“Faith is … the evidence [or title deed] of things not seen” (Heb. 11:1). In Jeremiah a title deed is repeatedly spoken of as “the evidence.” Your deed is “the evidence” or proof that you own your home. Faith is the title deed to what you have not yet seen. When you have been given a deed to a home, which you have not yet seen, you already have a home before you see it. Jesus repeatedly said, “He that believeth, hath.” Moffatt’s translation of Hebrews 11:1 reads: “Faith means that we are … convinced of what we do not see.”
In Mark 11:24 Jesus commands us to believe we “have received” the things we pray for at the time we pray, without waiting to see or feel them. On this condition He promises, “Ye shall have them.” Faith for the healing of your body is the same as faith for forgiveness. You are to believe, on the authority of God’s Word, that you were forgiven before you felt forgiven. Nothing else is faith, for faith is the evidence of things not seen. As soon as the blessing we take by faith is manifested, faith for that blessing ends.
If you are the beneficiary in a rich man’s will, you are already wealthy the moment the rich man dies, though you have not yet seen any of the money. Just so, everything bequeathed to us in our Lord’s last will and testament is already ours by virtue of the death of Jesus, the Testator. Faith is simply using what belongs to us.
Healing is the same as with forgiveness. We are to believe we “have received” healing at the time we pray, before seeing or feeling it. This is the “confidence” that the Holy Spirit, in Hebrews 10:35-36, tells us not to cast away. The reason is that this confidence “hath great recompense of reward.” Peter tells us that it is the testing of this faith (the faith that we “have received”), which is “more precious than gold.”
We are to believe that our prayer is granted at the time we pray, that we already have what we prayed for before we see it. This is the “confidence” referred to in 1 John 5:14-15: “We know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.”
The fig tree, which Jesus cursed, dried up, not from the leaves that could be seen, but “from the roots,” which were out of sight. By looking at the leaves, the death of the tree could not be detected at first. This is an excerpt from Chapter 9 of Christ the Healer. See also – Faith Is ‘hupostasis’ – Hebrews 11:1 and The Life of F.F. Bosworth