What exactly is faith? Many have different ideas of what faith truly is. In God’s Constitution, the book of Hebrews states in the amplified version: Now faith is the assurance (title deed, confirmation) of things hoped for (divinely guaranteed), and the evidence of things not seen [the conviction of their reality--faith comprehends as fact what cannot be experienced by the physical senses]. Hebrews 11:1 AMP
in the Hebrew language, the most common word for faith is “aman”; while in the Greek, the word for faith that is used most frequently in the New Testament is “pistis”. Pistis refers to conviction, a deeply held belief. It also means persuaded. The individual who has pistis faith is persuaded at a deep level of conviction that something is true beyond any doubt. Does this sound like a statement from one who has faith beyond any doubt? Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors and gain an overwhelming victory through Him who loved us [so much that He died for us]. For I am convinced [and continue to be convinced—beyond any doubt] that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present and threatening, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the [unlimited] love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 8:37-39 AMP Amen!
Another way to describe “pistis” faith is to say that it is a faith of confident expectation. That is the faith Hebrews 11:1 is talking about. Confident expectation is being absolutely sure of what we hope for and certain of though we do not yet see. Keep in mind that we cannot have Kingdom faith and without expecting something to happen. True faith also means having a sure hope.
Remember that the word faith is used to describe many concepts in this life. This dilutes and clouds the true power of faith! You may hear the phrase “the faith” from religious individuals, which usually refers to a formal set of beliefs or an established religious denomination. “Keep the faith” means to hold firmly to a belief system to which you have committed. The term “faith movement” refers to an adherence to a belief system that magnifies the power of belief to the status of a doctrine. It puts the focus of that power on the person rather than the Lord God. So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God. Mark 11:22 I was once part of each of these systems at some point in my life. All of these are legitimate expressions that define individual and corporate experiences of millions of people over time. But it is not the Kingdom faith of His citizens.
I want to make you aware of this one thing: Hope that is in the Lord God’s Constitution is sure and certain because it is anchored on the integrity and promises of the Lord God.
Remember this; God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good? Numbers 23:19 We may not see it yet, but we know that it is on its way because He said so! Our faith is not in what we desire, but in God. Keep in mind what ambassador Paul said concerning hope: For we were saved in this hope, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance. Romans 8:24-25 The amplified version says, “We wait eagerly for it with patience and composure.” Yes! If we are confident and do not doubt that something is coming to pass, we will be patient and composed!
This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil, where the forerunner has entered for us, even Jesus, having become High Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek. Hebrews 6:19-20 Remember that hope is a vital part of Kingdom faith. Because it is anchored on the Lord God’s Word—who cannot lie and who is unchanging—it is a sure thing as Kingdom citizens. By the way, “pistis” faith also means resolve. To resolve is to come to a definite decision or conclusion about something. It is settled. Pistis faith brings peace and drives out worry and anxiety. You have put it down at Jesus’ feet and await for it to come to pass. Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory. Romans 5:1-2 NLT
Remember, your greatest asset in the Kingdom is the faith you have in the King’s Word.
All scriptures are NKJV unless noted
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