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Is Faith a Noun or a Verb?

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Would you say that faith is a verb or a noun? Does it show action or is it a person, place, or thing? Hmmm…

The general consensus from experts of English grammar is that faith is a noun. It is, therefore, usually defined as something that is believed especially with strong conviction; belief and trust in and loyalty to God.

I believe we can see faith as a noun but also as a verb – full of action. When God created the world, he spoke faith. His faith was full of action when He declared “Light BE”, and light was! You can say you have faith but not make it active. In that case, I believe faith is a noun. You’ve placed your trust and belief in God, but you haven’t exercised your faith to enable it to become a verb—full of action.

Some folks give the definition of faith as a noun by saying that to ‘have faith’ is to firmly bind you to something, or for believers, to someone (God). Your faith is in God. Your faith has to be connected to God; otherwise it’s just a belief system without the power.

Jesus responded on several occasions to those He healed by saying “your faith has made you whole/well.” Their faith was activated but more than that, it was active proof of what they believed in. Isn’t that what Hebrews 11:1 tells us? “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

You begin with faith as a noun when you place your trust and belief in God, in His Word. When you act on what you believe (God’s Word), your faith becomes active, alive; it becomes a verb.

Faith does indeed speak, and when it speaks it’s anactive faith pic action word—a verb—when it’s full of the power of God. Today is when your faith can change from being a noun to being a verb. I encourage you not to wait but begin where you are and put your faith into action.