Now faith is the assurance (title deed, confirmation) of things hoped for (divinely guaranteed), and the evidence of things not seen [the conviction of their reality—faith comprehends as fact what cannot be experienced by the physical senses] ( Heb. 11:1, AMP)
What is faith according to the scriptures? Hebrews 11:1 is the standard go-to scripture for a biblical definition of faith. Though we often recite this verse that faith “is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (KJV), the missing piece is the practical application of the scripture. What does all of this really mean?
The Amplified version helps us in our comprehension of this biblical definition. It states that faith is “the assurance(title deed, confirmation) of things hoped for”. A title deed is a legal document that constitutes your right to ownership of some property. Faith is a spiritual title deed, that what you are believing for is already yours!
Note these two critical points about the title deed of faith. First, faith tells you that what God has said to you is spiritually real, and is existing already. Secondly, faith is not just proof of spiritual reality but evidence of ownership! It is proof that it is there AND you already have it, like your car document is the proof that you own the car. Therefore faith in the heart of man is spiritual evidence that our spirit has ALREADY taken a hold of something from God! This is a fundamental biblical definition of faith.
What is the relationship between faith and the Word of God? Using the analogy of the title deed, I want you to think of how God issues a title deed to you.
APPLY THE WORD
Think of a situation that is challenging your faith. Put this revelation to work. Faith in your heart is a title deed, and not there for you to receive a title deed. Faith does not try to receive but has already received! How does that apply to you?
Ask the Spirit to help you build great faith and walk by it daily.
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