The Power of Having Faith

by Sister McCook

“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 NKJV

If faith is such an important tool needed to please the Almighty God, then it is really worthwhile that we know and understand what this faith means.

Hand holding the sun in the sky

In the opening verse of the same book of Hebrews 11, we see a breakdown of the meaning of faith as was revealed by the apostle Paul, who many believe is the writer of the book of Hebrews. It says:

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” – Hebrews 11:1 NKJV

If we examine this verse carefully, we begin to grasp a greater understanding. Faith is something tangible. It is the state of realizing that something you once thought of as distance has become crystalized as a reality to you.

Hand on the Bible pages

It is the full assurance of the things that you hoped for; those things that God spoke to you and now you believe. It is also the evidence of things not seen; the full persuasion that even what you have not yet seen is actually there already.

What is Faith

Faith is believing what you cannot see, with unflinching confidence. The book of Hebrews and chapter 11, is a compendium of the character of faith and examples of people who benefited because of their faith in God.

For it is only by faith that we can believe that there is a God who sits in the heavens, who made all things, who sent his only Son, Jesus, to come and die for the sins of mankind.

Hand on Bible Praying

Not only do we need faith to accept the sacrifice of his dear Son and receive eternal life, but we also need faith to receive all other promises that God has made to us in the scriptures.

It is with faith that we please God; without faith, there is no hope that we can do the things that God would have us do which please him.

What is Faith in The Bible

This faith made Abraham and the fathers of faith be accepted by God; receiving the promise and the blessing. It says about Abraham:

“By faith, Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going.” – Hebrews 11:8 NKJV

This is the character of faith; that you forget every other thing and obey the voice of God without doubts or questions.

Three crosses on a piece of land

When we ask of God, we need faith to receive. Faith is the ingredient for receipt. Jesus said:

“Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.” – Mark 11:24 NKJV

In our walk with God, we must continually build our faith to receive more and more of the things that he wants to give us. We know that the mind of God is to bless us and empower us with all that we need for life and for our godly exploits.

A Man Without Faith

The bible says that any man that lacks faith is a lost person, because though you read about all the promises of God, you will never be able to see them materialize in your life. This will make your walk with God unfruitful and frustrating.

Any man that lacks faith is lost:

“But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.” – James 1:6 NKJV

Hands reaching for the sun

Faith does not entertain doubts, it is bold and confident in its workings without regard to what is happening around at the moment.

The bible says:

“… the just shall live by faith.” – Romans 1:17 NKJV

The Faith That Moves Mountains

Now we know about faith, but how do we obtain such measures of faith that can even move mountains? The bible teaches a way to get that faith that we need in order to do exploits with God. It says:

“So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” – Romans 10:17 NKJV

It is by much hearing of the word of God and catching a revelation of the word that births faith in us. We cannot call “faith” any feeling that does not spring out of the knowledge of the word of God.

The Power of God Nature

The word of God (everything that he has said) is the source of faith. When God speaks a thing and we hear and understand, and then respond in the light of the word received, then that is faith.

So, faith is a bye-product of the word of God which you have understood and are now acting upon.

The Bible on the altar

For our walk with God, we need faith; for our healing we need faith; for our prosperity we need faith.

Everything we want to do with God must include faith, it is the ticket that validates our right to receive from him. So, pick up your bible and begin to study and digest the things that God has spoken and let your faith be built-up.

Bible Verses About Faith

The Bible talks about faith in many ways. The following are some of the Bible verses about faith.

 “Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” – Psalm 46:10 
 “Behold, his soul is puffed up; it is not upright within him, but the righteous shall live by his faith. – Habakkuk 2:4 
 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. – John 3:16 
 “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money. – Matthew 6:24 
A Psalm of David. The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. … – Psalm 23:1-6 
Again he began to teach beside the sea. And a very large crowd gathered about him, so that he got into a boat and sat in it on the sea, and the whole crowd was beside the sea on the land. And he was teaching them many things in parables, and in his teaching he said to them: “Listen! A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seed fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured it. Other seed fell on rocky ground, where it did not have much soil, and immediately it sprang up, since it had no depth of soil. … – Mark 4:1-41 
And he said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.” – Luke 7:50 
And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. – 1 Corinthians 13:2 
And Jesus answered them, “Have faith in God. – Mark 11:22 
And Jesus answered them, “Have faith in God. Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. – Mark 11:22-24 
And Jesus answered them, “Truly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what has been done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ it will happen. – Matthew 21:21 
And Jesus answered them, “Truly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what has been done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ it will happen. And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.” – Matthew 21:21-22 
And Jesus said to him, “‘If you can’! All things are possible for one who believes.” – Mark 9:23 
And Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your faith has made you well.” And immediately he recovered his sight and followed him on the way. – Mark 10:52 
And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:19 
And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. – Acts 2:38 
And the Lord said, “If you had faith like a grain of mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you. – Luke 17:6 
And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.” – Matthew 21:22 
And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. – Hebrews 11:6 
As for the one who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not to quarrel over opinions. – Romans 14:1 
Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. – 1 Corinthians 16:13 
Because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. – Romans 10:9 
But as for you, O man of God, flee these things. Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness. – 1 Timothy 6:11 
But he said, “What is impossible with men is possible with God.” – Luke 18:27 
But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, – 1 Peter 3:15 
But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. – James 1:6 
But my righteous one shall live by faith, and if he shrinks back, my soul has no pleasure in him.” – Hebrews 10:38 
But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. – James 2:18 
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, – Galatians 5:22 
But these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name. – John 20:31 
But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, – John 1:12 
But whoever has doubts is condemned if he eats, because the eating is not from faith. For whatever does not proceed from faith is sin. – Romans 14:23 
By faith Noah, being warned by God concerning events as yet unseen, in reverent fear constructed an ark for the saving of his household. By this he condemned the world and became an heir of the righteousness that comes by faith. – Hebrews 11:7 
By faith Sarah herself received power to conceive, even when she was past the age, since she considered him faithful who had promised. – Hebrews 11:11 
Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. – 1 Peter 5:7 
Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act. He will bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday. – Psalm 37:5-6 
Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the Father loves whoever has been born of him. – 1 John 5:1 
Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. – 1 Timothy 6:12 
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, – Ephesians 2:8 
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. – Ephesians 2:8-9 
For by it the people of old received their commendation. – Hebrews 11:2 
For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. – Romans 12:3 
For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. – 1 John 5:4 
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.” – Romans 1:16-17 
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. – Jeremiah 29:11 
For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for anything, but only faith working through love. – Galatians 5:6 
For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. – Galatians 3:26 
For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.” – Romans 1:17 
For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience. – Romans 8:24-25 
For nothing will be impossible with God.” – Luke 1:37 
For we walk by faith, not by sight. – 2 Corinthians 5:7 
For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. – Romans 10:10 
For you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. – James 1:3 
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” – Joshua 1:9 
He said to them, “Because of your little faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.” – Matthew 17:20 
Holding faith and a good conscience. By rejecting this, some have made shipwreck of their faith, – 1 Timothy 1:19 
I can do all things through him who strengthens me. – Philippians 4:13 
I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. – Galatians 2:20 
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. – 2 Timothy 4:7 
I told you that you would die in your sins, for unless you believe that I am he you will die in your sins.” – John 8:24 
I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God that you may know that you have eternal life. – 1 John 5:13 
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways. – James 1:5-8 
Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!” – Mark 9:24 
In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; – Ephesians 6:16 
In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. – Proverbs 3:6 
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. – John 1:1 
Jesus said to her, “Did I not tell you that if you believed you would see the glory of God?” – John 11:40 
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?” – John 11:25-26 
Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst. – John 6:35 
Jesus turned, and seeing her he said, “Take heart, daughter; your faith has made you well.” And instantly the woman was made well. – Matthew 9:22 
Looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. – Hebrews 12:2 
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. – Romans 15:13 
No distrust made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised. – Romans 4:20-21 
No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. – 1 Corinthians 10:13 
No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish. – Luke 13:3 
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. – Hebrews 11:1 
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it the people of old received their commendation. By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible. By faith Abel offered to God a more acceptable sacrifice than Cain, through which he was commended as righteous, God commending him by accepting his gifts. And through his faith, though he died, he still speaks. By faith Enoch was taken up so that he should not see death, and he was not found, because God had taken him. Now before he was taken he was commended as having pleased God. … – Hebrews 11:1-13:25 
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it the people of old received their commendation. By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible. By faith Abel offered to God a more acceptable sacrifice than Cain, through which he was commended as righteous, God commending him by accepting his gifts. And through his faith, though he died, he still speaks. By faith Enoch was taken up so that he should not see death, and he was not found, because God had taken him. Now before he was taken he was commended as having pleased God. … – Hebrews 11:1-40 
So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. – James 2:17 
So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ. – Romans 10:17 
So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love. – 1 Corinthians 13:13 
So that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. – 1 Peter 1:7 
So we are always of good courage. We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, for we walk by faith, not by sight. – 2 Corinthians 5:6-7 
That according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, – Ephesians 3:16-17 
That your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God. – 1 Corinthians 2:5 
The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” – Luke 17:5 
Then Jesus answered her, “O woman, great is your faith! Be it done for you as you desire.” And her daughter was healed instantly. – Matthew 15:28 
Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. – Mark 11:24 
Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. – Romans 5:1-5 
Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls. – 1 Peter 1:8-9 
Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes has eternal life. – John 6:47 
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. – Proverbs 3:5 
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. – Proverbs 3:5-6 
What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. … – James 2:14-26 
Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. – Mark 16:16 
Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’” – John 7:38
Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him. – John 3:36 
Yet we know that a person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, so we also have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law, because by works of the law no one will be justified. – Galatians 2:16 
You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe—and shudder! – James 2:19 
You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone. – James 2:24 

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