On my ride to work this morning, God dropped in my spirit, “Believe what you see, faith what you can’t.” I opened up Word and I typed it out, for this devotional but then nothing. I keep repeating it and starting over because I was having a hard time understanding this myself. I mean, how can I believe what I see and then faith what I can’t when I see this cutoff notice, the calls from the bill collectors, the report of the doctor, I see the way family treats me, the way I’m being misused on my job and I see the scars from abuse? How can I believe what I see when I see nothing that is of benefit to me? Then God said, I don’t need you to believe in what you see naturally but I need you to believe in what you’ve seen spiritually. See, spiritually I’ve seen the increase, my breakthrough, my deliverance, my gifts paying off, my new house, my new car, my ministry growing, my marriage being restored, my body being healed, my spouse and my children being saved and me being released from financial debt, the hands of my abuser and the bondage of my past. But I don’t see when or how it’ll happen. Well, this is when you’ll have to faith what you can’t. This is the part of not knowing actually when cancer will be in remission, when you’ll get that new kidney, when your womb will be open, when the grief will stop being so heavy, knowing who your spouse will be, when your children will act right and when you’ll finally get out of the water that’s been threatening to drown you.
Beloved, you have to believe what you see and faith what you can’t. The bible says in Mark 11:24, “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, BELIEVE that you have received it, and it will be yours.” If you believe it can happen, it can. If you believe you shall have it, you can. What have you seen spiritually that you’ve doubted simply because you’ve yet to faith it? Hebrews 11:1 says, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” I need you to get something today. Read the first two words of Hebrews 11:1 again. If you noticed it says now faith and not now, faith. What’s the difference? The comma. See, the comma signifies taking a pause and if you paid attention there is no comma in between now and faith which lets me know I need NOW FAITH. Now which is defined as under the present circumstances; as a result of something that has recently happened. In other words, under the present circumstances of your life, have faith. In the midst of whatever has happened, have faith. But not just any faith, NOW FAITH. The kind of faith that says, I’ve seen God’s work in others and I believe He’ll do it for me too. And the kind that says, I’ve seen what God can do so I’ll faith it until I can see it for me. In other words, believe what you see, faith what you can’t.