Faith is believing in someone or something you can’t see.
Our faith is INCREASED by hearing (reading) God’s Word.
We accept Christ’s offer of salvation by faith, not because we FEEL saved. Faith is claiming the promises for ourselves, not based on our feelings or lack of them.
Matthew 17:20, 21
The faith that “moves mountains” of difficulty comes as a result of earnest prayer coupled with not overeating or under-exercising, so that our minds are clear to hear God’s voice.
1 John 5: 4
Faith is a factor in overcoming the Devil in our lives. (See the quote at the end.)
Galatians 3: 26
God wants you to BELIEVE that you are His child. He doesn’t want you to worry about whether you are saved. If you have accepted
Jesus as your Savior, trust Him with your salvation.
Ephesians 2: 8
Again, praise God that He saved you even though you (and I) don’t deserve it. We don’t earn our way to heave. Our good works are our way of saying “Thank you, Jesus, for saving me.”
Nevertheless, true faith that works by love and purifies the soul, will result in our allowing Jesus to change our lives and our likes!
Ephesians 6: 16, 17
Notice that the Bible often associates faith with God’s Word. So you want your faith to increase? Spend time with the Word!
Revelation 14: 12
The “saints” who are alive when Jesus comes are characterized by keeping God’s commandments (all ten) and by their faith in Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith.
For your reflection: “To have faith means to find and accept gospel treasure with all the obligations which it imposes. This faith is inseparable from repentance and transformation of character.” Christ’s Object Lessons, p. 112
This is a good study, kids. This is only the tip of the iceberg. Lots more treasures await you when you dig into this subject. I hope you will never again limit faith to mere belief.
—Your friend, Cindy Tutsch
About marking your Bibles—Thousands of people mark their Bibles for Bible studies. Marking your Bible makes it easier to understand the topic and explain it to others. Consider reading the texts from several translations. Here’s how it works: Write the title of each study, followed by THE FIRST TEXT ONLY, on a blank page of your Bible. Write the symbol, that is, the number of the Bible study, beside the title on your back page. Then go through each study systematically (very organized), looking up each text in order, underlining the text, putting the symbol (number) for the study and the text to follow, in the margin. If you write small, you can do this even if your Bible’s margins are very narrow. Writing in the symbol (the number of the study) for each topic at each text is important. Sometimes we use a text for more than one Bible study and the symbol written by the text that will follow keeps you on track.