What is Faith?


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Faith might be the single most important element of the Christian faith. But what is faith?

The dictionary defines faith as “complete trust or confidence in someone or something.” The Bible defines faith as, Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see” (Hebrews 11:1).

Lately, I’ve wondered how strong my faith is. The longer my husband remains unemployed, the longer our prayers go unanswered, the more I worried I become. I must admit that every now and then I get an inappropriate thought. I know that thought is from the father of all lies, and fortunately I can get rid of that thought quickly, but it makes me wonder, how strong is my faith?

I want my faith to be stronger. I want God to know He can count on me, even though this trail. I want to be so passionate about my faith there is no doubt. I want my faith to be rock-solid.

For examples of faith, we need only turn to the Bible. Hebrews 11 is the “Faith Hall of Fame” so to speak. What do all of these faith stories have in common?  I believe it is this simple:

Faith is not praying until the thing we want happens. Faith is trusting that God has the right thing in mind, even if that thing is not what we imagined it to be, or when we expected it to happen.

But we’re human. We understand what we know. It’s difficult to wait for the unknown, even when we know God has our best in mind. So I offer this simple prayer.

Dear Lord,

Increase our faith.

Amen.

 

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12 thoughts on “What is Faith?

  1. Amen! Faith is not a result of striving but its a result of surrender. We will have strong faith if we also surrender all of our life to God. Great post and being my spiritual food this morning. I will take you and your husband into my daily prayer. Many blessings to you and your fam, sis.

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  2. I too am still holding on to the promise that I would find a great job.I stand with you and your husband in prayer that God will take care of us and He will never leave us nor forsake us. We walk by faith and not by sight. God Bless You always…

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  3. Amen! Thank Him today for what He is going to do for you guys tomorrow! He is there when we don’t see Him, and He is loving every minute of your desire to trust Him more! Love you! 🙂

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  4. When I get up in the morning the first thing is to “Give Thanks”, trust me the older you get the reality of this is a gift! LOL! But, seriously, It is a “Confidence in God Thing”, I learned many years ago. I read somewhere God was insulted by our lack of belief He can do all things! So why do we? Because most of us we raised to hear the first words from our parents, “don’t ask you can do it!” So now I take a pause to ask God before I begin anything. I end with ‘WE can do this!” God loves to be part of our everyday lives through His Spirit Jesus left with us for guidance and assurance we aren’t to figure it all out! So, in saying being “Thankful” for even what we cannot see just yet, and using you own sweet kind words of encouragement to me last week. Julie when helping me with my new blog last week, you said “Just be patient with yourself, this will all come together soon.” I was needing to practice my faith too, and it helped greatly. Got up,”Thanking God all will be good”, and it was. Things ran smoothly on my blog! Thanks Julie for letting me share! Stay Blessed~<3

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