“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen” (Heb. 11:1, ESV). The word, “conviction” (elegchos) or “evidence” (NKJV) means “proof.” (Gingrich) Faith is the proof of things unseen. Faith is the evidence of things unseen. Faith is the confirmation of the existence of invisible things. You cannot see the invisible things—the things of God. But by faith, you can see the invisible.
The first proof of faith is how we understand the physical world. “By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible” (Heb. 11:3). The word of God that created the world is invisible. But the universe is visible. The visible world was made by the invisible word of God. Faith is the evidence of things not seen.
Long before we planted a church in Bacolod, God has opened my eyes to see a church there. Do you know that the IBCP Board agreed to support the work in Bacolod through a text message? One day, I texted Pastor Manny Cabardo that we will soon start work in Bacolod. We have a pastor. We have prayed for years. We believe the Lord is guiding us to start the work there. Our budget is P8,000 monthly for the pastor. Then I texted him if IBCP can shoulder P4,000.00. After a few minutes, he texted back that the IBCP Board has committed to shoulder the P4,000.00.
I have seen the invisible in Bacolod City. Now, the Lord has opened my eyes to see the invisible in Toledo City. We shall plant a church there under GGCF by faith.