Posted by: missionventureministries | June 19, 2011

What is Faith? – Hebrews 11:1

“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see” – Hebrews 11:1

 True faith is confident obedience to God’s word in spite of circumstances or consequences. Faith is described in a two-fold way. It is the “substance of things hoped for,” and “the evidence of things not seen.”  Faith is where the promises and work of God are made real to His redeemed and is vital to the Christian. 

  • Ephesians 2:8-9, we are saved by faith.
  • Romans 1:17, we live by faith.
  • Romans 4:13, we receive righteousness by faith.
  • Romans 5:1, we are justified in Christ by faith
  • Romans 5:2, we have access to God’s grace by faith.
  • 2 Corinthians 1:24, we stand firm in our belief by faith.
  • Galatians 3:14, we receive the promise of the Spirit by faith.
  • 1 Timothy 1:4, we do God’s work by faith.
  • Galatians 5:5, we wait for the return of Christ by faith.

According to Webster’s Dictionary faith is “an unquestioning belief that does not require proof or evidence.”

Faith is a fundamental duty for every believer: “Therefore they said to Him, “What shall we do, so that we may work the works of God?” Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He has sent.”  – John 6:28-29

Faith is a defensive weapon in spiritual warfare: “In addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.”  – Ephesians 6:16

Faith is essential in prayer: “But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But he must ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind.”  – James 1:5-6

 God designed a way to distinguish between those who belong to Him and those who don’t and it is called faith. Very simply, we need faith to please God. God tells us that it pleases Him that we believe in Him even though we
cannot see Him. Faith is an indispensable element for pleasing God. Hebrews 11:6 tells us that “He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.” This is not to say that we have faith in God just to get something from Him. However, God loves to bless those who are obedient and faithful. We see a perfect example of this in (Luke 7:50). Jesus is engaged in dialog with a sinful woman when He gives us a glimpse of why faith is so rewarding. “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.” The woman believed in Jesus Christ by faith and He rewarded her for it.

Faith is what sustains us to the end, knowing by faith that we will be in heaven with God for all eternity. “And though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, obtaining as the outcome of your faith the salvation of your souls.” – 1 Peter 1:8-9.

Faith is vitally important in the life of the Christian. It is by faith that you are saved; you are justified; cleansed, and look forward to the return of Jesus. Faith is where you please God, admit your dependence upon Him, and continually seek to rely upon Him and His grace.

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