Faith doesn’t move God – He has already moved by grace.
Faith is not something we do to get God to respond.
Faith simply appropriates what God has already provided by grace.
Jesus Christ has already died for the forgiveness of our sins, healing of our bodies, and our deliverance from bondage. Therefore we don’t have to beg or convince God to give us these things, we simply need to appropriate them by faith – 1 Peter 2:24 and Romans 8:32.
Faith receives what grace has provided – Ephesians 2:8-9. I cannot use faith to steal because Jesus didn’t provide for that in His death and resurrection. I cannot use faith to murder because Jesus didn’t provide for that in His death resurrection. I cannot use faith to name and claim anything that was not provided for through the death and resurrection of Jesus.
Faith operates through the realisation that God has already done everything:
Ephesians 1:3 “Praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who HAS BLESSED us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ.”
2 Peter 1:3 “As His divine power HAS GIVEN to us ALL THINGS that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue.
It is easy to operate in faith when we remember that we already have the following in our spirits:
1. The power God used to raise Jesus from the dead. This power was given to us when we first believed in Jesus Christ – Ephesians 1:19-23. The amount of revelation we have of this truth determines the amount of God’s power we experience – Ephesians 1:15-19. The fullness of Godhead dwells in us – Colossians 1:27 and 2:9. We are complete in Christ – Colossians 2:10.
2. The fruit of th Holy Spirit. We already have love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance. We do not have to beg God for this virtue, grace has already deposited it into our spirits – Galatians 5:22-23. We can release this virtue into physical manifestation if we do not ask God to give it to us but acknowledge it – Philemon 6, Romans 12:2, and 2 Corinthians 3:18.
3. All things that pertain to life and godliness, we simply need to release them through faith – Colossians 1:27, 2 Peter 1:2-4, and Philemon 1:6.
What we need is a mindset shift from trying to convince God by our faith, to using our faith to appropriate what God has already given to us. We are defending what we already have rather than trying to get what we don’t have. We already have healing, provision, protection, victory, etc., we have all these things in our spirits.
2 Peter 1:3-4 says “3 By his divine power, God HAS GIVEN US EVERYTHING WE NEED FOR LIVING A GODLY LIFE. We HAVE RECEIVED ALL OF THIS by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence. 4 And because of his glory and excellence, He HAS GIVEN us great and precious promises. These are the promises THAT ENABLE YOU TO SHARE HIS DIVINE NATURE and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires.
Because faith is the positive response to what God has provided by grace, Christian life isn’t about getting God to do anything, Christian life is about renewing our minds to the truth of God’s Word and receiving the physical manifestation of what He has already done – Romans 12:2 and 2 Corinthians 3:18.
“REST IN THE FINISHED WORK OF JESUS CHRIST”