Hebrews 11 is the most complete Biblical explanation that one could study concerning the whole issue called faith.
Faith is an internal struggle as we deal with two distinct realities. We have the seen reality and the unseen reality. Faith has no root in the seen realm. However it manifests into the seen realm as a result of work done in the unseen.
We are going to study this area in detail not as a theological exposition but from a standpoint of gleaning revelatory material that opens our eyes and causes us to apprehend everything God has for us.
The Word always deals with the unseen realm first. It shows us that this realm determines what happens in the seen realm. Of course in creation both realms flowed together. And we know that the fall changed that and we have two distinct dimensions which do not always work together. Very often we experience contrary circumstances. What makes the difference is applying the covenant of Jesus into our lives. This covenant gives us access into that unseen realm and the Bible shows us how we can call upon that realm; make a demand that it operates in our lives.
What has been established in the Unseen Realm?
What has been established is that we come back into relationship with God. So it all starts with a relational position. We have access to His Presence. We are made new creations. We are given the spirit of sonship. We are immersed in the Holy Spirit. We are given both priestly and kingly positions in this life and for eternity. What God has done through Christ is restore us in His Image to the place where Adam once was.
How do we access and bring to the seen what has been established in the Unseen Realm?
The difference is the exercise of faith. It is receiving a purpose from God and believing it and acting in obedience.
When we consider Abraham he left his country. Hebrews 11 tells us something. It tells us that He was seeking out a city; a community whose architect is God and whose foundation is God. So if he was seeking means it exists. And Abraham was so convinced by it that he moved even though no-one could see it or touch it.
All my own Ministry is made up of examples where I saw something and despite everyone else not seeing or believing I moved out in obedience and the promises manifested in my circumstances. I moved from UK to Portugal based on this reality and God gave me a beautiful wife and children. This did not exist but our faith birthed this into being.
Paul says in Colossians 3 that our focus should be in those things that come from above not those things here. This means that instead of us focusing on the confusions that reign on the earth we should pray like Jesus taught us;
Your Kingdom come
Your will be done as it is in heaven.
For that Kingdom to operate we need to cooperate with God in that unseen realm.
Once we have done this work relational to God; we will see a manifestation of what He promises at the right time.
This sometimes requires patience on our part to wait for the right time. The Bible is full of examples of this. From Abraham down to Christ we see all the men that God used wait the perfect time.
So the unseen manifests because there is a constant interaction.
To conclude we see Joshua commanded to go into the promised land. They needed a miracle because the river stood in their way and God commanded the Ark of Covenant with its Priests touch the water. As it did the river parted and they trod on dry ground.
We operate in this level as we are in covenant and we obey and advance in its manifest principles.
What barriers exist between you and your promises? They can only move away when we do work in the unseen realm. Anything else is pure religion.