God invites each of us to enter into the Secret Place of the Most High, which can only happen as we enter by FAITH, by way of the propitious work and shed blood of Jesus Christ on Calvary’s Cross…
Even though the faith choice is much harder to make, it is the ONLY choice that will align us with God’s will.
“But he who listens to Me shall live securely, and shall be at ease from the dread of evil.”
— Proverbs 1:33
So what is faith?
Amplified Bible, Classic Edition
1 Now faith is the assurance (the confirmation, the title deed) of the things [we] hope for, being the proof of things [we] do not see and the conviction of their reality [faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses].
In 2 Corinthians 1:20 we read, “For all the promises of God in Him (Jesus) are yea, and in Him Amen unto the glory of God by us.”
We as God’s covenant children (as Christians) are to live by faith, and we know that faith plays the staring role (from our end) in salvation… so what is it exactly?
The Greek word for faith is pistis.
When doing apologetics, you will find that many non-believers do not know that to really grasp some of the scripture, you need to return to the original language in which they were written.
This is one reason why the concept of faith is misunderstood amongst non-believers; they try to use a modern English definition for “faith.”
When we go to the Greek, the word takes on different meaning, it is an action word and is not passive.
Pistis is a noun, it means to trust something/someone with great confidence.
One of the problems in our Bibles is that the translators used the word “believe” for a derivative of pistis; Pisteuo.
Everyone should be able to see the same root there; Pistis is faith, and Pisteuo should be the verb form of faith; to faithe, faithes, faithing, etc… Instead, the translators rightly chose a word in English that actually existed; however, in English “believe” does not get the point across as “faithe” would.
So, sometimes we can mentally “correct” the translations as we read.
In John 6:29, “Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe (Pisteuo; that ye faithe) on Him (Jesus) whom He hath sent.”
Having faith means that we learn to cast the WHOLE of our trust and reliance upon the reliability and trustworthiness of God and His Word, and that we do so in spite of what we see and feel; and in spite of all contradictory feelings and evidence.
Unless we’re willing to do this, in Hebrews 11:6, we are told that without faith it’s IMPOSSIBLE for us to please God.
Having absolute trust and reliance in God means that we consciously begin to doubt our doubts and doubt our fears, and that we willingly take the risk of stepping out in faith, in obedience to God’s and His Word.
That we learn to trust God with all of our heart, and not rely on our own understanding; and as a way of life, in practicing the presence of God everyday, that we learn to acknowledge Him in all of our ways (that we walk before Him in humility and obedience), knowing that when we do His promise is that He is directing our steps (see Proverbs 3:5-6).
It means that we overcome our fears by taking the risk by stepping out in faith, in obedience to God’s Word (read the entire chapter of Hebrews 11).
Notice, it isn’t just to “believe” something, as in head knowledge only – in our giving intellectual assent to something (which is a decision made in our head that lacks the commitment of our heart), but rather it is the commitment of our absolute and total trust, along with the confidence, that whenever God promises something in His Word, He is well able to perform and do exactly what He says – and also in the knowledge that God is not a man that He should lie.
1 John 5:14-15
Confidence and Compassion in Prayer
14 Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask ANYTHING according to His will, He hears us. 15 And if we know that He hears us, WHATEVER we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.
It means that we all must learn to take risks, casting the whole of our trust and confidence upon God; and after having done so, that we recognize the value of our gaining experiential knowledge over mere head knowledge.
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