WHAT IS FAITH?
In Hebrews 11:1, the Living paraphrase says,"... It is the confident assurance that something we want is going to happen.
It is the certainty that what we hope for is waiting for us, even though we cannot see it up ahead.
Faith is the "substance" of things we hope for. The word "substance" comes from the Greek word, "hupostasis", that means "a setting under or support"...in other words, a foundation.
Faith is the foundation of those things that we hope for...the support on which we build all our ambitions, dreams and life's goals.
Without faith to believe that everything will turn out OK we are certain of an unhappy, insecure and unsuccessful life.
But with faith, all things are possible to him who believes.
Millions of people are hoping for eternal life...and their foundation for that hope is the faith they have in God's mercy and eternal plan of salvation through His only begotten son, Jesus Christ.
Any spiritual hope, or foundation of faith, must be built on a solid rock of truth. Faith in any other salvation than what the One true God has provided is a faith built on sinking sand.
WHERE DO WE GET FAITH?
Romans 10:17 says, "So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ." (NAS)
The beautiful thing about this adventure called faith is that we can count on Him never to lead us astray.
Charles (Chuck) Swindoll
God is God. Because He is God, He is worthy of my trust and obedience. I will find rest nowhere but in His holy will, a will that is unspeakably beyond my largest notions of what He is up to.
Faith is not a storm cellar to which men and women can flee for refuge from the storms of life. It is, instead, an inner force that gives them the strength to face those storms and their consequences with serenity of spirit.
Sam J. Ervin, Jr.
God is not a deceiver, that He should offer to support us, and then, when we lean upon Him, should slip away from us.