Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1).
A brother once explained how he received a specific word from God concerning healing for his body and then waited to no avail for seven years for the healing to materialize. Meanwhile he thought he was acting his faith all that time he was waiting, because he said he believed, whereas he didn’t. He was only hoping. I had to explain to him the difference between hope and faith. He was merely hoping and expecting to see the manifestation of what God told him, instead of acting on the Word. That’s what faith does; it acts NOW! It doesn’t “wait” for a manifestation.
Real faith is a possessor; it takes a hold of the Word. When you take a hold of the Word by faith, the promise is as much yours when you see a physical manifestation as when you don’t. It’s like the man who has the documents to a landed property in a certain city, but lives in another part of town. He doesn’t need to wait until he gets to the city where the land is to know it belongs to him. He already has the documents, and that’s all the proof he requires.
Your faith is like that document! It’s the title-deed of unseen realities. When you call real that which you’ve not seen with your optical eyes, you’re acting in faith. So to “wait” for the manifestation of God’s Word before accepting it to be real is not faith but hope. Hope always looks to the future; it’s not for today. But faith is for NOW: “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1).
What you need for an everyday, every moment life of victory and the miraculous is faith. It makes you a possessor NOW! So you need to transcend from hope to faith and begin to enjoy your healing, prosperity and victory NOW!