of persons yet 3000 saved in a day and I haven’t seen more than 1 in 3 years , I don’t want it to be my way I want to know ?gods way I don’t want to get the glory I want God to get the glory according to the bible we all still have sin I wish to be cleansed and a new man I don’t want anything that would hinder prayer and want to reach the lost why would this not be answered unless I am not saved when I think this then I get depressed and then I slip murmuring is s in unbelief is a sin but the apostles were in unbelief after all they saw and Jesus answered that man’s prayer anyone so can he answer mine also? All I ask is you pray on this for me I want to know I have eternal life abiding in me I wish to be transformed and I wish to reach the lost his way whatever that is so this should be a prayer he would rush to answer I am a leper[figuratively speaking] I wish to be cleansed. I am s inner who knows I cant save my self my only hope is in what Jesus did on the cross. I wish to be filled with the fruit of the spirit. I wish to hear his voice know him and follow him. I wish to be a born again spirit who is called a son [ I was baptized 3 years ago] I wish not to insult the lord by doubting if I am saved. I wish to labor in the word and doctrine loving every minute of it I wish not to preach anything false I wish to be gifted to rightly divide the word and worship in spirit and truth only not in the traditions and doctrines of men that many denominations do . I wish to protect the sheep against the wolves in sheep’s clothing and I don’t want to be a wolf or a tare . I want to be the sheep not the goat I wish to be the wise virgin not the foolish virgin, I wish to be ta wise and master builder like Paul the apostle, I wish to love god and keep his commandments but not be a false brother who spy’s out our liberty in Christ. I wish to keep his commandments without breaking the least or teaching others to do so but without becoming one who is justified by the law and makes Christ of no effect. I wish not to turn the grace of god into lasciviousness but not to become a legalist. I wish to have the love like in 1corinthinas 13 but not to use this idea of love to compromise and be lukewarm allowing for Unitarianism or syncretism . some use love to say we shouldn’t even judge false prophets that Jesus warned us would come and told us to mark those and have nothing to do with them having read the bible abut 7 times in the last 3 years I know it will take the power of god and a miracle not only to be born again but to keep his word without adding the leaven of the Pharisees or the Sadducees or herod. People are ether overly legalistic or too liberal you can not deceive in a manual how to walk on water it will take looking to Jesus alone and faith but if you weakness is in faith then you must pray lord I believe help thou my unbelief . if you have great faith you who wrote this pray for me to have this gift to be transformed I wish to be like paul the apostle formally saul who knew it was nothing he did he ws saved by Gods grace. Saul did not even ask in faith Jesus just came to him. Thomas asked to touch the wound Jesus walked through a wall and let him touch the wound. Peter was forgiven for denying Christ 3times and that man said Lord I believe help thou my unbelief . so when I see God I wish to be able to lay down every crown the 5 crowns in the doctrine of rewards and say they belong to him for God saved me by his grace not of myself, for God gave me the gift of faith , for God gave me the knowledge of his will so I could follow the footsteps of Jesus and do the will of the father not my will, for God gave me the fruit of the holy spirit, and God gave me the power to overcome and God gave me the gifts of the spirit and told me what to do with them, that God would use me as a vessel to reach the lost and give me the courage to do whatever I must, so that God will get the glory for I will not be able to say any of it was from me. pray for me this and these gifts and that he would transform me
    todd Michael graves the effectual fervent prayer of the righteous availeth much I ask since you have great faith pray for me

    1. Author

      Michael – I believe God will transform you into His image by Christ Jesus. But first you have to stop your mind from running all over you.

      Read these – You Cannot ‘Out Think’ the Devil But You Can ‘Out Speak’ Him and The Work of God Is Simply To Believe and Alone With God – At One With Yourself.

      And you need to get filled with the Spirit and speak in tongues. It is great for helping to get your spirit in control over your mind, intellect, and emotions. If you are already, pray in the spirit at least 30 minutes twice a day. And more if you can. At the least do what the above articles talk about. We love you. Do it. Rex

      1. And Michael,

        Get off the Creflo Dollar case……he is a mighty man of God doing wonders for the kingdom, whatever you may think or believe.

        Act your faith and believe what God says. You are already born again. Believe God that you are saved. God says so and that settles it. That applies to other areas where you are wavering like a wave tossed by the sea. Get a grip on yourself and trust God. You are not a sinner but a child of God. You have been transformed from the kingdom of satan/darkness into the kingdom of Jesus Christ/light.

        Remember, take God at His word. That is faith. Anything else is rank deception.

  2. I enjoy these aticle and I want to always get more of it. I pray for you these day that God will always give you fresh idea on how to write more of this aticle and touch people lives, God will give you the ablity to enlighting and educate people on God word. God bless you as you keep the good work my fellow worker in Christ

  3. Thank you for this website! I am encouraged in my current battle with cancer; pray for me.

    1. Author

      Tori – I will pray for you and I will believe with you. You must immerse yourself in the scriptures concerning healing. In your heart you need to be more aware of God’s healing than the cancer’s destruction. Your mind may float around, but that is okay. Your heart is the important area.

      Talk to your body and talk to the cancer. Curse it and command it to leave you in Jesus Name. It is your right by faith in what Jesus purchased on the Cross. Learn about this and do it. God loves you and He is faithful but He only moves by faith.

      He also moves through His mercy. Look on our Free Books page for this book – Receiving God’s Mercy. My Pastor wrote it. Twenty years ago he was given three months to live because of cancer. It is a walk of faith but IT CAN BE WON. We love you. Rex

  4. “Faith is God’s reality and believing is putting action to that reality.” I was going to ask was there really a difference between faith and believing and this article summed it up perfectly. Faith is a noun and believing is a verb. Thank you for this. I will believe God’s reality for my job search. He is working ALL things together for my good. I believe that as well as for my marriage situation. I thought all you needed was faith an that’s not true. Thanks for the clarification on this in this article and the corresponding articles.

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