When you know God is there, you’ll do things that you won’t do when you don’t have God’s presence. So, the Greek word is “pestisi“. This is very inward, and I’m going to take time to go slowly, explaining how they are translated in the Greek because it will give you a broader concept of what faith is and how it works by giving the definition, okay? So, ready? It’s a divinely implanted principle of inward confidence.
Alright? So, faith is something that God puts inside of you, and it creates confidence in you.
When I pray for sick people, I know when they are going to get healed. This is really kind of unusual. I pray for sick people now. I know when they’re going to get healed. How do I know? God puts a confidence in me that He’s going to do it.
When I’m ministering the zone, how do I know that? I have a sense. The Spirit of the Lord, He puts a confidence in me. That’s Him. I tell you the part of it: it’s peace, it’s joy, it’s the part of the Spirit, but it still got the Spirit in giving me confidence, alright? Another word is assurance.
Okay, now. Do you remember in 1 John 5:14 where it says if I ask anything according to His will, I know He hears me. And if I know He hears me, I know I have an answer to my prayer, right? That “knowing” is the word they used for assurance. There are some exchanges that happen when you know God is hearing your prayer. It creates an assurance in your heart, that you know God hears that prayer.
So, it doesn’t matter if you get out of your prior experience, whether it’s right in front of you, whatever you prayed for. It’s two years away; you know that you have what you asked for. He’s created an assurance in your heart, okay? Now, the gift of waiting works that way: you have an assurance that something is going to happen. And how does this describe faith in Hebrews?
Faith is what?
I’d say Hebrews 12.
Verse 2 in chapter 12 tells us basically this. It tells you, actually, where faith comes from. First, it is very important: “Looking to Jesus, the pioneer and the perfecter of our faith.” Now, if you struggle with the word “faith,” take that up for assurance. Jesus is the pioneer and the perfecter of our assurance, or trust.