One of my favourite verses is Hebrews 11:1 "Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see."
Faith is different from belief. I've used this example before on this blog but I think it is worth repeating. A person can believe that airplanes can fly but they may not have faith that an airplane will be able to carry them to a destination safely. We can believe that Jesus can heal but the father in this passage had the faith that Jesus would be able to heal his son and he persisted until Jesus did. The disciples may have believed in Jesus but did they have faith in the power that He had and gave to them?
MacArthur doesn't think so:
How much faith do we have? Do we believe in Jesus or do we have faith in Him?
MacArthur concludes his sermon with this:
You can't live this life, beloved, as a Christian if you don't believe what God said in His Word. First you need to know what He said, and then you need to believe it. And if you believe it, He'll reward you with blessing. And if you don't, you'll frustrate Him and He may well have to rebuke you as He rebuked them. If you're going to say you're a person of faith and you live by faith, then what that means when it flushes out is, "If God said it, I believe it and I'm going to live my life that way."
Tomorrow's scripture focus: 2 Corinthians 2, Psalm 130, Nehemiah 3-4