This Bible Study is taken from Chapter Six: Faith-Standing On God’s Word On Staking Your Claim of "Working The Works of God" By Dr. Andrew M. Nkoyoyo
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1)
SEVERAL YEARS AGO, I had a financial quandary. I talked with my mentor about what to do to get the need met. I thought he was going to give me some ideas on how to raise the money or lay hands on me and pray a very long, intense prayer, calling the miracle of provision to take place in my life. But in response to my prayer request, he simply said, “Brother, you don’t have a financial quandary. You have a faith crisis.” He then quoted Hebrews 11:1.
Though I knew that portion of Scripture by heart, that day the Holy Spirit revealed it to me in the most profound and obvious way. I thought I had faith, but after those words from the man of God, my spiritual eyes were enlightened and my mind was renewed in that area.
Two days later, after I had ministered in an overnight prayer meeting, a woman approached me and handed me a big envelope. Enclosed in that envelope was the exact amount of money I needed to solve that problem!
Maybe you have a need at this very moment, and you feel as though God is not moving to meet your need. Let me tell you, beloved, God does not respond to need, lamentation or explanation of the crisis to Him or others. God will always act supernaturally in response to faith.
In order to understand the faith that produces the supernatural, I suggest that we define the key words in Hebrews 11:1.
The first word is “substance.” Webster’s Dictionary defines “substance” as “stuff, the real or essential part of anything, essence, the physical matter of which a thing consists.”
“Evidence” is defined as the “proof, confirmation and title-deed.”
Therefore, faith is the reality or the essential part of what one believes about God. Faith is tangible because it is the physical matter of those things you expect God to do. It is the evidence, proof, confirmation and title-deed that you have what you petitioned, even before you can see it. Such describes God’s faith that has been placed in our hearts by the Holy Spirit.
When the church of Jesus Christ begins to walk by faith and not by sight, it will then experience the greatest outpouring of the Holy Spirit it has ever seen. By walking in faith, we will bring substance to Scripture when it tells us that our God…
...will supply all [our] need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19)
We will bring substance to the Word of God that says God is “the LORD that healeth thee” (Exodus 15:26). Doubtless, we will appropriate His power when we realize that in the name of Jesus, God says we will “cast out demons, heal the sick, and speak with new tongues” (Mark 16:17-18).
Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise: “For yet a little while, and He who is coming will come and will not tarry. Now the just shall live by faith; but if anyone draws back, My soul has no pleasure in him.” (Hebrews 10:35-38)