Why Faith? What does faith do for us that God hasn’t already done?
We understand the finished work of the cross and our position of rest in Him, justified and holy in His sight. We rejoice in His infinite love and know we are free from guilt and condemnation, so, why faith?
Is faith just resting or can it be proactive as well?
Actually, faith is our response to the incredible truths mentioned above. It is faith that receives what God has given. Our faith is the only thing that gives God pleasure. Without faith, it is impossible to please Him (Heb. 11:6).
He, therefore, that ministers to you the Spirit, and works miracles among you … (does it) … by the hearing of faith (Gal. 3:5). We know that faith is the result of “hearing” God. Miracles are a harvest of such hearing.
“Then He touched their eyes, saying, ‘According to your faith let it be to you.’” —Matthew 9:29.
Our faith establishes the limits of what we can receive from God.
“Then Jesus answered and said to her, ‘O woman, great is your faith! Let it be to you as you desire.’” —Matthew 15:28
Faith receives that which is already available.
If God’s blessings were automatic, we would have no needs. The moment a need arose, grace would make it go away. But we know that isn’t how it happens. God’s grace has provided His promises, and His promises quickened to our spirits release our faith to receive that which grace has provided.
“…by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature.” —2 Peter 1:4
The promises of God are the seeds of grace. Faith brings in the harvest!