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No matter what you believe in, you will have to believe it by faith.  Whether you believe there is
a God or if you believe in the Big Bang, you will have to believe in it by faith because you
cannot prove or disprove it; all you can do is accept it or deny it. And both arguments are just as
valid.  But, just because you don't believe something does not mean it does not exist.

Hebrews 11:1
Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.

Let's take God for example.  If you have had a born again experience with God, and your spirit
has connected with the Holy Spirit, you KNOW that God is real.  That is why so many martyrs
have died for their belief.  That is faith.  You have not seen God, you cannot prove that he
exists, but by faith, you know that he does.  This is what this scripture means.

Romans 10:17
Consequently faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word
of Christ.

Before I heard about Jesus I was an atheist.  Then I read about Jesus.  I could not believe it right
away, but as I heard and read more, faith came and I believed.  This is how the Holy Spirit works
in our lives.  The more we read the Word of God, the more he helps us understand it.

James 1:2-3
Consider it pure joy my brothers whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that
the testing of your faith develops perseverance.

Many times when things just don't go right, our confidence sinks and so does our faith.  We
might pray, but not really expect to get an answer, we might be so focused on the problem that
we can't see the solution, and the longer it drags on, the more disillusioned we get.  It's hard to
stay "up" when you are down, but then when the breakthrough comes, we rejoice.  James says
that is the testing of our faith.  And the next time it is not as bad, because you know from
experience that God will come through for you, he always has and always will.

Hebrews 12:2
Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith...

Jesus first taught us about faith.  Faith in him.  If we believe in Jesus, we do so by faith.  That is
why he is the author of faith.  As he works in our life and leads us through the trials and
temptations of life, our faith grows.  At first we are not so confident, but as our faith is tested and
Jesus comes through for us over and over again, our faith grows more and more.  He is indeed
the perfecter of our faith.  I remember when I was a new Christian and heard some of the things
that other Christians were believing God for, I couldn't believe it.  That's because my faith was
new, they had many experiences with God and could trust him for bigger things than I could at
the time.

Matthew 17:20
...I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain
"Move from here to there" and it will move.  Nothing will be impossible for you.

I must admit I still have trouble with this scripture.  I still don't have that kind of faith.  It's not that
I don't believe Jesus, it's just that I can't get it in my head.  Yes, God has moved some
"mountains" for me in my time, but I still need his help to do it.

James 2:14-17 & 26
What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save
him?  Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food.  If one of you says to him,
"Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed," but does nothing about his physical needs, what
good is it?  In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. As the body
without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.

Faith cannot work if you just think about it.  You also have to do something to show that you
really do believe it is going to happen.  Let me give you an example.  I wanted to go into a trade
show once, but when I called them they had no space available.  I asked them to put me on the
waiting list.  Reluctantly they did but said it was very unlikely I could get in.  I prayed about it,
and told God that I really wanted to get into that trade show.  Then I started making my booth
and getting my displays ready.  A few hours before the show opened, they called me and said
they had found a place for me.  If I had not been ready, I could not have done it, but by faith in
God, I was and I Praised the Lord for what he did for me.  

John 14:12
I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing.  He will do even
greater things than these because I am going to the Father.  And I will do whatever you ask in my
name so that the Son may bring glory to the Father.  You may ask me for anything in my name,
and I will do it.

If we read the accounts of what Jesus' disciples did after he was resurrected, they did what he
was doing by healing the sick, feeding the hungry, and teaching the people about God.  Jesus
says, it's not that you will be doing it, I will do whatever you ask me for, just ask in my name and
I will do it for you.

Hebrews 11:6
And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe
that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

In Hebrews Chapter 11 we see the faith of Abraham, Noah, Issac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, and
other men of God. These examples show us how much they put their faith in God.  If we don't
have faith how can we please God.  It's like saying, I don't really trust you.  Faith is all we have.  
We cannot command God to do anything.  We have to trust that God is who he said he is and
that he will do what he said he will do.  The test of faith is time.  The more we experience God,
the more we will have the confidence, or faith, to trust in him.  
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