Faith is the currency of Heaven. Part One of Two
Journal Entry: Saturday, July 1, 2006
The biblical definition of faith is found in Hebrews 11:1 which reads, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” So if I understand this correctly; faith is a substance in much the same way as wood that is used in the construction trades is a substance. Faith is the substance of hope, and it is the evidence of things not yet seen.
I have a small magnet on our refrigerator that my wife picked up somewhere that gives us another definition of faith. It reads; “Faith is not believing that God can, it’s knowing that He will.” I believe this definition points out that just believing God can is not faith because most everyone believes God can do whatever He pleases. However, believing that God will is something altogether new and foreign to most Christians. We believe God can do anything because He is God, but we have trouble believing He will do anything for us.
In our natural world an example of exercising our faith would be the spending of our money. We could say our money is the substance of the things we hope to purchase, and the evidence of things not yet seen. We know money will buy about anything for anyone; but wouldn’t we look awfully foolish if we thought money would only buy items for other people and not for us. Our faith is the substance or heavenly currency of things hoped for, the evidence of things not yet seen. When we have money, we know we have the substance to purchase any item we desire as long as it doesn’t cost more than the amount of money we have available. Our faith works the same way. Faith is the currency of Heaven and with our faith we can purchase anything we want from the Lord’s storehouse of blessings.
In our natural world we can go to whatever type of store we want to spend our currency and return home with whatever our heart desires. This is the way God’s heavenly storehouses operate. If we need healing we spend or use our faith to receive it. If we need finances, we spend or use our faith to receive it. If we need help with our mental abilities, we spend or use our faith to receive it. Everything on this earth is a figure of how business is conducted in heaven. Here on earth we use money, but in God’s heavenly economy His currency is faith. If we lack faith we can seek God through His Word to receive enough faith to purchase whatever our need or desire might be. Here on earth if we are short of money, we go find a job that pays us an income in return for our labor. When we have saved up enough money, we can then make the purchase. When we have adequate faith, we can use that faith to receive anything we desire from God’s heavenly storehouse. God’s economy is not weak. He has more than enough to meet the needs of the whole world and then some. He is not poor, He is not broke, and His supply is never ending. His streets are paved in gold and the walls of His home are made out of priceless jewels. His storehouses are stocked full of precious gifts with the names of His children on them. There is the gift of eternal life, good health and my right to a sound mind stored there, as well as faith, hope and love with my name on them. Whatever I need to help the hurting is there waiting patiently for me to use my heavenly currency to benefit people who can’t help themselves. But the money we use as currency on earth cannot purchase from Him what He has chosen to freely give to those who call upon Him. He will do for man exactly what His Word says He will do. Isaiah 55:1-2 “Ho! Everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat. Yes, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Why do you spend your wages for what does not satisfy? Listen carefully to me, and eat what is good, and let your soul delight itself in abundance.” DThrash
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