Monday, July 14, 2003 5:10 a.m.
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!