Romans 4:14-16 (NIV) “If Gods promise is only for those who obey the law, then faith is not necessary and the promise is pointless. For the law always brings punishment on those who try to obey it. ( the only way to avoid breaking the law is to have no law to break) so the promise is received by faith.it is given as a free gift. And we are all certain to receive it, whether or not we live according to the Law of Moses, if we have faith like Abraham’s. For Abraham is the father of all who believe.”
The scriptures above are telling us that faith is made void and the promise made of none effect if they which are of the law are heirs. If any man who is under the law is going to inherit the promise of God then faith is of no effect. If the man under the law walks under the promise of God, then faith is useless.
When the scriptures say that where there is no law there is no transgression.
It means that when you remove the law, people stop sinning and when you put the law people sin more. It is of faith that it might be of grace.
Paul explains that Abraham had pleased God through faith alone before he had ever heard about the rituals that would become so important to the Jewish people.
We, too are saved by faith plus nothing else. It is not by loving God and doing good that we are saved, neither is it by faith plus love or by faith plus good deeds. We are saved only through faith in Christ, trusting him to forgive all our sins.
Ephesians 2:8-9 (NIV) “For it is by race that you have been saved, through faith and this is not for yourselves, it is the gift of God. Not by works, so that no one can boast.”
Any man who moves into a particular grace does so by faith. Faith is the access to grace.
There is grace for financial multiplication; there is grace for a successful marriage; there is grace for being a successful consultant; there is grace for being successful in anything.
God says that for you to move in any grace that can make you a success in this world; you can only begin by faith. That means that God cannot accord grace to something that doesn’t begin from a faith perspective.
Genesis 17:1(KJV), God comes to Abraham and tells him, “…walk before me, and be thou perfect.” Many people misinterpret that scripture and assume that when he says ‘walk before me and be thou perfect’ then God meant that when you do everything in your own power he will bless you. That’s not true.
The Hebrew word used therein for ‘before me’ is ‘paniym’ which is translated to mean, walk because of me or in my presence. Which we can say; “And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God, walk because of me and thou will be perfect.”
God has the same message today. We are to obey the lord in every respect because he is God that is enough reason. If you don’t think the benefit of obedience are worth it, consider who God is, the only one with the power and ability to meet your every need.
This was the first time God had spoken to Abraham in thirteen years since he through Hangar had had Ishmael for a son (Gen 16:16, 17:1) this Ishmael being a result of human effort.
Every time you try to do things in your own power, God will prove to you that you cannot because He doesn’t want you to glory in your own strength.
(John12:24) “Verily, verily, I say to you, except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it dies, it bringeth forth much fruit.”
Man was not made to glory in his own strength; he was made to Glory in God. Praise God!
Even when David messed up with Bathsheba and killed Uriah (2nd Samuel 11), he tried to offer sacrifices for God to forgive him but failed until he came to the ultimate realization that the sacrifices God requires. (Psalms 51:17 KJV) “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit and contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.” God needs your heart not what you can do for him.
Don’t move on the basis of what you think you can do. I hear people say, “I can’t do this because am like this or like that.’ That is the law because you are looking to yourself. It is not about your strength or power but by the power of the lord working within you. (zachariah4:6)
Everywhere there is self, there is pride. This is because it’s about you not Him. It is pride is to say” I can’t.” Some people think it’s humility to say “who am I to be worthy of such and such a thing?” No! It’s not knowing who you are! Stop thinking of your inability and start thinking of His ability in you.
Romans 5:2 (Amp) Through Him also we have [our] access [entrance, introduction] by faith into this grace [state of God’s favor] in which we [firmly and safely] stand. And let us rejoice and exult in our hope of experiencing and enjoying the glory of God.
For sure Christians we have entered into a place of undeserved privilege. Not only has God declared us not guilty, He has drawn us close to himself. Instead of being enemies we have become friends and infact his own children.
John 15:15, Galatians 4:5, Romans 8:15 Ephesians 1:5
Our loving father help me to understand that it’s only through you I can access the sit of throne. Forgive my sin of omission and commission. For there is no other name or power to save me. Thank you for salvation, I am certain that God, who began the good work within me will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns. AMEN