A Daily Word from the Word for Wednesday, August 13, 2014
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” – Hebrews 11:1
The Word of God reveals to us that faith is the evidence of things not seen. Let us turn to the woman with the issue of blood for a living example of this verse:
“Now a woman, having a flow of blood for twelve years, who had spent all her livelihood on physicians and could not be healed by any, came from behind and touched the border of His [Jesus’] garment. And immediately her flow of blood stopped. And Jesus said, ‘Who touched Me?’ When all denied it, Peter and those with him said, ‘Master, the multitudes throng and press You, and You say, ‘Who touched Me?’ But Jesus said, ‘Somebody touched Me, for I perceived virtue going out from Me.’ Now when the woman saw that she was not hidden, she came trembling; and falling down before Him, she declared to Him in the presence of all the people the reason she had touched Him and how she was healed immediately. And He said to her, ‘Daughter, be of good cheer; your faith has made you well. Go in peace’” (Luke 8:43-48).
Jesus didn’t respond to the physical touch of this woman; because if that was the case, Luke tells us that He was already being pressed by the multitudes. The Savior felt this particular touch, because it was a touch of faith that came forth from this woman’s spirit.
Too often, we look for the evidence seen rather than the evidence unseen. The evidence seen is what causes us to miss it. Evidence seen is not the substance of faith. Faith is not fueled by evidence seen, but by evidence unseen; which is the Living Word of God. The evidence seen is merely the manifestation of faith—it is the by-product, the result of tapping into and drawing upon the virtue of the evidence unseen, which is the power of God’s Word.
This woman pressed through and pushed through the crowd; where the crowd represented the world’s doubt and unbelief, and the world’s challenge to the Word of God. She didn’t focus on her condition, but rather focused on the Living Word of God found in the person of Jesus Christ.
And when her faith made contact with the Living Word, the evidence was released. Even at this point, this woman of faith didn’t wait for the evidence seen as proof that she was healed; because she already had the proof through the evidence unseen—the power of the Living God! The Word of God contains the virtue, which is the power. When our faith connects to it, the evidence not seen is released and secures the victory on our behalf.
Like this precious woman, when we press through our circumstances, situations, attitudes, and condition, and reach for God’s Word, we are touching the hem of the Savior’s garment.
What have you been touching lately, my brother? Have they been dead things that can’t speak life into your need? And whose virtue have you been trying to tap, my sister? If it isn’t pure, it will only serve to further contaminate and perpetuate that from which you are seeking relief. And do you hold on to God’s Word long enough, until you hear the Savior say “go in peace,” or do you let go prematurely?
Whatever your situation, whatever your circumstance, do not allow it to dictate your faith; but rather, connect your faith to the Living Word of God to activate the evidence unseen which brings forth the victory that God already secured for you at the Cross of Calvary.
Father, thank You that we are sons and daughters of faith. Thank You for Your Word, which is living and active. Help us to connect our faith to your Living Word, which releases Your virtue and activates that mountain-moving evidence not seen. In Jesus Name, we thank You for the rising up of our faith, which we walk in every second of every day. Amen and Amen!
Take action! Challenge your thinking! Choose to touch God every day by coming in direct contact with His Word. Choose to focus on the evidence of things not seen, and stop being distracted by the crowd. Thank your Holy Father each day for you possessing mountain-moving faith that is pleasing to Him. And continue to fight the good fight of pressing through the crowd and reaching for the Savior; for God, your Eternal Evidence, has already given you the victory!
If you have never received Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, I encourage you to do it today, right now, by saying this prayer out loud: “Jesus, forgive me for my sins. I am sorry. I truly desire to be saved and reconciled back to God, my Father, through You. I receive Your sinless Blood as payment in full for my sins—past, present, and future. I now call You my Lord and Savior, and invite You to live within my heart, and to permanently live within me. I make You Lord over me and over my life from this moment on. Amen.” Congratulations! You are now a child of God, made whole and made new, by the Blood of Jesus Christ!
God tells us that we are blessed to be a blessing (Genesis 12:2). Be a blessing to someone by sending them this word of encouragement. If God did not already put someone in your spirit and on your heart that needs to read this uplifting message from above, simply ask your Heavenly Father who to bless on today. Forward this message right now by email, facebook, or twitter.
Jesus is coming soon!
May God Bless you and keep you always.
With warmest regards,
And, in service of The Most High King,
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Matthew is founder of HMD Ministries, and sits under the leadership of Apostle Dr. Don Lyon of Faith Center Ministries International in Rockford, Illinois, where he serves as an associate pastor.
All references to Hebrew and Greek words and meanings, unless otherwise noted, are taken from the New Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance © 1990 by Thomas Nelson Publishing. All dictionary references are taken from the Merriam-Webster online dictionary © 2014, unless otherwise noted.