Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
When is faith actually faith? When you are seeing things as already done in the present tense. Faith has a time. Faith is not past tense, nor is faith future tense, faith is now, present tense. When someone says they are believing for God “to do” something they are not actually in faith. This is where many miss it when it comes to faith. Romans 3:27 tells us that faith is a law, like the law of gravity. If you step off a building the law of gravity goes to work and you will fall. That law is there, always present tense, even though you can’t see it with your natural eyes.
Faith works in the same way. It is a spiritual law. Even though you can’t see it, when you do the things that scripture teaches to walk by faith that law goes into effect, but it was there all along. A key to activate that law is to BELIEVE IN YOUR HEART that what God has said is already true, present tense, not one day going to happen. Want further proof? When God appeared to Moses He revealed His name. What is God’s name? I AM. He is not the I was, nor the I will be God, He is the great I AM, always present tense God.
In Romans 4:17 scripture tells us that God, the great I AM, calls those things that be not as though they were, present tense. God is a God of faith. We are to imitate Him. Until you can believe in your heart what God has said is already so (present tense), and prove your faith by calling those things that be not as though they were, you are not walking by faith, and this is one of the keys that governs how the law of faith works. Faith is always present tense.