“You know with all your heart and being that not even one of all the faithful promises the Lord your God made to you is left unfulfilled; every one was realized – not one promise is unfulfilled!” (Josh. 23:14, NET).
The day came when Holy Spirit asked me, “At some point, the promise you’ve been believing for has to shift from ‘off in the future’ to ‘now.’ What will that look like?”
There was an important reason for Him asking me this. He posed His question to direct me towards a vital principle. It was this: faith brings forth what hope sees. In order for my faith to most effectively pull on God’s promise to me, I needed to be able to see it, before I saw it. He was inviting me to use the faculty of my imagination to visualize the fulfillment of His personal word to me. Our Holy Spirit-anointed imagination plays an essential role as we move forward towards the manifestation of that for which we have been contending.
As we talked about the other day, hope is intricately linked to the power of spiritual sight. Hope penetrates the veil that conceals the invisible realm. Therefore, hope sees what is unseen. This includes the promises of God that have not yet come to pass in the physical world.
Thomas insisted, “Unless I see… I will not believe” (John 20:24, NKJV). He had the wrong kind of seeing in mind. Jesus lovingly corrected him, saying, “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed” (v. 29). The most effectual kind of believing happens when we can’t see with our physical eyes, but we can with the eyes of our heart.
Thomas was refusing to hope. He was refusing to let the testimony of his fellow disciples project a picture of Jesus resurrected onto the screen of his heart. In shutting out hope, he was shutting out faith.
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for…” (Heb. 11:1, NKJV). Once you can envision the fulfillment of God’s promises on the screen of your imagination, you have hope. Faith becomes the substance of that hope. Faith connects with the picture you are seeing, and, fueled by hope, perseveres until the moment of delivery comes. Faith feeds off of hope, growing gradually stronger and stronger during God’s prolonged waiting process. And finally, faith gives birth to what hope was seeing all along.
I will be transparent with you, though. When Holy Spirit asked me the above question, I didn’t have an answer. I hadn’t yet visualized what fulfillment would look like. Thankfully, He comforted me almost immediately through a prophetic word I read on the Elijah List. It was one of those nearly uncanny moments where He addressed an issue of my heart with amazing, specific precision. The article I was reading stated, “If you can’t yet imagine what fulfillment will look like, that’s okay.” It went on to encourage us readers to begin to cultivate a picture in our mind’s eye of the moment when God’s word will come to pass in our lives.
Our verse for today provides us with mind-blowing assurance. Not one of the promises God has made to us will go unfulfilled. Have you begun to imagine what it will look like when your own personal word from Him comes to pass? I believe Holy Spirit is encouraging you to do just that.
Faith brings forth what hope sees. Allow Him to create a picture inside of you that will feed your faith until that day comes. See it before you see it!