Thursday, 06 August 2009
It is interesting to note that in Webster’s Dictionary, the first definition of Belief is not to believe in something, but “a state or habit of mind in which trust or confidence is placed in some person or thing.”
A Bible Dictionary gives the following definition of Faith: “Faith is to hope for things which are not seen, but which are true (Heb. 11: 1), and must be centered in Jesus Christ in order to produce salvation. To have faith is to have confidence in something or someone. Faith is kindled by hearing the testimony of those who have faith (Rom. 10: 14-17). Miracles do not produce faith but … miracles often confirm one’s faith. Although faith is a gift, it must be cultured and sought after until it grows from a tiny seed to a great tree.”
Belief and Faith are related, but true Faith is centered in trust and confidence in Jesus Christ.
Many scriptures speak of the effects of Faith in our lives, and a few speak of Great Faith:
- Matt. 8: 10 - When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.
- Matt. 15: 28 - Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour.
- Acts 6: 8 - And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and miracles among the people.
- 2 Thes. 1 - We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is meet, because that your faith groweth exceedingly…
Apparently then, Faith is not an on/off switch, but something that can grow and even become “great.” However, as one speaker said, “…great faith has a short shelf life.”
We all have busy lives and many demands on our time, but each of us must seek to have a growing Faith in Jesus Christ. One of my greatest joys has been seeing Faith in the Lord develop in my children, and now my grandchildren.
How have you progressed from Belief to Faith, and have there been times in your life when you have been blessed with Great Faith?