Hebrews 11:1 (Message) - "The fundamental fact of existence is that this trust in God, this faith, is the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living. It’s our handle on what we can’t see."
I have been told that there are three kinds of faith. There is the "I'll believe it if I see it" kind of faith. This is a faulty type of faith, because it is based on what can be seen. In fact, we must be careful, because as magicians have proved, we can't always believe what we think we see.
The there is the "believer" type of faith. They can only believe in what they can't see. However, this kind of faith is also faulty, because generally it is a faith in faith itself.
Finally, there is the PhD type of faith. The faith that relies strictly on God is the only legitimate form of faith. Why is this the Phd faith? The Phd stands for Past Having Doubt. In other words, when you know God is as real as the chair you are sitting in, or the floor you are standing on - then and only then do you have genuine faith.
Another way of seeing this is the way the Amplified Bible translates this verse - "Now faith is the assurance (title deed, confirmation) of things hoped for (divinely guaranteed), and the evidence of things not seen [the conviction of their reality—faith comprehends as fact what cannot be experienced by the physical senses]." we have a divine guarantee that is confirmed, even if we can't see it, yet we have no doubts about it at all.
So, today begin to work on your PhD in faith. Memorize Heb. 11:1 (NLT) - "What is faith? It is the confident assurance that something we want is going to happen. It is the certainty that what we hope for is waiting for us, even though we cannot see it up ahead." Muse over it, and begin to apply it. Having a Graduate-level faith can't be upstaged by anything else.
Prayer: Holy Spirit, teach me the fulness of having this PhD faith. I want to graduate from my weak faith to one that is full of the glory and power of God. I am willing, make me able. Amen.