What Does The Bible Say About Faith?

The Bible is all about faith! It’s a place to find encouragement and wisdom in your daily walk with God. But how do you know which verses are the most important? The Bible says that we need to have faith; without it, nothing works! Join me as I explore what the bible says about faith.

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Should We Have Faith in Faith?

Faith is one of the very basic concepts of Christianity, but it has become one of the most misused terms as well. People tell us that “if we have enough faith,” we can get almost anything from God.

If you have been around Christian circles long enough, I am sure that you have heard these terms, “We are saved by faith,” “Faith comes by hearing the word of God,” and “Without faith, it is impossible to please God.” All of these statements are true, but many people use them to try to get people to do something that has nothing to do with faith. So let’s look at what the Bible says about faith and see if we can make some sense of living by faith.

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What Is the Definition of Faith?

The dictionary defines faith this way. Faith is to believe in and trust in something or someone with no physical evidence that you can see it.  Faith is to hold a conviction too, to have reliance in, to have the assurance of, to feel confident about, and to have trust in something or someone.

The Bible defines faith as

Hebrews 11:1

11 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

So as we can see, faith is to believe and trust in something that we are not fully seeing with our physical senses. Every time I drive to town to get groceries, I cross several overpasses on the interstate. I know nothing of physics other than what goes up must come down. I know nothing of engineering, yet I don’t give a second thought to crossing over those bridges. I have faith that they will hold. I know this from experience.

The same is true with our Christian faith. We may not understand how God will do something or how He will do it, but we have faith that He will do it. We believe because of our relationship with Him and know He is trustworthy.

So What Does the Bible Teach About Faith?

There are some very clear teachings in the Bible concerning faith. Some other teachings only work in the context of a relationship with God. We get into trouble when we confuse relational teachings about faith with absolute teachings of faith. I hope that as I share with you the difference, you will begin to understand how to tell the difference.

The Bible teaches that we are saved by faith.

The Bible is very clear that we are saved by faith. That means we start our relationship with Jesus based on only one thing. We start by believing that He died for our sins and will forgive us of those sins and come to live within our hearts.

Ephesians 2:8

For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God,

Not only is our salvation a gift from God, but the faith to believe that message is a gift from God. It is not of ourselves. God gave it to us. The Bible teaches that every man is given a measure of faith (Rom. 12:3). This measure of faith is the gift of faith to believe the message of salvation and to act upon it.

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The Bible teaches that it is impossible to please God without faith.

This is one of those teachings that is easily confused. Some people try to use the passage I will share with you to tell you that God will only bless you if you act in faith. This is not what it says. Read with me carefully what it says.

Hebrews 11:6

6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

It says that without faith, it is impossible to please God. However, if you are a Christian, you already have that faith, so you have pleased God. So now, the only thing you have to do is diligently seek Him. It is all about relationships. God rewards your efforts and getting to know Him!

The Bible teaches that faith grows.

Since our faith is in a person and not in the faith itself, it grows over time. The more you get to know Jesus and spend time with Him, the more you realize that you can put your faith in what He says. The Apostle Paul put it this way.

2 Thessalonians 1:3

3 We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is fitting, because your faith grows exceedingly, and the love of every one of you all abounds toward each other,

The way that your faith grows is by building a relationship with Jesus. There is no magic formula. Reading the Bible, prayer, fasting, worship, and many other things are all parts of the process of relationship-building, but they are not some type of secret ingredients to having faith. Relationship with Jesus and knowing Him intimately is the key to growing your faith.

When you do this, you will realize that trusting God for your finances does not mean trusting God to give you a bigger house, fancier car, or a more significant bank account. You will realize that it does not mean you suddenly become healthy, wealthy, and powerful. It means that you will trust Him that no matter what happens, you are indeed in His hands and that all things will work together for good for those who love Him and are called according to “His purpose”.

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Your life does not become the American dream. It becomes the fulfillment of the purposes and plans of God that He has always had for you and those plans are eternally better than any American dream could be here on earth.

If you are not a believer in Christ and want to start your faith journey, then go here. Peace With God offers an online experience that will help guide you into the light of Jesus. It’s free and personal- just for you! You can also contact us directly if there is anything else we might be able to do for your spiritual needs.”

Blessings, Pastor Duke

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