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 in 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 in a perverse world? The answer has always been, “by faith.” Today, I want to talk about faith and what it means to have confidence in a God, whom no one has ever 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.
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 receives salvation (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
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.
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 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.
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. The 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.