Faith as Substance!
“Therefore let no one judge you in regard to food and drink or in regard to [the observance of] a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath day. Such things are only a shadow of what is to come and they have only symbolic value; but the substance [the reality of what is foreshadowed] belongs to Christ.” – Colossians 2:16-17 (AMP)
Scripture is clear that the reality and substance of life is Christ and the faith of Jesus Christ – what His grace knows to be true of us and our world in our union with Him – our co-resurrection in Him! (Galatians 2:20). This is also revealed in Hebrews:
- “The law is only a shadow of the good things that are coming—not the realities themselves. For this reason it can never, by the same sacrifices repeated endlessly year after year, make perfect those who draw near to worship.” – Hebrews 10:1 (NIV)
- “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” – Hebrews 11:1 (KJV)
The reality (substance, material) of the believer’s life is the blessing of God in Jesus Christ (see also Colossians 1:13; Galatians 3:13-14) and our whole new reality of existence in Him (2 Corinthians 5:17). Darkness however, has no real substance or reality. It simply means there is an absence of light, and throughout Scripture, darkness is used to symbolize a lack of understanding about our identity and blessings in Christ (Isaiah 60:1-3; Colossians 1:13-15). This is why sin (anything that is the result of the fall of man, such as sickness, disease, punishment, condemnation and pain etc.), is the Greek word ‘hamartia’. Romans 3:23 in the Mirror Bible explains this perfectly:
“Everyone is in the same boat; their distorted behavior is proof of a lost blueprint. (The word sin, is hamartia, from ha, negative and meros, form, thus to be without form or identity…” (MIRROR WORD).
Sin and darkness have no real, active form or substance. The word ‘sin’ itself means ‘without form’! Throughout Scripture, Jesus, the substance, is referred to as light (John 8:12; John 1:4; John 12:46).Darkness, however, is simply the absence of light, which means that Jesus and His reality is the ONLY one that has substance – He enlightens the believer to their true identity, and the objective reality of Christ as all in all (Colossians 3:11). He enables us to live within, engage with, and enjoy true reality, experiencing and manifesting the substance in and through His finished work. We have become partakers and receivers of God’s substance! Our bodies, our minds, our lives, and our relationships have gone from empty-desert wanderings to a blossoming garden of exuberance, beauty, creative-joys – all the substance of life! Truly life is an adventure of bliss and glory!
Christ’s faith in the power of His cross and resurrection (and your inclusion in that) is your effortless connector to all supernatural blessings and bliss, your ‘light switch’ in this world. Simple trust in His perspective enables you to see ‘in’ and ‘through’ Christ’s eyes, effortlessly flowing with the frequencies and vibrations of reality, manifesting all that Christ is and has in the here and now. Ephesians 3:6 declares to us that through the Gospel we become partakers of the promise of Christ (KJV). This is why you cannot actively receive darkness and curses, as darkness is nothing. Christ’s light has come to reside within you, and the darkness has fled! Darkness has no form, order or substance to receive from. It does not belong in your reality or world anymore and has no hold in it. Simply knowing this truth enables us to be set free from feeling an obligation or necessity to engage in many religious behaviors and rituals that pass as ordinary and commonplace in the church. You do not need to engage in warfare when joy-fare is rich and abounding in the substance of reality and power, because it engages with God’s faith, with the objective reality of Christ and life in Him! (see Nehemiah 8:10).
Being ‘in Christ’ means that you have been engulfed into the reality of heaven on earth in the here and now, to sink into it and enjoy it. Darkness and light is not in an active battle. Jesus poured out all of the wisdom of His substance in His cross and resurrection to release you into the revelation and subsequent manifestation of His life and the goodies of His heart and imagination – you have been plunged into the reality of realities! This truly is joy unspeakable and full of glory! (1 Peter 1:8; KJV)
“For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves,” – Colossians 1:13 (NIV)
You do not need to live a life of religious suspicion or paranoia, which has no relevance to Christ and His finished work (the new, eternal age of the Gospel!). You cannot actively receive ‘the curse’, or even any curses, because the curse has no substance to actively receive from, and you are already in possession of the light-substance of Christ, which fortifies you!
Many religious burdens are placed on people through false teachings in this area. The truth is that curses are without form and substance. They do not exist in your reality, the objective reality. So, for example, even when you or people around you speak negatively and not in faith, it does not impact or affect reality, as it is not drawing upon any negative substance. It’s not drawing upon anything at all! Yet whenever you enjoy the realities of faith in any form, that POSITIVE substance effortlessly flows into your world by grace through faith, protecting and fortifying you from sin, sickness – all darkness – because light is reality, and no darkness can withstand it. It is this reality of light that HAS rescued you from the life of sin (no form, no reality), where you stumbled about in the dark, vulnerable to every ‘work’ of darkness.
There used to be a ‘source’ that people COULD receive bad from (well more accurately, a system in which people could not engage with the good, as the law is not of faith – Galatians 3:2). However, the law was only a shadow, and Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law (Galatians 3:13). The curse no longer exists anywhere, it is not in reality, so there is only one source that believers can receive from, enjoy and flow with, the Holy Spirit. If someone doesn’t trust in Holy Spirit, and speaks and lives in a faithless manner, it does not mean that they will receive the bad – as the bad has no active form or substance – it just means that they aren’t actively enjoying the light (the realities of the Gospel) in those moments.
You are in union with the Godhead and can enjoy all that they are and have in the here and now!!!
As we believe in – simply co-see with God – the finished work of Jesus, we naturally and effortlessly enjoy and experience the blessings of faith and grace – and so do our families, who get actively blessed through our faith. Negative words and actions have no active spiritual consequences; they just don’t have any positive power to release the blessings and substance of faith, so the person engaging in negativity isn’t enjoying the realities of faith in that moment. This is why Christians do not need to get into religious behaviors and rituals to try to ‘balance’ or ‘counteract’ faithless words or works. A lot of prophetic ministry today is shadowboxing, engaging in empty religious behaviours and rituals with no spiritual value, as Christ already completed the work and defeated the devil! Christ has already carried us into the substance of all blessings, the comfort and detailed affections of His love-dream come true!
Christianity should not be about what we have been delivered from (as looking back to the ‘dominion of darkness’ is pointless. We’re not there anymore!). Christianity is all about what we have been delivered TO! – This is engaging with and enjoying the power-packed, creative-joy dynamite of faith!
Today, you can simply enjoy the realities of the Gospel, knowing that the faith of Jesus Christ is the only reality, and that as a believer, you ARE naturally in the Spirit and surrounded by heavenly blessings and realities at all times (see Romans 8:9; Galatians 5:25). There is NO condemnation and NO active spiritual consequences or curses for us in Christ (Romans 8:1). That is why Psalm 23 says that goodness and mercy are CHASING after us, as they are the only active forces – blessing is active, it has substance. However, darkness is like ‘the valley of the SHADOW (without form, substance, or reality) of death’ (see Psalm 23:5), yet even when we walk through that as believers, we walk WITH Christ, and his truth effortlessly leads us out of any areas of wrong beliefs and words (shadows).
Many preachers act as if darkness has substance, as much substance as faith even, but that is not true, and it places unnecessary demands and burdens upon people. Faith is substance, which is why when we enjoy faith in any form, we can actively, effortlessly move mountains with the realities of blessing that is released. God is so good and he is the Source!
The message of Christ’s finished work (our co-resurrection in Christ and subsequent inheritance in Him!) renews our mind so that we can enjoy the blessings of Jesus that are already ours, and be effortlessly transformed as a result, more and more in the natural realm, in a way that blesses us, others around us, and our circumstances (hence why the blessing of Deuteronomy 28 reaches to external circumstances and even farther – to our homes and families)…..That is why whenever you enjoy and comprehend faith, you know and can rest assured that your entire family and home is irrevocably, irreversibly blessed as a result, without you having to lift a finger! You’re all blessed and you can’t do anything about it – you certainly can’t speak your way out of a manifestation of that blessing, as all blessings are BY FAITH THROUGH GRACE. So there’s no words or efforts involved, and therefore no words or efforts which can disqualify you from receiving. FAITH, the active substance of blessing, is released WHENEVER the Gospel is heard:
- “faith comes from hearing [what is told], and what is heard comes by the [preaching of the] message concerning Christ.” – Romans 10:17 (AMP)
- “But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.” – 2 Corinthians 3:18 (KJV)
- “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.” – Romans 1:16 (KJV)
However, because we can ‘receive’ faith in a manifest way, does not mean we can ‘receive’ darkness. Darkness has no substance. Faith is light, and darkness has never understood, threatened, or come near that light. It just flees from it (John 1:5). Just like when you switch on a light, all the darkness flees. Darkness is not an active force, and all darkness ‘died’ on the cross with Jesus when he made a spectacle of all principalities and powers through the revelation power of His reality….So words and actions are NEUTRAL if they are not an outflow and overflow of Christ’s substance of blessing and hope. The power is not words or our efforts or actions, but faith – faith is all about Christ and the realities of blessing we have through his finished work. Faith is co-knowing with God what He knows to be true of us in our union with Him. That is where the power is.
So carry on enjoying faith in grace-rhythms, in the ways that are normal, natural, and personal to you. You don’t need to counteract anything. Warfare is swallowed up by joy-fare in the New Covenant, because Jesus won the battle and carried you and your family to the victory, so you can enjoy and experience all of His blessings without hindrance or opposition! Under law, when the unclean touches the clean, circumstances became unclean. But under grace, your cleanliness in Christ is a constant reality, and so the unclean becomes clean effortlessly.
You are filled with the substance of faith! You can’t receive darkness, only blessing. Believer, be set free from religious rituals and behaviours! Allow the Gospel to enlighten your mind, and as this occurs, religion will effortlessly fall from you, and you will discover yourself living effortlessly in the unforced rhythms of grace!
“That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.” – Ephesians 1:17-23 (KJV)