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November 4, 2013, 1:45 PM

What is Faith and why is it so important?

Hebrews 11:6 says that “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.”

I believe that there was a George Washington, but is that the same as believing in Jesus Christ?  No, because Faith is taking that belief and acting or standing on that belief.  Hebrews 11: 1 says “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen.”  

Substance comes from the Latin word “Substantia”, which means “stands under” or “grounds things.”  So substance is those things that are foundational or fundamental entities of reality.  Evidence is a sign or proof of the existence or truth of something.  So Faith is taking those spiritual beliefs and behaving and making life decisions as if those beliefs are fact.

The woman that was sick in Matthew 9 said if I can just touch the hem of his garment. She believed in the healing power of Christ, but knew that she had to do something to get the results she needed.  She pressed through the crowd and reached out and touched the hem of his garment.  Jesus knew that someone of faith had touched him, even in the press of the crowd.  Matthew 9:22 says, “But Jesus turned him about, and when he saw her, he said Daughter, be of comfort, thy faith hath made thee whole.”  Faith is not the absence of doubt, faith is moving ahead in spite of any doubt. 

In Mark 9: 23-24, a man came to Jesus, asking for the healing of his son.  “Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth. And straightway the father of the child cried out and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou my unbelief.”

So we find that Faith is the sincere obedience to God’s will that is exhibited in our life and our conversations.  Not based on circumstance, but based on the exercise of our beliefs.

Bro. Doug Roan


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