Ephesians 2:8 It is by grace through faith that we are saved.
God’s grace is the undeserved, unearned, unmerited “favor” of God. And because it is undeserved, unearned and unmerited everyone qualifies for God’s grace. But how do we actually receive it?
“Faith” is the password into the grace of God.
In the same way, a “password” gives you access to a computer file or program, “faith” is what gives you access into God’s grace. Now faith has nothing to do with:
- ‘entitlement’: which is based on whether you think you have been good or bad; or
- ‘behaviour’: whether you did this or did that.
Faith is all about ‘hearing’, ‘declaring’ and ‘acting’ in the truth of what Jesus has already done for you.
I like to say it as follows:
- Faith is initiated by ‘hearing’ what Jesus has done for you
- Faith is activated by ‘declaring’ what Jesus has done for you
- Faith is demonstrated by ‘acting’ on what Jesus has done for you
Abraham heard what God said about him – “I will make your name great and you will become a great nation.” (Genesis 12:2) Abraham chose to declare what God said about him and his faith was demonstrated through his actions – he did what God told him to do.
Gideon heard what God said about him. “You are a mighty warrior”! (Judges 6:12) Gideon also chose to declare what God said and his faith was demonstrated through his actions.
Joseph heard what God said about him – that he would rise to a position of great authority. (Genesis 37:5-11). Joseph chose to declare this and his faith was demonstrated through his actions.
In all of these stories, God’s grace, the undeserved favor of God, came upon these men of God because of their faith, even though they could not see what God was promising.
Faith initiates God’s grace. Faith activates Gods grace. Faith demonstrates God’s grace.
When you start hearing, declaring and acting upon what God’s Word reveals about His Son – Boom! – that’s when the favor of God comes flooding into your life.
God’s grace is not based on how you feel, or what you think God should or should not do. It is not based on your intelligence, your abilities, your wealth or your giftedness – it is based on faith in God’s Word.
You have to learn to be RUTHLESS when it comes to your feelings. It’s ruthlessly training yourself to ignore what your fleshly nature is telling you, and ruthlessly reminding yourself what God’s Word says about you.
And as you train yourself to meditate upon Christ, to look toward Jesus and what Jesus has done for you, you will grow in this grace of God!