Wednesday, June 25, 2014
What Is Faith?
ROMANS 1:17 ESV 17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, "The righteous shall live by faith."
Since the Bible reveals that we, who have been made righteous by receiving Jesus Christ, are to live by faith, we need to know what faith is.
Faith is what you believe. In the New Testament, faith is the noun form and believe is the verb form of the same word.
Faith is not difficult to understand. If you believe something, that is your faith. Faith and belief are the same thing.
A belief is something you have accepted as truth and consider to be true, whether it is actually true or not.
Faith is not a feeling, attitude, outlook, or state. Faith is primarily a choice, a decision of your will. Nothing can force you to believe. What you believe is a decision you make.
Here is a definition: Faith is always a decision, based on some evidence, resulting in some action.
So faith is when you are persuaded by the evidence you have been presented, and you make the decision to accept it as truth worthy of action.
If you were told the building you were in was on fire, you could say all day "I believe the building is on fire." But when you actually believe it, you will leave the building.
Faith in God is a choice to believe what God says is true. It is accepting God's Word as evidence worthy of acting upon.
Faith in God and His Word operates on the same principles as faith in anything else. There are no special rules. It is all a matter of what you believe.
SAY THIS: Faith is what I believe.
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