Hebrews 11:1,6,13,24-27 TPT
 Now faith brings our hopes into reality and becomes the foundation needed to acquire the things we long for. It is all the evidence required to prove what is still unseen.  And without faith living within us it would be impossible to please God. For we come to God in faith knowing that he is real and that he rewards the faith of those who give all their passion and strength into seeking him. [13…..They all lived their lives on earth as those who belonged to another realm.
24] Faith enabled Moses to choose God’s will, for although he was raised as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, he refused to make that his identity,  choosing instead to suffer mistreatment with the people of God. Moses preferred faith’s certainty above the momentary enjoyment of sin’s pleasures.  He found his true wealth in suffering abuse for being anointed, more than in anything the world could offer him, for his eyes looked with wonder not on the immediate, but on the ultimate-faith’s great reward!  Holding faith’s promise Moses abandoned Egypt and had no fear of Pharaoh’s rage because he persisted in faith as if he had seen God who is unseen.
Faith enables me to live from another realm. Faith is what positions us to receive the things God wants to put into our lives. Faith says “I belonged to another realm,” I will not live my life shaped by what the world and its wisdom say is possible, “ I will live from the supernatural realm of God, where what is possible is determined exclusively by His promise. Faith enables me to look beyond the immediacy of my circumstances and see other possibilities. If I live in the world then all it offers is all that is possible, I will use my sight and intellect and ask “what is possible here, what will happen here.” But if I live in God’s realm then I look to all that He says is possible, and it’s faith not sight and intellect that shape the story I will walk in.
Faith pleases God because it proves God. Faith is “all the evidence required to prove what is still unseen.” Faith releases me into God’s love, His promises, His blessing, His ways, and then I reflect these through my life. Faith enables the unseen God to be seen.
Faith enables me to walk out on the hollow shiny promises of luxury and easy life and choose the more challenging road that leads to the life God intended for me. Faith enables me the strength to suffer at the hands of the world while reaping the rewards of faith. Faith looks beyond the momentary and immediate to a greater reward. Faith enables courage that is outside of self.
“Faith brings our hopes into reality and becomes the foundation needed to acquire the things we long for.” God gives me faith, so I can receive Him in all His fullness. Faith engages the power of hope to shape reality, it says ‘I believe for this and I will stand course until I see its reality manifest.’ Faith-hope is not wishful-hope, it’s foundation is in what God has promised not in the fleeting of my momentary desires.
Hebrews 11:33 “Their faith fastened onto their promises and pulled them into reality!” I find myself asking God for things, “bless me, give me your peace,” but I see that I must stop asking and start standing, start faith-fastening myself to His promises. God has already declared so much to us, promised himself, promised His restored image, promised His presence, His power, His love, etc we do not need to come asking, pleading, for Him to do what He has already promised and put into effect. We come by faith and stand, fastening ourselves on what is promised and by our stand of faith we pull it into our reality. Not by our strength but by His gift of faith.
I close my eyes to the circumstances around me and open my spirit to the supernatural realm from where I belong, in which I live. I will fasten myself by faith to all that God has promised already and all that He individually and intimately promises to me. I will withstand all the enticement of comfort and immediacy for the amazing life released when I am fastened by faith to my God. I will live in the fullness of hope and faith and I’ll live bringing pleasure to my God. I declare this with all the boldness I sense when coffeeing with God, in the face of my obvious weakness.
Thank you for a life that I do not create but faith into being. Thank you that it’s my faith-fastening, not my power-enabling that releases the beauty of Heaven upon me in the circumstances of life. Thank you that you are pleased by the position of faith not the power of my self-performance. Thank you that you invite me to live from the realm of you, not the world, it’s too small, too ugly and too me. I am blessed to have your invitation to live by faith!
What areas of promise from God do I need to faith-fasten myself too in order to pull them into my reality?
How much of my life is shaped by sight and intellect, by the powers of this world, and not from the realm of faith?