Hebrews 11: 1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:6 Without faith it is impossible to please God. Faith and hope go together and the same things that are the object of our hope are the object of our faith. It is a firm persuasion and expectation that God will perform all that He has promised to us in Christ. http://www.lcfellowship.com/resources/faith.pdf Having Faith As a True Christian Believer in God As Christians our faith will be tested. The men and women of the bible had theirs tested. Abraham was a classic example. His faith was tested severely. Genesis 22: 1- 2 And it came to pass after these things that God did test Abraham and said unto him, Abraham, and he said, Behold Here I am. And he said , Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon the mountain which I will tell the of. Abraham had waited so many years for this son and now he was asked to part with him. I have asked my self on many occasions, what am I willing to give up, if God ask me to. Sad to say there are many preachers who preach contrary to this, stating that as Christians life will be good ONCE we obey God.. This is a kind of entitlement theory where people are taught that as long as they do what God says and they remain Christians everything will go well. This is nothing but deceit.