What is Faith?

I am now reading and re-reading an amazing and very well-known book by Napoleon Hill called “Think and Grow Rich” (which I highly recommend) in which he shares the success stories of many a great and successful person who have acquired wealth by initially have a great desire to accomplish what they wanted in life.  I am a firm believer in the power of faith, desire or will power or whatever you might wish to call it.  It is also the power of positive thinking, reminding yourself that you are going to make it, that you can make it will certainly help you to eventually “make it”.  In essence, this is a natural law of nature itself, implanted here by God Himself.  It is my personal belief that we weren’t just randomly thrown here on planet earth to simply exist but rather to learn all that we can and apply certain natural laws laid out there ever since the beginning of time. By following these laws of nature we open the door to great success as if possessing a key.  Throughout his book, Napoleon repeats the word desire  sharing the power that it has.  The numerous examples that he wrote about of having a desire to achieve or obtain something, the person in question was able to receive it.  Desire is what moves us emotionally to do something about obtaining, to be able to obtain we have to believe that somehow we are going to be able to receive.  It is having faith, or believing beyond a shadow of a doubt.

The Bible gives us a comprehensive definition of what faith is in Hebrews 1 the first verse: “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”  Isn’t that amazing, it depicts faith as something that is there, a substance, a tangible goal or a reality and then it goes on to explain that this substance that is evidence of our desired possession that is not yet seen.  It takes an awful lot of courage to reach out and grab something that is not visibly there to grab a hold of.  However, many people tend to stumble on this point by casting doubt on things that they cannot see, saying “I don’t believe in anything that I cannot see”.  This is a bit silly though as there are an awful lot of things that are not visible but they do exist!  Who has seen electricity? Yet it is a power that obviously works and we use it all of the time every day of our lives.  Who can see the wind? Likewise just as electricity, it cannot be seen, however it’s effect we can see in it’s mighty power.

One aspect that I would like to point out though about faith and I will share here another scripture from the Bible that tends to get ignored and that is just as important to this whole achievement and desire and obtaining methodology.  It is in the book James chapter 2 verse 26: “For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.In yet another letter in the book of James chapter 2 verse 18  it says “ yea a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works; shoe thy faith without thy works, and I will show thee my faith by my works” There are a lot of Christians and people of other faiths that tend to believe that faith on it’s own is sufficient and that if they just believe that they will receive something that it will just happen.  Well, while it is great and all important to have “faith” it is equally as important to have works as well by putting your faith into action.  A desire, as Napoleon repeats is a wonderful emotion that can motivate us to get up and do something about this desire.  We want something so bad that we will make the necessary sacrifices in order to obtain it.  By taking action towards achieving something, we demonstrating that we indeed believe that we are capable of obtaining it.

Even Jesus Himself in each miracle that he performed asked his disciples to take action, and then He took over to help do what thy were unable to do. When He raised Lazarus from the dead he ordered his disciples “take ye away the stone” from his grave.  Of course they thought this to be a silly thing to do since he had been dead for a while at that point and were concerned for the stench that such a labor would have rewarded them with, and yet through their faith by their works they went ahead to remove the stone. Now if He is omnipotent and capable of raising him from the dead, why did he ask his disciples to move the stone, he could have easily just told it to move Himself?  In John chapter 9 He healed the blind man, and this took great faith on this man’s behalf, he bends over gets dirt off the ground and spits on it, then after this rather distasteful ceremony he asks the man to go wash his eyes of in the pool of Siloam, one of the dirtiest pools around! Again it took action on behalf of this man, and an incredible belief to even listen to Jesus and do what he asked of him.

All throughout the scriptures in the Bible there are conditions that were in place, and if you would like to make an interesting study on this, check out the many references that exist with the words if and then. Here are a couple: Exodus 19:5 If you will obey My voice indeed, and keep My covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto Me above all people. for all the earthe is Mine”.   Deuteronomy 19:9 “If thou shalt keep all these commandments to do them, which I command thee this day, to love the Lord they God, and to walk ever in His ways; then shalt thous add three cities, more for thee, besides these three.”

It is my personal conviction that, in order to get reap, you have to sow, in order the earn you have to give, in order to gain you have spend.  You have to take action, that in itself is an action of faith.  How many great business men have taken great risk in investing their money in what ever they have invested in, they had to believe that there was going to be a return.  The farmer, sows the seed, then he has to wait a season to then reap the benefits of his labor. So then, to only sit around praying waiting for the great harvest without sowing first the seed, without making the effort, without “rolling the stone away”, may not be the best course of action!

So, faith is a very important, as without faith we would probably not bother getting out of bed in the morning, it should move you to get moving… to take action, the then you know that through your action you will reap the results of your labor! It is one of the natural laws of science, somewhat as the theory of relativity which Einstein explains.  It is natural, it God created, it is totally functional it is reality, it is the truth, abide by it and you will see that it works!

2 Replies to “What is Faith?”

  1. Great post! I love the way in which you have described faith. Believing and taking action…. that’s the important thing. Not sitting on the couch with your arms crossed waiting for the thing you have prayed for to materialize!
    I highly recommend you to watch the short documentary film The Science of Miracles!

    Thanks for sharing

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