For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith (Romans 1:17)
Our walk with the Lord is from faith to faith. At conversion, when we invite Christ into our hearts, it is by faith. We believe that it is not by our good works, but by His work on the cross. When we become mature, our walk is still of faith. We still depend completely on the work of Christ, and not on our own works.
A tragedy happens to many believers today. At salvation, they rely completely on Christ. But as they get “mature” in spiritual things, they seem to outgrow their need for complete dependency on the work of Christ and for some reason think they can now begin to earn their way towards God. They start in faith and are now finishing by works. At conversion, we believe He has accepted us by faith in Christ. Many years down to the road, when we have learned how to give and tithe, help out with Church activities, even do evangelism, know how to pray and fast, etc, we start thinking His acceptance is no longer based on Christ but now conditioned on how much we perform on these things. And hence we seek to perform more, with the wrong motive.
Our walk with the Lord is from faith to faith. Never for a minute outgrow your need for absolute dependence on the work of Christ. You will be treading on dangerous grounds. Please read Galatians 3:1-5 for an example of believers who started in faith and finished with works.
The Word in your mind and mouth (1 Tim 4:15; Josh 1: 8)
Ponder and mutter the verse above. Your faith walk is from faith to faith, not from faith to works. Declare that you are moving from faith to faith, and not counting on your own abilities dependent always on the grace of God.
Water the Seed (word) to grow. Invite the Spirit’s strength! (Isa 32:15; Zach 4:6)
Ask the Lord to show you if there are any areas in your life you have moved from faith in Him to trusting in your own ability. And that your eyes will be on Christ only and never focused on yourself, your pastor, church, etc.
APPLY THE WORD TODAY!
Your door to a blessed life today is doing God’s Word. Refuse to be a hearer or reader only! (James 1:22-26)
Look for the opportunity to apply the Word above today. Intentionally keep your eyes on Christ, and not on yourself, today and forever!
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