Faith, The Currency of Heaven (Part One of Two)
This is a repost of a blog entry I wrote just about a year ago shortly after I started this blog. I taught it in our home bible study this past week and the response to the message was tremendous. The Christian Faith very well could be the most misunderstood subject of our time. First of all, very few Christians understand biblical faith, and second they don’t know how to apply it to their everyday life. I reposted this blog in hopes that it might clear up this misunderstanding.
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 faith is the substance of the things we hope to receive in much the same way as wood is the substance used in the housing trade. Hebrews 11:1 goes on to tell us us Faith is not only the substance of hope, it is also the evidence of things not yet seen. Those stacks of lumber you see on the construction site are the substance of someone’s hope and the evidence of a building they do not yet see. But, when those stacks of wood dwindle, a building takes shape, and the evidence grows. And so it is with our faith that lies dormant inside us until we began to direct it toward a particular hope. Just as the house takes shape as the wood is applied to it, so does our hope as our faith is applied. The only difference between the stacks of wood stacked on the construction site and our dormant faith is one is seen with our natural eyes and the other can only be seen by the eyes of our spirit until our faith manifests our hope in the natural where it can then be seen by the natural eye.
A building project begins with an idea, then a shape begins to materialize in our minds, the plans are put down on paper, the materials are ordered and finally the project begins and lastly a structure is seen. People may not understand that the building project you see taking shape before your eyes is the evidence of the faith of one person that he could build the structure. The Christians faith operates and follows the same steps as the building project. There is first a need, then an idea, then a plan, then our faith begins to give body to our hope and our desire is materialized. You cannot skip any of the steps in the process or what you receive will not be what you envisioned as a finished project.
An expression of our natural faith is 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. Money will buy just about anything from anyone; but wouldn’t we look awfully foolish if we thought our money would only buy items for other people. Many Christians are guilty of thinking only good things happen to other people, but God tells us He has given to each of us the ‘MEASURE OF FAITH’. If we have the Measure of Faith, and we do, why do we not use it to meet our needs as well as those needs of people around us? When we have money in our pocket, bank account, etc., 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 just like our paper money. Faith is the currency of Heaven, and with our faith we can purchase anything from the Lord’s storehouse of blessings. We can go to any store in any city to spend our currency and return home with whatever our heart desires. God’s heavenly storehouses operate on this same basic principle. If we need healing we use our God given faith to receive it. If we need finances, we use our God given faith to receive it. If we need help with our mental abilities, we use our God given faith to receive it. Faith works not only in the heavenly kingdom, but on earth as well. But that isn’t so with our paper money. Paper or plastic or even gold or silver will not buy you anything in God’s kingdom.
Faith is the currency of heaven and it never loses its value. If we have faith the size of a mustard seed it will move the biggest mountain. [Luke 17:5-6] So our faith is priceless and it doesn’t take a lot of it to make a man rich in faith. The bible tells us Life on this earth is a figure or a shadow and type of life in heaven. Here on earth if we are short of money we can find a part-time job to supplement our income. Then when we have saved up enough money we can make that purchase we can’t live without. When we have adequate faith we can use our faith to receive anything 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 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 stored there waiting for me to use them 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 has done for man exactly what His Word said He will do. It is our ignorance that prevents us from truly enjoying the good life. Isaiah wrote in 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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