What Does The Bible Say About Faith? A Christian Study

by Derek Hill on October 11, 2012 · Print Print · Email Email

Faith is a “means to a beginning”.  When a believer chooses for the first time to believe and have faith in Jesus as their savior, they are starting a brand new way of life.  Faith is a choice that Christians make in believing that Christ was crucified and rose again, and that He is the One and only Son of God.  Let us dive in deep into scripture and see what the Bible says about faith.

Faith is a Choice

Joshua 24:15 says, “Choose this day whom you will serve…as for me and my house we will serve the Lord.”  Every day that we wake up as believers we must choose to stay devoted to God.  It is a conscious decision that we make.

Faith is a Promise

Hebrew 11:1a says, “Faith is the assurance of things hoped for.”  Our faith guarantees us the fulfillment of God’s promise to us for an eternal life with Him in heaven.  Jesus said in the famous verse from John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.”  Our faith in Jesus’ death and resurrection is a promise that we will have eternal life with Him.

God is Faithful

There are numerous scriptures pointing to God’s faithfulness to us and to His promises.  Here are some verses that convey His love through His faithfulness.

He is our protector  “But the Lord is faithful.  He will establish you and guard you against the evil one.” (2Thes 3:3)

 He chose us  “Because of the Lord, who is faithful, the Holy One of Israel, who has chosen you.” (Is 49:7b)

 He always provides a way out of temptation  “No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man.  God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation He will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.” (1Cor 10:13)

 He loves us  “Know therefore that the Lord your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love Him.” (Dt 7:9a)

The Fruits of Faith are Shown in Serving

James 2:18b says, “I will show you my faith by my works.”  This is a true test of faith.  If you have ever wondered if your faith was real, examine your life.  Are you helping those in need?  Are you actively serving in your church?  These kinds of things should come natural to you.  A “redeemed life” is a “transformed life.”  “Be transformed by the renewal of your mind.” (Romans 12:2a)

Your Faith Will be Tested

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.  And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.  God allows your faith to be tested because He wants you to be holy.  The book of Job is a great example of this.  Job’s faith was not shaken when everything he had was taken away.  He was so solid in his faith that he worshipped the Lord after his own children were taken from him.  He is a great one to look at when you go through trials and tribulations of this life.

A Lack of Faith Creates Loss

“But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.  For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord.” (Jas 1:6-7)  When you come to God in prayer, remain faithful for He is faithful.  The ultimate sacrifice of all time was Christ’s death on the cross to defeat sin.  It truly is a miracle that your own life will be spared from eternal torment in hell by having faith in Christ’s death and choosing Him as Savior and Lord of your life because everyone deserves hell.  If you can have faith in the most important thing, life eternal with Christ in heaven through His death, then have faith on the smaller issues here on earth.

Conclusion

These are only a handful of scriptures that describe faith.  I encourage you to dive into your Bible and look for more.  One thing is certain.  Faith is mandatory for our salvation.  If you have not accepted Christ as your Lord and Savior, please do not wait.  Tomorrow may never come and then it will be too late.  God is faithful to His promise of life eternal with Christ in heaven, but you have to choose.

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Robert October 11, 2012 at 7:06 am

Excellent Derek,
I think faith is often one of the most misunderstood aspect of the Christian’s life. Some think it is believing what ain’t true (many atheists claim this is what Christians do), some think it is a force unto itself (like the ‘force’ in Star Wars), but you hit the nail on the head with this article. Thank you, once again. God bless you.
Yours in Christ,
Robert

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Derek Hill October 11, 2012 at 4:14 pm

Thank you Robert. I agree with you. Faith seems to be a mystery to some, but the Bible is our greatest resource to study what faith is. We can know for certain that God will save His children if we only believe in Christ as our Lord and Savior. God bless you brother.

In His Name Always,
Derek

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Al October 16, 2012 at 7:54 pm

Hi Derek

Thanks for this article…its strange…you hit the nail on the head…I believe and have faith that Jesus has saved me by his death and resurrection but when it comes to smaller or non eternal points I seem to not have the conviction of my faith. I get stuck in this place where I cant decide whether to pray over and over for something or just pray once and trust that “when you pray believe you have already recieved it and it will be yours”? In any case God has blessed me more than I could ever ask for so I dont know where my lack of faith comes from.

God Bless

Al Kero

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Derek Hill October 16, 2012 at 8:59 pm

Thank you for your transparency Al. It is always ok to keep praying for something, one time or one hundred times. God already knows what is on your heart already, so it doesn’t matter. Pray when you feel led to pray brother. Communion with God through prayer is always a good thing. Blessings upon you.

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Al October 17, 2012 at 10:42 am

Thanks Derek! When things become too difficult I find that the only thing that really helps me is when I just say “Lord, Im leaving this in your hands because I dont have the strength or energy to worry about it anymore”…thats when I can finally let go and know that God has a plan for me. I want to keep learning and growing though so I love reading this site. Please keep the great articles coming and God Bless!

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SUSAN October 22, 2012 at 2:31 am

Thank you, Faith is believing in God that you will get out of any situation no matter what. Imagine Job in all his suffering, he still had faith in God. And the at the end of it all, God restored everything in abundance. Personally I am going through hard times, rejection, But i pray that the Lord strengthens me, I have faith that Jesus is the answer to all my problems.

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Derek Hill March 2, 2013 at 10:54 am

Amen Susan! Jesus is the answer! God bless you.

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Micah March 1, 2013 at 2:38 pm

Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I found this article very insightful and helpful. May God be with you.

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Derek Hill March 2, 2013 at 10:55 am

Thank you for your kind words Micah. May God be with you as well! God bless you.

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Adrana April 17, 2013 at 5:32 am

What a wonderful blessing it was to come across this website. I am a teen minister and this site was just perfect for locating specific scriptures and providing me some insight about how to present a teen bible study lesson with the subtitles. The website design is super user friendly and appealing to the eyes. I thank God for this great resource!

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Derek Hill April 17, 2013 at 3:24 pm

Thank you so much for your enthusiasm and kindness Adrana! We appreciate what you are doing for the kingdom too. God bless you and your work with teens!

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