What is Faith?

Monday, July 14, 2003  5:10 a.m.

Dear Diary,

The essence of faith is trusting in God that we will receive what He has revealed.

1. Faith is for salvation.   A personal trust in the saving grace of Jesus Christ apart from our works.  “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves; it is a gift of God: not of works lest any man should boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9).

2. Faith is for prayer. Faith is the “confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us” (I John 5:14).

3. Faith is believing in unseen things.  “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1).  “Faith gives substance to unseen things, so that we act upon the conviction of their reality” (C.I. Scofield).

4. Faith is a working principle in our life.  “Even so, faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone” (James 2:17).

So what is faith?  Faith is: salvation, prayer, believing, and works.

Thought for Today:  “According to your faith be it unto you” (Matthew 9:29).  A sobering thought!

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