Good question James! I heartily say Amen to your comments..
Just weightning in here with some thoughts that I have had about faith.
Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God. We need to
keep hearing about the person of Jesus. Everything thing we read about
or hear about the Bible should reflect the Truth of Jesus. Faith is
like a muscle, we each get a measure but if we exercise it it will
grow.Faith is having a good opinion of God, but in this day of watered
down Christianity, few people really believe that God will do what He
says He will do, that He created us personally, with our special
personality and that He loves us. Do we really believe we are the
righteousness of Christ? Not based on what we do, but on who He is? A
question arises that we all must ask ourselves, do we really believe
that we are saved by faith alone, or do we live as though we are saved
by faith, now we must keep the 10 commandments-do we believe that we
must help God in order to get blessed. They are not the same, it is
either grace or a mixture of grace and the law. God hates mixture. How
much do you trust God? Do you believe that He can and will keep you
saved? Do you believe that He wants good things for you? Really? Or do
you say that, but "understand" that God is going to punish you if you
aren't "obedient" Does your opinion of God validate what the Bible
tells you about God.
"Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of
things not seen"(Heb.11:1).
God sees things as though they already are, not as they may be
perceived by us at any given moment. Faith is tangible evidence of
things confidently expected and as the tangible results occur they
become evidence that faith is effective. Faith is confidence in God's