One of the most life-changing Scriptures in the entire Bible is,
“According to your faith, be in done unto you.” Matthew 9:29
Notice that it didn’t say, “According to your HOPE be it done unto you…”
There is a reason for that.
Faith and hope are two completely different things. Did you know that? I just preached this a few weeks ago, LISTEN HERE, WATCH HERE, and I was astonished to find out how many good Christian people did not know this. I believe this is one of the reasons we have so much “unanswered prayer”.
Now hope is critical. The reason is, without hope, faith has nothing to attach itself to.
But without faith, hope will never become a reality.
This verse says it plainly:
“Now faith is the assurance (title deed, confirmation) of things hoped for (divinely guaranteed), and the evidence of things not seen [the conviction of their reality—faith comprehends as fact what cannot be experienced by the physical senses].” Hebrews 11:1 Amp
Hope is always in the future. Faith is always in the now.
Hope wants it to happen. Faith causes it to happen!
That is why Jesus said,
“Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.” Mark 11:24
The opening Scripture in this post was in the context of Jesus talking to two blind men who wanted their eyes opened. Let’s read that passage and recognize the difference between hope and faith;
“When Jesus departed from there, two blind men followed Him, crying out and saying, ‘Son of David, have mercy on us!’ And when He had come into the house, the blind men came to Him. And Jesus said to them, ‘Do you believe that I am able to do this?’ They said to Him, ‘Yes, Lord.’ Then He touched their eyes, saying, ‘According to your faith let it be to you.’ And their eyes were opened.” Matthew 9:27-30
Do you see that what they were hoping for was brought to pass by their faith?
In another account of Jesus healing two other blind men, (Matthew 20:29-34) Jesus literally asked them what they wanted, that is, what they were hoping for. Then He told them the same thing, that their faith had healed them.
Can you see that their desire, their wish, their HOPE was that they would see, and how FAITH is what made it a reality???
So, if this is true, then the most natural next question is,
“How do I get more faith?”
I remember the day this question was answered for me and it changed my life forever.
I was meditating on faith and healing Scriptures (This does not mean shaving your head, putting on a white sheet, climbing a tall mountain and mumbling to yourself. It simply means memorizing Scriptures and then thinking on them deeply, saying them over and over again so the Holy Spirit has time to illuminate them to you).
I was meditating the Scripture, “According to your faith, be it done unto you”, which I had read a hundred times. Then, all of a sudden, BOOM! It was as if Someone had flipped a switch on inside of me and I SAW it for the first time! I’ve been living on that truth ever since.
This is called revelation, and that’s what you need to go for.
Definition of revelation. 1a : an act of revealing or communicating divine truth. b : something that is revealed by God to humans. 2a : an act of revealing to view or making known. b : something that is revealed especially : an enlightening or astonishing disclosure shocking revelations. (Merriam-Webster)
Dig into the Word. Read it, memorize it, meditate it, get it into your spirit and allow it to carve away doubt, fear, and unbelief, and FAITH WILL ARISE! Then you will pray, and speak BY FAITH, and many of the things you have been HOPING and praying for will begin to come to pass.
P.S. Join the FASTING CALENDAR for a day or two in the month of February to help cultivate your faith. “This kind does not go out except by fasting and prayer.” Matthew 17:21