What is Faith?
Well, let me tell you. People oftentimes confuse faith with hope. Faith is the belief in what your senses can’t see while Hope is having the confidence and expectation that someone will fulfill their promise. But to Christians, it is the fundamental belief that whatever you ask of God; that He will provide it if you put your trust in God and not in yourself. Hebrews 11:1 says it this way:
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen.”
For me, this is a very personal scripture because when I was born, my mother was told that even if I survived being born that I’d have brain damage, cerebral palsy, or I’d become blind and/or have to live in a medical or group home. But my mother and father both trusted and had faith in God that He would pull me through and He fulfilled the “substance of things hoped for” (me being born healthy) through my parents’ faith in “the evidence of things not seen”. Throughout my life, I have had to struggle and overcome many things; some battles that I still face every day, but everyone faces battles throughout their lifetime. But God wants us to put our trust or FAITH in Him and only then will everything else fall into place. Now, let’s get the heart of the matter.
If faith is the “essence” or “reality” of what we hope for and the “proof” or “conviction” of the unseen realm; then why do, we as people; especially Christians lack faith when things don’t go your way. In order for faith to produce the evidence, there has to be a trust in God first then faith can produce the works. Here is a little equation that I came up with to help demonstrate my point.
Your Faith + God = The Evidence of Your Faith (The Physical Solution)
In Hebrews 11:6, it says,
“For without faith it is impossible to please Him; for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”
God wants us to have faith in Him and come to Him whenever we need help, but only if we believe in Him first. Not only is God a provider, but it also says that He is a rewarder to those who follow Him diligently. Several weeks ago, at Grace Church, Pastor Yusef Fletcher talked on the subject: What is Faith and How Faith Works. While listening to the sermon, Pastor Yusef Fletcher spoke on several key points that I believe will help not just me in my walk with God, but you as well. Five of the key points that I feel Pastor Fletcher heavily discussed in his sermon include:
- Hope without Faith has no substance or proof.
- The Word of God is the evidence of Faith. The Word of God is our evidence and lets me see into the unseen realm.
- Just because we can’t see the spiritual realm doesn’t mean that it isn’t there.
- When you believe it, you will receive it and have it, but it may take time for the spiritual to enter the natural realm.
- I have to live BY faith IN the Son of God. Faith without works is dead; so, Faith needs to have works (substance or proof) before they can come together.
Overall, faith in what we can’t see plays a major part in what makes up the majority of Christianity and our ethics today; because we are all hoping and waiting for that “spark” of what we believe in to be true. In the end, though; Faith in the Unseen is the backbone that allows us to see into the spiritual work that is waiting for us if we have faith in Christ.
So, what do you think? What does faith mean to you?
Fletcher, Yusef. “What is Faith and How Faith Works.” FaceBook, https://www.facebook.com/GraceChurchVA/videos/1483236641697042/ . Accessed 11 July 2017.
krose. “Hebrews 11:6” http://indulgy.com/post/J04KJvSJ62/hebrews . Accessed 11 July 2017.