what is faith

There once was a time when we believed in something. Today, everybody says they believe in something while having faith in nothing. People today think what they want to believe regardless of the facts. We used to believe the scientists who spend their lives researching global warming. Today, when scientists tell us we have a global warming problem, we push their studies aside and say, we don’t believe you, it is just a hot year. We used to believe the doctors because they were physicians, and physicians study medicine. Today when doctors tell us to social distance and wear a facemask because of Coronavirus, suddenly their knowledge of medicine comes across as silliness. We toss their recommendations aside and say we walk in faith, and by faith, the virus will disappear. It appears as though we have lost our confidence in everything.

All of those things we do in confidence, while we continue to turn our heads away from the truth and the evidence of truth. We used to believe in God, but now we try to prove whether He exists at all. How do you believe in a God that you cannot prove is real? How can you increase your faith amid a perverse world? The answer has always been, “by faith.” In this blog, I want to talk about faith and what it means to have confidence in a God, whom no one has seen.

Definition of the Word “Faith”

The noun “PISTIS” is the Greek root word from which we derive “faith”. PISTUEO is the verb. It means – having complete trust or confidence in someone or something; a strong belief in the doctrines of a religion, based on spiritual conviction rather than proof. Faith is having confidence in things we hope for. Even though we cannot see them, we prove our faith by believing that God is working our hope into physical existence.

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1). Faith is the bridge that links us to the spiritual realm and makes God a touchable reality in our minds. By faith, we create the world in which we live. We are confident that the unseen world is real. Thus, we believe the things we create in the spiritual realm will manifest as reality.

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Faith guarantees that God’s promises and Biblical revelations are true. We cannot detect these revelations and promises with our physical senses. However, by faith, we have the certitude that our expectations will come to pass. Faith is the tangible quintessence that the things we hope for become so concrete that even belief itself becomes a definitive reality of those things that are not yet visible. Faith becomes so tangible that you believe you possess those things in the spiritual realm.

We act out our faith when we put aside reliance on ourselves and trust God completely. Faith is wholly relying on and trusting God for everything that pertains to life in the physical dimension. We know that faith is not just believing in God, for James 2:19 says “Even the demons believe—and tremble!”

The Necessity of Salvation

At the mention of the word “salvation”, most people think of going to heaven or being saved from sin. But salvation encompasses much more than that. Salvation translated is as “Soteria” (so-tay-ree’-ah) and it covers a wide spectrum of deliverance, including healing. Salvation is the spiritual and eternal deliverance that God grants immediately to those who accept His conditions of repentance and faith in the Lord Jesus (Acts 4:12).

What you believe about God asserts your salvation. The Bible tells us that without faith, no one can be saved (Hebrews 11: 6). Your confidence in God is a spiritual force that overcomes tremendous opposition. Salvation gives you authority over all of life’s circumstances. If you believe it, nothing can prevail against you.

God wants to save you from everything, not just from hell. But before you receive salvation you must have absolute faith in God. Salvation is about having confidence in God. Abraham believed in God, and God called him righteous (Romans 4:3). Salvation does not come through the law; it is the gift of God. God gave the law through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ (John 1:17). For by grace we are saved through faith (Ephesians 2:8-9).

Confidence in God

What is faith?, Have confidence in God

Courage requires confidence and it requires faith to have confidence in God. We see a perfect example of confidence in God in the story of Daniel and the lion’s den (Daniel chapter 6). Daniel was one of the three administrators appointed to rule over the Persian governors. Daniel so distinguished himself among the administrators and governors by his exceptional character, that the king planned to set him over the whole kingdom. The administrators and governors became jealous of Daniel. They tried to find grounds to charge him with wrongdoing, but they were unsuccessful.

Daniel’s Conviction

They took note that Daniel openly prayed to God. The administrators and governors all agreed that the only way they would find Daniel guilty of anything was to use his confidence in God against him. So they went to the king and convinced him to make a law against that anyone who prays to any god or human being during the next thirty days, except to him shall be thrown into the lions’ den. Once written, not even the king could reverse the Medes and Persian law.

When Daniel heard of the new law, he went home to his upstairs room to the window that faced Jerusalem and prayed. Daniel knew the power of faith. This he did three times a day in the sight of everyone. When the administrators and governors saw Daniel’s defiance, they went to the king and told him that Daniel had violated the law. Daniel possessed excellent character. When King Darius heard this, it distressed him, as he thought highly of Daniel. He tried until sundown to find a way to save Daniel, but he found none. So the king gave the order to throw Daniel into the lions’ den.  

God Honors Faith

Early the next morning, the king hurried to the lions’ den and called out to Daniel. When Daniel answered, an overjoyed King Darius gave orders to lift Daniel out of the lion’s den. The king inspected Daniel and found no wounds on him because Daniel had trusted God to deliver him.

Immediately after, the king, knowing that Daniel was falsely accused, commanded Daniel’s accusers to be thrown into the lions’ den, along with their wives and children. Before they reached the floor of the den, the lions overpowered them and crushed their bones. By faith, Daniel had trusted God to deliver him from certain death and God honored his faith. All of the odds were against Daniel but he still confided in God. Daniel’s accusers meant to harm him, but God gave Daniel favor because of his faith.

Implementing Confidence

Fear is false evidence appearing real. Fear comes to make you doubt, but faith overcomes doubt. Today’s world is overrun with uncertainty. That is why the Bible teaches us to “wait in faith” and “fight the good fight of faith” (1 Timothy 6:12). Faith sees what intellect cannot. Don’t just say that you believe, exercise your confidence in God by trusting wholly in Him.

Today’s world is filled with fear. Coronavirus has made fear and uncertainty a reality for many people. Maybe you have lost your job, or you might be struggling to make ends meet. Perhaps you or a loved one has contracted Coronavirus. Whatever your situation, remember that God honors faith. He makes all things work together for the good of those who love Him. Just remember, in your darkest hour, you can experience God’s love.

By Eric Dunbar

Once addicted to crack cocaine, my story is not unique but inspiring. I have been a professor of faith for most of my life. Before you inquire about my credentials, let me explain. I don’t mean professor as in “teacher” but professor as in “squatter.” For most of my life, I have been trying to occupy what I had never fully possessed, namely, faith. You see, my trust was in God long before I used drugs. To this day, I cannot tell you what happened to cause me to be addicted; it just happened. After a lifetime of serving God, somehow, I became a crack cocaine addict. I grew up in the church. I was born with talent. I started playing the organ for local churches at the age of eight years. I cultivated strong confidence in God early in life. From the time I was five until I was eighteen years old, I can’t remember ever missing a church service. I started playing keyboards in a popular R&B band at the age of nineteen years old. Midlife When you’re young, life is all about having fun, and I was indeed having a lot of fun. Playing in an R&B band exposed me to the rigors of nightlife, leading me to deviate from the church. I started experimenting with all kinds of drugs. At first, it was marijuana, then pills, and soon, I was using cocaine. All the while, I still attended church, although not as often. When I was married, my infrequent music revenue was inadequate to raise a family. So I left the band and found a job. I have always had confidence in God, but I didn’t know how to implement my faith. When my first child was born, I renewed my faith and got heavily involved in the church. A few years later, my pastor inspired me to begin a cell ministry in my home, where I faithfully worshipped God and held Bible studies every Tuesday. About seven years into my marriage, I slipped back into drug use. This time cocaine was my choice drug. Soon after, I learned to cook cocaine, converting it into a rocky substance called crack. That was the beginning of a life of trouble. I had become a slave to the drug; crack cocaine was now my master. Confident Expectation My wife threatened to leave if I didn’t control my addiction. Nevertheless, I remained confident that God would deliver me. But my wife insisted that I seek help. I wanted to save my marriage, so I enrolled in the Narcotics Anonymous Twelve Step Program. I completed the required thirty-day classes, and I went home drug-free. Fifteen days later, I was once again smoking crack. My crack smoking eventually led to my wife divorcing me. I lost my family, possessions, and everything dear to me. Life had become challenging, and I was near depression. My parents taught me that faith believes, so I understood the principle of faith. I had faith that God would liberate me, so I continued to pray that God would soon rescue me from this evil that had come upon me. One day I opened my Bible, and my eyes fell on this scripture: “So then faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17). “I don’t go to church anymore,” I said to myself, so how can I hear the word of God? Then I thought to read the word aloud to myself. The Bible was now my best friend. I read the word to myself. The word of God came out of my mouth and went back into my ears. Alas, I was hearing the word of God. I still craved crack cocaine and got high whenever the opportunity presented itself. But for the next two years, I mostly stayed to myself, reading the Bible aloud, quoting scriptures, and praying. Believing Faith Speaks After two years of practically being alone with God, my craving for crack cocaine was gone. My confidence in God rewarded me with freedom. I learned that believing faith speaks. No longer did I profess faith, but I now possessed it. Faith is having confidence in the things we hope for. Although they are not visible to our physical eyes, we believe that God is working our hope into physical existence. It is the bridge linking us to the spiritual realm and makes God a touchable reality. When we trust God, it guarantees that God’s promises and Biblical revelations are true. We cannot detect these revelations and promises of the word of God with our physical senses. However, by trusting God, we have the confidence that our expectation will come to pass. Faith is the quintessence that the things we hope for become so concrete that even belief itself becomes a definitive reality of those things that are not yet visible. Your faith becomes so tangible that you believe you possess those things in the spiritual realm.

2 thoughts on “What Is Faith? How to Implement Awesome Confidence”
  1. Thank you for your message. As an educator, I enjoy the scholarly methodology of your message. I especially liked “Faith is the bridge that links us to the spiritual realm and makes God a touchable reality in a person’s mind.” I am a true believe in God speaking directly to us through our minds. God bless your ministry!

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