Please, perhaps this is not really Biblical Faith! This is not what the Bible is teaching when it teaches the foundations, principles and ideas of faith, true faith in God. Faith is not mental assent.
Author: J. L. Payne
What is Faith? First, What Faith is not is prehaps an important study to begin. First, faith is not religion. Many times people say "We have our faith". What do they really mean in saying this; they are saying, "We have our religious ideas and doctrines, our traditions, our ways of doing things that unlikely been passed down through the generations. Don't you try to change any of them." These thoughts, ideas have been established amoung us and not to be questioned whether they are proven true or not? Please, perhaps this is not really Biblical Faith! This is not what the Bible is teaching when it teaches the foundations, principles and ideas of faith, true faith in God. Faith is not mental assent. It is not agreeing with your mind, "Yes, this is true, because I believe it to be true faith in my mind and way of seeing things." Many professing Christians believe mentally that the Bible is the Word of God, but this faith does not change their way of life, believing and thinking God's thoughts of true bible believing faith. It is not a faith that can save and give them experienmental knowledge and power with God in Faith (James 2:14). Even demons have that kind of faith. They know and believe that God exists (James 2:19) and tremble. They have no loving (faith) confidence in God. "Satan believes and trembles before God's faith, but will not embrace the eternal God's way of a faith life in Him. " Faith is not hope, nor is faith a simple a set of positive thoughts and desire. The scriptures teaches hope, hope is good, and relates to the future. The bible teaches Faith and its promises as done NOW (in the NOW). Many people have hope and are anxiously looking for results, but they lack the settled confidence and present assurance which only faith has and can give one. Faith is not a way to manipulate God. It is not a power by which we make God do what WE want when otherwise He would be unwilling to do that thing. It is not a kind of magic through which we make God into our servant and our selfish wishes and desires! What Faith Is Faith, in its general sense of the word, is confidence or belief something or someone. It is a complete trust; fully confident that you base your actions on what you believe. To have faith is to be fully convinced of the truthfulness and reliability of that in which you believe. Faith in God, is having the kind of trust and confidence in God in Christ that leads you to commit your whole soul, life to Him as Saviour (Justifier, Cleanser, Healer, Deliverer) and Lord (Master, King). The faith that established a relationship that causes one to act upon the WORD of GOD WITHOUT any reservation. In this text we will discuss and see 'Revelation Faith.' The faith as revealed in Hebrews 11:1 that says, "Now Faith is the substance of things hope for (being sure of what we hope for), the evidence of things not seen (certain of what we do not see)" (Hebrews 11:1 KJV). Revelation Faith is a spiritual substance. When you have this faith (spiritual substance) in you, it communicates to you a certain inner knowing that the thing you are hoping for is certainly established as God says, even before you see any material evidence that it has happened. Faith, in spiritually is a spiritual force. Faith in God is a response to God's Word which causes God to move and act. Jesus said in Mark 11:23, "For assuredly I say to you, whoever SAYS to this mountain, 'Be removed and cast into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart, but BELIEVES that those things he SAYS will be done, he will HAVE whatever he SAYS." Words mixed with Real, true and pure faith can and will move mountains; that means any problem or situation that appears before us as a mountain. "We will not only learn how to have faith in God in all things but how to use the faith of God in us"