Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
At first this scripture can be a little confusing but take a breath and read it again. Faith is hoped for, the evidence of things not seen...faith is not seen. So what does that mean? How do I know what is faith or if I have faith or how to get faith and keep it? There are so many answers around you and I and look in the scriptures. Look further in chapter 11 and you see Abel had faith and Enoch and Noah. Abraham had faith and Sara to conceive at a older age then should have been possible. In this chapter alone I found more than 17 accounts of faith. What a beautiful blessing to know that even when we go in blindly but we believe, we have faith that things will all wok out.
When you look up faith in the topical guide it says in parenthesis, assurance, believe, obedience, trust. All of these things mean faith. In the bible dictionary it talks of faith in Romans 10:14-17 that strong faith is developed by obedience to the gospel of Jesus Christ, it comes by righteousness. I can think of many instances of faith in my life. Especially after I found the church. Just having faith to be baptized. I started the discussions in August and was baptized Sept 7th...I knew, I had faith that what I was doing was right, even though I didn't understand it all I knew it was right and there has been so many examples since then.
What a great example of faith. Jesus feeding the multitude with 5 loaves and 2 fished.