Before we observe Bible verses about faith, take some time to reflect on the following questions, or discuss them in your Bible Study group:
- Are there faith essentials, things in which we must have faith?
- How much faith is enough faith?
- Do I have enough faith?
Isaiah 7 contains a key pivotal passage that demonstrates the importance of faith essentials. Ahaz was experiencing trouble. Tribes in Israel were forming alliances and fighting against each other. During this time Isaiah was instructed to pay Ahaz a visit and urge him on in the faith. The key verse in his dialog said this, “If you do not stand firm in your faith, you will not stand at all.” — Isaiah 7:9 (NIV)
In the following verses Isaiah defined faith. He urged Ahaz to seek the Lord and ask for a sign. Ahaz proved that he would not stand on his faith. He refused to ask for a sign, and he refused to trust in his God. This passage is pivotal because from this point, Isaiah introduced the sign that God was going to give even though Ahaz was not interested. That sign was the birth of Jesus Christ, the everlasting father, the prince of peace, on which governments will rest.
So this faith verse is the most important essential, reminding us that we must believe in the Lord Jesus Christ. Isaiah’s words are as powerful for us as they were to Ahaz, “If you do not stand firm in your faith, you will not stand at all.”
In the New Testament we read these Bible quotes about faith, which confirms our statement about Christ:
Without faith no one can please God because the one coming to God must believe He exists, and He rewards those who come to seek him. — Hebrews 11:6 (The Voice)
“Since we have been acquitted and made right through faith, we are able to experience true and lasting peace with God through our Lord Jesus, the Anointed One, the Liberating King. Jesus leads us into a place of radical grace where we are able to celebrate the hope of experiencing God’s glory.” — Romans 5:1-2 (The Voice)
The translators of The Voice include this wonderful statement prior to the Romans verses:
In God’s plan to restore a fallen and disfigured world, Abraham became the father of all of us, the agent of blessing to everyone. Jesus completes what God started centuries before when He established Abraham’s covenant family. Those who put faith in Jesus and call Him “Lord” become part of Abraham’s faith family. Because God is gracious, loving, and merciful, men and women from every corner of the earth are not only declared right, but ultimately are made right as well. It happens through God’s actions—not our efforts—in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus who was crucified for our misdeeds and raised to repair what has been wrong all along. So the promises of God made long years ago are being realized in men and women who hear the call of faith and answer “yes” to it.
Finding Strength Through Faith
Faith isn’t pretending our problems don’t exist, nor is it simply blind optimism. Faith points us beyond our problems to the hope we have in Christ. — Billy Graham, Billy Graham in Quotes
In the Old Testament, the word faith was also used concurrently with the covenant.
Bible Verses about Faith: “The whole assembly of the Lord says: ‘How could you break faith with the God of Israel like this? How could you turn away from the Lord and build yourself an alter in rebellion against him now?” — Joshua 22:16 (NIV)
Faith is used similarly in these New Testament Bible Verses on Faith:
- Jesus said, “At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other” — Matthew 24:10 (NIV)
- “They must keep hold of the deep truths of the faith with a clear conscience.” — 1 Timothy 3:9 (NIV)
- “Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.” — 1 Timothy 6:12 NIV
- “Examine yourselves. Check your faith! Are you really in the faith? Do you still not know that Jesus the Anointed is in you?—unless, of course, you have failed the test.” — 2 Corinthians 13:5 (The Voice)
Again we turn to the translators of The Voice, which add this statement prior to the verse:
Weakness looks like failure in the eyes of the world, but for Paul weakness is an avenue to share in Jesus’ death and, therefore, in His life as well. The challenge is to remain faithful even in the difficult times, even when there is no one left to provide support. It is in these times that God’s power and comfort are most evident. This call to embrace weakness and suffering is difficult. It is normal to run from pain. But the examples of Jesus in the Gospels, of Paul in his letters, and of David in the psalms are of finding God’s strength in times of weakness.
What the Bible Says About Personal Faith
Growth of faith is judged by strength. We can do that now, which we could not do before. Growth of faith is seen by doing duties in a more spiritual manner, with more fervency; from a principle of love to God. When an apple has completely grown in size, it grows in sweetness; so we perform duties in love and are sweeter, and come off with a better relish. — Patti M. Hummel, Glorifying God
We cannot get by on the faith of others. Jesus asked, “Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?” — Mark 4;40 (NIV)
“Where is your faith? He asked his disciples. In fear and amazement they asked one another, Who is this? He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him.” — Luke 8:25 NIV
In these additional New Testament Bible Verses about Faith, we see that over and over Jesus blessed those who embraced their faith.
“Jesus said to the woman, ‘Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”’ — Luke 7:50 (NIV)
“When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralyzed man, ‘Son, your sins are forgiven.’” — Mark 2:5 (NIV)
Perhaps we find ourselves quoting Mark 9:24, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” (NIV)
Jesus’ closest followers echoed these words: “The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” — Luke 17:5 (NIV)
Bible Verses About Faith and Strength
“Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.” — Romans 10:17 (NIV)
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. — Hebrews 11:1 (NIV)
“In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.” — Ephesians 6:16 (NIV)
Bible Verses About Faith to Read On Your Own
Having laid this groundwork about faith, read through Hebrews chapter eleven. Study it with your Bible Study group. Allow words like, “By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.” — Hebrews 11:3
Read about the faith of people in the Bible, and know that they remained faithful to God even though they never saw the promised Messiah, a fact that we too easily take for granted. Allow their faith to build your faith so that you may “put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil” — Ephesians 6:11 (NKJV)