What Is Faith?
What is faith? An online dictionary states that a basic definition of faith is the complete trust or confidence in a person or something. Faith is fervent belief in God or in the doctrines of a religion, based upon spiritual apprehension rather than proof. Faith is to believe in and have assurance of something.
Remember how it felt as a child waiting for a birthday or some other special day was about to occur, being excited and anxious, knowing that there would be gifts or other special treats? In any case, a few things would come as a shock. Birthday celebrations consolidate affirmation and expectation, thus so does faith. Faith is the conviction dependent on previous experience that God's new amazements will doubtlessly be our own.
Two words depict our confidence: certainty and confidence. These two characteristics need a solid start and finishing point. The starting place of faith is trusting in God’s person, he is who he says he is. The endpoint is trusting in the promises of God, he will do what he says he will do. At the point when we accept that God will satisfy his promises despite the fact that we do not see those promises appearing yet, we show genuine faith (John 20:24-31).
God called the universe into reality from nothing; he pronounced that it was to be, and it was. Our confidence is in the God who made the whole universe by his promise. God's assertion has wonderful power. When he talks, do we tune in and react? How might we better set ourselves up to react to his Word?
Faith is God centered, not man centered.
Man centered faith:
The chair that I sit in will support me. When I put my key into the ignition, my car will start. When I flip the switch, the lights in my room will come on. This pen that I am about to use will write. Man centered faith is expecting that certain worldly things will work or will happen.
God centered faith:
God centered faith is the total dependence on God and a willingness to do his will. God centered faith is complete, humble obedience to do what He says for us to do. The amount of faith is not as important as having the right kind of faith.
The Author of Faith:
There is Saving Faith:
There is Sanctifying Faith:
There is Defensive Faith:
There is the Gift of Faith:
There is the Fruit of Faith:
There is a Level of Faith:
There is Increased Faith:
Faith results in good works:
There are the Works of Faith:
Faith results in God’s Power. A powerless Christian is a defeated Christian who has little or no faith. Our faith can often be proved through persecution.
Do you ever feel stagnant in your faith?
Faith comes alive when we apply scripture.
What motivates your faith, fear, or the love for God? Faith eliminates pride. Faith exalts what God has done. Faith is based on our relationship with God, not our performance for God.
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God called me into the ministry over 20 years ago and I have had the blessed opportunity to preach for a church radio broadcast, served as a Sunday School teacher, served as a youth director along with my wife, as a music director, as an Associate Pastor, and as an Interim Pastor.
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