Faith is the substance of things unseen and the evidence of things hoped for, so faith and hope must be closely related. If hope means looking forward to something SURE to happen, then could faith be the assurance itself? I have faith in the sun rising and setting. It has always done so since the world began and now of course we know that it must — for a very long time, at least. How can we be sure of the Word, for which we have no such history or visual verification? We have the teachings, and we have our spiritual senses, but is that enough?
Even the people of Jesus’ day — many of them — refused to believe His multitude of mighty works. Even His own disciples, who saw Him raise Lazarus, didn’t suspect that He would rise as He said. How could they have been so blind? Clearly the opportunity to see the works doesn’t produce faith. Faith to believe must come only from the Holy Spirit. So again, we must enter into that rest wherein we cease from our own works and depend wholly on Him. We must no longer live according to this world, but every breath we take must in fact be in the Kingdom of God.
This world is a stage setting only, to teach us who He is, and to learn to trust and to follow Him. Cardboard trees and foamboard buildings, merely giving a representation of the real world. We trust what we see, but even our eyes can only construct symbols based on the light waves that enter them.
Living by faith = letting go. Like a child learning to swim must cease struggling and trust Daddy’s hand to hold him up until he learns how to let the water support him. Like the gardener trusts that the seed that has gone into death will sprout again and produce much fruit. So you must trust Me even when things seem impossible — the water in which you may sink and drown can also support your body. The seed that is lost to death may yet sprout. It is out of your hand; it is gone from your power to protect it. Yet in the right time, it returns to you, changed in its resurrection.
So you must trust Me — not as the world “trusts” in keeping tight control of all circumstances, but in letting go; in going into death; not providing for yourselves or trusting in human hands to deliver, but abandoning yourselves to Me.
This is foolishment to the world, but in Me, it is righteousness. Abraham believed God and it was imputed to him as righteousness. He did the foolish sounding things I gave him to do and waited on Me. You, too, can trust Me. If I say give, then give. If I say forbear, then forbear. Some things you know simply by the love that is in you, but many times you are unsure. Ask and I will tell you. If you are having trouble, then seek Me in time away, in prayer and fasting. In this way keep knocking and the door will be opened to you.
Do not expect a travel ininerary. You will be told what you must do when the time comes. This is living by faith. You will soon learn not to fear. I will meet you at every crossroad and show you what to do. Living by faith means knowing that I, whom you cannot see, am far more real than your circumstances.
You put yourselves in My hands and then you wait on Me. You do not rush out to figure things out for yourselves. Wait on Me and I will direct you. Then your works will be of the Spirit and not of the flesh, and so they will be acceptable to Me.