What does the Bible say about faith?
God is pleased with you when you come to him in faith, when you walk in faith, and those who believe; "wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God" Hebrews 11:16.
"But without faith it is impossible to please him : for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him" Hebrews 11:6.
He that cometh to God must believe, i.e., must trust, be convinced, and have confidence in God. The point is only God has both the power and authority to save us. From beginning to end, our salvation is solely His work. Yes, God saves us through our faith, in him. We are “justified” by faith (Romans 5:1). But even our faith is given to us by God through our Lord Jesus Christ. We can take credit for it. We can manufacture it. For by, through FAITH ”the elders obtained a good report” Hebrews 11:2.
Where Does Faith Come From?
"For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast." Ephesians 2:8-9.
Faith can only come from a new heart, regenerated by God; therefore, faith is a gift from God. It is the unique way that God uses to bring salvation to his people. We strengthen our faith by reading the Bible and hearing the gospel. The more we immerse ourselves in truth, the more our confidence grows.
Hebrews 11:1 says, "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen."
Everyone who is saved has been gifted faith, has the God kind of faith. It is the ability to believe God is who He says He is, trusting Him in all things for all things. Faith also helps to combat unbelief and motivates us to do what God desires us to do. Not only do we grow our faith by reading Scripture and praying in our own time, but also by hearing the message in church with other believers.
Justification by faith means that God has removed the penalty of our sins and has declared us to be righteous. By God's work, we have peace with our Lord Jesus Christ.
"Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God" Romans 5:1.
How to Grow in Faith
There are several different ways we can grow in our faith.
1. Ask God to increase your faith.
2. Focus on obeying God.
3. Spend time reading and hearing God’s word.
4. Spend time with other believers.
5. Spend time in fervent prayer.
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