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"Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see." Hebrews 11:1

According to this verse, faith is a sort of substitute for sight and possession. Faith gives to invisible things a substance. Spiritual concepts that previously had no form, suddently become embodied through faith. That which was once invisible becomes concrete and tangible.
But faith does more than give hard, fast reality to that which we do not see. It also makes us look differently at visible things around us. Through faith's eyes, the concrete world in which we live becomes drained of substance and importance. Things around us no longer possess the glow of excitement when we look at life through the lens of faith.
Faith enables us to realize our true positions as sojourners on the planet. As a friend of mine once said, through faith we understand that we are not physical beings having a spiritual experience but spiritual being having a physical experience.
Little wonder the world cannot understand a Christian's faith. We have nothing, yet we possess everthing. We are sorrowful, yet we are able to rejoice. We are poor, but we are rich. Such a life when, through faith, we ascribe substance to invisible things.

Taken from Diamonds in the Dust-Joni Eareckson Tada

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