Editor’s Note: In our Bible Study last night we discussed Faith here is an article that shows what faith in Christ is and how to use it.
If you are not living by faith, you are not a CHRISTIAN. Yet many who call themselves Christian don’t even know what it means to live by faith.
Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, soul shall have no pleasure in him” (Hebrews 10:38).
But what is faith?
Many people, when they realize they must live by faith, make the mistake of confusing faith with emotion.
Other people think they are exercising faith by looking for a sign. For example, some, even when praying to God, feel that God hears them and is going to answer that prayer because they have some emotional feeling or experience about it. They think this is a sign that God will answer.
Other people try to “work up faith,” which, to them, means an emotional feeling. They become so sentimental about it that they are convinced God will answer because of their human sanctimonious inner-conviction.
Sentimentality, feelings and emotions are of the flesh not of the Spirit of God which is from above. These feelings of sentimentality are not evidence on which to base your faith. They are in the class of what can be seen, smelled, tasted or felt.
But “faith is the confidence of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Heb. 11:1).
Then, to live by faith does not mean that you go around with some sentimental feeling, act in a sanctimonious manner which most people call “spiritual,” or follow after physical or mental signs.