By faith these people overthrew kingdoms, ruled with justice, and received what God had promised them. They shut the mouths of lions, quenched the flames of fire, and escaped death by the edge of the sword. Their weakness was turned to strength.
Faith is the confident assurance that what we hope for is going to happen and the evidence of things we cannot yet see. God gave his approval to people in the past because of their faith - read about them in Hebrews 11. Trials test our faith to show that it is strong and pure - as fire tests and purifies gold - and our faith is far more precious to God than mere gold. If our faith remains strong after being tried by fiery trials, it brings us much praise, glory, and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world. Because God raised Christ from the dead and gave him great glory, our faith and hope can be placed confidently in God. When we make every effort to apply the benefits of God's promises to our life, then our faith will produce a life of moral excellence. A life of moral excellence leads to knowing God better. Yes, faith comes from listening to this message of good news - the Good News about Christ!