Just how important is your faith? In past discussions we have defined “faith” as “the confident assurance that something we want is going to happen and it is the certainty that what we hope for is waiting for us even though we cannot see it up ahead.” Faith is “trust in somebody or something, especially without logical proof.” It can also be defined as “trusting in somebody that you consider worthwhile and truthful.” It is by faith that we “accept that something exists when there is no physical proof of its existence or of its reality.” But just how important is your faith in all of this?
We know that according to the scripture, “God has dealt to every man the measure of faith” (Romans 12:3). We know from our discussions, that God has dealt to everyone “the same amount of faith.” This means that no one has been given more faith than anyone else has, for we all have been given “the same amount” and not some “random or varied amount of faith.” We also found that you could not get more than the measure that has been dealt to you at birth by God. We know that faith is something that you increase through exercise, where you sort of develop your faith by building it up. The only way to increase your faith is through the knowledge gathered through the word of God. But just how important is your faith in all of this?
“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him” (Hebrews 11:6).
From this passage, we see just how important faith is, “for without faith, it is impossible to please God.” So, faith appears to play an important part in our ability to please God.
“For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith” (Romans 1:17).
Faith is not only important in pleasing God, it is also something that we are to live by, for “the just shall live by faith.” We read in scripture, where a number of Old Testament saints were able to please God through their faith (Hebrews 11). Even though each of these people had faith, fully trusted God, and won his approval by receiving a good report through faith, none of them received “the promise.” They all died in faith, not receiving any of the good things of “the promise.” Since they all died in faith, without receiving any of the good things of the promise, God made it so that it was not possible for them to be complete and made perfect without us.
From all of this, we see just how important faith is. The word tells us that God makes us right in his sight when we place our faith in him. We see that these Old Testament saints that were able to please God through their faith. While they died before receiving the promise, they still walked by faith. It was by faith that they were able to see “the promise” with delight afar off. In seeing “the promise,” they were persuaded by it and they embraced it. The Good News tells us that God makes us right in his sight when we place our faith and trust in him. Faith is the victory. So, we ask one more time, “Just how important is your faith in all of this?”
We always give thanks to God for the ability to share our inspirational message with you. We constantly pray that you will be blessed as well as informed by it and that you will be the better for having read it. If you are blessed by them, please share so that others may be blessed as well. Amen.
Enjoy your blessings - KW