Faith is powerful! Jesus often commends faith and connects it to the bestowal of divine blessings. For example, “Your faith has saved you.” Faith can even move mountains. Faith and righteousness are linked together. The classic summary of the Gospel, Ephesians 2:8 “For by grace are you saved, through faith.” Faith is the hand that accesses and appropriates the promised blessings. But faith is not a human work nor a self-help positive attitude that pushes moods upward so we can function at our best. Faith is humble reliance upon God. Faith is a gift that enables us to receive God’s gifts. The power to believe does not reside in our broken human sin nature; it resides in the Holy Spirit who works through the Word to enlighten the human mind and move the will to gladly receive salvation.