Faith

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
— Hebrews 11:1 NKJV
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
— NASB
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.
— NIV
Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.
— NLT
And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.
— Hebrews 11:6
So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
— Romans 10:17 NKJV
You have become estranged from Christ, you who attempt to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace. For we through the Spirit eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness by faith. For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but faith working through love.
— Galatians 5:4-6


For me, faith is several things but most of all faith is manifested in, and measured by, trust. Trust in absolutely everything I know about God, His character and His promises. Trust in spite of all the problems and rotten things that happen. My trust has waxed and waned over the years with more waning than waxing. But that's really not smart; in fact just plain stupid. I know the truth and I know I can trust God 100%. Just do it. Live your faith. Show your faith. Trust completely, 24/7. He won't let you down. Guaranteed.




FAITH

29. God is faithful or full of faith. (Romans 3:3)

30. Faith is the fundamental relational dynamic of love, which is to say, faith is what love looks like in action toward others. God is love, therefore God hopes the best for and believes the best of every person (1 Corinthians 13:7).

31. God is love, therefore God never fails in His relational commitment, never ceases to be who He is, never gives up on a person (1 Corinthians 13:8).

32. God is love, therefore God relates to us according to our potential rather than according to our present reality, which means He regards us as righteous and innocent ahead of the fact, not as a lying fiction, but as an act of living faith (Romans 4:172 Corinthians 5:19).

33. We are fundamentally and dangerously flawed in our theology if we preach faith in Jesus as the starting point of salvation. Before I can have faith in Jesus, I must encounter the faith of Jesus. His faith is the catalyst for mine, not mine for His (Romans 3:21-22).

34. The sinner’s faith in Christ possesses no merit, contributes nothing to the achieved reality of our salvation in Christ, adds no additional salvific data whatsoever to the objective facts of the gospel. Faith does not produce facts, but rather perceives and believes the facts that precede it in Christ (Ephesians 2:8-10).

35. In the light of God’s faith-full love, the only way for any person to be eternally lost is by persistently choosing to resist God’s love to the point that the very capacity for perceiving and believing His love is obliterated from the soul (John 3:18-21Romans 1:18-20).