Obeying Our Faith

Faith is incredibly powerful, yet some Christians may not understand how it works in relation to grace. Faith opens doors and knocks down walls, and we need to be obedient to it. But it’s not our obedience or our works that make us right with God. Instead, we need to have faith in His grace, which He gives freely to us.

Whatever works we could manage to accomplish on our own are under the Law, but only Jesus was able to keep the entire Law. When God dispenses His Grace, Who is Jesus, we have favor extended to us through Him (Romans 1:5). It’s like getting an unlimited line of credit extended to us from the bank of heaven, despite our bad credit history. Because of what Jesus has already done, the slate is wiped clean.

Jesus was known far and wide for the healings He performed, and He repeatedly said to those He healed that their faith had made them whole (Mark 10:52; Luke 17:19). But their faith was not in the works that were done, but in Him and His divine nature. In the book of Mark, after the blind man was healed he followed Jesus. In the gospel of Luke, after the leper was healed he returned to Jesus and showed gratitude and thanksgiving.

Obedience has always been important, but now that we’re under grace the reasons for our obedience have changed. In the Old Testament, those who carried out every detail of the Law could earn a blessing, but anyone who omitted any part of it would be cursed (Deuteronomy 28:1-19). Now that we’re under grace, we receive the blessings through nothing we’ve done, but rather through our faith in Jesus.  

When we stumble and our faith falters, the Holy Spirit will lead us back to where we should be. When Peter had been teaching about the grace of Christ but fell back into living under the Law, the Holy Spirit corrected him through Paul (Galatians 2:11-20). As Christians, when we keep our eyes on Jesus, we can walk in the spirit. We become fearful and fall when we forget that we’ve received His grace and begin trusting in our own works.

Our faith in Jesus, Who demonstrated true obedience to the Father, makes us right with God (Romans 5:19). From the very beginning God has shown His generosity by blessing us abundantly, but He has asked us, His children, to obey Him. He even blessed us with His own Son, Who obeyed to the point of death (Genesis 2:16; Romans 5:19).

Right from the start, the devil has been doing his very best to get us to disobey God and doubt our identity in Christ. He’ll even resort to lying, to break the bonds between us and God (Genesis 3:1). He has set himself up as our enemy, trying to lead us to believe we must earn our good standing with God (1 Peter 5:8). But obeying the Holy Spirit keeps us safe.

Our obedience by faith in Grace changes us from the inside, and helps us cast out sin in our lives. When we rely on God’s strength instead of our own to do this (2 Corinthians 12:8, 9) miracles begin to happen. After Jesus had sent the Holy Spirit to His apostles, they began healing the lame, performing other miracles, and boldly preaching the Gospel (Acts 3:11-16; 4:8-12). We can do the same, and even greater, when we acknowledge His grace and let it work in our lives.

– Creflo Dollar