According to The New Testament, those who have accepted Christ can and should have faith in God. In spiritual matters our instinct, senses and feelings are an unreliable guide. We must remember that “…we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal” (2nd Corinthians 4:18, NKJV). We may well ask, “What is faith?” How does it work in our lives? Faith is the inner assurance of everything Christians hope to receive from God. It’s the evidence of things they can never grasp with the senses. Faith releases the power of God into our circumstances. By faith we make real the things hoped for, because faith is the evidence of things not seen. Faith is a confident expectation that God will make a difference according to His will. In Matthew 9 we read about two blind men who followed Jesus hoping to be healed. They shouted, “Have pity on us!” Jesus said to them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” “Yes, Lord,” they replied. What Jesus said next tells us something about the nature of faith: “According to your faith and trust and reliance [on the power invested in Me] be it done to you” (Amplified Bible). We learn from this that faith changes circumstances according to God’s will, to His glory, just like the woman with the flow of blood mentioned in the preceding verses. To her He said, “Your faith has made you well.” Faith releases God’s purpose and intervention into our needy circumstances. So faith is much more than hoping for the best. Christians who trust God fully believe they already have what they prayed for before they receive it. This is a biblical definition of true God-trusting faith, and it certainly isn’t common. Those who have been born again live by faith. Because Christ was raised from the dead, faith in God is never pointless. Faith has nothing to do with human philosophy and reason. True faith rests on the power of God (read 1st Corinthians 2:4, 5). The Christian’s faith is usually put to the test when life overflows with deep need, pain, temptation and, at times, the suffocating misery of grief. Need and fear throw us on God, but often when the need has gone, so are we. The New Testament tells us that the living by-products of a faith-filled relationship with God are kindness, selflessness, love, joy, peace, self-control. These subdue and replace godless human behaviour we know so well: hatred, sexual immorality, greed, outbursts of anger, selfishness, drunkenness.