When we determine to believe God hears our prayers and is at work on them…NOW…that is living in faith. Hebrews 11:1 reads “Now, faith IS the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
If faith is our substance, then we have a certain expectation that goes along with us. If someone who always promises us things and disappoints us tells us that they are going to do something, our expectation is low. If someone who always comes through on their word, promises us something, they we hold out some level of hope that it might get done, even if we haven’t observed any preparations for reaching that goal.
If God promises something, then it WILL happen. Our hope can wane or we can remain confident while we wait. Some people are waiting to see if it will happen. Those in faith choose to believe it will happen if God said so. Our choice to believe determines our level of hope.
Meanwhile the enemy gets out the discouragement tapes and tries to get us to believe them. They sound like, “Things will never change. It could even get worse. It’s the same old, same old. It’s been like this for years and it’s not going to change now.” Listening to people who talk like this impacts our spirit. We start to believe this and it changes our expectations. We look down the paths of defeat and discouragement. Just allowing our minds to go down these paths a little ways can give us a bad attitude for a day or week or longer.
To continue, go to Determining to Believe God is at Work – Part 2