The bible clearly says that faith is ‘the confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see’. – Hebrews 11:1. This basically means that faith is trusting in something that you can’t see.
Faith and salvation are the backbone of Christianity. The very first moment you become a Christian, you are taking a step of faith! You are CHOOSING TO BELIEVE that Jesus died for your sins and that by believing in him, you are forgiven. As you can see, having faith is pretty important and it’s actually impossible to become Christian without it.
We read a lot of stories of faith in the bible. For example, David had faith in God and was able to defeat Goliath. Abraham believed in God’s promise and his wife gave birth to a child when she was verrrrry old. Jesus healed a lot of people while ministering on earth, and in some of those situations you see that they had the guts to approach Jesus and had faith that He would heal them (Mark 5).
Reading the bible makes you realise that faith brings about victory. If we think of the miracle of splitting the Red sea, the Israelites possessing the land of Canaan (even though the Israelites were a lot fewer than the Canaanites), Paul and Silas being broken out of jail, all of these real-life stories required faith, faith that God will intervene.
Faith brings breakthrough to situations that seem impossible. On top of that, God wants us to have faith as it makes him happy: ‘But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him’ – Hebrews 11:6
Faith is a massive deal!
What’s really encouraging is that in the bible, we actually meet people who admitted that they did not have much faith. Jesus’ disciples struggled to perform miracles as they didn’t have much faith. A father asked his son to be healed but also admitted he had some unbelief ‘…help me to overcome my unbelief’ – Mark 9:24. But guess, what? Jesus is able to increase our faith if we ask Him, just like the disciples asked him.
After all Jesus understands that we are humans, so let’s not be shy in asking for His help!