By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
Romans 5:2 (KJV)
Grace is the revelation that God has made available anything we will ever need through the finished works of Jesus. Faith is how we access what grace has provided. And so let us embrace by faith that our needs are met, and that the solution to every challenge has been provided. When we believe this and live out from it, we will see the evidence of it manifest in our life.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
John 3:16 (KJV)
God has already given us the greatest gift we could ever receive in bringing His Son forth into the world. By simply placing our faith in Jesus, we are delivered from everything that leads to destruction, and we receive the free gift of everlasting life. This life that Jesus came to give includes wholeness, peace, joy, soundness, saftey, and every need met in spirit, soul and body.
For this reason we also thank God without ceasing, because when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you welcomed it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which also effectively works in you who believe.
1 Thessalonians 2:13 (NKJV)
When we hear and receive the Word, let us remember that it is indeed the Word of God. This means we are called to believe the Word even when our circumstances contradict it, even when our bodies and emotions contradict it. As we receive the Word in faith, the Word works in us effectively. It begins to produce in us and in our lives the very things it had declared about us regarding our healing, deliverance, prosperity, and all of the things that pertain to our lives of victory in Christ.
One of the most important things for us as believers to do is to rest in the promises of God. The ultimate demonstration of faith is not in our efforts, struggles or attempts to win God’s approval, but much rather in resting in the assurance that contained within the redemptive and finished works of Jesus is everything that we could ever need. God blesses us, not based on how well we have performed, but based on our spiritual position in Christ.
2 Peter 1:3 states that God has given us “all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue.” Notice that this is past tense. God has already given us. This means that as far as God is concerned, He has already blessed us, healed us, delivered us—He has given us all things that pertain unto life and godliness.
Satan would love for us to question this, and he may even attempt to present us with a long list of why this cannot be so. This list will always have to do with what we are able to see with our physical senses, what we are able to feel in our bodies, and how we may currently feel in our emotions. Yet the Bible tells us that as followers of Christ we are to not to go by our physical senses or by how we feel. “For we walk by faith and not by sight.” (2 Corinthians 5:7) Friend, walking by faith means that we must learn to receive by faith what the grace of God has already made available. “It is by faith that it might be by grace.” (Romans 4:16)
And so resting in the promises of God means that rather than attempting to get God to do something for us, our task becomes to look to the Cross. We look to the Cross where Jesus said, “It is finished!” (John 19:30) When He said it is finished, He was speaking of our salvation. Our salvation is finished! And salvation includes healing, deliverance, soundness, our needs being supplied, and anything we could ever need to fulfill our calling in Christ.
Now you may be wondering, how do we make this practical? How do we apply this when being confronted with the issues of day to day life? How do we apply this when dealing with a negative doctor’s report or when struggling with not having enough to pay the bills? Hebrews 4:11 gives us the answer: “Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest.” Yes, we must labor to enter into rest. If this sounds like a paradox, it is. Yet what the Bible is talking about here is not a physical labor, but much rather a labor of the soul.
When dealing with the day to day challenges of life, we must labor in our soul—in our mind, in our will, and in our emotions—to get into agreement with what God’s Word is saying about us, rather than agreeing with circumstances and conditions. We must agree that, despite of the symptoms in our body, by the stripes of Jesus we have been healed! (1 Peter 2:24) We must agree that, despite of not knowing where the money will come from, our God supplies all of our needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus! (Philippians 4:19)
This is where the practice of meditating on the Word of God comes in. The more we meditate on God’s Word, the more we will get it down into our hearts. And once it is in our hearts, we will enter into rest. The key is to get the Word down into our hearts. The labor of the soul is to let the Word of God move from the head to the heart.
Throughout this week, begin to mediate on what God has said is true about you. Set some time aside every day to reflect upon specific promises of scripture, and even as you go about your day to day activities, keep them alive in your heart. Thank your heavenly Father that it is His good pleasure to give you the kingdom. (Luke 12:32)
Father, I give You praise today. I choose to not look to my circumstances and conditions, but instead I look to You. I look to what Your Word says about me. I look to the Cross and to everything that the precious blood of Jesus has made available. Thank You, Lord, for Your goodness! Thank You for Your love! Thank You for your grace! It is sufficient unto me. My confession is that I walk in the victory that has already been won for me. In Jesus’ name, amen.
2 Peter 1:3; Luke 12:32; Romans 8:32; Romans 8:37; Luke 10:19; Psalm 103:1-5; Ephesians 4:23-24
All of us are called to participate in God’s will for our lives. This is so important to realize, because God’s will for us does not come to pass automatically. Depending on what our religious upbringing may have been, this may sound unusual to some. Yet the truth is this—God has created each of us as a free moral agent, and so we get to have a say in whether or not His good, acceptable and perfect plans for our life will come to pass.
With this in mind, let us never fall into the trap of becoming passive. To be passive as a Christian is to take this attitude that says, “Well, if God wants to heal me, He will heal me.” Or, “If God wants me to be prosperous, He will prosper me.” This kind of passivity not only keeps us from experiencing God’s best, it opens the door for the enemy. If we believe that everything that happens is automatically God’s will, this invariably gives the enemy permission to keep us in bondage through prolonged sickness, lack, depression, or any other kind of adversity, when otherwise we could have resisted steadfast in the faith and received healing and deliverance. (see 1 Peter 5:8-9)
The book of Hebrews tells us that we must lay hold of the hope that is set before us. The moment we gave our lives to the Lord, hope was set before us. This hope pertains to the things that accompany salvation. (see Hebrews 6:9 & Hebrews 6:18) Now let us be very clear that the things that accompany salvation include physical and emotional healing, deliverance, protection, provision, peace, and all things that pertain to life and godliness. Yet again, we must lay hold of this hope that has been set before us. And how do we lay hold of it? By faith.
We participate in God’s will coming to pass in our lives as we place our faith in Him through His Word. Jesus said, “According to your faith let it be to you.” (Matthew 9:29) Do you realize the enormity of God’s love here? God loves us so much, He will never force anything upon us. He is letting us be the ones who make the choice. He is letting us choose to either stay in bondage, or to boldly lay hold of everything His grace has provided through the precious blood of Jesus.
In Matthew 9:28 Jesus said to the blind men that came to Him for healing, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” They said, “Yes, Lord.” “According to your faith let it be to you.”
And so how much of the benefits of salvation we will see come to pass in our lives is according to our faith. This is very liberating, for we may rest assured that God is not withholding anything from us. In fact, Romans 8:32 says, “He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?”
The finished works of Jesus Christ have made it possible for us to receive all things. And all things means anything that is necessary in order for us to live the victorious and overcoming lives we have been called to live. Whatever your need today may be, God is not only well able to meet this need, He is also more than willing.
Friend, let us participate in God’s will for our life through living by faith. And let us do so boldly. After all, He has assured us in Romans 10:11 that, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.” How precious His love for us is!
Father, I thank You for the free gift of salvation and everything that comes with it. Today I choose to live by faith, knowing that in Your great love for me You will always allow me to have the freedom of choice. Thank You that You have given me access to all things that pertain to my life and godliness. And so I will not meditate on circumstances and conditions, I will not consider natural limitations, I will only look to Your Word. Thank You, Father, that You hasten to perform Your Word. Thank You that You have desired for me to walk in the fullness of everything Your grace has already provided. Thank You that I am more than a conqueror through Your great love for me. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Jeremiah 1:12; Romans 8:32; Romans 8:37; Romans 10:11; Romans 12:2; 1 Peter 5:8-9; Hebrews 6:9; Hebrews 6:18; 2 Peter 1:3; Matthew 9:27-30