26 May Musings on Faith-Part 1: Faith, A Persuasion of the Mind
Kingdom Dynamics Weekly (KDW) May 26, 2019 By Tunde Olugboji Vol 19:20
Series Title: Musings on Faith
Part 1: Faith: A Persuasion of the Mind
Faith is a crucial element in our relationship with our father in heaven. With the aid of God’s Word, our own obedience, and the encouragement of fellow believers, we will have the faith that leads to eternal life (1Ti 6:12). In this series starting this week, we will reflect on various dimension of faith, which we can list among those things that are true, noble, just, pure, lovely, and of good report; things that are virtuous and worthy of praise (Php 4:8).
Easton’s Bible Dictionary says faith is the persuasion of the mind that a certain statement is true; that its primary idea is “trust.” Its popular Bible definition is in Heb 11:1 “…the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen; being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.”
Faith is therefore conviction and trust in someone or something.
1. Faith in God: This involves conviction and trust that he exists (He 11:6); it requires that we believe he rewards those who diligently seek him, and that without such faith in God, we cannot please him.
2. Faith in Jesus: Involves conviction and trust in who Jesus is (Jn 8:24; 11:27); the conviction and trust in what Jesus did (Jn 10:10,11; Jn 1:29); the trust in what Jesus said (Php 4:8; Jn 8:12; 14:6) and without such faith in Jesus, we will die in our sins.
So, how do we develop such faith?
1. Through the word of God: The word was designed to create faith (Ro 10:17); it was written to produce faith (Jn 20:30-31; 1Jn 5:13) and is filled with evidences intended to produce faith.
2. Through obedience: Jesus said those who do God’s will, will know its truth (Jn 7:17); and as we obey God, our conviction and trust grows.
3. Through fellowship: We can strengthened our faith by exhorting one another (He 3:12-14); which we do by frequent assembling (He 10:24-25); and the more we fellowship with one another, the stronger our faith becomes.
And the evidence of faith is good works. James writes about a dead faith (Jam 2:17,20,26); and offers to show his faith by his works (Jam 2:18). Thus, a living, vibrant faith will manifest itself in good works. We can also improve our faith through the knowledge of the Word of God (Ro 10:17). We can see from the experience of Israel that lack of knowledge of God’s word could lead to destruction (Hos 4:6). As with demons, faith without works results only in a trembling faith (Jam 2:19).
In the next couple of weeks, we will anchor our faith-related discussions on different characters and events in the Bible, as we ask the Holy Spirit to help us deepen our relationship with our father in heaven, so that we can know him more, and have better access to what God has to offer.