The contemporary English word FAITH is derived from the Latin, Fides. Today, faith denotes trust. The English noun faithfulness denotes trustworthiness or dependability. The concept of faith has been radically redefined in some philosophical and theological circles during the past century. Those definitions rarely address the complexities of the biblical concept, a concept in which the whole person, the physical world, God’s Word, God Himself play crucial roles. Throughout the Scriptures faith is the trustful human response to God’s self- revelation via His words and His actions. God even initiates the relationship between Himself and human beings. He expects people to trust Him; failure to trust Him was in essence the first sin. Since the fall of humanity God nurtures and inspires trust in Him through what He says and does for the benefit of people who need Him. He provides evidence of this trustworthiness by acting and speaking in the external world to make Himself knowable to people who need Him. Thus, biblical faith is a kind of limited personal knowledge of God. (Holman Bible Dictionary)
Faith is the confidence, the assurance, or, being sure of the hope we have in the promises of God. Faith gives substance to things that God has promised, yet are unseeen. Sometimes, faith doesn’t make sense to sense. Faith is believing what you can’t see, until God brings it to fruition. Hebrews 11:1-2 states, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it, The elders obtained a good report.” Faith very often, goes against the grain of logic. The 11th chapter of Hebrews is known as the “HALL of FAITH.” There you will find examples of faithful followers of our Lord. I won’t list all of the faithful, who are spoken of in this chapter, but it would definitely be a good idea to read this chapter at your leisure. Some of the faithful patriarchs included in this chapter are, Noah, Abraham, Sara, Enoch, and Abel.
In many instances, accessibility is not a right, but a privilege. For example, entering the White House, the Pentagon, Courthouses, and Capitol buildings, etc., require a high level of security clearance. Other buildings such as hospitals, schools, condominiums, and buildings similar to these buildings, require a lower level of security clearance for access. Also, there are places such as malls, restaurants, shops, banks, and other public buildings, that have open-door policies, that allow the general public immediate and unsecured access. Approaching certain individuals, such as the President of the United States, the Queen of England, and other Heads of States, is strictly forbidden! There is always an entourage of Secret Service agents or body guards, whose job it is to protect such individuals from access by the general public. Some professional athletes, entertainers, and the like, may travel with a lower level of security, to prevent being accosted by adoring fans, as well as those who might wish to do them harm.
Just as there are rules of accessibility in the world system, in the world of Christendom, accessibility is by FAITH!!! The first Scripture that comes to mind is, Hebrews 11:6. “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.” Another relevant Scripture is, “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.” Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” The Bible explicitly states in Habakkuk 2:4, “But the just shall live by his faith.” II Corinthians says, “For we walk by faith, not by sight.” In Romans 4:3, “Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.” Romans 1:17 says, “For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, the just shall live by faith.”
1Abraham believed God could perform what He promised. We are called to believe God has already performed what He promised! When Jesus was resurrected, Thomas, one of the disciples of Jesus, was not in the midst of them, when Jesus presented Himself unto the other disciples. The other disciples told him they had seen the Lord, but Thomas said unto them, “Except I shall see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into His side, I will not believe.” Eight days later, the disciples of Jesus were together, and Thomas was with them. And then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst and said, “Peace be unto you.” Then saith He to Thomas, “Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing.” And Thomas answered and said unto Him, My Lord and my God. Jesus saith unto him, “Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.” The wonderful thing about faith is, you don’t need a whole lot, just use what you’ve got! The promises of God are yea and amen. If God promised it, it shall come to pass. As we pray in faith, according to as the Scripture saith, our faith will grow, and become stronger, as we see the results of praying in faith, and according to the will of God for our lives! One might ask, “How might I obtain faith?” The Bible says, “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” (Romans 10:17) Whatever you need from the Lord, ask of it in faith, according to the Word of God. When you ask in faith, you must ask according to His will, and believe that He can do anything but fail. When you put your faith in the Lord, you must believe, that He will work things out for your good.
Therefore, I say to the believers, and to those who have not yet been born of the water and of the spirit, have faith in God. Put your trust in Him. Surrender your lives to Him. The key point here is, that we must remain faithful and steadfast, and abide in God’s Word continually. We must not continue in our worldly ways, but we must walk faithfully, and in obedience to His word! May the Lord bless you abundantly, today and every day!