Faith has always been the mark of a disciple of Jesus. The early disciples were known as believers. Jesus said:
"...Everything is possible for him who believes" Mark 9:23.When Adam sinned, he stepped out of God dependence into independence. This is the reason God has placed such a high priority on faith. Faith presupposes total dependence on God. This dependence on God is expressed in every step of faith.
"Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see" Hebrews 11:1.Faith means having trust, assurance or confidence in another person or that person's words. Having faith in God involves an exchange of trust from self to Him, from relying on one source of knowledge to a higher source.
"We live by faith, not by sight" 2 Corinthians 5:7 (see also 1 Corinthians 2:4-16).We are challenged by the word of God to advance beyond our five senses, beyond our past experiences and beyond our past capacities. This is the life of faith which each one of us is called to - where "nothing is impossible" (Luke 1:37; Matt.17:20).
"Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God" Hebrews 12:2.Christ has become the source of our faith in God. His death and resurrection provides the ground for our believing.
"...Christ Jesus...has become for us wisdom from God..." 1 Corinthians 1:30 (see also Romans 5:1-2).
"...faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ" Romans 10:17 (see also Joshua 1:8).
"...faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead" James 2:17 (see also James 1:22-25; Genesis 15:6; Matthew 7:24-27).
"In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith - of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire - may be proved genuine." 1 Peter 1:6-7 (see also Romans 4:16-21; Psalm 105:17-19).
" ...for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith" 1 John 5:4.Faith itself is the victory. Even while we are going through a trial of faith, with the answer not yet in sight, our faith itself is the victory which sustains us. Faith is the foundation for the whole Christian life (Romans 1:17; Galatians 2:20).
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