The Lord has been dealing with me a lot lately on faith.
So, what exactly is faith?
The Oxford dictionary states that faith is “complete trust or confidence in someone or something.” Hebrews 11:1 says, “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”
Faith is absolute confidence in God’s will, God’s purpose, and absolute belief that God will answer your prayers –all this before you see any physical proof.
Faith is vital in our walk with God and faith is what helps us grow in that walk. In thinking over the many stories of the Old Testament, I have come to realize that God required a great amount of faith from his children. Noah had never seen rain, yet He was told to build an ark in preparation for a great flood and he didn’t question God… he simply built an ark. Let me take a minute to mention that all of his friends and family thought he was crazy, but that didn’t stop him from obeying God. Ruth was a woman who left everything she had for something far more greater than anything she’d ever imagined, but she first had to step out in faith. Abraham followed God even though he was not sure where he was going. That was faith as well. In Romans 4, it says that Abraham was saved because of his faith and not because of his works. You see, faith is what God responds to. He doesn’t respond to fear, worry, or doubt. These things actually displease God. When we are operating in fear, worry, or doubt, God is not able to work through us to accomplish His plan and will for our lives and the lives of others. Faith is what moves God! Hebrews 11 is a great chapter all about faith. In verses 33-34 it says, “who by faith conquered kingdoms, performed acts of righteousness, obtained promises, shut the mouths of lions, quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, from weakness were made strong, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight.” ALL OF THESE THINGS WERE DONE BY FAITH!!!
So, how do we ‘get’ faith?
We get it by reading the Word of God. We get it by trusting in that Word— no matter what the situation may look like. We get it by choosing to believe the truth over the facts. James 1:6-7 says, “But he must ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind. For that man ought not to expect that he will receive anything from the Lord.” I like the way minister and author, Phil Pringle, puts it, “The Word of God leaps into action when it is believed. The Word is Jesus. Jesus is the Word. When we believe the Word, we are believing Jesus.”
We must get this truth deep down in our spirits: If God said it, then He is faithful to perform. He does not lie or change His mind. We must stand in faith and declare that though the storms rage, though the winds blow, we will not be moved. We must be firmly planted in faith, knowing that God is there with us and that He is in control. Friends, God is for us and our faith is what moves Him!