Faith Is Substance, Not Belief!
Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
How is that possible?
Success in the kingdom of God is proportional to how much it becomes our reality, our existence, or state of being.
Existence has to do with what our physical senses make us aware of in our surroundings.
What we are aware that is around us becomes our environment which creates culture
When Jesus said in Matthew 6 “let your kingdom come, let your will be done, as in heaven so upon the earth,” He is talking about existence.
The term, “let your will be done”, is actually “become” (Greek “ginomai”).
Jesus is saying, “let your kingdom become our reality, and let your will become our existence.”
As a matter of fact, God’s attitude of existence is so important that the Lord’s Prayer is stated as a command.
The Lord is not telling us to pray, “Lord let your kingdom come.”
Rather, we need to pray it like this, “Come thy kingdom!” “Done be thy will!”
Jesus is telling us to contend for the existence and the reality of the environment and culture of heaven to become our norm of life on earth, right here, and now.
Exodus 3:14 And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.
The term “I am that I am” in the Hebrew is “I am the existing one who exists.” “Your life must become realized in me, God who is my true existence,” must be our prayer!
Or, “the things that make up God, His kingdom, and His will must become my existence, because only this is real existence.”
Existence had to do with surrounding reality.
It is a state of being which becomes our life.
It is what we are aware of.
Things which make up this visible natural kingdom that create our existence are made up of matter which have a certain shape, function, and purpose.
This matter is called substance.
Substance is material with its own chemical composition.
This material takes us space that creates places.
Places create an environment which defines a culture.
The matter or substance of invisible objects or things in the kingdom of God is faith.
Faith is not belief; faith is the substance of God’s kingdom.
Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.God’s kingdom is filled with things that have substance as any place or space would be
God’s kingdom is filled with things that have substance as any place or space would be.
Ro 1:20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
Col 1:16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:
The invisible things of God’s kingdom are far greater to the visible things of earth.
2Co 4:18 While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.
2Co 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
The more that we can walk by faith, the more that we will enter into the reality, existence of heavenly things.
As there are earthly spaces or places so there are heavenly spaces or places.
Eph 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:
Eph 1:20 Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,
21 Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:
22 And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,
23 Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.
What are the advantages of living in these heavenly places?
Ephesians 1:3 tells us that in any heavenly place all of God’s spiritual blessings are at our disposal.
Ephesians 1:20 tells us that in a heavenly place we find ourselves seated far above every demonic entity, sickness and every name that is named.
Does everything on earth have a name?
Does cancer have a name?
Do financial difficulties have names?
You are seated above them.
But unless this heavenly place becomes our reality, our awareness, and our environment, what we can touch, see, or feel by faith, we won’t be able to enjoy these realities.
The doorway to entering into the awareness and the enjoyment of the environment and culture of heavenly things is a renewed mind.
A mind which operates in doubt, unbelief, or ignorance to the Word of God will become a closed-door to the entrance of heavenly places and its indwelling things.
The door to these places becomes progressively opened by the renewal of the mind.
Romans 12: And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
Paul says in Romans 12:2. “Do not copy the blueprint or schematic of this world system but be metamorphosed by the renewing of your mind so that it becomes a totally different type of mind in which you find yourself transformed.
A metamorphosis of your mind and life are the keys to the doors of heavenly places.
Where there is doubt and unbelief or confusion so will the doors of heaven be closed.
This is because the substance of heavenly things and their places is faith, not doubt.