The body of man has five senses with which to contact the physical realm. And two within him to contact the unseen realm, doubt and faith. The things of the world are all subject to the invisible realm. The reason is the things unseen are eternal. And by them the things that do appear were made.
The power of faith is that it allows us to grasp what is not yet seen and know that it is so. Just as by your eyes you can see a man in a red shirt. By faith you can see what is or will be even though your eyes would say "I see nothing".
As Paul said; "looking not at what is seen, but what is unseen". This faith is what "moves mountains". "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." If your eyes tell you that's a red shirt on a man, then the best arguer in the world could not convince you that wasn't so. You have the evidence of that sight in your mind and that's it, it's final. So with faith, when you get the evidence of the things hoped for in the picture of your soul, then you see it and know that you have it, it's final, and nobody can talk you out of it. And what is the substance that provided that? Your faith. The sense that knows and can see and understand the unseen.
Why this discussion on faith? You believe in Jesus, isn't that enought? Yes and No. God is a faith being, and produces after his kind, faith beings. "According to your faith be it unto you." This releases all the wisdom and power and life of God into your life. And; "without faith it is impossible to please God". I want to be pleasing to God, to develope in the faith.
"To them that believeth, all things are possible." We have been living far below what God intended. We have been tricked into believing that we are powerless and subject to the dictates of the world, and the circumstances of life. I've got news for you, THAT'S A LIE. If you were stranded on a mountain in a snow storm, if you have faith you'll be fine. If not you'll die, why? Spiritual law, fear or faith. As with Job; "what I had feared has come upon me". Fear is a magnet. Faith is a magnet. "The Lord will make a way". One is life one is death. We have the power to chose.
In the new birth into the kingdom of God, we were born again by faith. This faith is a gift of God, the very essence of God given to our spirit so that we may know the certainty of the things of God. Think of this; by faith we can obtain all the promises and the wisdom and blessing of God.
To show the practical use of faith let's consider this. Your life as it is now is the direct result of the things that you believed would be. Wheather for the good or for the bad. To change this you only need to change what you believe. We do this by the word of God, to conform to the will of God. The will of God for us is only good. "That we may know what is that pleasing, acceptable, and perfect will of God". In this we have a progression from the least to the greatest. When we are born of God we are pleasing to him. When we grow in the word, we are becoming more into His likeness and that is good and acceptable. When we mature and our will is molded into the will of the Father, then we are walking in the perfect will of God.
The spirit of man can be trained, just as we have schools to train the mind. The training of the spirit is the word of God. As we accept and drink from the word the power of that word will produce in our hearts the Amen. (the God said it, it is so). Then faith is of the heart and not the mind, it trancendes the mind, your mind might even disagree, but faith will hold to the truth of the word in your spirit. After we have come to this faith the Amen in our heart, then we can speak it forth and it will accomplish it's work, always. The Lord said; "if you believe, and not doubt, you shall have what-so-ever you sayeth".
Our problem is we have taken the word of men, and not the word of God. God said; "I am the Lord that healeth thee." Men say; your coming down with a disease. Who do you believe? Men say; "my father died of cancer, my sister died of cancer, so I'll have to watch for signs of cancer". The Lord says; "if you keep my word I will keep these diseases from you". Again, "they shall lay hands on the sick and the prayer of faith shall save them."
In the beginning of the church age all they had was the scripture. After a couple hundred years the church joined with the government of that day. Men were placed in the leadership and added false doctrines that put the church into darkness. These denied the power of God. Say all manner of falsehood to appease the nation, and make a man lead religion.
But God the Spirit is still the leader of the church to this day. And to this day all the scripture is the word of God, and not one word of it has failed, nor will ever fail. Neither can any take one word out of it, nor add one word to it. The same Holy Spirit that came at Penecost is still in charge and at work to show forth the finished work of Jesus. In the same great power and signs and wonders that always accompany Jesus's ministry. Any other, and it's not God's gospel. But the mere teachings of men, and the traditions of men who deny the power of God.