“By grace we are saved through faith,” Ephesians 2:8 tells us. This was the starting point of our life in Christ. It took our faith to believe Jesus is Lord when we saw no physical evidence to back it up. It was God's grace that provided the finished work of Christ that blessed us with ALL Spiritual blessings even though we didn't see it.
The indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit allows us to understand more about the love & grace of God that has empowered us to be "more than conquers" and to live "life more abundantly". In the light of his truth, we begin to see things differently. We start to see that the fruit of the Spirit is a result, not an effort. We start to see that the gifts of the Spirit are supernatural empowerments that are available to every believer, not just "the anointed".
Understanding this finished work is understanding it is manifested by faith-righteous. Faith-righteousness is faith in your righteous that was given you as a gift, not because of anything you did, but by what you believe. As 2 Cor 5:21 says, "For He has made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him."
To understand what is meant by faith, let’s go to Hebrews 11:1 — “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
The word “hope” here is more of an expectation than just a wish for something that has yet to materialize. When we exercise faith, we believe what God has stated as fact, even if we can’t see it yet.
Hebrews 4:2 says, “For unto us was the Gospel preached as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.”
Without faith, our understanding is limited, the Scripture says, and unbelief will undermine our faith. It might be better to focus on getting rid of unbelief instead of trying to get more faith.
We need to build our defenses against the negative attitudes that would deny God’s way of thinking.
Someone once told me they would be lying to say they believed what they couldn’t see. However, faith is believing the word above the circumstances of what we feel, see, or have heard in a report.
There is no denying that these things are real in our natural world. But the truth is that we have dual citizenship in both the natural and the supernatural world through Christ.
Spiritually speaking, “we’ve been made to sit together in heavenly places with Christ Jesus.” (Ephesians 2:6)
That dual citizenship allows us, through the Spirit that resides within us, to see truth God’s way. What God sees as truth supersedes worldly reality. When the word of God gets bigger in us than the reality of the natural, we begin to walk in faith.
Here’s another thought to consider. Hebrews 11:6 says, “it is impossible to please God without faith.” If your goal is to please him, then it might be time to exercise those faith muscles. To do that requires you to find out what God believes. That means getting in the word to learn what He thinks.
When you are willing to abandon yourself, your will, and your thinking to the truth of God’s word — miracles will happen.
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