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Bible Verses about Faith

By Mormon.org

Faith, as defined in the Bible, “is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1). The Bible records stories of people who demonstrated faith. The Bible also asks readers to develop their own faith in Jesus Christ, whom they have not seen, and to hope for future blessings promised by God. Bible verses teach what faith is, how faith works, how to develop faith, and how faith blesses lives.

Bible verses that teach about faith

As you study the Bible, you can learn important truths about faith such as how you can develop it, and why you must have faith to feel close to God.

What is faith?

  • “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1)
  • “For we walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Corinthians 5:7).
  • “… The word of faith, which we preach; That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved” (Romans 10:8-9).

How do you develop faith?

  • “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17).
  •  “Your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God” (1 Corinthians 2:5).
  • “He that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him” (Hebrews 11:6).
  • “Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong” (1 Corinthians 16:13).
  • “If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed . . . nothing shall be impossible unto you” (Matthew 17:20).
  •  “Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering” (Hebrews 10:23).
  • “If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall . . . say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done” (Matthew 21:21).
  • “Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone” (James 2:17).

Why must you have faith to feel close to God?

  • “Without faith it is impossible to please [God]” (Hebrews 11:6).
  • “Moreover it is required . . . that a man be found faithful” (1 Corinthians 4:2).
  • “Whatsoever is not of faith is sin” (Romans 14:23).

Bible verses that teach what faith can do

People close to you may die. You may suffer serious illness or injury. Someone may do something to hurt you. In such instances, life does not seem fair. But faith can give peace, and according to God’s will, change outcomes. Even if your faith doesn’t lead to the answer that you hope for, faith can help you recognize that God is taking care of you and can bring you comfort in any circumstance.

How does faith help during trials?

  • When Joshua assumed the daunting responsibility of leading the children of Israel into the promised land, the Lord counseled, “Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest” (Joshua 1:9). 
  • A poor widow and her son faced certain death from famine, having only a little oil and flour for a meal. The prophet Elijah promised the Lord’s help if she would feed him first. In faith, “she went and did according to the saying of Elijah: and she, and he, and her house, did eat many days. And the barrel of meal wasted not, neither did the cruse of oil fail, according to the word of the Lord, which he spake by Elijah” (1 Kings 17:15–16).
  • When Jerusalem was under attack by the invading Assyrian army, Hezekiah held his ground in faith because the Lord assured him, “For I will defend this city, to save it, for mine own sake, and for my servant David’s sake. And it came to pass that night, that the angel of the Lord went out, and smote in the camp of the Assyrians an hundred fourscore and five thousand: and when they arose early in the morning, behold, they were all dead corpses” (2 Kings 19:34–35).
  • Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego escaped fiery death by exercising their faith in God. They declared: “If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king. But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up” (Daniel 3:17–18).

Though some of the challenges we face today are different than in days of old, faith still brings about amazing things in our lives.

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Can faith produce miracles?

Yes! The Bible recounts many stories of miracles brought about by people’s faith.

  • To the woman He healed of a serious illness, the Savior explained, “Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole” (Mark 5:34).
  • The book of Matthew records Jesus healing the blind by faith. Jesus asked them, “Believe ye that I am able to do this?” And they responded, “Yea, Lord. Then touched he their eyes, saying, according to your faith be it unto you. And their eyes were opened” (Matthew 9:28–30).
  • Longing for a son, the barren Hannah approached the Lord in faith and received this promise: “Go in peace: and the God of Israel grant thee thy petition that thou hast asked of him. . . .  And the Lord remembered her” (1 Samuel 1:17, 19).
  • Through faith, the leprous Naaman, captain of a Syrian army, “dipped himself seven times in Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God: and his flesh came again like unto the flesh of a little child, and he was clean” (2 Kings 5:14).

Miracles may look different today than they did in Jesus’s time, but they can happen just as readily as they did then for people who have faith.

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Faithful people in the Bible

The Apostle Paul gave a “hall of faith” epistle to the children of Israel. Here are a few of the faithful followers he highlighted in that account.

  • “By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts” (Hebrews 11:4).
  • “By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death” (Hebrews 11:5).
  • “By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith” (Hebrews 11:7).
  • “By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went” (Hebrews 11:8).
  • “Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised” (Hebrews 11:11).
  • “By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac” (Hebrews 11:17).
  •  “By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come” (Hebrews 11:20).
  • “By faith Jacob, when he was a dying, blessed both the sons of Joseph; and worshipped, leaning upon the top of his staff” (Hebrews 11:21).
  • “By faith Joseph, when he died, made mention of the departing of the children of Israel; and gave commandment concerning his bones” (Hebrews 11:22).
  • “By faith [Moses] passed through the Red sea as by dry land: which the Egyptians assaying to do were drowned” (Hebrews 11:29).
  • “By faith the walls of Jericho fell down, after they were compassed about seven days” (Hebrews 11:30).
  • “By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not, when she had received the spies with peace” (Hebrews 11:31).

Jesus Himself was the perfect example of faith in His role as our Savior. As the Apostle Paul noted, “Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people” (Hebrews 2:17).

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