FAITH AND GRACE
In the next few capsules I would like to show the interplay of faith with some other spiritual forces. This is important in order to work in strong faith without necessarily going into the extreme. Nothing stands alone. We would be starting with Grace.
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9 KJV)
One of the commonest statements we all have heard is 'faith moves God'! As right sounding as this statement might be, I believe it is wrong and gives a distorted impression of God. It is not God that needs to move, it is you, GOD MOVED 2000 years ago by faith when Christ paid the price (John 3:16). The day you accepted Christ as your Lord and Saviour is the day you moved by faith to appropriate the provision of salvation that has always been waiting for you.
Let me make it simple, what God has provided through the New Covenant is GRACE, we call it unmerited favour because no man deserved or worked for it (Romans 11:6). Your positive response to Grace is Faith, or Faith only appropriates what God has already provided by Grace.
Often times I have heard somebody praying for healing and the result is not forth coming say 'I really don't know what else I can do, I have prayed and fasted yet I am still sick'. What they are actually saying is 'what do I do to get God to move or heal me?' The problem with this attitude is multifaceted .
1.You are more focused on what you have done not what God/Christ did already. This is work mentality, you are trying to earn what God
provided by grace, what you should do is receive it as a gift (Ephesians 2:8,9)
2. This attitude gives the impression that God is reluctant to heal you. This is anti-scripture. As far as God is concerned, He has already healed you, that is why 1Peter 2:24 is in past tense.
3. Your prayer and fasting may change you, but not God. Your prayer and fasting may make you love God more, God already loved you unconditionally (John 3:16, Romans 5:8)
I know this is counter culture , by all means we should pray like we've never prayed before, we should fast like we've never fasted before but we should do it with the right motive. Praying and fasting makes our heart tender and more sensitive to spiritual things hence we become more audacious in FAITH to access GRACE (Romans 5:1,2)
GRACE IS WHAT GOD DID, FAITH IS WHAT YOU DO IN RESPONSE
We would consider the interplay of faith and work next. God loves you so do I.