“Faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ” (Rom. 10:17).
“The righteous shall live by Faith.” (Romans 1:7)
“Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him…” (Colossians 2:6)
How did we receive Jesus into our hearts? By Faith. The Bible’s word for reciprocity is faith.
Saving faith is a gift from our Creator Himself, given only to His elect, and it is He who draws us and when we place our belief in Him, open our hearts we then receive the gift of the life of the Christ Spirit from our Father.
Jesus told his disciples; “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them.” John 6:44
It is not in striving hard after anything, but it is in learning how to open our thoughts, minds, and hearts to receive what we have already been given and to recognize the full sufficiency of the Life of the Son of God in us, who lives His life in and through ours.
In the spiritual realm, Faith does not create the reality. Faith is the ability to recognize the life of another in me. Jesus is in me, I am in Him, and He is the One living His life through mine.
Teaching and preaching of Scripture are the ways that the Holy Spirit works faith in us. God’s work of regeneration is required if we are to believe (John 3:3–8; Eph. 1:3–10; 2:1–10), yet He calls us to faith through the preaching of the gospel.
Today He uses the same Word to mature us in the faith.
Without the proper diet, our bodies will be weak and sickly. The same is true of our faith.
If we do not nourish it regularly, we will be tossed about by every wind of doubt, and we will fall into sin more readily. If we neglect in caring for our souls, we will also be at risk of being misled by those preaching a false doctrine.
Our role is to expose our thoughts, minds, and hearts to the Word in studying scriptures and practicing the disciplines of our faith. In this way we are opening up space in allowing the Spirit to enter into those areas, exchanging our human ways with God’s ways as we develop and mature in our faith.
In order to feed our spiritual appetites, our role and responsibility are to expose ourselves to regular preaching and teaching of God’s word so we can be proper stewards in the care of our souls. God’s role is to do the actual work in the building of our faith and maturing us as spiritual beings through the supernatural ability of the Holy Spirit.
As I surrender and give myself to the Spirit’s work, it is Jesus who is speaking, acting, and loving through me. It is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who is expressively manifesting all of who He is, through me.
“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20
I am simply the container or receptacle who trusts and depends totally on the life of Christ in me, to make His life the reality of my life.
Just as a branch is intricately connected to the vine, the branch does not work on its own, it simply receives all its nourishment and needs from the life source of the vine with its roots drinking from the ground’s supply of water, minerals, nutrients.
The branch becomes sustained through the sap that runs richly through its veins, nourishing and maintaining the life of the branches in its continual flow of life requiring nutrients.
“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5
So it is with Christ who is our source who nourishes, maintains and sustains our spirituality, providing for us, all that we need and require to grow into mature Christians. It is Christ whose perfect work is producing His fruit in me and I am the one who allows the manifestation of this fruit to overflow from whom He is creating me to become, in and by His ability.
I do not have to work up this type of faith for that would then be my works, my effort, my doing this in my own strength and ability; self-righteousness vs Christ righteousness.
No, it is the Faith given to me by Christ that He is the One living in me. I live by the Faith of Christ in me. Christ is the believer in me and it is He who I lean upon in order to have and know His faith in me is ALL sufficient.
When the Word of God is proclaimed faithfully, God’s Spirit accompanies it to change the hearts of His chosen and make them receptive to the message (Ps. 119:18; 2 Peter 1:21).
He illumines the meaning of His Word, penetrates our souls with the knowledge of our sin and our only hope of salvation in Christ, and elicits our faith in the Savior.
If we would have strong faith, then, the most important thing we can do is hear the preaching and teaching of God’s Word as often as we can. As the Word is preached in corporate worship, at home, in the classroom, in Bible studies, in ordinary conversation, and elsewhere, the Spirit generates faith in those who do not yet believe and strengthens the faith of those who are already saved.
Jesus strengthened the faith of His disciples by teaching them the living and active Word of God (Luke 17:5–6; Heb. 4:12–13). Today, He uses the same Word to make us mature in the faith.
I depend on Jesus for His faithfulness to be fully manifested in my heart and soul, just as I depend on Him for everything else.
This is a knowing the Faith that I have been gifted has been gifted to me by the Faith of the Son of God whose faith is expressed through mine. It is His faith in me that becomes my faith.
Knowing who Christ in me is and knowing it is He who does this work in me by His Holy Spirit is in recognizing the truth that God freely gives and it is I who freely receive all that He has offered to give to me.
The Holy Spirit reveals to me, in me, Christ’s life, Christ’s ability, Christ’s truth, and Christ’s love, as He lives in me and as He becomes the full expression of the Spirit’s life flowing freely through mine.
It is in experiencing the reality of the Christ lives in me, where I come into this Spirit revelation in understanding who He is, His character, His attributes, His traits, and knowing His promises, where I come into the truth of this knowledge as a reality being lived out in my everyday world.
When I know the truth of who God is in me and who I am in Him and we are as One in this union of our Spirits, all that is done in and through me become His works, His ability, His wisdom, His guidance, and His revelation being acted out in the ordinariness of my activities and service.
In this way, I become free from all that constrains me in my own human methods and designs of being.
It is the God in me, the Christ who pours His resurrected life into me by the empowerment of the Holy Spirit, who is the One revealing the fullness of all that He is in and through the rivers of living waters whose life overflows from mine.
It is God who has become my fulfillment and it is His divine flow of living waters who spill out from me towards others. It is God’s Spirit who has quenched my thirsting, my desiring, my longing for completion and it is He who has completed me as no other can.
I have no need to seek approval through others as I have the full approval of my Father’s love.
It is Christ in me who is unlimited in resources, holy in all He has created and it is His infinite person of the Holy Spirit who has been infused and imparted into my humanity.
It is by faith I have joined in this holiest of unions, and it is by faith the word is appropriated, and it is by faith the Spirit confirms His life in me, again and again, and again.
It is the life of the Son of God in me who brings life to others. It is He who others see in me, and it is He who is drawing others to us, as they will see our peace, our joy, and our other-centered loving flowing through us in the midst of the most trying of circumstances.
I am simply a container of the Divine Spirit whose life is seeking an outlet.
It is the Spirit who affirms the power of His ability in me to give me all that is needed to live this imparted faith, in the ordinary going about of my day-to-day duties, activities, and endeavors.
I do nothing on my own. Everything I do in fulfilling His purposes and intentions in me has been fully provided for me, by the infusing of the Son of God’s life in mine, whose name is Jesus. It is He who expresses His love and His desires in me towards others.
I have found the secret key in living this faith life. It is in abiding in this life source, remaining attached to the Vine of the source of the One whose fullness has been gifted to me His daughter and whose sustenance gives adequate provision for me to grow as a Godly woman!
“His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.” 2 Peter 1:3
The key is to refocus from self-centered being in allowing the life of the Son of God in me to redirect my body, soul, and spirit into a lifestyle of Christ-centered being.
It is in knowing and appropriating His complete sufficiency, that the work of Christ in me is enough!
It is in knowing it is His life who has become the totality of my life as He truly lives through me, manifesting His truth, His discernment and His love to everyone I meet.
I have the entirety of His fullness in me!
I cannot get any more, for I already have all I need or require to do what He has called me to do. My role is in letting, giving His life room to move through mine and allowing His fullness to be who becomes manifested; in my frailty, in my weakness, in my inability.
I can do nothing of my own to get closer to Him or to become more ‘spiritual’ in Him.
I am complete in Him, just as I am. It is He who has satisfied my desiring. Christ has become my full supply, my full reliance, my complete dependence, my life source who daily renews and refreshes His Holy Spirit in me.
Jesus has given full provision for all I need; spiritually, emotionally, physically, and materially. It is His life living through mine who is my strength.
My role is to continue to turn my thoughts to Him, meditating on scriptures, attentive to His Spirit, focusing on the things of His kingdom, daily practicing the spiritual disciplines of my faith and dedicating myself to His service in being God’s heart.
All I have received from God has been revealed to me by the Holy Spirit and it is only my willingness that becomes expressed as faith. The very faith given to me by God is being lived out in truth in the day-by-day work of the Spirit.
I was never meant to live this life alone and neither were you.
You and I were created for the Divine One, whose name is Christ, so that He may live His full expression of His life through the consecration of our surrender to His reign and rule, partnering with and allowing His Holy Spirit to be the One who directs, controls and leads us in all our steps.
We enter into participating in the Christ righteousness who reigns, ruling in my inner realm. It is His faith in me becomes actively operates in my physical body in the outpouring of His love, His compassion, His mercy and His forgiveness towards others I meet in the path of life.
So, this faith life is about being an intimate participator, actively being God Hearts, in stepping back from flesh, and stepping into the grace of His full provision as He manifests His Divine nature through the tattered frame of our humanity in all our weaknesses.
This faith walk is in becoming an open receptacle, whereby we allow His life to be poured out from us, where His power, His mercy, His grace, His caring, His compassion, His love, touches men, woman, and children.
In this holiest of partnerships in becoming God’s heart, we are day-by-day being loosed from human mindsets, human methods and human ways and becoming changed, transformed and ushered into the ways of our Father’s kingdom.
As we become intentional and conscious in our roles in stepping into the Spirit-directed, Spirit-anointed, and Spirit-empowerment gifted to us, we will then be walking in our true identity as the sons and daughters, as new creations in our Father’s kingdom.
We join in participating in our Father God’s redemptive work and His holy desire that all should be reconciled and brought into a union with Him in His divine plan to bring authentic love to earth in the form of humans.
God placed his most prized treasure, entrusting us with the life of His son Jesus, intricately knitting His divine nature into our human frailty, having made adequate provision for all we could possibly need to live out His faith through us in this often cold dark world.