Faith has been defined to mean different things, below are few definitions of faith.
Faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen (Heb 11:1)
Faith is believing in God with enough confidence that you act upon his instructions (Joshua 6:1-7)
Faith is the foundation of our life as Children of God.
Faith is sharing responsibility with God, partnership in the light of his word so as to get a desired outcome.
Faith is the name we give to the action that we take based on our conviction and understanding of God’s word.
Faith is complete obedience.
Faith is a firm belief in something to which there is no proof, something we believe we have or received but not yet seen.
Faith in God is a confident believe that God is the sovereign creator of all things and that he can and will do all that he promises.
Faith is relying on God even when there is no proof.
Our Knowledge about God leads to faith. Faith is a product of a personal encounter with God, an encounter is the product of a personal revelation you have with God. The Journey of faith start with a revelation, a personal encounter with God.
Faith is the core of our salvation
For with the heart a person believes (adheres to, trusts in, and relies on Christ) and so is justified (declared righteous, acceptable to God), and with the mouth he confesses (declares openly and speaks out freely his faith) and confirms [his] salvation. Romans 10:10 AMP
The first step that leads to faith is an encounter, then we accepting and believing on that encounter is securing the first step to salvation. A man can have a personal encounter with God and still choose not to believe in him, just like those Jews and Pharisees in Matthew 23. But the moment believe comes them you are close to attaining salvation.
After believing it is still necessary to then confess (declare openly, speak out freely what you now believe). Confession is vain until we believe that which we you have received.
So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Romans 10:17
Faith comes by hearing (perception), perception involves detecting with the five senses. I. E Hearing don’t just mean through speech, in the case of perception, it involves any medium part of the five senses. So it is possible to obtain salvation through an encounter with the written word of God. We behold the written word of God once there is a revelation backed up with it, together with believing it, then salvation is perfected.
We use faith to please God (Heb 11:6), as a defence for our salvation (Eph 6:16, 1 Peter 1:5), and to receive things from God (Heb 11:1, James 1:6-7). Faith is the basis of our Christian living.
RESIST THE DEVIL
So be subject to God. Resist the devil [stand firm against him], and he will flee from you. James 4:7
How do we resist the devil?
Through our faith as a defence towards a genuine encounter with God, via his word or an interaction with him via speech. When we commune with God (Intimacy) and he reveals things to us, the devil will do all he can to take our believe off what God has said, but the moment we stand firm, keep believing what God has said our faith becomes a defence against the devil. This was what Job did that the devil called an hedge. Job believed in everything God told him, that even when the devil came to to make him doubt his believe he still stood firm (Job 13:15). the devil wouldn’t have gotten access to Job if it wasn’t because God gave him access.
We frustrate the devil and he flees by standing firm in our believe in God and his words to us.
THE TEST OF FAITH
Consider it wholly joyful, my brethren, whenever you are enveloped in or encounter trials of any sort or fall into various temptations. Be assured and understand that the trial and proving of your faith bring out endurance and steadfastness and patience. But let endurance and steadfastness and patience have full play and do a thorough work, so that you may be [people] perfectly and fully developed [with no defects], lacking in nothing.
As children of God, we will all pass through “the test of our faith”. When it comes we shouldn’t see it as punishments but we should be joyful even while facing it, knowing that when we pass the test of our faith we will receive the crown of life (James 1:12, Dan 3:28-30).
The purpose of trials (test of faith) is to improve man spiritually (spiritual development). The testing of our faith leads to spiritual maturity.
We need wisdom and discernment to pass the test of faith (James 1:5, 1 John 4:1). Wisdom to guide us through making the right decision over circumstance. Anytime we face chalenges, the Holy Spirit is saying that we should see it as nothing but Joy, knowing that the testing of our faith through experience produces endurance (patience), leading to spiritual maturity and inner peace.
Before God can entrust you with bigger assignment, you must first be tested. You must first be tested before you are trusted. Before God will entrust you with bigger assignments you will continually pass the test of faith.
Daniel wasn’t afraid when he was in the lion’s den because he believed, trusted and relied on God who is able to save him (Daniel 6:23). Total and complete obedience is the end product of our faith walk. Shedrach, Meshach and Abednego refused to bow down and worship the golden image because they believe, trust in and rely on God. They knew that it is better to be persecuted by men than to disobey God and fail the test of their faith (Daniel 3:16-17, 28-30).
If you want to give your life to him or you have backslided and want to align yourself back to him then say this words “Lord Jesus I acknowledge and believe that you died for my sins so that I can live uprightly. Please Lord I ask that you come into my heart today. Thank you for saving me, Amen”. If you have done this sincerely I congratulate you, welcome to the family of believers. Welcome to the Body of Christ. It certainly do not stop here, ask God to give unto you his Spirit, so you will continue to live an Holy and Righteous life.