Faith. It is something that is wonderful and powerful in the life of a believer. But it is also extremely misunderstood as well. So many people are under the belief that they don’t have enough faith. And they live under condemnation and self ridicule because they cannot seem to get enough faith together to act, or to get God to act on their behalf. Many Christians today can be heard to say ‘If only I had more faith.’
Faith is extremely important in our lives because “And without faith it is impossible to please Him..” Hebrews 11:6 ESV. Jesus also said to the blind men who came to Him to be healed “According to your faith be it done to you.” Matthew 9:29 ESV So it is important that we have faith, and much of what God can do in our lives is because of faith. But what is faith?
First we need to dispel the belief that is faith is a magical substance that we need to exercise like a muscle to enable God to work on our behalf, or that we need to pray for God to grow our faith or to give us more faith. There is no specific ‘measure’ of faith given where some get a little and others get a lot. There is simply faith, and you cannot grow it or strengthen it at all.
Faith is a gift given to us by God yes, ‘For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God..’ Ephesians 2:8 ESV. And the faith God gives you simply allows you to start your walk with Him and begin a life altering empowered relationship with the King of kings. So God gives us faith. We don’t exercise our faith or grow our faith because faith comes from God ‘ So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.’ Romans 10:17 ESV. Faith comes by hearing the “word” of God which when read in the Greek is a spoken word. “Hearing through the word ‘rhema=spoken’ of Christ”.
Faith is a gift from God and it grows by hearing God speak and by acting on what He has said. But we still don’t know what faith actually is. So what is faith?
Faith is simply the confident quiet assurance that God is who He says He is and He will do what He said He will do.! That is it. No magical formulas, no special efforts and no exercise and effort required. Faith is believing God period. Abraham was a perfect example of faith for us to follow. James records Abraham’s faith when he wrote “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness”—and he was called a friend of God.” James 2:23 ESV Abraham believed God and acted on what God said to do, and his belief was what pleased God.
If we go back to the rest of our original scripture in Hebrews 11:6 it says “And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.” Faith is believing God is who He says He is and that He will do what He said He will do. That allows us to walk forward by faith because our faith is in the nature and the character of God and not on our circumstances. It allows us to weather any storm because we walk with a God who said He will never leave us or forsake us.
Faith is simply a confident assurance in the character of God allowing us to follow as He directs us to. This also allows faith to deepen because as we hear God speak to us and act on what He says So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.’ Romans 10:17 ESV our understanding of His nature deepens and when we move forward into what God has said we then see Him doing what He said He would. So our faith is in God, because He is faithful.
We don’t need to work up faith and we don’t need to pray for more or look for ways to grow our faith. It doesn’t work that way. We simply need to believe that God is who He says He is and that He will reward us because we are seeking after Him, and not looking for what He can do. And as we step out believing what God speaks and directs us to our understanding of His nature grows which allows us to step out further as He leads and our understanding grows again and again and again.
Jesus said “For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.” Matthew 17:20 ESV. A little belief in God goes a long long way. If we will stop looking for the magical essence that allows God to move and start getting to simply know God and allow He to show us His nature and to speak to our lives so we can act on His direction instead of our plans we would then see Him in action which would deepen our assurance in Him allowing us to see more of who He is and opening the door to God doing some very powerful things in our lives.
All it takes is for us to answer the question “Is God who He said He was, and will He do what He said He will do?”