You know, it's really interesting as I talk to Christian people who are people of faith, that they really make a big mistake in how they understand the idea of faith. People think that because they talk about faith, they sing about faith, they've heard sermons on faith, they may even go to a church with faith in the name, they make the mistake of thinking that it means they have faith. But it doesn't. Faith actually is an activator. The scripture says, "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen."
It's really interesting that when people read that, a lot of them miss the word “now”, and they think that “faith” is the first word in that verse. In reality, “now” is a very important word to the definition of faith. Why? Because faith is something you only get when you allow yourself to enter a “now” that requires that you have faith.
What does that mean? Well, “now” faith is the kind of faith that David had when he ran towards Goliath when everybody else was running from him. “Now” faith is the kind of faith that Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego had when they stood up against the mightiest man on the earth, King Nebuchadnezzar, when the whole sea of humanity was bowing down and worshiping an image of that king.
“Now” faith is the kind of faith that caused Daniel to pray when there was a decree signed that nobody can pray to any god except the king. “Now” faith is the kind of faith that causes you to act when everybody else is paralyzed by fear.
"Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." What does it mean? It means the “now” faith is where I stand on the things I expect while I prove the things I cannot see. That's the kind of faith that God desires for you to have, and that's the kind of faith that will change your life.
Go out and have some “now” faith.