Faith Toward God Part I

A truly balanced christian life requires the word of God. Actually more of the word. 

In this post, I am doing the second principle of the doctrine of Christ on which a believer is to build his spiritual life: Faith towards God.

Again, much thanks to my spiritual dad, Dr. Apostle David Juma for his selfless support.

In the book of Hebrews, the Bible records: But without faith it is impossible to please Him. For he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is the rewarder of that diligently seek Him. Hebrews 11:6

"Faith toward God" refers to your attitude toward God. Some men hate God and rebel against Him. Others are afraid of Him. Your attitude should be of faith towards God.

Faith and repentance are both necessary for genuine conversion. To turn to God without forsaking sin is not true repentance. To try to forsake sin without turning to God in faith ends in failure. Paul's ministry to the unsaved was:

Testifying  both to the Jews and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. Acts 20:21 So, 

What is the definition of faith?
Faith means to believe and have assurance of something. To believe means to have trust. The words "faith, believe and trust" all mean the same thing when used  in relation to God. he Bible defines faith as:

..the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1

In other words, Faith gives assurance that the things promised in the future are true and that unseen things are real. 

Many confuse faith for hope. Hope is a desire or attitude of expectancy concerning things in the future. Faith is assurance of things you cannot see but have assurance you already possess. Hope is in the mind. Faith is in the heart. No wonder Paul, in his first epistle to the Thessalonians, says, "But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith...and for an helmet, the hope of salvation." 1 Thessalonians 5:8

In this verse, faith is associated with the region of the heart. Hope is associated with the head.

It's not enough to accept the gospel with the mind. This is not true Scriptural faith and does not produce change in your life. true Scriptural faith,believing with your heart, always produces change in your life.

Mind over Matter
This is another aspect taught by some religions; that man can overcome all problems in the real world (the world of matter) by using his mind, reason, or willpower. These teachings are man centered. they rely on self and not on God. "Mind over matter" is not based on the Word of God. Faith is not the same as "mind over matter.

Faith is God-centered, not man-centered. It's a gift of God, not something man produces through self-efforts of his mind. Lets sum up the first part of this topic by examining the importance of faith.

Why is faith that important? Why do you need faith as a believer?
There are two major reasons why faith toward God is required:

1. It is necessary for salvation
It is important to understand that you cannot be saved without faith.

He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved, but he that believeth not shall be condemned. Mark 16:16

For by grace are ye saved through faith...Ephesians 2:8

2. You can not please God without Faith

But without faith it is impossible to please Him. For he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is the rewarder of that diligently seek Him. Hebrews 11:6

Faith is a fundamental foundation in any believer. Life is chance given to everybody to make the path strait in order to please God and salvage their souls from eternal destruction. Take a step and redirect your life to Jesus. For any assistance, questions or comments, feel free to contact me.

In  part 2 of "faith toward God" we see the different types of faith and how you can increase your faith. Don't you want to know the type of faith you have? Keep in touch and blessings!