To The seeker after God faith is so vitally important that its value can hardly be exaggerated. “Without faith, it is impossible to please Him” (Hebrews 11:6). Until faith is present, God sternly refuses to deal with even the most earnest soul. Unbelief seals off the seeker and effectively blocks his access to God. With the unbelieving man, God will simply have nothing to do.
Apart from prayer there is probably no Bible doctrine which receives so much attention as does faith, yet there are few things about which we know less. We must not, however, be troubled because we are not able to define it. Scarcely one of the great realities by which we live can be defined. Love, light, life—who can even remotely approach to a definition of these? Yet they are more vital to our existence than any of the material things which can be subjected to close definition. Such as these must be experienced to be understood, and at best only the heart understands. The intellect is too clumsy to lay hold of their secret.
The common effort to induce faith by artificial stimulation is an evil and should be abandoned. The pitiful struggling with a text in an effort to prove to a seeker that he has faith reveals a complete misunderstanding of the whole matter. It is the work of the teacher to present the truth to the mind of the hearer; it is the work of the Spirit to create faith. When a man has faith he knows it. He needs no eager logic jockey to manipulate him into a pleasant mood.
(A. W. Tozer-The Early Tozer: A Word In Season)
It is the work of the teacher to present
the truth to the mind of the hearer; it is
the work of the Spirit to create faith.
*Emphasis Mine-Pictures Not Mine.