Did You Know Faith Is Not A Feeling But A Belief?

Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
— Romans 5:1

2 Corinthians 5:7 tells us that we are to walk by faith, not by sight.  We could change sight to feelings and it wouldn’t change the meaning.  Hebrews 11:6 tells us that without faith, it is impossible to please God.  The Bible has a lot to say about faith but most important is our text in Romans 5:1, “been justified by faith”.

In Acts 8:26-40, the Bible tells the story of a man who had everything this world says one should have to feel happy and fulfilled.  It’s the story of the Ethiopian Eunuch.  He had power, wealth, influence, and fame.  Even though he had everything a man could want, along with that came an emptiness that sent him on a search for God.  The Ethiopian Eunuch was the secretary of the treasury for a powerful nation, he was second only to the queen.  This man who had it all was missing something, there was a hole in his heart, so it led him on a search to Jerusalem, the spiritual capital of the world.  How sad, that far journey and he did not find what he was looking for.  But on his way back home, he unexpectedly found the answer to his questions.  He had an appointment with God that resulted in his conversion and complete transformation.

The Ethiopian Eunuch’s story shows what happens when a person becomes a Christian.  When someone truly believes in Jesus Christ, his or her life changes dramatically.  This man went from emptiness and misery to overflowing joy.  His story ends with the statement, "He went on his way rejoicing" (Acts 8:39).  The Bible doesn’t exaggerate when it says that we pass from darkness to light, from the power of Satan to the power of God, when we believe in Jesus Christ.  It describes perfectly what takes place in our lives when we have been justified by faith (saved).

Don't get confuse here, remember what I quoted in the beginning.  Faith is not sight or feelings.  Feelings have confused many Christians through the ages.  I want all my readers to recognize that not every case is identical.  There are different types of people who come to faith in different ways.  Some have a tremendous emotional response, while others have no emotional experience at all.

An emotional experience has little to do with the reality of a person's conversion.  When I accepted Jesus as my Savior I didn’t have all the fireworks to come to my life that some have.  I felt something happen and I went through the spiritual high for a while but when the FEELINGS LEFT, I falsely concluded that maybe I didn’t get saved.  Praise God, I discovered later that Christianity is a walk of faith and not of feeling.  I struggled for a time with the assurance that I got saved but now I know that I know that I know!  I may not feel saved, but I know that I am.  Hope that makes sense to you.  You didn’t get saved by what you saw or what you felt but by faith.  “For by grace or you saved through FAITH.” 

The very second I believed (faith) I was saved, justified!  Just if I’d never sinned!  God Bless!