Faith is not an elusive, passive thing—it is alive and active.
The fruit of faith is substance and evidence—that which shows in our lives and proves what we believe.
So what is faith? Faith is the act of:
- considering Jesus Christ worthy of trust as to His character and motives;
- placing confidence in His ability to do just what He says He will do;
- entrusting the salvation of our soul into the hands of Christ;
- committing the work of saving our soul to the care of the Lord.
This means taking ourselves out of our own keeping and entrusting ourselves into the keeping of Jesus Christ.
This means that we listen to what God is saying in His Word. Paul exhorted Timothy, his son in the faith, to "accurately handle the word of truth" (2 Tim. 2:15) because it is "profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work" (2 Tim. 3:16-17).
A friend once asked, "When was the last time God spoke to you and what did He say?" Then he held up his Bible and said, "This is where He is speaking. Are you hearing Him? Are you obeying Him?"
How about you—are you walking by faith?
Taken from "Faith is . . ." by Wisdom for the Heart Ministries (used by permission).