Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
–Hebrews 11:1 (ESV)
God delights to increase the faith of his children. We ought, instead of wanting no trials before victory, no exercise for patience, to be willing to take them from God’s hands as a means. Trials, obstacles, difficulties, and sometimes defeats, are the very food of faith.
Faith is seeing the invisible, but not the nonexistent.
–A. W. Tozer
When a person’s faith seems to collapse without warning, one can be sure it has been the result of inner conflicts–the termites of disobedience.
–Quinton J. Everest
So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.
–Romans 10:17 (ESV)
Faith stands in the midst of suffering and sees glory.
Faith expects from God what is beyond all expectation.
The conception of faith given in the New Testament is that it must embrace the whole man. Faith is not a faculty, it is the whole man rightly related to God by the power of the Spirit of Jesus. We are apt to apply faith to certain domains of our life only – we have faith in God when we ask Him to save us, or ask Him for the Holy Spirit, but we trust something other than God in the actual details of our lives.
The beginning of anxiety is the end of faith; and the beginning of true faith is the end of anxiety.
And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.
–Hebrews 11:6 (ESV)
If ours is an examined faith, we should be unafraid to doubt….There is no believing without some doubting, and believing is all the stronger for understanding and resolving doubt.
Faith is not belief without proof, but trust without reservations.
When I cannot enjoy the faith of assurance, I live by the faith of adherence.
To be able to state explicitly in words what you know by faith is an impossibility; if you can state it in words, it is not faith.