What is faith? Hebrews 11:1 said, "Now faith is being sure of what hope for and certain of what do not see."(NIV) According to Message's translation, it said "The fundamental fact of existence is that this trust in God, this faith, is the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living. It's our handle on what we cannot see."As children of God, we believe that "faith in God" is the faith given by God. Therefore, all Christians have faith. We cannot say that we don't have faith. Paul said, "in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you."(Romans 12:3) This teaching about faith being a gift of God is extremely important in christian life. The 11st chapter of Hebrews has often been called the "Chapter of Faith". When we read through it, we note the following points about faith. Faith is rational. By faith, we understand and see the world called into existence by God's word. What we see created by what we don't see. Faith is possible because of God's revelation. God has. in history, "borne witness", "warned" and called His people. Man cannot know God by his own effort. It is God who revealed Himself in history. Faith is trust. By faith, Noah trusted God and built a ship in the middle of dry land. By act of faith, Abraham said yes and trust God's call to travel to an unknown place that would become his home. Trust is the vital component of true faith. Faith involves action. It is not merely a feeling and mental conviction. If faith is to be faith, it must act. Moses choose a hard life with God's people rather than live a life of sin with the oppressors. By an act of faith, he led the Israelites walked through the Red Sea on dry land.
In our Christian life, faith grows by hearing and reading God's Words. God's Words feed and build up our faith. It is impossible to please God apart from faith. By an act of faith, we make our faith grows.