- strong belief or trust in someone or something
- belief in the existence of God : strong religious feelings or beliefs
- a system of religious beliefs
Faith in God can the move mountains in your life
For I assure you: If you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will tell this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you. – Matthew 17:20
Not that anyone has seen the Father, except the One who is from God; He has seen the Father. Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes has eternal life. I am the bread of life. – Jesus words as recorded in John 6:46-48
But as for you, continue in what you have learned and firmly believed. You know those who taught you, and you know that from childhood you have known the sacred Scriptures, which are able to give you wisdom for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. – 2 Timothy 3:14-15
The prayer of faith will save the sick person, and the Lord will restore him to health; if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. – James 5:15
You love Him, though you have not seen Him. And though not seeing Him now, you believe in Him and rejoice with inexpressible and glorious joy, because you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls. – 1 Peter 1:8-9
Dear friends, although I was eager to write you about the salvation we share, I found it necessary to write and exhort you to contend for the faith that was delivered to the saints once for all…But you, dear friends, as you build yourselves up in your most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, expecting the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ for eternal life. – Jude 1:3, 20-21
- F AITH
- A doration
- C onfession
- T hanksgiving
- S upplication
The message of the Bible is clear – we cannot earn our way into God’s presence by being nice, by doing enough good works, by belonging to the right church or even by practicing the right religion. When we come to God, we must first come to Him by faith. For our prayers to be heard by the Holy God, we must first come to Him in faith for salvation (CLICK HERE to see how to put your faith in God so that He will hear your prayers). Subsequently, when we come to Him in prayer as believers, we again come by faith.
Faith is defined as belief or trust — especially in a higher power. The fundamental idea in Scripture is steadfastness and faithfulness. (New Unger’s Bible Dictionary) Like a child reaching up to be held by a loving parent, Christians choose to place their lives and their eternal destiny in the loving arms of God. It should be a conscious, reasoned choice that guides all our thoughts, words and actions in this life.
Faith is not some strange, obscure thing practiced only by religious zealots. Biblical faith is not devoid of logic, reason, or thoughtful consideration. Faith is something every single person exercises throughout each and every day. We put our faith in the chair we sit in, trusting that it will hold our weight and not leave us sprawling on the floor. We place our faith in a bank and banking system, confident that the money we deposit will still be there when we need it, with interest. When a paratrooper, burdened by a hundred pounds of combat equipment, jumps from a plane at 1,200 feet, he puts his faith in his equipment and in his training.
In most instances, our faith is appropriately rewarded. The chair holds our weight and we sit comfortably. Our money is readily dispensed from our bank’s ATM machine. The paratrooper floats safely to the ground and he prepares to engage the enemy (resulting in a new round of prayer and opportunities for faith!).
The world rewards people’s accomplishments with wealth, position and power, though the giving of these rewards is often unfair, influenced by corrupt, preferential treatment. But God perfectly rewards the faith of His children. The object of our faith is not our intellect, our abilities, or even our work, no matter how diligent. Nor is our faith in faith itself, some nebulous ability to believe the unbelievable. Rather, thinking Christians put their faith in the living, true God of the Bible. No other person, god, religion, or political system is worthy of such faith.