Before getting into the actual expressions of faith, I think it would be appropriate to first address what faith is. The Bible is full of scriptures about faith.
Let’s start with the Biblical definition of faith found in Hebrews 11:1. “Now faith is the reality of what we hope for, the proof of what is not seen.”
You can’t hear it, see it, feel it, smell it, or taste it. It’s like our sixth sense. It’s just as real as the other five. Faith is like a hand we use to reach out to take what the Lord wants so much to give us, such as eternal life, abundant life, health, breakthroughs in our minds, marriages, finances and anything else that causes oppression.
We see all throughout the Gospels that people received healing and miracles from Jesus through their faith. He often said, “Your faith has made you whole.” In fact, there was only one place that Jesus “did no mighty work…” It was his hometown. Jesus said it was because of their unbelief.
Everyone has faith. “…God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.”(Romans 12:3b). However, it’s up to each individual what we put our faith in. Also, this measure can be built up, just like our muscles. “…Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.” (Romans 10:17) Also, Jude 1:20 says, “But you beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit.” So, we see that listening (or speaking) the Word of God and continuing in prayer are the tools to build up your faith. Another way to build up faith is by being patient and having the right response to trials that come along. Responses like endurance and a joyful confidence that you will come out of this much stronger.
I want to leave you with one of my favorite songs about faith, and then we will begin on specific expressions of faith next post!