If you asked a dozen people to define faith, you may get a dozen different definitions. One day I was golfing with a couple of heathen dudes and they asked what kind of church I was a member of. I told them I belonged to a Christian church, they promptly responded and said that anyone who believes in God is a Christian. I quoted them a verse from the Bible.
James 2:19 You believe there is one God; you do well: the devils also believe and tremble.
So, according to my heathen friends, the devil is also a Christian, they didn’t know what to say. All kinds of people like these two are going about defining what they “think” the Bible says. I promise you none of them ever read the Bible and they wouldn’t understand it anyway because they are spiritually dead. The Bible says in several different places that the just shall live by faith. Well, if we are the just-ified then we had better find out what faith is.
FAITH is believing God, it is believing in things there is no natural evidence of in reality.
I have never seen God, I have never heard His voice with my natural ear nor have I ever touched Him. Despite having no tangible evidence I totally believe in Him and who He says He is. If you say you believe, you do well, but that is not enough. Can you order your life to what you cannot see? Faith must go beyond an admission, it must become a lifestyle. Our natural flesh struggles with our heart because our spirit man wants to believe in the Lord and His Word.
John 20:29 Jesus said to Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet believe.
God will bless, that is He will empower all those who believe in Him to prosper. Spiritual and natural prosperity is determined by what you can believe. God gives us His Word, that is truth and we choose how much of it we will accept. Not every Christian believes everything God has recorded in His book. Some folks can only go so far with God and then He becomes too much to believe. Partially because they try to believe God through their five senses. Jesus was of the flesh but He was recalled to heaven and now we have the Holy Spirit.
1 Corinthians 2:14 The natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
God’s Word was never given to us to make sense, it was given to us to make FAITH. The Lord wants us to believe whether we understand or not, He wants us to trust Him. If you can believe Him based solely on His Word, you have faith. So, faith is not a complicated subject, it is a decision that will transform your life. If God’s ways sound foolish to you, you are a natural man, a man that is led by the feelings of his flesh.