This Good News tells us how God makes us right in his sight. This is accomplished from start to finish by faith. As the Scriptures say, “It is through faith that a righteous person has life.”
—Romans 1:17 (NLT)
The Good News tells us that we are made right with God through faith in Christ. Faith in Jesus is the only way that a person lives a righteous life. Without faith in the finished work of Christ, we have no hope.
“Faith comes from hearing, that is, hearing the Good News about Christ,” Paul wrote (Romans 10:17, NLT). Faith comes from hearing the Word. You believed the Gospel when you heard it and accepted its truth by faith. You were made right with God when you believed the Gospel in your heart, and you were saved when you declared it (Romans 10:10). Do you still know you are loved or have problems in life shaken your assurance of God’s love?
If you believe that God is upset with you, you will find yourself striving to win His love back. The Truth is He has never left you or stopped loving you. Life’s problems and the enemy’s attacks and lies have convinced you otherwise. There is nothing you have to do to earn God’s love. He has loved you from the beginning. He accepted you as His own when you believed in Jesus. You became His righteousness and belong completely to Him. Believing who you are in Christ is the only way to be fully convinced of His love for you.
Paul knew how to rejoice when he ran into problems because He knew who He was in Christ.
“We can rejoice, too,” Paul wrote, “when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love” (Romans 5:3-5, NLT).
Strength of character develops through perseverance in the face of problems. With a strong character, we have greater confidence in God. We believe in His love because He first loved us on the Cross (I John 4:19). And that work is complete in us. Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see (Hebrews 11:1). The hope God has given us never leads to disappointment! When we know and believe that what we need is already ours, we live by faith and not by sight (2 Corinthian 5:7)! And when we believe, nothing has any power to come against us.
You want to live life to the fullest? His life in you is lived by faith. When you believe that you are completely new and lack nothing in Christ, what you see and feel doesn’t determine your peace and joy. Christ determines who you are, and He reveals who you are in His Word.
Believe, my friend, in the finished work of Jesus! Know who you are in His Grace. Faith fuels your spirit, your mind, and your body. Your mind will be flooded with the love of the Holy Spirit, and you will know that the love of God fully dwells in you. When you know you are the righteous of God in Christ Jesus, you live each problem in life with faith believing Jesus has already overcome it (2 Corinthians 5:21).
What do you face today? You can walk by faith and not by sight. He has already overcome it. He loves you!
© 2021 Lynn Lacher