Your Book Is About Growing in Biblical Faith, What Does That Mean?
I believe in God, isn’t that all I need?
I find believing in God to be rather simple. Many people believe in a divine power, a creator who gives us a purpose for existing.
What I find more difficult is maintaining biblical faith and living in a way which reflects my faith. Why? Because faith isn’t simply believing in the existence of a higher power.
I find biblical faith is best understood when we think in terms of relationship. Biblical faith is not simply having faith that God exists but trusting in God based on our relationship through His son Jesus. A relationship with God is based upon understanding that we are sinners in need of a savior in order to be in fellowship with God. Our savior, Jesus Christ, allows us to have a personal relationship and the security of eternity.
Beyond believing in the existence of God, beyond simply having a relationship, the Bible lays out all we need to know about having biblical faith.
10 Bible Verses Explaining Faith
When we think in terms of relationship, faith makes a bit more sense. In any relationship, your faith in someone comes with spending more time with them and getting to know their character.
We grow our biblical faith by spending more time with God by staying in prayer and reading His Word. The character of God and an explanation of faith are throughout the entire Bible. The more you read, the more you understand God.
These are 10 verses that explain biblical faith:
#1: Romans 10:17 – Faith Comes By Hearing
So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. – Romans 10:17
True biblical faith is found in the Word of God. The Bible is a faith builder. The more you hear (read) from it, the more encouraged you are in your faith.
How do you build biblical faith? You read the Bible. You see, what we hear influences us. If all we hear are things of this world, are we building faith? Or might our faith become weaker?
When you’re in the midst of a devastating loss or waiting on test results from the doctor, what you hear influences your faith. Are you reading Biblical truths reinforcing that God’s ways are giving you a future and a hope? Or are you looking at your circumstances and hearing the doubts in your own head?
Biblical faith doesn’t tell us to focus on our circumstances, it tells us to listen to God’s Word. This verse is speaking to faith in the gospel. To believe the gospel is to believe God is who He says He is.
#2: Hebrews 11:1 – Assurance of Hope
Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. – Hebrews 11:1
The substance of things hoped for isn’t a clear definition of faith but rather Paul showing what faith does. Faith provides the foundation for what we hope. Faith is the foundation of our relationship with God and it is the beginning of everything that matters in our spiritual lives.
In the simplest form, faith is merely a belief. Faith is trusting even what we do not see. We do not see God’s face, yet we believe He exists. We see His impact in our lives. We do not see wind, yet we feel it and see its effects. We may not physically feel God’s embrace, but at times we experience peace which passes all understanding.
Building biblical faith isn’t found in relying on visible miracles. Biblical faith is found in trusting God’s Word and staying in fellowship via prayer. Faith is trusting God’s truths.
#3: Ephesians 2:8-9 – Faith Not Works
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. – Ephesians 2:8-9
Biblical faith is understanding that your salvation comes through faith, not works. It means understanding you can’t bargain with God. Biblical faith isn’t boasting about what you’ve done in your faith, but rather boasting of God’s grace and love.
Understanding this verse is also important when it comes to growing your faith. When you understand you cannot work your way to salvation, that it’s a gift you accepted, you understand how amazing God is. You understand His grace, His goodness and His character. Understanding His loving character leads to trusting Him in all areas of your life.
#4: Proverbs 3:5 – Trust The Lord, Not Your Thoughts
Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding; – Proverbs 3:5
Biblical faith is putting all your trust in the Lord. Faith doesn’t end with simply believing in God. Faith is putting all of your trust in Him.
Just in case we don’t understand what it means to trust in Him, there’s a very clear command not to lean on our own understanding. Why? Because our understanding can fail us. We can fall into doubt, believe lies, and not see what’s in our future. What’s right in front of us may not make any sense and it can lead us to question God.
However, God is only good. He doesn’t make mistakes. If we trust in the Lord with all our hearts, even in the hardest times we can maintain faith.
Be sure you don’t forget #3 though, because we are human and at times our faith may not be strong. At times we may lean into our own understanding and try to work in our own strength. How amazing that we serve a God who doesn’t base salvation or love on our works.
#5: Luke 17:5 – Ask For More Faith
And the apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith.” – Luke 17:5
I think this verse shows two very amazing things about God and biblical faith. One is that the apostles spoke to the Lord. While we aren’t walking next to Jesus in the flesh, we can approach Him as if we are. We can simply call on the Lord at any time. How amazing is that?
The second amazing thing is that to gain faith we can go directly to the Lord and ask Him to increase it. God isn’t expecting us to walk this journey on our own, He is our ever-present help.
#6: Psalm 86:15 – God Is Full Of Compassion
But You, O Lord, are a God full of compassion, and gracious,
Longsuffering and abundant in mercy and truth. – Psalm 86:16
To grow in faith is to trust God’s character. If we only focus on our circumstances, it’s easy to fall away from strong faith. When we focus on what we know to be true, God is full of compassion and truth, regardless of our circumstances we can maintain faith.
When your three-year-old is hungry she may wonder why you’re making her wait for you to cook dinner when there’s snacks readily available. She’s hungry and it makes her quite uncomfortable. You know that a real meal will better meet her needs, but she may struggle to see this. As she gets older, she understands.
In a similar way, we don’t always understand why God allows things which are uncomfortable. However, He knows what is next for us. He knows what will meet our needs far better than we can ever understand.
Faith is trusting God is who He says He is, full of grace, mercy, compassion and truth. We know He is longsuffering, even when we question and cry in our discomfort. We may not always understand what He is doing, but we can always trust His truths.
#7: Mark 11:22-23 – Have Faith And Believe
So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God. For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. – Mark 11:22-23
Have faith. Jesus very clearly tells us to have faith in God. We are to trust that God can and does move mountains. We are to go to God and pray in faith.
When we understand this verse in the context of who God is, we can know that even if we don’t see the mountains moving in the way we might expect, God is still faithful to move mountains in His way and timing.
Jesus is clear that our faith and our prayers matter.
#8: Hebrews 10:23 – He Who Promised Is Faithful
Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. – Hebrews 10:23
He who promised is faithful. This is the center of our hope and faith. We don’t have faith in religion. We don’t have faith in man. We have faith in God who is faithful.
Faith is trusting in God. He has proven Himself to be faithful and thus we can trust His promises. We can hold fast to our hope without wavering when we keep our eyes on Him.
#9: 2 Corinthians 12:9 – His Grace Is Sufficient
And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. – 2 Corinthians 12:9
Having faith means truly understanding that we are sinners in need of a savior. True faith is recognizing our need for Jesus. When we understand who we really are, sinners, we truly understand God’s grace and mercy.
Having biblical faith means understanding that in this world we will have troubles, and God doesn’t hide this fact from us. Faith is recognizing that in those trials God’s grace is sufficient. Our circumstances aren’t a reflection of our faith. However, how we act in those circumstances is a reflection of faith.
When we know to expect trials, we are less likely to waver in our faith. We aren’t falling into the prosperity gospel and thinking it’s a lack of faith or giving that’s created troubles.
#10: Hebrews 4:16 – Boldly Obtain Grace And Mercy
Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. – Hebrews 4:16
Faith is understanding that we cannot do things in our own strength. Faith is knowing we can come boldly to God’s throne
Biblical faith isn’t expecting life earthside to be prosperous because of our faith or giving. Biblical faith isn’t expecting God to remove every trial in our lives and questioning when He allows discomfort. Biblical faith is trusting God’s character and promises and knowing we can come to Him boldly and seek help.
God is our ever present help in trouble. He promises us glory, but not until heaven. Biblical faith is running this race relying on Him.
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. – 2 Timothy 4:7
Keeping Biblical Faith
The 10 verses above are just small tidbits of all the wisdom, promises and truths we can find in God’s word. Keeping biblical faith happens when we are intentional about seeking the Lord. When we stay in the Word and when we are diligent about praying we see our faith grow.
Our walk with the Lord should be continual and ever growing our faith. While a profession of faith, accepting and believing Jesus rose again is how we obtain salvation, God desires a true relationship with us.
Being intentional about growing your faith is how we build our relationship with God. He never promises an easy life here on earth, but He does offer us peace in Him.