And be not conformed to this world: but be you transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.
—Romans 12:2-3 (AKJV)
God has given each believer the same measure of faith. In the same way that a switch allows electricity to flow, our minds choose to allow the measure of faith that is ours to renew our thoughts and attitudes. If we don’t allow our minds to be renewed by the truth of what is ours in Christ, we won’t exercise the faith Christ has given us.
I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
—Galatians 2:20 (KJV)
Paul said he lived his life by the faith of the Son of God, who loved him and gave his life for him. He chose for his natural man and his natural understanding to be crucified with Christ. He chose to live His new life by the supernatural faith which was his in Christ. Like Paul, we have the same life-changing faith of the Son of God, but that faith won’t benefit our lives until we renew our minds with the Word.
Choose to believe what the Word says is true. It is foolishness to the natural mind. Deny your natural desires and your natural understanding. Be transformed to believe what the Word says is true so you will know the good, perfect, and acceptable will of God.
So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.
—Romans 10:17 (NKJV)
You live the new life Christ has given you by faith. The faith to believe God’s truth—what He says about your new life in Christ—comes by hearing the Word of God in your heart.
Hear the Word of God again and again. Be renewed in your mind with its truth until you believe it in your heart. Your new life is lived by the measure of faith you have been given.
And you, my brother and sister in Christ, that measure of faith you have been given is not human faith. It is the faith of the Son of God, who loved you and gave His life for you.
Think seriously about what Christ has done for you. Don’t think too highly of what you decipher. Deny your flesh and your natural understanding. Put on your new life created by God in His righteousness (Ephesians 4:24). God sees you as He has made you. He sees you whole and blameless and His. He knows you are fulfilled in His grace. Do you want to know yourself as He knows you?
If you don’t exercise what is yours, it will not benefit you. Exercise the faith Christ has given you.
© 2022 Lynn Lacher