What even is faith?

8 Nov 2019, 11:02 // Jackson Adkins

Hey Lads,

 

Hope you’ve had a great half term and some quality rest! 

Recently I’ve been thinking about what it means to have faith in God. In Mark 11:22 this is Jesus’ commandment to His disciples, He simply says, ‘Have faith in God’.

The original Greek for what is written here also translates to ‘Have the faith of God’. Jesus is simply offering us faith, which comes from God, at the same time He is calling us to a higher level of faith in God. 

But what actually is faith? In Hebrews 11:1 the writer states that, ‘Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.’ It then goes on to say that it is impossible to please God without faith. Faith in Jesus is what sets us free to walk in peace with God. It’s not blind believing. Faith is a response to God’s faithfulness. Faithfulness is an exchange between God and us, which is built on trust and love. We grow in faith when we recognise the faithfulness of God, when we recognise that God’s love never fails. 

But what does it practically look like to live a life of faith? In Mark 2, four friends lower their paralysed friend through a roof because they are so confident of Jesus’ faithfulness to heal. Faith looks like stepping out, with trust that Jesus will step in. Where today can you step out in order to see God work? It may be praying for someone you see, or inviting someone to church. Have a think, and if you’d like to chat further about faith or just in general please message me on 07454337266.

God Bless,

Jackson