Deeper Life In Christ Ministries, Inc.
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What Does It Mean To Have Faith?
Copyright © 2013 DLIC Bible Study Lesson, Pastor Juandolyn Stokes
Facts About Faith
The word faith is a simple, yet complex word to study. Moreover, faith is necessary to please God, according to Hebrews 11:6. If we want to please God, we need to know about the faith that pleases God. By definition, faith is diverse in nature. Faith is necessary for salvation (Ephesians 2:8). If we want to be saved we need to know about the faith that saves. There are many people who do not have faith (John 6:64). At one point even Jesus' own family did not believe in Him (John 7:5). If we don't want to die in our sins (John 8:24), we must believe. There are those who have faith but they are letting their faith slip away (2 Timothy 2:18). If we don't want evil forces to overthrow our faith we need to know how to keep our faith strong.
Let us now examine what the Bible says about faith so that we can have the faith that God wants us to have.
OBJECT OF FAITH. The Bible teaches that the object of faith (who or what is believed in) is God and His Son Jesus Christ. There are many persons, places and things that we could put our faith in during our lifetime, but we must prioritize our life, and put our faith in God and Jesus Christ above all else. Jesus said: "Let not your heart be troubled: believe in God, believe also in me" (John 14:1). We are not to put our faith in that which is false (Matthew 24:23, 26). Unless our faith is in God and His Son, we do not have the right kind of faith.
For Further Study: Mark 11:22; Acts 14:23; 19:4; 20:21; Galatians 2:16; 2 Timothy 3:15; Hebrews 6:1; 11:6; 1 Peter 1:21; 1 John 3:23; 5:1, 5, 10
SUBJECT OF FAITH. The Bible teaches that the subject of faith (who or what has faith ) is man himself. Man is the only creature of all of God's creation who can believe. What flower ever believed? What rock ever believed? What animal ever believed? Take a look at the great men and women of faith in the Old and New Testaments and see what they accomplished "by faith."
For Further Study: Hebrews 11:1-40
SUBSTANCE OF FAITH. The Bible teaches that the substance of faith (what faith is) is belief; a complete trust, assurance or confidence. There is no fear (Mark 5:36; Luke 8:50) or doubt (Mark 11:23-24) in faith. The writer of Hebrews wrote: "Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, a conviction of things not seen" (Hebrews 11:1). Unless our faith is complete trust, we do not have the right kind of faith.
For Further Study: Mark 9:23-24; John 6:69; Acts 17:31; 27:25; 2 Timothy 1:12