FAITH HOW TO ATTAIN TO ALL THE KNOW NEEDS OF LIFE

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THE DEFINITION AND USE OF FAITH
The word faith is found only twice in the Old Testament, but 245 times in the New Testament. The word believe with its various endings occurs 45 times in the Old Testament and 268 times in the New Testament the word trust is the other Old Testament word for faith and believe. It is used with its various endings 114 times in the Old Testament and 35 times in the New Testament.

The Bible definition of faith is, "The substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen" (Heb. 11:1). Various renderings express this verse thus: "Now faith is a well-grounded assurance of that for which we hope. and a conviction of the reality of things which we do not see" (Weymouth); "Now faith means we are confident of what we hope for, convinced of what we do not see" (Moffatt) ; "Now faith is the title- deed of things hoped for; the putting to proof of things not seen" (Centenary Translation) ; " Now faith is an assumption of what is being expected, a conviction concerning matters which are not being observed" (Concordant Version) ; "Now faith is the persuasion of the things that are in hope, as if they were in act; and it is the manifestness of the things not seen" (The Syriac) ; "Now faith is assurance of things hope for, a conviction of things not seen" (Revised Version).

Paul, in Rom. 4:17 expresses true faith as an attribute of God. " who quickeneth the dead, and CALLETH THOSE THINGS WHICH BE NOT AS THOUGH THEY WERE." Faith is a union of assurance and conviction, the counting or reckoning a thing done as though it were already done. Faith does not have to see before it believes. It laughs at impossibilities and all circumstances that may be contrary to it and counts the thing done that it asks from God. Faith is not swayed to believe God only when things seem possible, and it is not moved to waver or question in the least when things seem to go contrary to what has been asked. It doggedly plugs right along counting the impossible as possible, counting as done the things that are not seen, and counting the things that are not as though they were.
 
Romans 4:13-17

13It was not through the law that Abraham and his offspring received the promise that he would be heir of the world, but through the righteousness that comes by faith. 14 For if those who depend on the law are heirs, faith means nothing and the promise is worthless, 15 because the law brings wrath. And where there is no law there is no transgression.

16 Therefore, the promise comes by faith, so that it may be by grace and may be guaranteed to all Abraham’s offspring—not only to those who are of the law but also to those who have the faith of Abraham. He is the father of us all. 17 As it is written: “I have made you a father of many nations.”[c] He is our father in the sight of God, in whom he believed—the God who gives life to the dead and calls into being things that were not.
 
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WHAT FAITH IS NOT
Faith is not feeling that prayer is answered. the average person who seeks to exercise faith depends upon what he can see, hear, or feel. Testimonies concerning faith are usually expressed in connection with feelings and emotions, or the various senses. Sense-faith is based upon physical evidence or upon the emotions and feelings of the soul. All who take this road as the basis of faith will sooner or later be deceived. Faith should based upon the Word of God regardless of any sense-knowledge, or feeling-evidences. People are constantly looking to feelings as to whether prayer has been heard or not. If they happen to feel good, or if something happens that encourages them, they thank that it is easy to believe, but if reverses come and feelings take wings, these same people are in the depths of despair. They are quick to accuse God of being unfaithful and untrue to His Word. If they do not go this far, they are quick to imagine that it was not God's will to grant the answer. They become satisfied to go without what God has plainly promised.
 
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