“For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, ‘The just shall live by faith.’ Romans 1:17
Living by faith applies to the past, present and future of a Christian’s life. It means believing in what Christ did on the cross, what He is doing in you now, and what He will do in the future.
Christ’s death and resurrection is the foundation for a life of faith. It is the beginning of a journey of trusting the Lord Jesus for everything we need. God’s grace, through faith in the finished work of Jesus, brings eternal life. But faith does not end there. While Christ’s death saves from the penalty of sin, we must continue to have faith that He is saving us from the power of sin. This belief affects our everyday lives. It stretches us and deepens our dependence on God as we learn that we cannot live the Christian life perfectly. We still sin. We stumble and fall and mess up. But by faith we can repent and keep going, trusting that He is molding and changing us each day into the image of His Son.
And finally, living by faith means looking forward with hope and assurance that one day, we will be free from the presence of sin. Christ will return for His bride. This belief brings a joyful and abundant life despite suffering. It reminds us that this earth is not our home. It causes us to long for heaven, and to live on behalf of Christ and those who do not yet know Him. Faith in what is to come gives our lives a sense of peace and urgency. Because we know He will not tarry forever, we are compelled to persevere in the work He has given us to do.
Are you living by faith? Is your life driven by full confidence in Christ’s past, present and future work?
Join me praying, “Heavenly Father, my prayer today is that You would deepen my faith! I pray that my lifestyle would reflect my belief in You, so that others see Your goodness and power through me. Help me to remember that I live by faith not only in what Jesus did on the cross, but also in His work today and tomorrow. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”
Praying you have a faith-filled week!
Much love and care,
Greece Assembly of God
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