What is Biblical faith?
Faith – “pistos” – joyful trust in the Lord conjoined with obedience
- 3 ways used in the Bible:
1. God’s revelation (Jude 3)
2. One’s own conscience (Rom. 14.23)
3. One’s personal belief in God (Heb. 11.1)
- Faith involves:
1. Evidence (Heb. 11.1)
2. Conviction (Rom. 10.9)
3. Works (James 2.17)
Can we say that we walk by faith and not by sight (2 Cor. 5.7)?
- If so, then Jesus said about us, “Blessed are they who did not see, and yet believed.”
- It is easier to walk by sight:
1. It is easy to see money grow in a mutual fund, but can we see money grow, through the eye of faith, in God’s mutual fund (cf. Mal. 3.10)?
2. It is easy to see how you will be able to provide the necessities of life by working long hours at your job, but can you, through the eye of faith, see God providing for your family through long hours at His factory (cf. Matt. 6.33)?
3. It is easy to see the problems that befall us, but can we, through the eye of faith, see the solution given to us by God (cf. 1 Cor. 10.13)?
4. Sometimes we might even struggle with being able to see that God knows best – Think of Job’s situation (cf. Isa. 55.8-9)
- Why is it the case that we allow one thing about which we don’t know all of the answers trouble a relationship about which we are able to know too many other things?
The point is:
We must learn to trust and obey!