The operational definition of faith is “visualizing what God intends to do in a given situation and acting in harmony with it.” Often, the word faith is used to describe “religion” or “a person’s beliefs.” However, Biblical faith is seeing Who God is, discerning (visualizing) His will, and confidently obeying Him. Faith in God gives us access to His grace. (See Romans 5:2.) Faith is developed by learning to hear God’s voice through His Word. The Holy Spirit reveals Who God is and convicts of sin. He also directs in accordance with His Word and confirms with peace. A Christian’s hope is complete confidence that God will fulfill His promises, even while expectantly waiting for them to happen. “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1). Those who exercise faith in God can overcome doubt and experience God’s supernatural peace and joy, even in stressful situations.
The opposite of faith is unbelief. When a person questions God, he is not trusting that God is Who He says He is. Doubting God is denying His faithfulness, which leads to relying on oneself or something other than Christ. Being independent reveals pride, which is the presumption that we know what is best for ourselves and others. This stubborn distrust is unbelief, which often is expressed in complaints, fears, and rebellion. We demonstrate unbelief when we think: “I’m not sure God’s promises apply to my situation” or “I tried trusting God, but it didn’t work.” We may even conclude that “I need to be in control.” Acting on these lies will lead to disaster. Scripture warns: “Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God” (Hebrews 3:12).
- Do I believe in God? Do I also believe that He makes Himself known to those who seek Him?
- Am I reading my Bible consistently, looking for verses that relate to my heart attitude and life situations?
- As I read God’s Word, do I welcome the changes that He desires to make in my thinking and behavior?
- When was the last time I intentionally acted on a command or promise that I read in God’s Word?
- Do I bring specific requests to the Lord, or do I pray only in vague, general terms?
- What are some examples of God working supernaturally in my life when I trusted Him?
- Instead of doubting God, do I pray with confident anticipation that He will answer according to His will?
- Am I worried that my needs may not be met?
- Do others overhear me complaining instead of thanking God and rejoicing in His goodness?
More About Faith
Transformation results as we behold the Lord and yield to the Holy Spirit’s work in our lives. “But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord” (II Corinthians 3:18). As we see God’s character through testimonies in Scripture, we grow in our understanding and obedience to His Word. Here are ten aspects of joyfulness with supporting verses found in God’s Word.
God enables me to:
Persevere in hope.
Lay aside all doubt and fear.
Overcome the world.
Receive His promises.
Discern His will.
Patiently endure trials.
Trust Him with all my needs.
Act on the truth.
Be convicted by His Word.
Faith in Scripture
Abraham Trusts God to Keep His Promises
Revealed in Nature
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