Question – What is faith?


“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1

“Faith is not feeling …

“Faith claims God’s promises, and brings forth fruit in obedience. … It is not faith that claims the favor of heaven without complying with the conditions on which mercy is to be granted. Genuine faith has its foundation in the promises and provisions of the Scriptures.

“To abide in faith is to put aside feeling and selfish desires, to walk humbly with the Lord, to appropriate His promises, and apply them to all occasions, believing that God will work out His own plans and purposes in your heart and life.” The Faith I Live By, 122

“ ‘Ask, and it shall be given you’ ” (Matthew 7:7) is the promise. Our part is to rest on the Word with unwavering faith, believing that God will do according to His promise. Let faith cut its way through the shadow of the enemy. When a questioning doubt arises, go to Christ and let the soul be encouraged by communion with Him. The redemption He has purchased for us is complete. The offering He made was plenteous and without stint. Heaven has a never-failing supply of help for all who are needy.” Our High Calling, 117

“God’s people are weak because they have not made Him their trust. They have not made Him their dependence, …

“How infinitely inferior we are to the perfect Pattern that we are called upon to copy! Yet in His strength we can reach the ideal set before us. We can do ‘all things’ in His power.” The Signs of the Times, October 24, 1900

“By living faith, I grasp the hand of Jesus, and I am all light in the Lord. … Faith will keep the mind above the low level of earth, and direct the soul to heaven in contemplation of the spiritual and eternal. … Will you have faith in God, who ‘so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life?’ ” Ibid., March 18, 1889

In his book Satisfied, Mark Finley defines faith as “… believing God—trusting Him. It is a settled confidence in Him. It moves at His command. It obeys at His word. It walks in His strength and lives in His power.”

“What is faith? It is simply taking God at His word; it is believing that God will do just as He has promised.” The Signs of the Times, September 9, 1889