Once Identity Christianity takes hold, our perspective begins to change. Through the knowledge of the truth of God, we are able to recognize who we are and see the world around us for what it really is. As God continues to set you apart in this way, realize your Heavenly Father has much more in store for you.
So in a day of instant gratification, modern conveniences, and advanced technology, is it feasible to rely on Someone we cannot see? It's not only feasible but necessary- we must live by faith. Though overlooked and minimized, the Scriptures have much to say on this subject.
What we see around us isn't the true reality. The visible, material world is temporal and it should not be our goal to find any significance in it. For not only are we individuals created with white Adamic flesh to dwell here, but with the indwelling Spirit to commune with our Creator in the spiritual realm. We've not only been fashioned to possess the right thoughts and to perform the right deeds, but to be a receptive conduit of faith in the unseen dimension:
1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
So many live in the past, while others plan for the future. Yet faith, is in the "NOW." When it comes to faith, neither is there any time for procrastination, nor is there room for regret. Our need for faith is always in the "Now." Our effectiveness for God runs in direct proportion with our present faith.
"Now faith IS" presently available. Nothing alters its supply since it comes from the Ever-Present I AM, Yahweh God. What we must learn is how to get in proper alignment with God. Faith is available to you now, all that remains is the level of your desire.
Faith must be in focus. We assume the "things" we hope for or want to receive are the actual "substance," goal, or meaning. Yet "FAITH is the substance," faith is what matters; the power derived thru personally trusting God.
We should always be thankful for the "things" we receive as a result of trusting God, yet they may fade away. Yet the actual experience of believing and receiving the "things hoped for" from the hand of God is what lasts and is transforming. For from then on it carries over into how we live and how we will make every decision. It will impact the way we approach our relationships and all our future opportunities. This "substance" continues to accumulate and mount each time we trust God. The "substance" therefore, the meaning is not in the physical "things," but in the invisible, spiritual dimension.
Again, the blessings you receive from God as a result of your faith are wonderful. But the faith experience itself, of God working in and thru your life, is far greater. Christ said that our Father knows what we have need of before we ask Him. So you know, He could just give us the things we hope for without us asking Him in faith; He knows all things. But the purpose of faith from His persepective, is God wanting us to grow, gaining more and more of this spiritual "substance." He wants us to learn how to operate and live our lives in another realm. He will even place the right desires in our heart to ask from.
Maybe you've had a hard time trusting people in your life. Let's face it, this day and time, it's rare to find someone you can trust. Most people are only concerned with how they can manipulate others to get what they want. That's not at all the way your Father is. Our God wants us to trust Him. In fact, He wants to build our confidence in Him; this is the "substance." Faith builds our confidence in God.
In this world, people 'hope' for things all the time. Yet, most times this 'hope' is a maybe-so, possibility-type 'hope' and is totally misplaced when it comes to God and faith. In the unseen realm where faith operates, when it comes to hope in God, hope is expectation- "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for." To hope for something in the spiritual sense is to expect it. As we will see, once our desires align with God, we should expect God to bring our desires to pass. Therefore your expectation is based upon your confidence in God's ability to do His will thru your life.
Ultimately, faith provides the opportunity to do God's will. If God gives you faith that means He has something He expects you to do for His glory. So expectations are mutual between us and God, when it comes to the invisible realm. For Yahweh is the God of purpose, Who only does that which brings Himself pleasure and glory. God gives faith to those who want to do His will. It begins when God gives you the very desires of your heart, making you usable:
4 Delight thyself also in the LORD: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. 5 Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. 6 And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday.
When we talk about a "light" in the every day life of the Scriptures, we're not talking about light bulbs, we're usually talking about an oil lamp with a flame. According to The New Unger's Bible Dictionary, page 753: "During most of the OT period in Palestine a lamp was a simple small clay saucer for oil with a pinched lip to hold the wick; olive oil was used for illumination."
Let us look together into the unseen realm of faith. To "delight" (Strong's Exhaustive Concordance #6026) means to be soft or pliable. The imagery here is that when you "delight" in Yahweh, you become as clay, soft and pliable in the hands of the Divine Potter, Who forms you into a usable vessel, filling you with His desire. When we "commit" to Him our ways and "trust" Him, faith within us begins to spark and flicker, knowing "he shall bring it (His desire in us) to pass." How do we know it will come to pass? Because He gave us the very desire. Therefore in His time, it must come to pass; but it doesn't stop there.
Notice, "he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday." This process of faith is all about bringing forth His glory which will shine as a flame, as bright as the noonday sun! Therefore what begins as a small flicker of desire He has stored within us, bursts forth in His glory for all to see! And it all begins by wanting and seeking what God desires for your life.
But why does it say, "thy righteousness...thy judgments"? Because in the unseen realm of faith you make the decision to trust in God. In this sense, you are following the example of your father Abraham, the Friend of God, who "believed God and it was accounted to him for RIGHTEOUSNESS." This is what the Christian life, doing God's Will, and living by faith, is all about.
Many times we don't receive, or really even believe, because we are not soft and pliable; our desires are not God's desires, and we are not committed to doing His will. Understand, our spirit never desires anything outside of God's will, for it is perfect, it never sins (I John 3:9). That's why a Christian who is not in aligment with the indwelling Spirit of God is in constant conflict within himself continually. James calls it being "double-minded;" a battle rages within us, between the two realms. No wonder there are so many health problems, diseases, and stress in the white race today.
Therefore we must seek to align with His desires, which are ever-present within our spirit, finding our delight in Him. This all takes place in the unseen dimension of faith, the invisible realm. This is where faith becomes reality. As His child, we should never desire anything that would pull us away, or not bring us closer to Him. Plus, we cannot be selfish or unrealistic in our prayers, intending to use whatever God blesses us with for selfish reasons.
For example, you may desire a better job. Why do you want this job? "Because I want more money." Okay, what are you going to do with more money? "Well, that's none of your business." Do you really believe God is going to bless you with a better job? Not in your spirit. Yet if your desire is to use the extra money to be a greater blessing to your family for the work of the kingdom of God, then generally speaking, that is a desire from Him; you are 'knocking on the door' of the unseen, invisible dimension of faith.
What we do most of the time is we make a decision or do something our way and expect God to bless it, calling it 'faith.' Then, when it doesn't work, we scratch our heads, get discouraged and turn to the man-made instititions of death. What we have got to understand is that God is not in the business of complying with us; He is the Potter, we are the clay. Therefore, we must take the time to search out what He desires for and from us, make whatever changes are necessary, thru prayer, Bible study, and identifying the needs of those around us, which causes us to delight and align with Him.
Biblical faith is not just how much you believe, it's believing in God. It's wanting Him to place what He desires in your heart, making it, your desires. Again, the element of this that's most vital for us is not the actual "thing" or result. The experience itself of meeting with Him in the unseen realm of faith is the most critical part of the whole process, it is "THE substance."
There is no question we are to hate what God hates. But the abundant Christian life Christ spoke of isn't fueled by hate for non-whites. Nor is it attained by performing external rituals, trying to merit favor with God. It is seeking to live daily in the power of the Spirit of God in the unseen dimension, being in tune with God's love, and living by faith.
God wants us to develop faithfulness; to be someone of power which He can use. If we are like this, we are valuable to Him, our family, and to our race. God is faithful; we can always count on Him. God wants us to be faithful, and faith gives us the opportunity to develop this within our lives.
This is why faith itself is more valuable than whatever the thing is which you hope for or receive. Faith is God entrusting you with His glory. Faith is God's further investment in your life. We should want to set an example of faithfulness for others to follow. That's what Hebrews chapter 11 is all about. Those of our Israelite ancestors that we admire the most were those who trusted God and who God could count on to recognize the importance of dwelling in the invisible realm.
When you finally receive whatever it is you hoped for, you will recognize it was God Who gave you the faith to trust Him. In this way, past faith does contribute to your "Now faith." Having already witnessed the power of this process personally in your own life, it becomes more and more a lifestyle.
We must start practicing faith now so whenever we arrive at the crossroads again, we have something of remaining "substance," our confidence in God, to build upon. Faith builds upon faith, constructing an inner, spiritual sanctuary where you commune with God thru prayer in your spirit. Truly, as Christ said, "the kingdom of God is within you." Most times it's just a matter of us getting alone, becoming still, and knowing Yahweh is God.
Also, the faith you have is "evidence" or proof that "things not seen" are what's real. The "things" we don't see are more real than the "things" we do see. This reality should raise our hope or expectation to greater heights. But the only way is to practice it yourself. It's not enough to just read, hear, or think about it. We must first "delight" in Yahweh, align with His will, and He will give us our desires.
Faith is being involved in something God is doing, without needing to see the mechanics of how it will be done, or how it will turn out. There is no need to worry. It should not matter to us how our God will work behind the scenes. We need only trust Him. What we don't see or can't see, the invisible, the unknown, is what so many allow to prevent them from stepping out or carrying on in faith. Yet this is the way God works.
"Now faith is... the evidence," again, faith is the proof. Where did you get the idea to do or desire that certain thing you are praying for? If it came from God, by faith we know that it is real and it will come to pass. We must recognize this crucial juncture between you asking God and Him bringing it to pass, as a duration of expectation that goes along with the process of faith. This however is not the way we do things in this world. We want proof, visible proof. Yet with God the proof remains invisible, it is the faith to believe it will come to pass. Though the proof remains unseen that does not mean it is not there. For the proof is your faith that you hold onto as you wait in expectation.
So many can't figure out why they have no spiritual power or never see God's hand much in their lives, when all they ever do is look at what is or is not in our own capability, and begin to doubt God. We sell ourselves short because the presence of faith itself is the proof that God is ready to work, He's just waiting for us to take Him at His Word. The evidence that God is going to do something thru you is your faith. A good example is Peter walking on water:
25 And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea. 26 And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear. 27 But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid. 28 And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water. 29 And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. 31 And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt? 32 And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased. 33 Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped him, saying, Of a truth thou art the Son of God.
What was created when Christ approached His Disciples by walking on the water that night, was a rare, unforgettable moment of faith. At first the Disciples were afraid thinking it was a ghost. Christ then spoke in opposition to their fear. Peter heard His voice and his fear was gone. How do we know Peter's desire to walk on the water was in line with Christ's desire? Because he asked Christ, and Christ said, "Come."
Unlike the other Disciples, who were all witnessing the same event with their physical eyes, Peter was in the unseen realm of faith. Before he could think about it, he was walking on water. Christ immediately answered His prayer, as Peter stepped out in faith. Peter was walking on water at the bidding of God Incarnate! Peter, for that solitary moment, was 'walking tall' in the invisible, spiritual dimension. There was no hesitation, there was no worry; he was like a little child.
Then Peter allowed the negative emotion of fear, which can only come from the realm of the physical, to interrupt his focus. Many are quick to criticize Peter for sinking. But just look at what a "little faith" can accomplish! Faith and fear cannot co-exist because they are from two entirely different dimensions.
Have you ever 'stepped out of the boat'? We hear His voice all the time. This is the nature of faith. Faith is only possible when circumstances seem impossible; when we do not have the means or ability to do something ourselves. Listen, there will be no 'gameplan' presented by God when it comes to opportunities of faith, where He just lays it all out ahead of time; it's not going to happen. So we might as well face the reality that God is only going to give us faith, when the only way the situation can work out is by trusting Him. We have countless examples throughout the Scriptures of how our ancestors did this.
Do you want others to know your God is real? Then stop doing things the same old way, based on sight, based on fear, and simply trust God. God doesn't need to prove Himself but He must want to, otherwise, He wouldn't give us faith. And one of the main reasons He gave us His Spirit is to walk where few have gone before.
Faith is the supernatural instinct of our spirit. We know we should believe but we refuse because we're AFRAID. Listen, those who remain afraid will never really do anything for God. They will never come in contact with His power unless they witness it thru someone else, and even then their perspective will be limited to this dimension. We must overcome our fear by the power of faith by the indweling Spirit of God.
The Apostle John said, "Greater is he that is in you than he that is in the world." The Apostle Paul said, "God hath not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love and of a sound mind." The truth is, most of our people are not living under the leadership of the Holy Spirit of God which resides within each of them. We allow ourselves to live in fear due to the external, physical pressures brought on by this present, evil world. This is what contributes greatly to us having the wrong desires.
We think of this in John's First Epistle in terms of us with the Spirit (whites) versus them who have not the Spirit (non-whites), and that is certainly true; for they are not only in the world but of the world (I John 4:5). Unfortunately though, most of our people are living as if they are of the world as well- why is that? Because our people do not understand their capacity and potential to operate in the unseen, invisible dimension of the Spirit, and only concern themselves with the physical, visible realm.
Though Israelites are not of this world, we are indeed still in it. Therefore, this verse can also refer to the reality that our indwelling, spiritual existence within us is "greater" than our external physical existence that is in the world. Therefore, it is not a matter of if but when, we will prove this by faith! Has God thru His Word, now given you an appetite to unlock this power within?!
Fear is what we allow to quench our spirit from exhibiting it's superiority or 'greatness.' We must conquer fear with faith, thru the power of the Spirit. Within our spirit we have the power of God, the love of God, and the sound mind of God in Christ! Once we overcome our fears, we have unlimited potential!
According to these verses, faith is the spiritual realization and proof of desires God has placed within us, and if we simply trust Him, we will see them come to pass. Faith is having something in your heart before God places it in your hands. Faith can be a dream that one day you see come true. May God reveal to each Israelite who we are on the inside.