But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
—Hebrews 11:6 (NKJV)
Your faith is so important to God that without faith it is impossible to please Him. Faith in the finished work of Jesus is the opposite of faith in your own works. It is the work of Jesus that saved and favored you with unconditional love on Calvary. You can’t save yourself or win favor from God. You can’t earn what has already been earned. You are favored by God because of the finished work of the Grace of Jesus. Jesus already took your sins, your sickness, your pain so that they don’t have to define who you are.
Faith doesn’t create anything. It can’t create healing or deliverance or provision. Faith takes what God has already provided. Everything good God has for your life is provided in the finished work of Jesus on the Cross. When we make ourselves the authors and the finishers of our faith, we aren’t going to like the results. Anytime we make receiving from God about ourselves—when we think we have to do something to earn the favor of God—we become disappointed and disillusioned.
“Now as the lame man who was healed held on to Peter and John, all the people ran together to them in the porch which is called Solomon’s, greatly amazed. So when Peter saw it, he responded to the people: ‘Men of Israel, why do you marvel at this? Or why look so intently at us, as though by our own power or godliness we had made this man walk’” (Acts 3:11-12, NKJV)?
These two Spirit-filled men knew that this miracle was not anything they had done. They knew it was the supernatural power of God that flowed through them that had made a change in this man’s life. From lame to healed, this man was now whole.
“Through faith in the name of Jesus,” Peter said, “this man was healed—and you know how crippled he was before. Faith in Jesus’ name has healed him before your very eyes” (Acts 3:16).
You never receive the promises of God through anyone else’s work or through your own works. You only receive by faith in Christ (Galatians 2:16). God is worthy to receive glory, honor, and power (Revelation 4:11). He receives glory whenever someone is forgiven or healed or delivered because Jesus is the one who did all the work. There is no more work to be done. It is finished.
Are you tired of having peace one moment and living in fear the next? You will never walk in the peace of God when circumstances or the opinions of others determine your life. These are unfinished and changing and always will be. But the finished work of Jesus on the Cross for you is complete. It is unchanging.
Your spirit has been fully reborn and made new by the finished work of Christ (John 3:6). His life in your born-again spirit is completely new (2 Corinthians 5:17). When you choose to believe in your mind what Christ has given you—when you choose to walk by faith in its truth, you take possession of the new life that is yours. When you start to believe in your mind what is yours in your born-again spirit, the way you think changes to believe everything about you is new. Faith that receives is faith that comes from hearing God’s Word (Romans 10:17). The mind of Christ within you takes hold of the Word, and His Word speaks truth to you as never before (1 Corinthians 2:16). Your beliefs are changed by God’s truth (Romans 12:2). When you seek God with all your heart, you are rewarded (Hebrews 11:6). You know that He is who He says He is in your life.
What you believe in your heart determines the course of your life (Proverbs 23:7). When you believe in your heart that Christ’s work on the Cross for you is finished, then you know that there is nothing you have to do to win God’s favor and love. You know you are favored and love. You live in a new dimension of joy that removes everything you thought necessary to be His. You are free to receive His love.
Faith is resting in the finished work of Jesus. Rest your faith in Jesus. That’s right. Don’t struggle to put your faith in Him. Rest—be at peace—in His perfect love for you. You can trust and have rest in God when you believe that He has already provided everything good in your life.
Through faith in the finished work of Christ—in the name that is above all names—you receive.
©2021 Lynn Lacher