- Feb 26, 2012
I agree, the trust is the faith and is given as an internal knowing or confirmation, i.e. the Spirit always assuring a conscious knowing "that we are the children of God" (Rom 8:16). It's the same concerning our growth in our faith (salvation is an unalterable constant and does not admit in degrees as faith does), we cannot work-up a belief or an understanding that the Spirit has not yet given us, as we walk only in what He teaches us at the time, no more and no less. He's always preparing us to learn, and it's always in increments.I'm glad this subject came up again. I used to think of faith as an appendage like an arm that a person could exercise to grow by means of free will, and that if I exercised such faith that I could divine God's power and wield it like a wizard (in that imagery). But God's word and the Holy Spirit duly corrected me. I found out that faith is an underlying trust in God such that one's life is centered around what God said. And I have been discovering more and more that other people like myself understand that faith is the gift of God.