What is Faith and Why is it Important?

Updated on April 11, 2018
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David is the founding pastor of Restoration Church in Kentucky. He loves to see people connect God's Word to daily life.

Tyndale Bible Dictionary defines faith as “belief in that which has no tangible proof.” In the biblical sense faith is trust specifically in God. To have faith one must believe that God is who He says He is and did what He says He did. Faith is an important part of having a vibrant relationship with Him.

And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.

— Hebrews 11:6

Faith trusts God’s plan over conventional wisdom. It puts His ways above cultural norms and it affirms that God is sovereign. God responds to simple faith and trust. Sometimes drastic situations are changed. Sometimes supernatural strength and resolve is given. Sometime a divine peace is bestowed. God responds in a lot of different ways, but one things is clear, He desires for us to have a simple faith.

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.

— Heb 11:1

Faith has Substance

Faith is more than wishful thinking. It is an assurance of something that is steadfast and substantial. We can see the works of God all around us. Faith recognizes those things for what they are and ascribes glory to the Creator. Our faith begins to be effective when we begin to move in the direction of that faith and when our choices are filtered through our belief in God and His plan.

Faith is Evidence

Faith itself is the proof. The mere ability to connect with God on a spiritual level through faith is evidence that your faith is rightly placed. In and of ourselves none of us would seek after God.

There is none who understands,

There is none who seeks for God;

— Romans 3:11

When we could not reach God, He came to us. He enables us to respond back to Him in faith. Many believers have gone on before us and have walked the same path undaunted, but faith provides its own assurance. Each time we exercise it, our faith grows stronger. Even small amounts of it can have a huge impact.

Things Unseen

There is so much more to our existence than what we can see. If we were to only speak in human terms, there is still so much we can’t observe. Emotions, motivations, aspirations are all hidden and can only be accessed through descriptive words or actions. Even more so, there is a spiritual element to our lives. It is here in the unseen where faith takes root. This is a steadfast belief that God wants us to know Him and be known by Him. It is a conviction that God desires us seek him. Even though we can’t see Him, we can be assured of God’s presence. The acknowledgement of His proximity changes the way that we act toward and interact with others.

For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead.

— James 2:26

Faith Does Not Travel Alone

The kind of faith we have been discussing goes beyond an intellectual exercise. This kind of faith propels us into action. If we believe that God loves us and loves others then it must change the way we view those around us. If we believe we are called to make a difference, then we must act on that calling. A thought may not spur you into action, but a core belief compels you to act. This takes us from talking about doing good things into being the kind of people who actually do good things. Implementing faith through action shows how deep your conviction is. It is popular to compartmentalize God into a day of the week or a certain set of friends. Real faith permeates all aspects of our life. Our faith becomes the foundation on which all of our decisions and actions are built into an incredible work of art.

Faith Matters

Faith is incredibly important. Without it, we cannot please God. It provides the path to relationship and the assurance of that relationship. Faith propels you toward God’s plan for you.

"Even so Abraham BELIEVED GOD, AND IT WAS RECKONED TO HIM AS RIGHTEOUSNESS."

— Galatians 3:6

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© 2017 David VanAtter

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