If someone asked you this morning, “What is faith?” How would you answer that question?
The root word of ‘faith’ is PISTIS. That word is a noun.
FAITH – PISTIS means faith, belief, firm persuasion, assurance, firm conviction, faithfulness.
The root word of ‘believe’ is PISTUEO. That word is a verb.
BELIEVE – PISTUEO – to trust in and rely upon, commit to the charge of, confide in, have a mental persuasion.
What a great thought that my faith is the act whereby I lay hold of God’s resources, and I become obedient to what He has prescribed for me. I put aside all my self interest and self-reliance, and trust Him completely. It is an absolute surrender of the whole of my being and a complete dependence upon Him. It is wholly trusting and relying upon Him for all things. It is not just a mental assent to the facts and realities of His Word, but it is a deep inner commitment to the convictions which have come to me through His Word. By faith, I have a firm conviction that I can fully commit my life to God’s charge and be assured that He knows what is best for me.