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What is Faith?

Updated on September 20, 2013

What is Faith?

What is faith?

Hebrews 11:1

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.


Ephesians 2:8-9

8For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

9Not of works, lest any man should boast.


When people do good works they shouldn't brag about it - saying I helped the poor or I did this, or I gave them money. Doing all these things are great but these good works don't save us. You can't earn salvation. Only Jesus can save us, not our good works. If we could earn our salvation there would be no reason for him to die on the cross. God saves us through faith. These works are evidence of our faith.

Matthew 17:20 says, "I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.

Mark 9:23 says everything is possible for him who believes.

Mark 10:27 says that all things are possible for God.

Romans 12:3

3For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.

Matthew 17:20

20And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.


Peter Walks on the Water

The disciples were in a boat during a bad storm as recorded in Matthew 14:22-31:

"22And straightway Jesus constrained his disciples to get into a ship, and to go before him unto the other side, while he sent the multitudes away. 23And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone. 24But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary. 25And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea. 26And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear. 27But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid. 28And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water. 29And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. 30But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. 31And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?" (KJV)

So doubt can make us sink. Jesus is our refuge in life storms.

Faith can make you whole

24 And Jesus went with him; and much people followed him, and thronged him.

25 And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood for twelve years,

26 And had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse,

27 When she had heard of Jesus she came in the press behind, and touched his garment.

28 For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole.

29 And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague.

30 And Jesus immediately knowing in himself that virtue had gone out of him, turned him about in the press, and said, Who touched my clothes?

31 And his disciples said unto him, Thou seest the multitude thronging thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me?

32 And he looked round about to see her that had done this thing.

33 But the woman fearing and trembling, knowing what was done in her, came and fell down before him, and told him all the truth.

34 And he said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague.

How to obtain faith or more faith

Romans 10:17

17So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.


Satan tries to steal our faith

John 10:10

10The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.


Faith Protects you


Ephesians 6:10-18

"Be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.

"Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.

"And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints...."







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    • DeBorrah K. Ogans profile image

      DeBorrah K Ogans 

      7 years ago

      Sky, Great insightful hub on FAITH! Wonderful video! "Out of the mouths of babes..." Yes we CAN be "STRONG in The LORD..." Thank you for sharing, In HIS Love, Grace, Joy, Peace & Blessings!

    • DavePrice profile image


      8 years ago from Sugar Grove, Ill

      Thank you for a beautiful journey through the Word. I am enjoying your hubs.

    • Sky321 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Canada

      Hi samsons1, nice to meet you. Yes and I will follow you.

    • samsons1 profile image


      8 years ago from Tennessee

      voted up & beautiful! I see many of my friends are your friends too, may I follow you...

    • Sky321 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Canada

      Hi Jaggedfrost I love your comment or analysis. Thank you for reading.

    • Jaggedfrost profile image


      8 years ago

      Faith is the trust one must have to do what they know to be right without seeing the purpose or cause for the thing they do or even knowing if it will yield the promised result. Just an analysis on your great list of scriptures on faith. Great hub.

    • Pratonix profile image


      8 years ago from Asia

      Two of my favorite verses regarding faith are;

      i. The righteous shall live by faith. Rom 1.17

      ii. Faith comes by hearing, and hearing from the word of God. Rom 10.17.

      iii. There's one more. We walk by faith, not by sight. 2 Cor 5.7.

      Blessings to you.

    • Sky321 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Canada

      Thank you Ictodd1947, I look forward to reading more of your great hubs.

    • lctodd1947 profile image


      8 years ago from USA

      Sky321, this is a wonderful hub about faith. All the scriptures spells it out just the way it is. I appreciate you giving us this faith building article. Without "faith" it is impossible to please the Lord. Thank you again.

    • Sky321 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Canada

      That's ok, mine isn't the best either. Thank you for reading and posting a great verse.

    • Joe A. McCray profile image

      Joe A. McCray 

      8 years ago

      If you can believe without seeing that's faith. my typing is not the best.

    • Joe A. McCray profile image

      Joe A. McCray 

      8 years ago

      Hebrew 11: 1, Now faith is the substances of things hoped for, and the evidence of things not seen." If you can believe with seeing first, that's faith.

    • Sky321 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Canada

      What do you want to know?

    • DREAM ON profile image

      DREAM ON 

      8 years ago

      Excellent job putting it all together.Tell me more about your profile?

    • Sky321 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Canada

      Hi Dream on thanks for reading. I'm glad you liked it. I don't actually know those children. The video is from You Tube. I just thought it was cute.

    • DREAM ON profile image

      DREAM ON 

      8 years ago

      I think I have to be reminded many times to keep focused.Life hits us with so much.Faith in Jesus is something so special every time I think of it.I will now think of your hub.I love the children tell them they did a great job.They are all stars in my book.

    • Sky321 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Canada

      Thanks for reading sarmack. I look forward to reading some of your hubs.

    • sarmack profile image


      8 years ago from Washington State

      Thank you, Sky321, and children! The Message is great and the video, too!

    • Sky321 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Canada

      Thanks rprcarz50 for stopping by.

    • rprcarz50 profile image


      8 years ago

      When I have rough times in my life , I am short on faith. I turn to prayer and things always get better .

      Thank you for this uplifting Hub!


      As Always Also a2z50

    • renfen88 profile image


      8 years ago

      good hub blessings

    • aka-dj profile image


      8 years ago from Australia

      The just shall LIVE, by faith. Good hub. Blessings. :)

    • Dave Mathews profile image

      Dave Mathews 

      8 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      Faith is our ability to believe in something or someone without any of our human senses being able to substantiate its existance.

      Brother Dave.

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      8 years ago

      Great Hub and faith grows from is something we grow with...


    • someonewhoknows profile image


      8 years ago from south and west of canada,north of ohio

      A thousand mile journey begins with one step.


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