What is faith? If you asked a room full of people what faith was you might get several different definitions.

“Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

“Faith is what pleases God.”

“We are supposed to walk by faith and not by sight.”

“We protect ourselves with the shield of faith.”

All of these are good answers, While all of them are true, it’s important to be able to clearly define faith. Otherwise, how do we know whether or not we have it?

Matthew 9 tells the story of two blind men who came to Jesus for healing. Jesus asked them, “Do you believe I can heal you?” When they answered in affirmation, He healed them and said, “According to your faith, so be it.”

In John 20, Jesus appeared to the disciples after He resurrected from the dead, but Thomas was not with them. Without physical proof, Thomas refused to believe Jesus was with them. Eight days later, Jesus appeared again and told Thomas, “Be not faithless, but believing.”  Throughout the New Testament, Jesus used the words faith and believe interchangeably. Therefore, faith can be defined simply as what you believe. What you believe is your faith.

The same belief we have in Jesus as our Lord and Savior, is the same belief we can have for every other promise found in His Word. Jesus told His disciples that if they had the smallest amount of faith nothing would be impossible for them. The same is true for us. We can believe there is peace in the middle of the greatest storm. We can have faith that our God is greater than anything we face. We can believe that we can do all things through Christ.

Find some promises in God’s Word and exercise your faith by believing them to be true!

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