The Nature of Faith


Faith. A small word packed with big meaning. Consider how Hebrews 11 defines faith:

  • Faith trusts what God has said. (Hebrews 11:3)

  • Faith worships God in an acceptable fashion. (Hebrews 11:4)

  • Faith walks with God in the normal, daily activities of life. (Hebrews 11:5)

  • Faith acts despite the seeming “unreasonableness” of God’s command. (Hebrews 11:7)

  • Faith leaves its comfort zone. (Hebrews 11:8)

  • Faith is content with what the Lord gives, even though it may not seem “complete”. (Hebrews 11:9-10)

  • Faith believes for the impossible. (Hebrews 11:11-12)

  • Faith looks to the eternal. (Hebrews 11:13-16)

  • Faith recognizes that we are pilgrims and strangers in this land. (Hebrews 11:13)

  • Faith seeks for something beyond and greater than ourselves. (Hebrews 11:14)

  • Faith does not turn back from discouragement, doubt, or despair. (Hebrews 11:15)

  • Faith seeks for the best, the perfect of God. (Hebrews 11:16)

  • Faith is willing to give up even what it loves the best: even what seems to be the promise itself. (Hebrews 11:17-18)

  • Faith lets God be God; it doesn’t put God in a box. (Hebrews 11:19)

  • Faith takes risks. (Hebrews 11:23)

  • Faith takes humility over honor. (Hebrews 11:24-26)

  • Faith is obedient. (Hebrews 11:30)

  • Faith is willing to suffer and die for God. (Hebrews 11:35-40)


It is by grace that we live this life of faith. Make the above truth your own with this prayer:


By grace, through faith, I will trust in what God has said.

By grace, through faith, I will worship God in an acceptable fashion.

By grace, through faith, I will walk with God in the normal, daily activities of life.

By grace, through faith, I will listen to God and act on what I hear, no matter how “unreasonable” or “irrational” his commands are to me.

By grace, through faith, I will leave my comfort zone when called by God to do so.

By grace, through faith, I will be content with what the Lord gives, even though it may not seem “complete”.

By grace, through faith, I will believe for the impossible.

By grace, through faith, I will keep my eyes focused on the eternal.

By grace, through faith, I will remember that I am a pilgrim in this land, and heaven is my real home.

By grace, through faith, I will seek for something beyond and greater than myself.

By grace, through faith, I will not turn back from discouragement, doubt, or despair.

By grace, through faith, I will seek for the best, and not be content with less.

By grace, through faith, I will give up even what I love the best to God if he asks.

By grace, through faith, I will let God be God.

By grace, through faith, I will take godly risks.

By grace, through faith, I will accept humility over honor.

By grace, through faith, I will be obedient.

By grace, through faith, I will suffer and die for God if he calls me to that end.


Amen, and amen.

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