What Is Faith?

“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for
and assurance about what we do not see.”
Hebrews 11:1 (NIV)

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To ask, “What is faith?” is also a vital question for all of us to ask ourselves. It says in Hebrews 11:6 that without faith it is impossible to please God. Thus we must possess faith if we wish to please God. But what is faith? What is it made of?

Faith has three building blocks. To make it easy to understand and remember these parts to real biblical faith I use words beginning with the letter “c”.

First faith is comprehension. In order to have faith we need to know some things. What we need to know is that the Bible teaches us that Jesus is God in human form and that He came from heaven, took on human flesh, grew up under the law, died in the place of sinners on the cross, and rose again the third day. We must comprehend this teaching.

Second we must have conviction or confidence. We must be persuaded that these things taught about Jesus are true. This is a kind of faith, to understand what the Bible teaches about Jesus and believe it is all true. This is the faith that Satan has. Satan is a very orthodox theologian or Bible scholar. But this faith is not enough to bring us to salvation.

The third part of real faith is commitment. We must give ourselves into Jesus. We must place ourselves upon Him and His redeeming work. There are many places in the Scriptures where we are called on to believe into, upon, or in, Jesus. The evangelist Billy Graham had a powerful ministry of calling people to commitment to the Gospel message.

Faith is a vital, living activity. Because it is a live entity it needs to be fed. Faith needs the food of biblical promises. Our faith receives strength when we hear what God had promised in the Bible to those who believe. Then faith is fed as we rehearse God’s past help in difficult times. Faith is fed when we see others continuing to walk with the Lord through painful situations. Faith is fed when we hear good biblical sermons. Faith is fed as we sing songs in our heart to the Lord. Faith is fed as we pray and wrestle with God. Faith is fed as we examine and study the universe.

Have you fed your faith today? Have you read truths from Scripture and done the things described above? If not, stop whatever you are doing, and get down to the serious business of building some muscular faith in your spiritual life. You will be glad you did!

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