For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God. Ephesians 2:8
As we venture through our lives on Earth, we have faith in a God that we cannot see. I have always been taught to have faith in God and to say my faith-based prayers while growing up, but deep down inside I have always wondered how strong my faith really was.
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1
Well, my first project was to define faith so that I could better understand it. Faith can be defined as confidence, trust, assurance, conviction, and belief. Faith means trusting that God is in control, even when our faith is put to the test. In other words, faith is not just what we believe in our hearts, our religious doctrine or denominational creed, but also and more importantly, faith is a solid conviction within that what we believe and whom we believe in are worth staking our lives on.
For we walk by faith, not by sight. II Corinthians 5:7
Along this journey called life, we have to open our hearts and minds to a true understanding of faith, of what it is and what it is not, in our lives and abroad. Itís important to know that faith is something to be experienced and exercised, not defined, categorized, and neatly packaged on a shelf. Faith rests on a solid foundation. The evidence is everywhere before our eyes. Go ahead, look around right now, in this very moment. God is able to persuade our hearts and our minds to put our trust in Him. When we find faith, we will know it because God will open our spiritual eyes to see that faith is our loyalty and devotion to God. So, when you are wondering how strong your faith is? Just look up and all around you...Smile and say that I have faith in God that everything will be okay!