Many people think of faith as something fantastic or intangible, fanciful and impractical
Yet without faith, we cannot understand anything.
Faith is a recognition of those things that we do not see with our physical eyes.
Faith is not about conjuring up something in our minds, but recognizing something as true, even without our senses.
We did not see God create the heavens and the earth, yet behold we see the results of His creation.
In the same way, we live from faith to faith, seeing more of Jesus at Work in our lives:
"For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith." (Romans 1: 17)
The most important element of faith, though, is not about creation, but redemption.
For God to create, He only had to speak:
"3And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. " (Genesis 1: 3)
"And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters. " (Genesis 1: 6)
And God said.
Yet for God to redeem the fallen world, He had to bleed.
"Whom God hath set forth [His Son] to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;" (Romans 3: 25)
"How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?" (Hebrews 9: 14)
"And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission." (Hebrews 9: 22)
God as God could not die, so He sent His Son in the form of a man to shed his perfect blood for us.
Now, faith is the evidence of things hoped for, the substance of things unseen (Hebrews 11: 1).
This faith is not about making lots of money, although God does want us to prosper (3 John 2). This faith is not about wishing for something to make it happen, for He grants us beyond what we can ask or think (Ephesians 3: 20).
Faith is about accepting once and for all that Jesus' death is enough. He cannot die again, so that there can be no physical proof a second time of His death. We take God at His Word because He gave His Son:
10For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people:
11And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest.
12For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more." (Hebrews 8: 10-12)
Faith has everything to do with the last part: that He has paid for our unrighteousness, and He remembers our sins and iniquities no more.