Faith is a word that’s thrown around a lot both inside and outside of the church.
But what is faith, really?
Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised (Romans 4:20-21, NIV)
Abraham wasn’t just facing situations that were hard—they were impossible. God had told Abraham that he would be the father of many nations, but there he was, childless, and both he and his wife were well past their childbearing years.
But Abraham wasn’t swayed by his circumstances. Sure, he saw them, but he was fully persuaded that God had the power to do what He said He would do despite what it looked like.
Faith is agreeing with heaven or with what heaven says.
Faith is being fully persuaded that what God says is true, so much so that anything other than the truth is immediately rejected.
Like if I told you that your parents and kindergarten teacher taught you wrong—that blue is actually called green. I doubt you’d be emotionally distraught thinking that you’ve had it wrong all of these years. You probably wouldn’t even be upset. Why? Because you’re fully persuaded that blue is blue. You’d probably instantly reject what I was saying, and tell me so. There would be no convincing you.
That’s why the Bible refers to faith as a shield that extinguishes the devil’s flaming arrows (Ephesians 6:16). Because when the enemy tries to get you off course by telling you lies, faith rejects it. Faith is confident. There’s no convincing faith otherwise.
Hebrews 11:1 says, “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” When you’re confident, there’s no fear. Fear is the opposite of faith. You can’t be in fear and in faith at the same time. It’s one or the other.
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