Saint Paul wrote “Faith is the substance of things hope for, the evidence of things not seen.” You can’t grab faith physically, but you can grab it spiritually. You grab faith through the power of the Holy Spirit and a willing heart searching for God. The spiritual aspect of any concept exist and manifest in either physical or spiritual form whether good or bad.
When your heart is opened to have a deeper walk with God, you have the first ingredient, which is a willing spirit to believe. When we have breakfast in the morning, that syrup bottle was made by someone working with a machine, a mold, and glass. This bottle did not have any substance until it was formed, but it had all the ingredients to make it. Take a look at an unborn baby, which has all the ingredients of a human (DNA, form), but even though many don’t consider it a human, because unlike the bottle, it has both the contributory factors from the parents and also the highest potential of the human spirit and soul. It is a living being even inside the mother’s womb.
The temporary or physical vision of the syrup bottle does not have a flavor to it, but when ingredients are added it becomes flavorful. Once the syrup is consumed it is no more, but becomes a part of another vessel which is you. You can be reminded of the taste and color of it, and it becomes a part of the memory. If you do any wrong, you are reminded of it. This is a temporary or physical vision, but if you take it as spiritual, it will never leave you. Faith may go through various battles in the mind, but once it conquers these battles, and perfects itself, and it is tested, and tried by fire, it will triumph in you.
There is an unseen hand in all things whether for retribution or blessing. There was an unseen hand that drained that syrup from the tree, and another created the bottle. We know it was there at one time. God works the same way and takes place through God’s word. There has to be tangibility in the Spirit before there is an effect, and this is where the name Jesus Christ comes into focus. Christ is the revealing source of his spirit.
You can go to a mountain and hew stones from it. When you take that stone and break it, it becomes pebbles. It is similar to the family unit. A man and a woman, in a relationship, come together in agreement and bear children. The children are the stones. These little stones sometimes get rejected in abortion or mistreatment, but their spirits are alive and God loves them. Jesus Christ was rejected. God operated through Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the same way. Jacob had many stones coming from him which are the twelve tribes of Israel. Isaac was a promise child and so was Jesus. Many stones come forth from Jesus, the cornerstone, and we are his living stones. Peter, the apostle, called those who followed Jesus “living stones.”
Thanks to my friend Ralph for some insight into this concept. God bless.