Faith is something that has lost a lot of its “spice” over the years, and is used, often, as an excuse among Christians. As the overused adage says, “you just have to have faith!”
I’m not saying there is anything wrong with saying that, but I believe that is watering down the true meaning of this powerful word.
It is interesting to notice that the word faith is only used in the Old Testament twice, while it is used over 220 times in the New Testament. Out of those, the Gospels recorded Jesus Christ telling us about faith 29 times. And then it is used 31 times in Hebrews, the book that houses the chapter of the “Hall of Faith” heroes of the Bible.
The word faith, in the Bible, strictly means the assurance of truth in itself. In a nutshell faith means that a faithful man or woman would have complete assurance in someone’s honesty and truth.
This assurance would come from knowing what Jesus Christ has said is true. Out of the 29 times the Gospels recorded the word faith, it was always directed toward those who had little faith or those who had much.
Basically, either you have faith in what Jesus Christ has said He has done, is doing and is going to do, or you don’t put your full trust in Him or have faith in Who He is.
Everything we believe about God–the Bible, Jesus Christ, Holy Spirit, etc.–should be based on your faith, or assurance of Their Word. However, we don’t always have to rely on faith alone. You can still have evidence without having to shake your faith or anybody else’s.
If you don’t have complete assurance in the person of Jesus Christ, then what do you have?
And He said to the woman, “Thy faith [assurance in Me] hath saved thee; go in peace.”
And the apostles said unto the Lord, “Increase our faith [assurance in You].”
“But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith [assurance in Myself and the Father] fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.”