Matthew 14:22-23; Mark 6:45-56; John 6:16-21
The biblical definition of faith is “trust.” Often times we trust things only after they have been proven to us. God does not ask us to believe Him without some kind of reason or proof. He has left many evidences that He exists and that His Word is true. When God asks us to have faith, He is not asking us to believe something without proof.
All of us have “faith” (trust) in a large number of things. In fact, life would be impossible without trust. A person would not even sit down if he did not trust the chair would hold him. God asks us to trust that Jesus has been raised from the dead because the Bible, history, and evidences such as speaking in tongues, give plenty of evidence for it.
Once we understand that “faith” is “trust,” we are in a position to understand the “manifestation of faith,” which we might also call, “the manifestation of trust.” In contrast to ordinary faith, the manifestation of faith is the trust that is necessary to accomplish the special tasks that God, by revelation, asks us to do. Contrasting “faith” with the “manifestation of faith” should help to clarify what that means. If I own a chair that I have sat in many times, I have built up trust that it will hold me. I have faith in the chair.
What is “the Manifestation of Faith?” The manifestation of faith is seeing the manifestation of what we believe. It is seeing the evidence of what we anticipated. The manifestation of faith is having the confidence or trust that what God has revealed to us through His Word and Jesus Christ will come to pass at your command.
Faith is a spiritual gift (1 Corinthians 12:9) and Romans 1:17, tells us that the righteous will live by faith.