Romans 4:18-21 “Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as he had been told, “So shall your offspring be.” Without weakening in his faith, he acknowledged the decrepitness of his body (since he was about a hundred years old) and the lifelessness of Sarah’s womb. Yet he did not waver through disbelief in the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God was able to do what He had promised.” Berean Study Bible
If I were to ask you, do you believe the bible, most Christians and perhaps even those who don’t attend church would say yes. But take them to a particular scripture, such as the story of a 100 year old man having a baby with a 90 year old wife, and you may find resistance. How about a virgin conceiving a child outside the usual human method of conception? How about the story of a 17 year old boy taking down a nine foot giant with one stone in a slingshot? There are all sorts of stories and actions in the bible that people don’t see how they could happen, and they are not fully persuaded of their reality. It goes against their natural thinking. There’s one instance when Israel was in the middle of a battle (Joshua 10), and Joshua asked God to make the sun stand still to give him more daylight. The sun really stood still and did not go down for a day. Don’t ask me to explain scientifically how that happened. I just know that God did it because the story is recorded and He is the one who made the universe, the earth and everything in it, so I’m convinced He knows what He’s doing.
Faith is being fully persuaded of something no matter what circumstances appear before your natural eyes. I have written before about David’s victory over Goliath and how David wasn’t looking at the circumstances. How did a 17 year old nobody defeat a nine foot tall fierce battle-hardened warrior? David’s confidence came from the covenant he was fully persuaded he had with God. He was confident God was backing him up. Are you confident God is backing you up?
The bible in Hebrews 11:1 defines faith this way, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” NKJV.
The Amplified bible says it like this, “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].“
The dictionary defines faith this way: trust, belief, confidence, conviction; optimism, hopefulness, hope. And trust is defined as confidence, belief, faith, certainty, assurance, conviction, credence; reliance. I define faith as being fully persuaded or fully convinced. You just know that you know. It is definitely more than hope or hopefulness, which implies uncertainty. Hebrews 11:1 seems to agree with that, defining them as related, but two different things, one building on the other.
Are you fully persuaded that your sins were completely paid for by Jesus Christ, the Son of God, on the cross? How do you know that? Yes, it’s written in the bible, but even that is just the starting point. How do you know that you have salvation?
Because Romans 10:9-10 says “that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved, for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation,” and you have exercised faith in that. You have met the requirements of that scripture and you are fully persuaded it is true! All the promises of God are yes and amen.
Faith (being fully persuaded or convinced) is how we receive everything from God.
“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. Our God is a good God.