When the word, ‘Faith,’ is mentioned, the first thing that comes to the minds of many people is positive confession or believing God for material prosperity. I seriously do not blame those who lock up the moment a Pastor comes to the pulpit and says, ‘Let’s talk about faith.’ because many have turned this beautiful doctrine to money-making ventures or seed sowing spree.
But truly, faith goes way beyond miracles and financial prosperity. The basis of our Christian walk is in itself a matter of faith. None of us who have come to accept the offer of salvation would have been able to do so had we not believed in what Christ did for us on Calvary.
In another vein, the requirement for pleasing God hinges on a life of faith. Even holiness and righteousness which we so regularly talk about come by faith.
Don’t for once think that the practice of the Christian faith is synonymous to positive confession or a belief in yourself and what you can do. The faith we uphold has a starting point and that is in what Christ has already done for us. You’ll never be able to profess faith outside the knowledge of Christ. Oh, I’m going ahead of myself already.
One thing is clear, the righteousness we receive is by faith, living a life of holiness and purity also flows from a life that holds fast the faith received.
Without faith, it is impossible to please God for he that comes to God must believe that He is and he is a rewarder of them who diligently seek him. Hebrews 11:6
Very clear and straightforward right?. This is the basis upon which our growth as Christians lies. It is never first by works. That said, so what’s that scripture about working out our salvation. How does that affects us as believers?
But now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God who works in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. Philippians 2:12,13.
There is an activity taking place inside of every believer with such capacity as to enable us work out the new life we have received. In simple words, working out your salvation means producing the fruits of righteousness, carrying out the new covenant instructions and fulfilling God’s purpose for your life.
However, working out that salvation does not start with you. It starts with God. Why do you think the faith of many have been shipwrecked? Why have many genuine believers lost interest in spiritual things years after being zealous for God.
When the working of your salvation is focused on you, it is only a matter of time before the flesh says, ‘Abeg I don tire!’
Again, the work God does in us serves one major purpose. To reveal Jesus. You’ll find that scattered all over the epistles of Paul.
Therefore, the measurement of the fruit you see in your Christian growth is proportional to the enlightenment of the knowledge of Jesus you have received. You can only produce as much as you permit the workings of God in you to show forth in your daily lifestyle
When a cry for fresh revelation of Jesus becomes your daily routine, you will find that at each level of your Christian growth, you are in awe of the unsearchable riches of God. There is a deep reverence for God and his call to Holiness. A dread for sin and a longing to please God fills your heart. This and many more connotes working out that salvation with fear and trembling.
What is Ife Grace really saying? Faith and Works are essential practices for every believer, but we have seen that it is faith that propels us to carry out the works.
A friend told me a beautiful story of how as a fire brand sister on campus, she suddenly lost interest in spiritual things when she handed over as an executive in the fellowship. She was a vibrant praise leader and a bible study teacher but everything just seemed so dry. At a point, she just gave up trying.
On this day, she was supposed to lead the praise and worship session, and here she was down in the spirit and unable to mutter beyond few words of prayer. In her mind, she was like, ‘God, I don’t know what to do anymore’…She mounted the podium.
To her greatest surprise, God moved beyond her expectation. She felt God’s presence so strongly and the testimonies that followed, she knew it could only be God.
When someone approached her after the service and told her how powerfully that session had lifted her spirit. She just smiled and thought, ‘if only this sister knew how weak in the spirit I was before that ministration.’ That incident left a new understanding about God in her Christian walk.
I have had similar experiences several times, where I saw God taking over something I wouldn’t by my own strength have done because I resigned to Him for help. There were points in my life when after I had tried to keep up with God’s expectations, I just surrendered and it was then I began to see God work.
The faith walk is a beautiful walk. Set the blocks of your Christian life on complete dependence with God. Don’t just say it or sing it. Mean it. Hold on to it.
Several times I have been approached by people who long to see transformation in their spiritual life. They were tired of struggling and probably felt there was one special secret to living a life that pleases God.
If there is any secret, it can be found by meditating on these two scriptures.
According as His divine power has given unto us all things that pertains to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue. 2 Peter 1:3
Look at this other one too.
For if by one man’s offence, death reigned by one, much more they which receive abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness shall reign by one, Jesus Christ. Romans 1:17.
Do you really understand the significance of these scriptures? I don’t think you do. Please go over them again slowly this time. Those words are deep. If God should open our eyes to see the wealth contained in those scriptures, our minds would be blown away. We have everything we need to live this life pleasing to God. Let’s tap into it.
Why not look intently into the abundance you have received in Christ. Do you know that whatever you focus on strengthens you? Where your mind is, your body will follow.
Be righteousness conscious every day. Get to know about the exceeding power at work in you. It will not come to bear until you seek the Holy Spirit who searches the deep things of God. Crave daily for a revelation knowledge of Jesus. Don’t just be a sin-confessing Christian. Get to know what is contained in this new life we have received.
Fear remains the most potent weapon of the enemy and the only way to deal with this is through the knowledge of Jesus. With an understanding of our authority and identity in Christ, we can forge on powerfully.
What do you believe?
I believe that when we give place to prayer and the study of the Word, we will grow in grace.
I believe that when a particular sin besets a believer, as long as he keeps walking in the Spirit, that sin will lose its grip.
I believe in the finished works of Jesus and that the abundance of grace resides in us so much that we have the capacity to bear fruits of righteousness.
I believe that through the divine power, we have been given all things that pertains to life and Godliness.
I believe that sin shall not have dominion over me, because I am not under the law but under Grace.
Let me ask this again, what do you believe?
Related: When the Holy Spirit Comes.