The Power of Imagination
You could say it this way: Faith is the substance of your positive imagination, the evidence of things not seen. According to this verse, faith brings into reality the things that you positively imagine. It’s like your spiritual womb. Your imagination will conceive what God’s Word says, and then faith brings to birth the things that you’ve conceived.
Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.
And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.
When I’ve heard people use the word hope when talking about receiving from God, I’ve heard others criticise them, saying, “You don’t need to hope; you need to believe!” They don’t realise that without hope—without a positive imagination—you can’t believe! If there’s nothing hoped for, faith doesn’t have anything to give substance to.
It’s not just believe and receive. You have to conceive the Word, then you believe what it says, and then you receive what it promises. You might ask, “How do you conceive the Word of God?”
Andrew and Jamie