“Without faith it is impossible to please God…” (Hebrews 11:6).
What is faith? Three components show us what is true faith.
1. Knowledge of God. We learn of who God is by His Word taught to a surrendered heart by the Spirit of God.
2. This persuasion of God leads us to agreement with God. Emotionally we are in agreement.
3. Now motivation is given to us to embrace God. The will of a man is enacted and now faith says “yes” and acts to embrace Him.
This faith is a whole-soul movement of intelligent, consenting, and confiding self-commitment to God. True faith involves the intellect, emotions, and volition wherein all three converge into Christ. The heart is fully functional in Christ.
What does it mean to be unfaithful? When the soul is fragmented, broken, then we are not in tune with God and true faith fails because we fail to see God for Who He is.
When a child of God is torn between the glory of Christ and something God has made (creation) then we are fragmented. True faith is not choosing between good and evil but to act fully, joyfully, and enthusiastically toward Him because our eyes have been opened to the glory of Christ.
This is how to be firm in faith. We unravel if we are not firm in faith. If we are not firm in faith then we are not firm at all. Everything in life, not just religion, flows out of our whole-soul movement toward Christ.