Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1 (Emphasis supplied).
This tells us that genuine faith gives us the ability to experience the substance of the things we hope for but cannot see with the natural eye. It is this substance that gives the believer the ability to enjoy his/her life 100 times more than he/she did before he/she forsook all for Jesus’ sake (see Luke 9:23&24). Hebrews 11:13-16 tells us why and how genuine faith operates this way, it says:
11:13 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of [them], and embraced [them], and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. 11:14 For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country. 1:15 And truly, if they had been mindful of that [country] from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned. 11:16 But now they desire a better [country], that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city. (Emphasis supplied).
This tells us that genuine faith gives us the ability to enjoy the rewards of heaven while still on earth. This is why the stalwarts of faith could overcome all of the trials they faced on earth. The substance of the things they hoped for could only be supplied by heaven: Therefore, they confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. Even though they had not physically received the promises their faith gave them the ability to see and embrace them in their spirit. Hebrews 11:24- 27 says:
11:24 By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter; 11:25 Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; 11:26 Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompense of the reward. 11:27 By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible. (Emphasis supplied).
Moses esteemed the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures of the richest nation in the world at that time because his faith gave him the ability to experience the substance of the treasures of heaven which is 100 times better than all of the treasures of earth. This is why Jesus said:
10:29 … Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel’s, 10:30 But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life. (Emphasis supplied).
Next week we are going to explore more fully how heaven supplies the substance of the things we hope, now in this time. In the meantime I leave you with this scripture ponder and pray over:
6:24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. 6:31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? 6:32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. 6:34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day [is] the evil thereof. Matthew 6:24 &31-34 (Emphasis supplied).