Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
The first principle of faith begins with the acceptance that God truly does exist, The Bible begins with this principle, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” It is a simple declaration that begs belief and is the foundation for faith in God and His Word.
Next, God rewards those who diligently seek Him. Diligence is key: it's a focused act of sincerity and consistency. Our greatest reward in the precious relationship that we develop with God and then God’s continual providence for all of our needs. Romans 10:17 teaches that we receive faith by hearing the written or spoken word of God.
Our faith is expressed through our obedience and actions. Hebrews 11 offers many examples: Noah built an ark and saved his family. Abraham sojourned in the Promised Land and preserved a homeland for his descendants. Joshua marched around Jericho and walls fell down. They expressed their faith through obedience and actions.
Personal salvation also comes by faith and obedience to the Word. Acts 2 records the birth of the church. In verse 37, people ask what to do to be saved, and Peter tells them: “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.” So, we express our saving faith through repentance, baptism in Jesus' name, and receiving the Holy Ghost. Believe and receive it in Jesus’ name!