Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
Romans 5:1-2 (KJV)
We have been made one hundred percent righteous in the eyes of God through faith in the finished works of Jesus. Now we are standing in grace, the unmerrited favor of God, Scripture tells us. And it is this same faith that gives us access to everything grace has made available, thereby causing us to live in joyful expectation that we will see the glory of God made manifest in our lives. Everything we have flows out of God’s grace; faith enables this grace to touch all of the areas of our lives.
Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.
1 Peter 2:24 (KJV)
When Jesus took our sins on the cross, He also bore our sicknesses, our infirmities, our guilt, our shame and regrets. This means that through being unified with Him in salvation, we have already been completely set free, redeemed, healed and delivered. Now in order for us to walk in this good news and see the manifestation of it in our lives, let us confidently lay hold by faith of what the grace of God has made available. Remember that faith takes possession of what grace has already provided. And so let us rejoice today in the glorious finished works of Jesus, and trust that His grace truly is sufficient for us.
Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.
Mark 11:24 (KJV)
Grace-based prayer begins with gratitude that the very thing we are praying for has already been made available through the finished works of Jesus. And so we believe that we receive, knowing that our God withholds no good thing from those who walk uprightly. And to walk uprightly simply means that we put all our faith, trust and reliance in what Jesus has already done for us, rather than in what we can accomplish through our own works or efforts. The more we can rest in this assurance, the more we will see the goodness of God manifesting in our lives.
For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth),
Ephesians 5:8-9 (NKJV)
Knowing our identity in Christ is crucial when it comes to living in the fullness of life God has intended for us. We have been set free and delivered from any and all darkness, and we are now light in the Lord. Remembering who we have been made to be in Him becomes the foundation of strong and mature faith. Let us trust fully in the finished works of Jesus without wavering, and we will see the fruits of the Spirit manifesting in our life.
Let us labour therfore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.
Hebrews 4:11 (KJV)
Much of our walk with the Lord is about laboring to enter into rest. This is not speaking of a physical rest, but much rather of a resting of the soul. It is to get to the place where our our mind, our will and our emotions rest confidently in the finished works of Jesus. And so we do not labor in our soul to try and get victory, we labor to get to the place of truly believing that Jesus has already won us the victory. We fill our minds and hearts with the Word of God until God’s promises become so real to us that all unbelief is cast out, and we rest in confident assurance of seeing God’s goodness in our lives.
For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but a new creation.
Galatians 6:15 (NKJV)
In Jesus we have been made a new creation. Our walk with the Lord has nothing to do with circumcision, uncircumcision, or any other requirement of the old Mosaic law, but much rather is it about consistently remembering who we have been made to be in Him. The more we remember to live out of who Jesus has made us to be, the more will the fruits of our new life be righteousness, love, peace, joy and true fulfillment.
And Jesus said unto him, Go thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole. And immediately he received his sight, and followed Jesus in the way.
Mark 10:52 (KJV)
Faith is what enables God’s glory to be made manifest in our lives. While the grace of God through the finished works of Jesus has already made available anything we need, let us realize that it is our faith that enables us to take possession of it. And so when we approach God, let us do so with boldness and confidence, knowing in our hearts that our Father is ready to freely provide all that is needed. There are no limits to those who will approach God with bold and confident faith.
Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God. And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight. And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment.
1 John 3:21-23 (KJV)
Notice that doing the things that are pleasing in the sight of God is summed up in this commandment: that we should believe on the name of the Lord Jesus, and love one another. It is out of following this commandment of love and trusting in the finished works of Jesus that everything else will flow. The greater our confidence in what Jesus has done for us, the greater will be our heart’s assurance that we will see our prayers answered and God’s glory made manifest in our lives.
Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.
Genesis 1:29 (KJV)
From the beginning of creation God had ordained that all our needs should be met in full. While sin had temporarily cut us off, in Christ we have been fully restored unto everything that God had originally intended for us. In other words, through faith in the finished works of Jesus we have access to anything and everything we could ever need. While grace makes available, it is faith that takes possession. And so today, let us walk by faith and not by sight. Let us rest assured that as we keep our eyes on Jesus, we will see His goodness and His glory showing up in our lives in whatever form may be necessary.
Unto the upright there ariseth light in the darkness: he is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous.
Psalm 112:4 (KJV)
We are upright in the eyes of God, not because of anything we have done or failed to do, but through our faith in the finished works of Jesus. As a result of what Jesus has done for us on the cross, darkness has lost its power over us, and so even in the midst of challenges and opposition there will be light. We may rely fully upon the gracious and compassionate nature of our God who is continuously working on our behalf, and we may stand firm and secure upon His righteousness. Let us give praise unto the Lord for the victory He has already won for us!