Faith is the palpable substance of what is hoped for—so tangible that the faith itself is evidence of the existence of those things that are not yet apparent. In other words, it becomes concrete to the point that you now own it. In the spiritual sphere, it becomes a reality. You believe God exists and his power can move mountains, and then his power moves a mountain into your life to prove it.
The Bible says, "No one who believes in me will ever be put out of court." That means no matter how many times I am sued, I will never lose a lawsuit. Never. Because anyone who believes in me will never be put out of court.
In other words, my beliefs are so strong that they become a reality that can never be taken away from me.
That's why I can say with confidence that if you have faith in Jesus Christ, he will always bring you before the throne of God. No matter how long it takes, no matter what happens; if you remain faithful to him, he will never allow you to go more than three days without seeing him. And this is based on my personal relationship with him. I cannot know his mind or what challenges he may see for you. But I can tell you that he wants us to have a close relationship with him, and that means meeting his needs each day.
Faith is the infused virtue by which the intellect, by a movement of the will, assents to the supernatural truths of Revelation, not on the basis of intrinsic proof, but only on the basis of God's infallible authority in revealing. These truths include all those about Jesus Christ that are necessary to be saved.
The word "faith" has many meanings. The one used in the Catholic Church means "the faithful adherence of the mind and heart to what is known to be true." It is this use of the word that is relevant for understanding Catholic theology on the subject of faith.
In his book Mere Christianity, C. S. Lewis explains that faith is "the willingness to believe what you know to be untrue," such as when Peter was asked three times if he saw the Lord. In other words, faith is taking something on trust, even though you can't prove it with your own eyes. It is this type of faith that God calls us to have in ourselves so that we may have confidence before him.
According to St. Paul, faith is what moves mountains: "But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is lost." (Romans 10:17).
According to the Bible, faith gives substance to what you hope for. Faith, in other words, invites such things into your life. According to the Bible, the simplest definition of faith is simply trusting in God's kindness and believing that He rewards those who seek Him. Faith doesn't make things easy to believe in; rather it makes difficult things possible.
The Bible says that Jesus created everything through faith in His plan for our lives. That means that whatever you want to be true about yourself or your world can come true through faith. Whatever you dream of doing or being you can do or be because everything is possible through Christ.
Faith isn't just a feeling or intuition that something will be okay but a certainty that everything will work out for my good. Through faith I can have a relationship with Jesus Christ today and find out tomorrow whether I will be alive then. Whether I am living on earth or in heaven, God wants me to have faith that I will be with Him someday.
Jesus said, "I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven." (Matt. 18:3). Children don't worry about their future lives, they live in the present moment enjoying what they have now. They don't worry about sinning or going to hell, they act like babies who don't know any better.
Belief, firm persuasion, certainty, solid conviction, and fidelity are all synonyms for faith. Faith is trust in what we hope for and certainty that the Lord is at work even when we cannot see it. Faith recognizes that no matter what is going on in our life or the lives of others, the Lord is at work. It has been said that faith moves mountains.
Faith is the assurance of things hoped for and the proof of things not seen. Through faith, we have confidence that what we hope for will be realized. God has promised to help us if we keep his commands. Using this promise as our guide, we can follow God's plan and be confident that he will lead us down any road he wants us to take.
Faith is taking action despite lack of evidence; belief in something without seeing it happen. We have faith that my friend will come back from Italy because we know that she is a loving person who would never hurt anyone. Even though I haven't heard from her for several months, I still have faith that she is okay.
Faith is trusting in spite of uncertainty; believing in someone or something while knowing they may not return your love or respect you back. I have faith that my friend will watch over me because he knows how much I need him. Even though I haven't heard from him in years, I still have faith that he is alive.