Once Identity Christianity takes hold, your perspective begins to raise. Through the knowledge of the truth of God, we recognize who we are and see the world around us for what it is. As God continues to set you apart in this way, realize your Heavenly Father has much more in store for you.
So in a day of instant gratification, modern conveniences, and advanced technology, is it feasible to rely on Someone we cannot see? It's not only feasible but necessary- we must live by faith. Though overlooked, misunderstood, and minimized, the Scriptures have much to say on this subject.
Most of what we see around us isn't the true reality. This visible, material world is temporal and it should not be our goal to find any significance in it. For not only are we individuals created with white Adamic flesh to dwell here, but with the indwelling Spirit to commune with our Creator in the spiritual realm. We've not only been fashioned to possess right thoughts and perform right deeds, but to be a receptive conduit of faith in the unseen dimension:
1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
Many live in the past, while others plan for the future. Yet faith, is in the "NOW". When it comes to faith, neither is there any time for procrastination, nor is there room for regret. Our need for faith is always in the NOW. Our effectiveness for God runs in direct proportion with our present faith.
"Now faith is" presently available to you. Nothing limits its supply since it comes from the Ever-Present I AM, Yahweh God. What we must learn is how to get in proper alignment with God. Faith is available to you now, all that remains is the level of your desire.
Our faith must be in focus. We assume the "things" we hope for are the actual "substance" (goal or meaning). Yet "FAITH (itself) is the substance," faith is what really matters; the substance derived thru personally trusting God.
We should always be thankful for the "things" we receive as a result of trusting God. Yet the actual 'journey' or experience of believing and receiving the "things hoped for" from the hand of God, is what endures and is transforming. From then on it carries over into how we live and how we make future decision. It will impact the way we approach relationships and upcoming opportunities. This "substance" continues to accumulate and mount each time we trust God. This "substance" therefore, is not in the physical "things," but in the invisible, spiritual realm (or dimension).
Again, blessings received from God as a result of faith are wonderful. But the faith experience itself of God working in and thru your life, is far greater. Christ said that our Father already knows what we have need of before we ask Him. So He could just give us the things we hope for without us asking Him in faith- He knows all things. But the purpose of faith from His persepective, is God wanting us to grow, wanting us to be cleansed. His desire is for us to learn how to operate and live in another realm. He will even place particular desires in our heart to ignite the process.
Maybe you've had a hard time trusting people. Let's face it, it's rare to find someone you can trust. Most people are only concerned with how they can minipulate others to get what they want. Yet that's not at all the way your Father is. OUR GOD WANTS US TO TRUST HIM. In fact, He wants to build our confidence in Him- this is the "substance." Faith builds our confidence in God.
In this world, people say they 'hope' for things all the time. Yet, most times this 'hope' is a maybe-so, possibility-type 'hope' and this is totally misplaced when it comes to God and faith. In the unseen realm where faith operates, hope is expectation; it is expecting things to happen. As you will see from the Scriptures, once our desires align with God, we should expect God to bring our desires to pass. Therefore your expectation is based on God's ability to do His will thru your life.
Faith provides the opportunity to do God's will. If God gives you faith then He has something He expects you to do for His glory. So expectations, are mutual between us and God. For Yahweh is the God of purpose; He only does that which brings Himself pleasure and glory. It begins when God gives you the very desires of your heart, making you usable:
4 Delight thyself also in the LORD: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. 5 Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. 6 And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday.
When we talk about a "light" in the every day life of the Scriptures, we're not talking about light bulbs, we're usually talking about a lamp with a flame. According to The New Unger's Bible Dictionary, page 753: "During most of the OT period in Palestine a lamp was a simple small clay saucer for oil with a pinched lip to hold the wick; olive oil was used for illumination."
Let us look together into the unseen realm of faith. To "delight" is Strong's Exhaustive Concordance 6026) meaning to be soft or pliable. The imagery here is when you "delight" in Yahweh, you become soft and pliable as clay in the hands of the Divine Potter, Who forms you into a usable vessel, filling you with His desires. When we "commit" our ways to Him and "trust" Him, faith begins to spark and flicker within us, knowing "he shall bring it (His desires in us) to pass." How do we know it will come to pass? Because He gave us the desire. Therefore in His time, it must come to pass; but it doesn't stop there.
Notice, "he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday." So the result of faith in us is to bring forth glory and right decision-making which will shine as bright as a flame, and will be as consistent as the noonday sun! What begins as a small flicker of desire He stores within our heart, will one day burst forth in glory for all to see! It all begins by seeking what God desires for your life.
But why does it say, "thy righteousness...thy judgments"? Because in the unseen realm of faith you make the decision to trust in God. In this sense, you are following the example of your father Abraham, the Friend of God, who "believed God and it was accounted to him for RIGHTEOUSNESS." This is what the Christian life, doing God's Will, and living by faith, is all about.
Many times we don't receive or even believe, because we've not taken the time to be sure if our desires are actually God's desires for us. Therefore, we're not really committed to doing His will. Understand, our spirit never desires anything outside of God's will, for it is perfect, it never sins (I John 3:9). That's why a Christian who is not in aligment with the indwelling Spirit of God is in constant conflict within himself continually. James calls it being "double-minded;" a battle rages within us, between two realms. No wonder there's so much stress, sickness, and disease in the white race today.
Therefore we must seek to align with His desires, which are ever-present within our spirit, finding our delight in Him. This all takes place in the unseen dimension of faith, the invisible realm. This is where faith becomes reality. As His child, we should never desire anything that would pull us away, or not bring us closer to Him. Plus, we cannot be selfish or unrealistic in our prayers, intending to use whatever God blesses us with for selfish reasons.
You may, for instance, desire a better job. Why do you want this job? "Because I want more money." Okay, what are you going to do with more money? "Well, that's none of your business." Do you really believe God is going to bless you with a better job?- Not in your spirit. Yet if your desire is to use the extra money to be a greater blessing to your family for the work of the kingdom of God, then generally speaking, that is a desire from Him; you are 'knocking on the door' of the unseen, invisible realm of faith.
What we do most of the time is, we make a decision or do something our way and expect God to bless it, calling it 'faith.' Then, when it doesn't work, we scratch our heads, get discouraged and turn to the man-made institutions of death. Yet God is not in the business of complying with us; He is the Potter, we are the clay. We must take the time to search our desires and seek to make whatever changes necessary, which causes us to delight in and align with Him.
Biblical faith is not just how much you believe, it's believing in God. It's wanting Him to place what He desires in your heart, making it, your desire. Again, the element of this that's most vital for us is not the actual "thing" or result. The experience itself of communing with Him in the unseen realm of faith is the most critical part of the whole process, it is "the substance".
There's no question, we are to hate what God hates and practice separation. But the abundant Christian life Christ spoke of doesn't come thru constantly dwelling on our hate for non-whites. Nor is it attained by performing external rituals, in an attempt to merit favor with God. The abundant Christian life comes thru diligently seeking Him from within by being in tune with God's love and living by faith.
God wants you to develop into someone of power so He can use you to help lift up your people. God is faithful; we can always count on Him. God wants us to be faithful, and faith gives us the opportunity to develop this within our lives.
Faith, is God's further investment in your life. Faith, is God entrusting you with His glory. Faith builds upon faith, constructing an inner, spiritual sanctuary where you commune with God in your spirit. Truly, as Christ said, "the kingdom of God is within you." Most times it's just a matter of us getting alone, becoming still, and knowing Yahweh is God.
Also, faith is "evidence" or proof that "things not seen" are what's real. This reality should raise our expectation. Faith is being involved in something God is doing, without needing to see the mechanics. It should not matter to us how our God will work behind the scenes- we need only trust Him. What we don't see or can't see (the invisible, the unknown) is what so many allow to prevent them from stepping out or carrying on. Yet this is the way God works thru faith.
"Now faith is... the evidence" again, faith is the proof. We sell ourselves short because the presence of faith itself is the proof that God is ready to work, He's just waiting for us to take Him at His Word. The evidence that God is going to do something thru you, is your faith. A good example is Peter walking on water:
25 And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea. 26 And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear. 27 But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid. 28 And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water. 29 And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. 31 And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt? 32 And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased. 33 Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped him, saying, Of a truth thou art the Son of God.
What was created when Christ approached His Disciples by walking on the water that night, was a rare, unforgettable moment of faith. At first the Disciples were afraid, thinking He was a ghost. Christ then spoke in opposition to thier fear. Peter heard His voice and his fear was gone. How do we know Peter's desire to walk on the water was in line with Christ's desire? Because he asked Christ, and Christ immediately said, "Come".
Unlike the other Disciples (who were all witnessing the same event with their physical eyes), Peter was in the unseen realm of faith. Before he could think about it, Peter was walking on water. Christ immediately answered His prayer, as Peter stepped out in faith. Peter, for that solitary moment, was walking totally by faith in the invisible, spiritual dimension. There was no hesitation, there was no worry; he was like a little child.
Then Peter allowed the negative emotion of fear (which only comes from the realm of our carnal flesh) to interrupt his focus. Many are quick to criticize Peter for sinking, but just look at what a "little faith" can accomplish! Thru this we see: FAITH AND FEAR CANNOT CO-EXIST BECAUSE THEY ARE FROM TWO ENTIRELY DIFFERENT DIMENSIONS. Have you ever 'stepped out of the boat'? We hear His voice all the time.
This is the nature of faith. Faith is possible when circumstances seem impossible; when we do not have the means or ability to do something ourselves. There will be no 'gameplan' presented when it comes to opportunities of faith where God just lays it all out ahead of time; it's not going to happen. God is give us faith when the only way the situation can work out is by trusting Him. Do we want others to know our God is real? Then we must stop doing things the same old way, based on sight, based on fear, and simply trust God.
Faith is the supernatural expression of our spirit. We know we should believe but we refuse because we're afraid. Those who remain in fear will never really do anything for God. We can overcome our fear by the power of faith thru the indwelling Spirit of God. Has God thru His Word, now given you an appetite to unlock this power within?
Faith, is the spiritual realization of something God has placed within us. It is having something in your heart before God places it in your hands. Faith, can be a dream that one day you see come true. May God reveal to each Israelite who we really are, on the inside.