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5 characteristics of faith


“Faith is the substance of things hope for, the evidence of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1
Faith is the strong persuasion and belief that God is able to and will perform all that He has promised in His word. 
5 characteristics of faith


It is the conviction and assurance that you have received the substance of what is expected  even when it’s  not yet visible to the natural eyes. To put it simply, faith is convinced that it has what it’s expecting before it has the physical evidence. It does not stop there, it goes ahead to act as if it has what it asked for or wanted, even when no one sees the physical evidence.
What are the features or characteristics of faith?

     1.       It obeys the Word of God: Faith doesn’t operate outside the will or Word of God. It moves in obedience to the instructions and commands of God. You cannot claim to have faith in God if you live contrary to His Word or willfully and flagrantly disobey Him.

      2.       It acts on God’s Word or promises:  Your faith must be accompanied with action; that is, your action must correspond with your belief. Faith is active, not dormant (James 2:17). That means except you put what you believe into action, your faith is inactive and dead.


     
     3.       It expects: Actually, without expectation, there is no faith. Faith finds expression in expectation, and expectation leads you to get the desired result or accomplish your goal.

      4.       It is patient: faith patiently waits for the physical realization of its expectation. The Bible says; “If we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it”; for “we have need of patience, that, after we have done the will of God, we might receive the promise He made us.” (Romans 8:25; Hebrews 10 36). It also encourages us to be “followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promise”  (Hebrews 6:12).

     
      5.       It confesses positively: faith makes a positive confession, even when a situation is negative. In 2 kings 4:26, the Shunammite woman says, “It is well,” when in reality she had just lost her only child, and because of her confession of faith, God revived the child. The Bible commands, “Let the weak say, I am strong” (Joel 3:10).

Positive confession builds your faith, increases your confidence and brings the desired result.





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