Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen (Heb. 11:1). So, what does it mean to have unfeigned faith? It means for one’s faith to be unwavering. In other words, it means genuine and sincere faith. It doesn’t necessarily mean that your faith won’t shake, issues of life may cause it to. What it means is that you have a persistent and sincere trust in God.
I should mention that as long as you are a believer, you have faith (Rom. 12:3). It takes faith to believe in Jesus. But what is required of us now is to ensure that that faith remains unfeigned. That is, to ensure that that faith which you have in God continues to remain pure and sincere, not two-faced or hypocritical.
The single most important thing about Christianity is faith. All about it is based on faith. We believe in the existence of God through faith and we believe in the finished work of Christ through faith. The men of old obtained good testimony and were justified because of their faith (Heb. 11:2). And it is no different for us today. Remember, without faith, it is impossible to please God (Heb. 11:6).
The men of old held on steadfastly to a coming promise. They waited expectantly in hope and they died having that same unfeigned and unwavering faith. They trusted God who promised to be faithful to it…and He was. He is always faithful to His promises. (Heb. 10:23; Heb. 11:11-13)
Unfeigned faith: we do not live by sight, 2Cor. 5:7
The opposite of living by faith is living by sight. If you’re living based on all that you see alone, you would find it hard to judge God faithful to His promises. Why? Because when God is working out His promises, it never looks like it. Until you look through the lens of faith, it would seem like God is messing with you. God promised Joseph a life of greatness, but when He was working it out, it looked like the complete opposite since Joseph started off as a slave in an unknown land. He promised Abraham that he would be the father of many nations but Abraham was 90years without a child. Even when Jesus the Messiah came, the Israelites were expecting some kind of military man to set them free from the Romans but God sent Him as the son of a carpenter.
You can never come to the fulfillment of what God has promised you if you choose to live by sight instead of faith. What makes living by sight instead of faith even worse is that it is contradictory to Christianity, since we believe in a God that can’t be seen by human eyes anyway. Genuine faith is sightless, however not visionless. The vision is the given promise.
In any case, faith cannot be faked. It is an outward display of what has been built inside (1 Pet. 1:7). We have faith in the Lord Jesus because of what we have heard concerning Him and how we have internalised it. No wonder the scriptures tell us that faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of Christ (Rom. 10:17). We can have unfeigned faith only when we stay close to the word, studying it and listening to where it is being taught. We stir up faith by the word.
In these end times, we would need all the faith we can get. Jesus is the only one that can sustain our faith. The word lets us know that Jesus is the author and finisher of our faith (Heb. 12:2). This means that our faith is perfected in Jesus and in Him alone. Unfeigned faith cannot be found in anyone else or anywhere else.
The greatest enemy of faith is fear. When Peter was walking on water, his faith was sincere. He really wanted to do it as Jesus was doing it. But the moment he allowed fear, he lost faith and started to sink. Fear would sink your ship, no matter how sturdy. To indeed have unfeigned faith, you must let go of fear. Wherever fear is, it undermines the work of faith. (Matt. 14:22-33)
Faith is part of the armour of God which every believer is meant to have on at all times since we are in a battle. If we lack genuine faith then we are under-protected. It would become impossible to extinguish the flaming arrows of the enemy with a shield that is not genuine. (Eph. 6:16)