What is Faith?
What is faith? Faith seems like an intangible, but in fact is is a real as fear is real. You can’t say that fear is not real because its substance paralyzes. Faith, on the other hand, motivates and encourages. It is the power and the passion that keeps us going even when the circumstances around us say that what we are wanting is impossible to get or achieve. Faith is the opposite of Fear. Fear and Faith cannot exist in the same space and time. You cannot be fearful and faithful at the same time. Now that we know what faith is, the question next that needs to be asked is: Where does Faith originate?
We get Faith Through the Mind of God
Yesterday we said that faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God. It was the word of God that created the universe. It was something that was thought up in God’s thoughts and spoken into existence. Scientists today call that the “big bang”. How literally someone wants to take the creation story has little significance because the results are the same whether an individual believes in an old or a young earth. Most miss the more important part of this dramatization is that an idea that became words came the creative force that brought the universe into existence. That is faith in its purest form. According to the Bible, we were created in the image and likeness of God. We were created to be like him. We were designed to exude this kind of creative faith. We were designed to expand with the universe and to ever increase. It is through this voice that created the universe that we too can do great things. The question then becomes: How do we hear the gentle reassuring, creative, prodding voice of the one who created us? In other words, how do we become in harmony with Creator of the natural and the universal laws upon which all life is grounded?
We Get Faith Through Gratitude
In Philippians chapter 4:6-9 the Apostle Paul explains how we get this kind of faith.
- Set aside specific times to think about all the good things that are in your life and put your wants and dreams into God’s hands (verse 6).
- If you’re in the right place, you will sense God’s peace in your heart and your mind will feel rested (verse 7).
- You focus on the good things around you. Feel the gratitude for all that you have been given. (verse 8).
- You acknowledge the negative, not so good things and then put them into God’s hands (verse 6).
- You must begin doing the things that involve faith which include creative projects and giving to others who are not able to give back to you. Be grateful that you are able to create. Be grateful that you are able to give. Do whatever it is that you can do to make the world a better place.
- Your gratitude must not be given in order to get something in return. It must given freely and without expectation.
About the Author
Cygnet Brown has recently finished her first nonfiction book: Simply Vegetable Gardening: Simple Organic Gardening Tips for the Beginning Gardener She is also the author of historical fiction series The Locket Saga Cygnet Brown resides in Springfield, Missouri.
Day 16 Overcoming Fear Challenge, What is Faith? ©2014 Donna (Cygnet) Brown