» What is easier: to work really hard to earn God’s love or to receive it by faith with no trust in your ability to deserve it?
» How much blessing from God are you leaving sitting in the bank, just because you lack the faith to cash His check?
» You were not just bad; you were dead. God isn’t making you good; He is making you alive. What is the difference?
» Practice the memory verse.
“Faith is a living, daring confidence in God’s grace, so sure and certain that a man could stake his life on it a thousand times.”
- Martin Luther
“ And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”
- Hebrews 11:6
“What must I do to be saved?” This is the most important question in life. And what is the answer? Believe on the Lord Jesus and what He has done for you. The righteousness of God is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe.
We were dead in our trespasses and sin. But because of His great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ, even when we were dead in our transgressions and sin. Jesus did not come to make bad people good, He came to make dead people alive. He does so by His grace alone.
Jesus’ grace is applied to your life by faith in Him, and the work He has done. Jesus changes everything for you, but if you don’t possess the faith in Him to actually receive it, you will remain stuck in death while life awaits you. Faith is trusting that Jesus paid the penalty of your sin on your behalf, and that God will not seek to collect double payment by asking you to pay for what Jesus has already paid for you.
Not only does Jesus pay your penalty for you, and freely credit that payment to you, and then treat you forever as one who is as righteous as He, but He also gives you the faith it takes to actually receive it all. In other words, He supplies the grace, and He supplies the faith it takes to receive the grace. He does it all.
When Jesus went to the tomb of Lazarus, who had been dead for four days, and shouted, “Lazarus, come forth,” notice that Lazarus did not march out of the tomb and high-five Jesus, saying, “What a great team we make, Jesus! Teamwork makes the dream work!” His resurrection was completely a work of God - and so is yours. “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.” (Ephesians 2:8)
You have one job: Give grateful praise to God.