The Requirements of Faith (Part 1)
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 (NKJV)
Often we say we have faith, but when faced with a situation that should lead us to justify what we say, we fail. We back down, we complain, we give up and our first reaction to our own failure is to blame God. We blame God because we shouldn't be there. We blame him because this situation should not have happened to us.
Is it because it has meaning in our mind when we say we have faith that makes it strong, and it has another meaning that we cannot understand when we have to exercise faith in the midst of trials? I do not think so. Rather, I believe it is because we define faith in our own way, the way we want it to act: according to our expectations and our immediate needs. We do not define it in God's way, according to His will.
The question is, how does God define faith? What does the Bible tell us about faith? I would like you to ask yourself this question: Do I really have the faith that the Bible speaks of?