What is faith? The Bible’s definition of faith is this, ”… faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see” (Hebrews 11:1). It is important to note that faith starts with hope, hope in the invisible. When we pray for guidance from the Holy Spirit, we hope that he will come through for us. We make faith declarations, declaring powerful, encouraging verses from the Bible. Verses like “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13) and “Greater is he who is within me than he who is in the world” (1 John 4:4). These declarations mean nothing if we do not
Daniel prayed and hoped for 21 days before he received a breakthrough. He was sure of what he hoped for, certain that the angel of the Lord would come through in his time of need. The writer of Hebrews points out to us, that it is Abraham’s faith that made him follow the Lord to the place that would be his inheritance and it was through faith that Sarah, at the age of 90, conceived a child. Here are a few powerful scriptures about faith, to uplift and encourage you:
1. Matthew 21:22 ESV
2. Romans 10:17 ESV
So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.
3. Hebrews 11:6 ESV
And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.
4. Hebrews 11:1 ESV
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
5. Mark 11:22-24 ESV
And Jesus answered them, “Have faith in God. Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
6. James 2:19 ESV
You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe—and shudder!
7. Ephesians 2:8-9 ESV
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.
8. Luke 1:37 ESV
For nothing will be impossible with God.”
9. Proverbs 3:5-6 ESV
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
10. 2 Corinthians 5:7 ESV
For we walk by faith, not by sight.
In Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians he speaks of the gifts of the Spirit, Paul names faith as one of these gifts. This is encouraging. If we run out of faith, we can draw on the faith that God has given us as a gift. We often think that faith is 100% our responsibility, yet God, through his Spirit gives us a measure of faith. In times of doubt and uncertainty we can hold onto this faith until we see God moving in our lives. Sometimes, we need God’s gift of faith, to boost our own faith.
Yet, we should also remember that having faith is not enough. As James instructs in James 2:14-17 “So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead”. This does not mean that we now go overboard with trying to work our way into a stronger faith. This just means that merely praying and making declarations of faith, but doing nothing in the physical to accompany that declaration or prayer is not enough.
So, I want to leave you with these words from Paul’s prayer to the Ephesians’ “I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith.” (Ephesians 3:16-17).