What do you think of when you hear the word faith? How do you describe it?
Dictionaries such as Merriam-Webster and various other online dictionaries offer some of the following definitions for Faith:
- Strong belief or trust in someone or something
- Belief in the existence of God
- Strong religious feelings or beliefs
- Belief that is not based on proof
- Belief in anything, as in a code of ethics, standards of merit, etc.
- The obligation of loyalty or fidelity to a person, promise, engagement, etc.
Do these definitions spell out what faith is to you? What does the Bible say about faith?
What Is Faith?
Hebrews 11King James Version (KJV)
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. 2 For by it the elders obtained a good report. 3 Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear. 4 By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.5 By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.7 By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.8 By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.9 By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise:10 For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.11 Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised.12 Therefore sprang there even of one, and him as good as dead, so many as the stars of the sky in multitude, and as the sand which is by the sea shore innumerable.13 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.14 For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country.15 And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned.16 But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.17 By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son,18 Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called:19 Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure.20 By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come.21 By faith Jacob, when he was a dying, blessed both the sons of Joseph; and worshipped, leaning upon the top of his staff.22 By faith Joseph, when he died, made mention of the departing of the children of Israel; and gave commandment concerning his bones.23 By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months of his parents, because they saw he was a proper child; and they were not afraid of the king’s commandment.24 By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter;25 Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;26 Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.27 By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible.28 Through faith he kept the passover, and the sprinkling of blood, lest he that destroyed the firstborn should touch them.29 By faith they passed through the Red sea as by dry land: which the Egyptians assaying to do were drowned.30 By faith the walls of Jericho fell down, after they were compassed about seven days.31 By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not, when she had received the spies with peace.32 And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell of Gedeon, and of Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephthae; of David also, and Samuel, and of the prophets:33 Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions.34 Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens.35 Women received their dead raised to life again: and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection:36 And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment:37 They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented;38 (Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.39 And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise:40 God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.
“Scripture illustrates Faith quite clearly in Hebrews 11. When we take a closer look at the characters mentioned in this particular passage we also see Faith as more than a practice, confidence, belief, or religion.
WE SEE IT AS AN ACTION!!!
* Abel gave God his best trusting God would provide for him. (Genesis 4:2-7)
* Noah, when he saw no signs of flooding, trusted in God’s plan, as a result him and his family were spared. (Genesis 6:12-22, Genesis 8:1-22)
* Likewise Rahab because she believed, was spared and got to live in peace. (Joshua 2:8-21 and 6:24-25)
Their actions as well as their words reflected the depth of love, commitment, as well as trust they had for God. Our relationships with God should do the same! Our day to day walk in Christ should be ones built on Faith In Action!
Putting Faith In Action
Priscilla Shirer’s The Armor of God truly draws a clear picture of what a little faith can do when put to action.
- Active Faith Is A Shield
- Active Faith Reveals A Reliance On God
- Active Faith Is When You Act Like God Is Telling You The Truth
- Active Faith Will Not Yield Benefits Until We Become Willing To Marry Our Faith To Our Actions
- Active Faith Says Less About Us and MORE About What We Really Believe To Be True About God!
Ephesians 6:16 King James Version (KJV)
16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
James 2:26 King James Version (KJV)
26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.
The greatest antagonist to our faith is FEAR. Fear is NOT something God given. God equips us in our fear, with faith, if we trust Him.
2 Timothy 1:7 King James Version (KJV)
7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
So take up your shield of faith brothers and sisters! For faith not only deflects the enemy’s attacks as well as flaming accusations, it extinguishes them!
May God Bless You This Day…