“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good report. 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,” Hebrews 11:1-3.
We are told that faith is the substance of things hoped for, and yet in this hope we believe even though we do not see.
For with the evidence of seeing, then it is not faith. Thomas wanted to see the nail scars in Jesus’ hands, and yet those who have not seen Him, are rewarded much more.
Over recent years there has been a teaching that has come forth that speaks of “visualizing” what our goals may be.
The idea is that if we can “see it” then eventually it will be within our grasp.
One may spend a considerable amount of time forming a picture of a house, a job, or any number of things, in order to frame their reference for acquiring what their aim is.
And yet should our frame of reference be the thing that we are seeking or should it be in our faith towards the very One whom we believe in?
For you see, when we use the mechanics of “visualizing” these things, then I believe we are then putting our faith in our ability to “see.”
It is true that we believe in what we do not see for our faith, and yet our visualizing should not replace that faith.
Our eyes are not the same as our faith. For we behold the world around us through what we see, hear, taste, and feel.
These are the senses of this world in which we behold what is around us. But the world of the spirit is not framed nor seen, but these senses.
But rather our spiritual sense allows us to behold our Father and to be filled with His Spirit. And through the avenue of our spiritual sense, namely our faith, then we can believe in that which we cannot see, nor hear, or feel as we would through our earthly ways.
Be careful to not get caught-up in procedures and ways that may seem to elevate our abilities to reach our goals in this life.
There are many roads that may lead to Rome, and yet some may be pitted with obstacles and diversions that could lead one astray.
Many of the practices that one can read about and find in various books may seem right at the time, but in the final analysis they may well tend to become more confusing in the end, and direct our attention away from the One who is our final goal.
~ Stephen Hanson
Stephen Hanson of In His Truth Ministries came to the LORD is a special way in 1975 and has prophesied regularly since. In these end-time birthing pangs we are reminded that judgment must first begin with the household of God. Will we be prepared and ready?