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Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1

Very often, the religious idea held to by many is that faith is inherently virtuous only when lacking in substance, though that idea is a humanistic and pagan idea that isn't found anywhere in the Bible.  It comes from materialism.  Materialism is the attempt to meet spiritual needs and questions with carnal methods that don't originate from God.

Very often, this idea gets translated into every other area of life after it was spawned by an emotional need to explain death, or to console those who are left behind with new age ideas.  But faith is the tangible perception and expression of things not seen and has it's highest authority in Covenant, whereas the other has it's highest authority in emotional confusion and separation.

Faith for provisions God has already made only dawns on the conscience and becomes brighter than noon in one's experience through preoccupation with what God has already said, realizing His ultimate intent is fidelity rather than eternal separation.  Mercy triumphs over judgment, according to James chapter 2.  His gift is always the heavenly city for you that is to be without closed doors, according to Revelation 21:25, Hebrews 12:22, Hebrews 11:10, Zechariah 1:14, Zechariah 1:17, Zechariah 2:4-5, and Zechariah 8:1-6.

When Hebrews 11:1 says that faith is the substance, it's not only speaking generically of the faith Jesus authored in Hebrews 12:2.  It's speaking of the faith that we author according to Romans 10:14-18 and Mark 11:22-26.  In our religious ideas, we often limit our ideas of faith to what God authors, but there is a faith we author in one another as good stewards of the mysteries of God that is equally valid and equally an example we are to follow or imitate throughout the New Testament.

Often, to fulfill all righteousness, there's a jumping off point where we believe one another when we judge our relationships to be valid, acknowledge one another's honour, integrity, and love and are able to rejoice, as David's mighty men, in those lives we'd gladly follow to Hell and back.

 

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For the idols speak delusion; the diviners envision lies, and tell false dreams; they comfort in vain. Therefore the people wend their way like sheep; they are in trouble because there is no shepherd. Zechariah 10:2

 

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