Everyone on earth has faith. In simple terms, faith means to have trust or confidence. For you to sit on a chair, you have confidence (faith) that the chair will carry you and make you comfortable. Likewise, we board vehicles with a faith that it will take us to our destination. Also, we sometimes go to the restaurant and fast food to get what to eat having a confidence (faith) that the meal is well prepared. Are you trying to think that everything you do is on a faith level? Let me ask, do you intentionally go into an examination hall with a faulty pen? You definitely went in with a very good active pen which may turn bad in the hall. But the point is, you had trust in the pen.
Have I defined faith? Let me do that talking about faith in God. First, faith in God is an assurance. Just like saying having trust and confidence in God. An assurance of your salvation (2 Timothy 3:15); you being justified (Romans 3:28), healing (Acts 14:9) etc. Hebrews 11:1 defines faith well as an assurance saying,
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen”.
When you believe the Word of God without seeing it yet, holding onto it like it is seen, you have faith in God. At salvation, when you received Jesus as your Lord and Saviour, there was a transformation in the spiritual where you became a new creature (2 Corinthians 5:17). To believe that is only as a result of faith. Romans 8:24 says,
“For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?”
Your believe in God drives your faith to increase from little faith to great faith.
It is needed to understand that faith in God being an assurance is a start point of a war. Thus, the second definition of faith is a war. It is a war because the devil is never happy with your salvation and will try every devouring means not to allow you abide in Christ. That is why Paul said to Timothy in 1 Timothy 6:12,
“Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses”.
Paul understood so well what he said to Timothy because the faith itself is a war. If not a war, there will be no need for a Christian to put on the whole armour of God as mentioned in Ephesians 6:10-17. Verse 12 of Ephesians 6 states out our enemy,
“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high [places]”.
All the agents of the devil are in cooperation to take Christians out of the faith. Jude 1:3 says,
“Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort [you] that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints”.
Thirdly, in this fight of faith, a weapon available to fight is faith. You use faith to fight in the fight of faith. A Christian life starts on faith and an individual who will finish well is one who holds onto the faith to the end. There are two weapons here. One is faith as a weapon of defense. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 speaks on the “Breastplate of Faith”. A breastplate is a piece of amour that covers the heart. This is a very serious weapon. I say this because Proverbs 4:23 tells us to,
“Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it [are] the issues of life”.
The issues of life are pondered upon in the heart and any room for the devil to come in is a surety for disaster (Ecclesiastes 10:8). The Breastplate of Faith is built with the Word of God. We are to hide the Word of God in our hearts (Psalm 119:11). When you hide God’s Word in your heart, the devil will have no place to plant evil seeds through any means in your heart. By God’s Word, our minds are renewed (Romans 12:1-2).
The other weapon of war in the fight of faith is the fourth definition of faith. Here, faith is a weapon of attack. Ephesians 6:16 says,
“Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked”.
A shield is use for protection. It is carried in the hand. In this fight of faith, it is both in our hands and on the table of our hearts. It is essential that we do not just dwell in defensive mode in the fight of faith; engage in attacking devils. Ephesians 6:16 in my King James Version starts with “Above all…”, that shows you the importance of using the shield of faith to destroy the plans and works of darkness. Pray the Word of God. Speak to God with reference to His Word. Pray effectively as Elijah prayed (James 5:16-17). Proverbs 18:21 says,
“Death and life [are] in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof”.
The last definition of faith I will be adding to the four given above is the conclusion of whole definitions of faith. Faith is Jesus. I looked through the scriptures and it is very clear that without faith it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6). That was why in Matthew 3:16-17,
“And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased”.
The entirety of a Christian life is centered on Jesus. With Him, you can please God, trust God, and fight a good fight of faith. “Faith comes by hearing and by hearing the Word of God” – Romans 10:17. The just shall live by faith (Habakkuk 2:4).
When Christ returns for His own, will He find faith in you (Luke 18:8). Can you declare 2 Timothy 4:7 at the end of your race saying,
“I have fought a good fight, I have finished [my] course, I have kept the faith”.