Faith Treats The Future As Present and the Invisible As Seen
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 tenses must be right for us to receive from God. Faith believes that God has or God is presently working on your behalf. Faith is never future tense. If you’re waiting on some point in the future for God to do something for you, then you’re hoping and not believing. You’re in the future where hope is, and you’re not in the past and present where faith is. Don’t just hope and pray! Pray and believe that God has answered your prayer!
Jesus is the lamb slain from the foundation of the world (Rev. 13:8). God told Joshua that he had already given Jericho into his hands while the walls still stood high. And the Lord said to Joshua: “See! I have given Jericho into your hand, its king, and the mighty men of valor (Joshua 6:2).
Before raising Lazarus from the dead, Jesus looked to heaven and prayed in the past tense, thanking God that He had already heard Him. Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead man was lying. And Jesus lifted up His eyes and said, “Father, I thank You that You have heard Me ( John 11:41).
God changed Abram’s name to Abraham while he was yet childless. No longer shall your name be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for I have made you a father of many nations (Genesis 17:5).
Jesus told the ten lepers to go offer the sacrifice that Moses said for lepers to offer after they were healed. So when He saw them, He said to them, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And so it was that as they went, they were cleansed (Luke 17:14).
The ten were healed as they went. They acted in faith, not in what was going to be done, but on what they believed had been done! God brought the future into the present by faith.
Make sure today that you believe that you receive what you need from the Lord. Change the future tense to past or present tense. Thank God as though you already have what you believe Him to do.
Faith enables the believing soul to treat the future as present and the invisible as seen. (Dr. J. Oswald Sanders).