Galatians 5:22-23 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such things there is no law.
In the verses above the Holman translation uses faith, the King James Version uses faithfulness. From the Strong’s this is what we find:
G4102 πίστις pistis; … persuasion, that is, credence; moral conviction (of religious truth, or the truthfulness of God or a religious teacher), especially reliance upon Christ for salvation; abstractly constancy in such profession; by extension the system of religious (Gospel) truth itself: – assurance, belief, believe, faith, fidelity.
I believe the more accurate translation is faith. Faith is spoken of often in the scripture. The apostle Paul defined faith in Hebrews 11:1 as the “substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things unseen.” Some versions say the “reality of things hoped for and the proof of things unseen.” In either case, faith is the absolute belief that something is true. In this case that the Word of God, scripture is true, God is real, and that his Son, Yeshua, died for our sins and was raised on the third day to conquer sin and death. It is by our faith we have proof of the reality of what we believe. Yeshua said that he is the truth.
Yeshua said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:16 HSCB)
Faith produces righteousness. In Habakkuk 2:4 it says that the righteous one lives by faith. Abraham is a good example. In Genesis 15 Abram was promised by God that he would have offspring that would be more numerous than the stars of the sky. It continues to say that Abram believed God and it was counted to him as righteousness. In my תא Cepher it says that “he believed in Yahuah; and he counted it to him for righteousness.” At that point Abram had faith that God would do what he said. Later, after his son was born, God told Abraham (his name God had changed by then) to sacrifice his son of promise and Abraham did not hesitate to obey. He knew that Yahuah would provide and I’m sure he knew God was capable of raising his son from the dead. He had faith in God that what he had already promised, he would do. God stopped Abraham when he already had his son on the alter and instead provided a ram instead.
I desire to have faith as strong as Abraham’s. My life however shows that I’m not there yet. To each is given a measure of faith, I ask for a greater measure, but, God knows my heart and he has only given me so much. To whom much is given, much is expected.
It is through faith in Yeshua that we are saved from sin. Faith is part of the armor we are to put on every day. It is our shield to protect us from the things that the evil one throws at us. Our faith keeps us from being fearful because we trust the one in whom we believe and have faith. The terrible things that happen in the world will not cause us to be fearful because of that faith. Truly, that is one thing that I personally have not experienced, being fearful. All my life I have not had fear even in times when maybe I would have had cause. In the midst of a robbery when I was in my 20’s in response to something the robber said to me when he had a gun pointed at my head I told him that God takes care of me, this, when I was still very much an infant in my faith. There have been many times in my life that for others the circumstances would cause them to be fearful, but, because of my faith in my Lord and Savior, Yeshua, Jesus, I never thought to be afraid of what would happen.
By faith I know that I am a child of God, that he has promised me eternal life with Yeshua in paradise. People without faith, who do not believe, will dismiss this as myth, wishful thinking, whatever. But, I know, I’ve seen his hand in my life, for big things and for small things, daily he makes his presence known. My faith shows me just how real our Creator God is and just how much he loves us. For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that anyone who believes in him will not perish but have everlasting life. There is much more to this thought in the 13th chapter of John.
Open your heart to Yeshua, Jesus, and believe in him, believe that he died for your sins. For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God and the wages of sin is death. His death, as the only perfect and sinless man to ever walk the face of this planet, was the only sacrifice needed for all of us. He raised again from the dead to conquer sin and death for all of us. All we have to do is accept the free gift of salvation which is eternal life with him. Anyone who confesses with his mouth that Jesus died for our sins and believes in his heart that God raised him from the dead will be saved. Once you’ve accepted that salvation, then faith will keep you. Read scripture daily, pray daily. Talk to God, he is your friend, he loves you, he listens to you and anything that you ask of him according to his will in the name of Yeshua, Jesus his Son, he will do. That isn’t a shopping list by the way, that is in reference to doing the things that Jesus did.
John 14:12-14 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)
Praying in Jesus’ Name
12 “I assure you: The one who believes in Me will also do the works that I do. And he will do even greater works than these, because I am going to the Father. 13 Whatever you ask in My name, I will do it so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it.
Believe in Yeshua and have faith.
P.S. I recommend for new believers the first thing to read would be the Book of John in the New Testament. Then use a plan to read the entire Bible. Then do it again and again and again. You get something new every time you read through it. Bible Gateway offers free online Bibles in a number of translations, as well as a couple of audio versions, several Bible reading plans, study resources including commentaries, ways to engage in scripture, and a blog. I like to listen to the King James Version because the reader, Max McLean, does a wonderful job. There is another resource, e-Sword, that only has the King James Version, but, within that you can pull up scripture with the Strong’s Concordance references and see the Hebrew or Greek word that was translated and read the full definition.