Hebrews 11:1 gives the simplest definition of faith. Yet, faith is far too complicated and detailed for the human mind alone to perceive this supernatural spiritual gift of God. However, Hebrews 11:6 assists believers in understanding who faith is in and how to function in it. At this point however, it is necessary to break down Hebrews 11:1.
Hebrews 11:1, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
The word “substance” is translated from the Greek word hupostasis – meaning confidence or assurance. Then, “things hoped for” comes from the Greek word elpízō and means to expect as in waiting for fulfillment of God’s promises. Finally, they translated “The evidence of things unseen,” from the words élegxos blépō meaning that by which invisible things are proved, and being confident of their reality.
Hebrews 11:1 therefore could read; “Faith is confident expectation in the reality of an invisible God who proves His word.
Faith always possesses spiritual—not natural—assurance, certainty and confidence that provides evidence to support or prove the thing that is hoped for. If there is strain or tension—trying to persuade ones-self to keep from doubting—one can be assured that it is not faith, but they are dealing with their flesh. Furthermore, faith is not in the law of mathematical probability. Faith is a supernatural spiritual gift from God.
Faith (Divine persuasion) is confidence in God to the point of surrendering and becoming obedient to Him. Acts 6:7, “And the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied in Jerusalem greatly; and a great company of the priests were obedient to the faith.” Faith is proven through confident surrender and obedience to God. Jesus the son of God was found to be in surrender to God. In Philippians 2:8 Paul wrote concerning Jesus, “And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.” Therefore, if anyone wants to be a man of faith, it will always proves itself in surrendering to God and His will.
Hebrews 11:6, “And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that He exists and that he rewards those who seek him.”
As seen in this scripture faith always seeks after God. “Seek” is translated from the Greek word kzeteo meaning to seek out, search for diligently.
This scripture proves that faith always seeks diligently after God and His will, not His miracles.