Romans 5:1-2 states: Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
As the above verse mentions, we are justified by faith. Faith in what? Faith in Godís grace, which sent Jesus as the Savior of the world who became our sin and gave us his righteousness. Grace has made it available, but faith receives what has already been provided. It is the same way for all of our needs. Jesus on the cross paid for and purchased everything we will ever need, and we tap into or access this grace by faith.
Grace and faith need to go hand and hand. Grace alone doesnít save, or the whole world would be saved because Godís grace has already been supplied to all the world. It is only when we put faith in that grace that it manifests in our lives. Faith is what reaches out and receives what grace has made available to us all.
I know that some may be thinking, ďYouíve been saying that God has already provided everything we need, but now you are saying we have a part to play. Isnít that a work?Ē Yes, I am saying we have a part to play, and no it is not a work. Faith is not a work. Itís simply a response to what grace has made available.
Ephesians 2:8-9 says, ďFor by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.Ē
This verse clearly states that we have been saved by grace, but it is through our faith in that grace that saves us, and saves here is actually the Greek word sozo, which basically means to be made whole in every part of our lives. We access by faith all the fullness of what Jesus died for us to have, complete wholeness in every area of our lives.
Faith is not a work to get God to move, but rather a rest in believing in what heís already done through Jesus. We cross over from the realm of faith back into works, though often calling it faith, when we say, ďOK, Iíve done this, and now God has to respond to me. Iíve done this, and now He has to do that.Ē That attitude is going back to the law mind-set of us having to do first in order for God to respond to us rather than God providing first and us believing and resting in what he has already done.
Putting faith in Godís grace is not a work or an act of pride, but rather an act of humility. How so? Well, first we are believing to receive something we know we donít deserve, but Jesus purchased it for us anyway. That is very humbling. It is not easy for some of us to receive gifts, and we need to get over ourselves in order to do so. Second, it is humility to trust and believe in what God has to say rather than trust in our own opinion on the matter. Unbelief is actually an act of pride because it is saying we know more than God. Ouch! That is not meant for condemnation, but rather to wake us up to the truth. God cannot lie, and his word is truth despite anything we may think and feel that goes contrary to his word. Sometimes I feel like the most unrighteous person in the world, and it is a pure act of humility for me to let go of myself and what I see of myself in the natural and believe that I am the righteousness of God through Christ because the word says so.
Remember, faith isnít working or striving to get God to move on your behalf. Itís simply resting and believing in the unmerited favor that Jesus has already provided for us all. What a wonderful way to live and to bring into manifestation all that Jesus died for us to have.
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Published: June 24, 2016