By Rev. John Osteen (Father of Joel Osteen, and Founder of Lakewood Church)
There is no limit to what the Spirit-filled Christian can do for God, no matter where he is, if he will learn the fundamentals of Faith, dare to believe God, and just act on His Word.
We are going to study a scripture passage that I believe will be of a great help to you as you learn a faith basic. Begin by reading from the letter to the Hebrews:
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1
Those first words tell you what faith is. “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for….” Have you ever hoped for something? Hope is important. If you lose hope, you have lost a lot.
Hope is a vital link to workable faith. I mix faith with hope. If you have no hope, faith alone will not produce results. Faith gives substance to hope. Faith is the evidence of things not seen. Hope is the climate in which faith works. If you SEE something, you do not need faith. It is there already. Faith is the evidence of things not seen….”