“For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from observing the law.” – Romans 3:28
Our forgiveness, salvation and justification from and before the Father are found only by faith; by trusting whole-heartedly that Jesus’ death on the cross was enough for us to become right with God. We are not saved by works. Only by FAITH.
“Why does God save us by faith alone?
(1) Faith eliminates the pride of human effort, because faith is not a deed that we do.
(2) Faith exalts what God has done, not what people do.
(3) Faith admits that we can’t keep the law or measure up to God’s standards – we need help.
(4) Faith is based on our relationship with God, not our performance for God.” – (NIV Study Bible footnotes)
If faith eliminates our personal pride for what we practice, then as we come before Him with humble hearts, He can do immeasurably more than we could ever hope or imagine. As we exalt what God has done, we point to the path for people to find faith in the Father.
As our faith grows, we come to know just how short we fall from keeping the law in our own strength. When we come to know our own need, we seek Him for the strength necessary to sustain us and keep our path straight.
Finally, faith is found through relationship with our Redeemer, not through our personal performance. If our hearts and minds are busy looking to see how we are measuring up, we have moved our focus off of the Father and are missing the point. However, when we press in and keep our focus on the Founder of our faith, spending time with Him, accepting His limitless love, mercy and grace, our faith finds secure footing and we learn to stand strong on solid ground.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that through Your Son, You have provided the way for our salvation. Thank You that it is not through our performance, nor through our ability to follow the letter of the law (for we ALL fall short – Romans 3:23) that we are saved, but instead, it is through accepting the immeasurable investment that You have made available to every heart that believes. Jesus’ life paid our price, so that we might receive eternal residence in Your holy presence. Forgive us for forgetting our faith and trying to work to please You. May we find rest in the very best that You grant us all, by faith and forgiveness through the sacrifice of Your Son. Lead us to live lives faithfully in and for You, so that many may come to find faith too. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present