- Absolute trust
- A firm conviction, producing full acknowledgment of God’s revelation or truth
- A personal surrender to God
- From the Latin word, “fidem” … meaning confidence, fidelity
If it takes Faith to please God, then we need to know what that is. The world around us is not built to encourage us, but rather drain us. The cares of this world can choke the Word. That’s why we need to spend more time in God’s Word.
Faith is knowing, that we KNOW that we know. Faith is knowing something is true. That we trust that. Sometimes we question the willingness of God. We say, “We know God can do it, but He might not do it for me.” But Jesus said, “According to THEIR faith, you are healed.” We sometimes point the finger at God, when He is waiting on us. We must believe it, because He has ALREADY done it!
“Therefore we conclude that a man is JUSTIFIED by FAITH apart from the deeds of the law.”
The Greek word for Faith is “pistis”. The opposite of this is “apistis”, meaning without faith.
If we look in the Bible, we can see examples of “apistis” (without faith):
- Mark 16:11 “And they, when they had heard that he was alive,
and had been seen of her, believed NOT.”
- Acts 16:8 “Why should it be thought a thing INCREDIBLE with you,
that God should raise the dead?”
- Luke 12:46 “The lord of that servant will come in a day when he looketh not for him,
and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in sunder,
and will appoint him his portion with the UNBELIEVERS.”
- 1 Timothy 5:8 “But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house,
he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an INFIDEL.”
- Titus 1:15 “Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled
and UNBELIEVING is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled.”
- Revelation 21:8 “But the fearful, and UNBELIEVING, and the abominable,
and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars,
shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone:
which is the second death."
- Mark 9:19 “He answereth him, and saith, O FAITHLESS generation,
how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him unto me.”
When we start questioning, it can show we don’t have Faith. We can believe we are saved, yet, we have a problem believing for whatever we need… like Healing. When we pray for something specific, it allows God to start moving in our life. It takes practice. We have to start small and build up our faith, EACH day.
When you start seeing God move in the small things in your life, then you will have the confidence for more challenging things. This builds your confidence.
In the Bible, Jesus mainly said that His disciples were faithless. Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever. Jesus said, “If you’ve seen Me, you’ve seen the Father.” He wants to treat us as His children. He wants to have fellowship with us.
Jesus was sent to rebuild His fellowship/relationship with us (because Adam/Eve sinned and broke this fellowship with God). When we sin, this breaks the fellowship with Him, and it breaks His heart. God is not going to turn His back on us. He is there… WE just need to come back to Him.
Sin is shutting of God and breaking the fellowship with Him… temporarily. Just go back to God and ask forgiveness. God is a LOVING God. He is FAITHFUL and Just and will forgive our sins when we ask.
Joshua Boyd (Young Adult Fellowship Teacher, Tremont Church)