What You Need to Know to Live in God’s Peace
Adapted from “The Gospel of Peace” by Andrew Wommack
Most Christians today aren’t able to take full advantage of their redemption because they lack understanding of God’s grace.
They believe God has the power to meet their needs, but they doubt His willingness to use that power on their behalf because they know they aren’t what they should be. In other words, they feel that their sin stops God’s grace.
But that’s not what God’s Word teaches.
Under the New Covenant Jesus put into effect, right standing with God comes as a free gift to everyone who will believe (Rom. 4:3-5, 5:18). Yet the faith to believe is tied to the knowledge we have (2 Pet. 1:3-4).
If we think our performance is a qualification for God’s blessing, then we’ll never walk in God’s best — not because we doubt God’s ability but because we are all too aware of our inability. But God doesn’t need our ability, just our positive response to His ability.
Hebrews 10:1-2 says that because of the sacrifice of Jesus, we should have no more consciousness of sin. What a statement! God isn’t holding our sins against us. Our slate is clean, but most Christians don’t realize it.
We are still conscious of our sins, but God isn’t.
In Isaiah 54:9-10, the Holy Spirit was prophesying through Isaiah about the New Covenant that you and I live in. He compared this New Covenant to the covenant God made with Noah. He said, “For this is as the waters of Noah unto me: for as I have sworn that the waters of Noah should no more go over the earth; so have I sworn that I would not be wroth with thee, nor rebuke thee.”
Think about that! God’s covenant with Noah that the world would never again be destroyed by a flood was not dependent upon the inhabitants of the world being worthy of such a favor. That was an unconditional promise. Likewise, our New Covenant is not dependent on us meeting any conditions other than faith in Jesus.
The Lord said, in the same way that He made an unconditional promise to Noah, so He swore He would never be angry with us nor rebuke us. Praise the Lord! That’s good news! That’s grace!
He goes on to say in Isaiah 54:10 that the mountains and hills will someday be removed, but He will never remove His covenant of peace from us. God’s favor toward us is more steadfast than the mountains and hills.