God's Sword of Truth - The Word
By The Holy Spirit's Disciple, Raymond Laginess
"Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. " Hebrews 11:1.
Faith is an action word. It works by the Holy Spirit and is not seen or felt. What is real faith? Is it miracles, good health, long life, wealth or happiness? What does it have to do with being a Christian or salvation? We know what the bible says it is, it also states what it is not. It is one of the most misunderstood words in the bible. Religions of man have mis-taught its meaning.
Many have died over faith or allowed someone else to die for it. Many have fought for it, killed for it, attaching "a type of faith" to it, and applied a physical meaning to it. I will tell you here and now that faith is not a physical word, it is a spiritual word. Faith is not flesh, has nothing to do with works and also has nothing to do with the world. From God's Word (KJV 1611) I will quote what faith is. In the book of Hebrews, Chapter 11, Verse 1, 3, & 6 we read the following.Verse 1:"Now FAITH IS the substance of things HOPED FOR, the evidence of THINGS NOT SEEN".Faith cannot be seen. It is a substance that cannot be known because it has no evidence of fact. It is a vapor made of nothing, it is spiritual fact. You can't hold it or shape it. Faith is real, only as seen through the spiritual eyes of the Holy Spirit. All that we are, in physical sight, is the Lord's creation. We are a vapor of the Lord's love. By sight we have physical evidence of creation. We are real and that's a fact! We have faith and knowledge of this creation by our belief.
Verse 3:"THROUGH FAITH we UNDERSTAND that the worlds were framed by the WORD OF GOD, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear".
Verse 6: "But WITHOUT FAITH, it is IMPOSSIBLE to please Him: for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him".
Who we are, what we are, where we are going is based on our faith. This spiritual faith is what pleases the Lord and makes us a part of creation. We are His DNA. At atom of life, a part of all things and most of all, ONE in HIM. - "There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus." - Gal.3:28
If there's no faith, there's no life, no creation of fact, no being, and no purpose to be. We are nothing without the Lord. We are spiritually shipwrecked! By love, which comes from our faith, we are a part of Him, for the Lord-God IS love. We then have substance through faith by the Holy Spirit, which has nothing to do with feeling or sight. Flesh is not faith, it has nothing to do with conditions of the body. Man has many religions, many belief's, many God's, many Christ's and Anti-Christs'. This is not a real faith! Theirs is a false belief of the world. When you have true faith, you have it all and your bodily condition or state of being is not a part of it. Many say they believe but they need to see it or feel it in order to believe it. They want good health, and do not want to die, grow old, or have the world effect them. They want a good life all the time, with nothing bad or painful happening. They don't want to deal with reality. These people are all sick in the mind, they've never experienced the Holy Spirit.
They say they trust in the Lord, but don't know Him in Spirit. If something bad happens, they say it's of God. They don't understand it, but they accept it. These people never see the Lord as He is. They have no true love in Him. This is their form of faith reality, but this is not real, it's of the Devil. True faith in Christ has nothing to do with this world or fleshly life. It is not a condition of health or "luck" (a phony word that doesn't exist). If man has something to do with it, then it's not of the Lord. You don't pray for these kinds of things. The Lord's GRACE is sufficient; he knows and takes care of you if you have faith in Him and trust Him completely. Nothing can happen to you unless the Lord allows it and there is a time for everything in your life in Christ. All our rewards come in the next life (the spiritual life), not this one (in the flesh). It is written: "....that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God." - Acts 14:22. Do you understand this? Every Apostle died a harsh death. In Christ Jesus, they shall do to you what they did to Him. Do you know what it means "do to you what they did to Him"? Do you know what it means "the Lords will be done"?
Your faith has nothing to do with a good life, sickness, health, pills or doctors. Faith does not heal, it overcomes all things. Your faith is a spiritual belief, not a physical belief. In Jesus, you have it all. The facts of this life are but dung compared to what awaits you in Christ in the next life. Your purpose or reason for this life is faith in Jesus and it's not by sight, feeling or a belief in religion. Religion does not know the real Jesus, I can't stress this enough. Faith in Jesus overcomes the flesh and the world. Your bodily condition has nothing to do with it. Life or death doesn't matter, besides, no one lives in this fleshly body forever. All that matters is living for Christ, and if you die you die for Christ.
The physical man's pain, sickness or bodily problems from this world can be overcome by faith in Christ, healed or not. Faith is not a physical painkiller. You are what you are by the flesh and the world's sin, which are signs of Satan, and Jesus shall overcome him for you. Paul, in his teachings, tells us that he sought the Lord three times to overcome his pain and the Lord answered him by saying, "my grace is sufficient". Paul was told how to overcome pain by faith, whether he was healed or not.
Whether you are sick or well, you can overcome all things in Christ by faith. Whether you take a pill or have an operation, you are healed by faith in Jesus. Your faith must be beyond worldly things. Don't live by sight or feeling, for by His (Christ's) stripes you are healed. It's beyond physical, as we shall all have pain in this life, and all die one way or another.
The world's doctors cannot heal or give you health, but only our faith in Jesus can. Rise above the flesh, think in spiritual terms which are the ways of the Lord. Do not live in faith by fleshly, worldly things, which are not of the Lord. This life on earth is of no importance, it is but a vapor compared to all eternity. You must think as a spirit of Christ and a child of God.
Remember this well……only Satan tests our faith and he does it by physical methods. The Lord tempts no man.
How you die, when you die, where you die and why you die is of no importance. Only knowing and living for Jesus is important. Having faith in Him is all you need in this life. To die in Christ (in the flesh) is to live in Jesus forever (in the spirit) in the next life.
If you have no faith you belong to the Devil and you lose. Never let your faith rest on facts or things of the world or what history or religions tell and teach you. Look at their lives, what do they do? Who do they trust in, flesh or spirit?
FAITH STANDS ALONE! It is real and true inspite of all the things of this life or earth. It accepts all things of the Lord. He knows you, He created you! Keep this in mind, faith has no color or reason of fact, it is an unknown mystery, the substance of things hoped for, not seen. Only the Holy Spirit knows and only He can show it to you.
"For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith." - I John 5:4
All scripture based on the King James Authorized Version or 1611 Bible, New Testament only, otherwise known as THE WORD. All Old Testament scriptural references used in this article is Jewish History, not canonical, and is used as additional references.