What Is Faith According To God?

  • Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.
  • Romans 10:17 faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.
  • Romans 12:3 (NKJV) … as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.
  • Galatians 3:11 The righteous will live by faith.

The Word says the righteous (born-again believer) will live by faith so it’s imperative to know what faith is and how it comes. The Bible defines it as being “sure” of what we hope for and “certain” of what we do not see. We need to trust in the Lord and in His Word completely and not look at our own understanding or our circumstances. God made Abraham a promise and he stood on what God said regardless of the fact that it was impossible in the natural. He knew in Whom he believed.

The Bible is God’s Word, His promises to you. His Word is what you need to be sure of even when you do not see the outcome right away. You have been given a measure of faith. The more you put the Word in your heart, the more your faith is going to grow. Note that Hosea 4:6 states: “my people are destroyed from lack of knowledge”. Realize the importance of God’s Word and make a decision to read it daily.

Faith from a head perspective is mental assent and not true faith. It will not sustain you when doubt, unbelief, or fear comes your way. Faith is being faithful to believe what God says, even when circumstances or obstacles (including people) seem to contradict His Word. We serve Almighty God and His Word is true. Let’s believe Him and His Word with all our hearts.

Faith is used in the kingdom of God to obtain the promises of God as money is used in the natural world to purchase goods and services. Faith has to be exercised to obtain God’s promises. Faith is the only way you say to God you believe Him, you believe His promises, and you receive them. Faith that is exercised will not be denied. God responds to a prayer of faith.

How to develop your faith:
  1. Read and/or listen to the Word of God daily, as it is God’s primary way of speaking to you. The Bible contains God’s promises and instructions to His children. Put the Word of God in your heart so that it becomes well rooted.
  2. Ask God to enlighten you about His Word. If you’ve made Jesus Lord and Savior of your life, His Spirit (called the Holy Spirit) is within you and can teach you if you ask Him. Jesus said in John 14:26: “But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.”
  3. Meditate on a scripture until the Holy Spirit gives you revelation about it. That scripture will become established in your heart and won’t be just head knowledge.
  4. Spend time with God in prayer. Develop and/or deepen your relationship with Him through praise and worship. As you spend time with Him, you’ll learn to know Him more and learn to trust Him.
  5. Believe His Word. Believe that His promises are yours. Declare them and you will put the Word of God to work on your behalf.
  6. When God gives you an instruction or direction, be quick to obey it.

Call to action:
Choose one thing you want to take a faith stand on today. Look at the Word to see what it says about your situation. If it’s a promise of God, claim it and contend for it. If it’s a request, go boldly to the throne of grace and ask God in Jesus’ Name for your need. Don’t define how God will deliver on that prayer. Let Him do what He can do so well – answer prayers.

For a biblical example, see John 4:50-53.