Faith: What it is and How to Have it

Romans 10:17-21

Adrian Rogers

Sermon Overview

Scripture Passage: Romans 10:17-21

Adrian Rogers says, “Faith makes God’s grace available and real to us. Grace is God’s ability, and faith is man’s responsibility.”

In the Kingdom of God, our faith is the measure of our victory and success. Our belief is our greatest spiritual asset and richest currency. Conversely, unbelief is our greatest stumbling block. This is why there is an immediate urgency to receive what grace provides through faith in God.

Romans 10 reveals the intricacies of faith, what it is, and how to have it.

First, we must consider the object of our faith in order for it to be real.

When we rely on the wrong things, it can be dangerous to our spiritual health. We do not rely on positive thinking, or even on faith itself. True biblical faith is placed in Jesus Christ, alone.

Adrian Rogers says, “If the object of your faith is God, then the ambition of your heart ought to be to know Him.”

Once we confirm the object of faith, we see it originates from the Word of God.

Romans 10:17 says, “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”

In order to grow spiritually, we must hear from God; we cannot know the will of God by guessing at it. Faith cannot be generated; it is given, as Hebrews 11:1 says, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

When God speaks to us through His Word and Jesus Christ, we will see the result of our faith, which is the Will of God.

The objective of our faith is to get God’s will done on Earth as it is in Heaven.

God is sovereign; He remains in control at all times. What He says He will do, He will accomplish. We have the beautiful opportunity to take part in His Will, through faith.

Finally, we must know the operation of faith, which is the work of God.

We do not work for our salvation, but our obedience to Him is proof that we believe in Him.

Apply it to your life

True faith does more than merely believe; it translates into action. When you pray and ask God what to do, and how to accomplish His Will for your life today, trust and obey Him.