“You have to receive it by faith!” Has anyone ever told you that? It is usually easier said than done, depending on what it is you are standing in faith for. Receiving by faith is having the object of your faith before it is physically manifested. If you have it physically manifested, then you don’t need faith to believe for it. This faith (receiving before any physical manifestation) is the evidence of things not seen that Hebrews 11:1 speaks of. It is the same thing that we find in Mark 11:24. Jesus says to believe that you receive WHEN YOU PRAY. You don’t have it physically manifested when you pray for it because if you did, you wouldn’t have to pray for it. But you believe in faith that you do have it. The reason we can believe in faith for things we do not see or do not yet have is because we have a God who is faithful. If God’s Word says we should have it, then you have every right to expect it. It makes no difference how you “feel”. Feelings are carnal. The promises of God are spiritual. You cannot receive spiritual things carnally. So you shouldn’t expect to receive them by “feeling” them. Receive them by believing in God’s Word!
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1 (NKJV)
Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them. Mark 11:24 (NKJV)
18 while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:18 (NKJV)
24 He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it. 1 Thessalonians 5:24 (NKJV)