By Gloria Copeland

God framed the worlds by faith. Everything God made, He made by faith. Everything He does, He does by faith.

For you and me, it's no different. What works for God will work for us.

The key to shaping our everyday world is understanding faith and living by it. We must know what it is, how to get it and how to use it.

In the first part of our study on understanding faith, we discovered that faith gives God access into our lives, an opening through which He can funnel all His favor and blessings.

By faith, we choose to receive the promises of God. We receive financial prosperity by faith. We receive divine health and supernatural healing by faith. We receive our spouses, our children, our homes, our food, all our earthly needs and desires by faith. Our faith is an opening through which God can save us, deliver us, baptize us in His Spirit, anoint us for ministry.

In short, faith is heaven's window into our lives.

The second principle we learned was that, given the right conditions, faith always comes. Faith is always available when we need it. It's 'on call' to anyone who will give attention to the Word of God (Proverbs 4:20-22).

We receive God's Word into our hearts by reading it, speaking it, hearing it, meditating on it and acting on it. His Word causes faith to manifest and rise up within our spirit to draw the promises of God and the provisions of God from the spiritual realm into this natural realm (Romans 10:17).

So faith comes by hearing the Word of God and when it is released from our hearts with our mouths, it brings the fulfillment of God's promises. Faith gives the blessings of God natural reality or substance.

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1).