Have you struggled to walk in faith while facing a difficult situation? What problems are you currently facing in your life? As these problems are yelling for your attention, are you exercising faith? To understand what something is, it is often helpful to understand what it is not.
Faith is not denying a problems existence. Faith isn’t putting a positive spin on every situation. If you have an empty bank account, been diagnosed with a disease, are struggling with a strained relationship or facing any other troubling situation, faith doesn’t call those things that are, as though they are not. Instead, the Bible states that God “calls those things which do not exist as though they did”. – Romans 4:17.
“Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” – Hebrews 11:1. Faith is being fully persuaded, confident and assured that the reality of God and His solution, is greater than the reality of the problem. Therefore, faith will acknowledge, claim, proclaim and embrace what God has already done or promised to do, even though it may not be evident to the physical senses yet.
Faith appropriates what grace has already made available. Faith is based on knowledge of who God is. It is also based on knowing what His will is in a situation and knowing the solution He has made available for it. Though problems exist, faith will not focus on the problem, but instead will focus on the solution. The solution is found in God and the finished work of Christ. - By David Cannon