As I have grown in the ministry and dealt with more people than ever before I have come to know that there are some who believe that we walk in Christ’s ability (Grace) and others who believe with all their hearts that we have to stand and believe in order to see God’s will in our lives (Faith). My thoughts on this are that if you believe in Grace, good for you! AND likewise, if you believe in Faith, good for you!
Which ‘side’ am I on? My answer: BOTH!
I believe that there is a balance between the two…
Here at Birthing God’s Way you will see us constantly emphasize to walk in Christ’s ability. It is because of Jesus that we can experience the supernatural and we rest and trust in His ability, not our own. We cannot receive the supernatural on our own or in our own efforts. Jesus is the one who heals, prospers and delivers. We just rest in His finished work. We rest in Him.
But at the same time, while He has already accomplished everything for us, we have a part in it too. We have to receive His life from the Spiritual realm into this physical world. And the Bible says we do this by faith…
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good report. Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.” – Hebrews 11:1-3
Faith can simply not be ignored, because without faith it is impossible to please God, because he that comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him (Hebrews 11:6). We receive His life by faith and the Bible tells us in Hebrews 6:12 to imitate those who through faith and patience (extended faith) inherit the promises of God.
We believe that grace and faith works together…
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast” – Ephesians 2:8-9
We believe and rest in His ability in us all at the same time. Hebrews 3 & 4 explains this very well…
“There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his. Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.” – Hebrews 4:9-11
As believers we have a responsibility to enter into God’s rest. This rest does not ‘magically’ fall on us. We labor to enter into it. And our labor? To believe. And how do we believe? By hearing the Word of God…
“So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” – Romans 10:17 (NKJV)
God has blessed us with His Word. In it there are beautiful stories and promises of His amazing love displayed to us through Christ.
The Bible was written without error in its original text and is clear and easy to understand in the light of the Cross.
“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” – 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NKJV)
“But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.” – 1 John 2:27
By the leading of the Holy Spirit we are all able to understand the Word for ourselves and see it work in our lives to do all these good works in us and through us.
I love how Paul the apostle described God the Father and His Son Jesus at the start of 1Timothy…
“Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the commandment of God our Saviour, and Lord Jesus Christ, which is our hope;”
Isn’t that just beautiful! God is our Savior! And Jesus Christ is our hope! Praise be to God that He saved us! And praise be to Jesus that He is our hope! We have hope in Him!
Christ believed and He was faithful. Now we can be in union with God our Father through Jesus our Savior…
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord.” – Luke 4:18-19
Jesus satisfied the wrath of God towards us that we may now through faith be justified (Romans 3:25-26).
We believe that God loved us so much that HE CHOSE to sacrifice His Son and send Him to hell to redeem us, His beloved children (Romans 16:10; Acts 2:31).
We believe Christ was obedient to the point of death and trusted His Father to save Him for our sakes (Philippians 2:6-8; Galatians 1:3-5).
We believe that Jesus is a direct representation of the Father and only did what the Father would have Him do (Hebrews 1:3; John 5:19).
We believe that God is love and where we saw Him do things ‘out of character’ in the old testament it was towards sin and to save us and fulfill Jesus’ coming.
We also believe that God will not be angry with us or rebuke us anymore (Isaiah 54:9-10). He corrects us with His Word.
We believe that the devil came to steal, kill and destroy, but Jesus came so that we may have life and that more abundantly (John 10:10).
We believe that whenever something has been stolen from us it was the work of the devil, consequences of our own actions or just the fact that we live in a broken, fallen world. We believe God’s work in it is redemption and He is not the cause of it. We know “EVERY good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.” – James 1:17
We can stand in confidence of God’s love for us and His will for us as we can see clearly in His Scripture that His will is good and pleasing and perfect (Romans 12:2).
Now there has come a belief in the modern church that God’s will is not very clear, because of His Sovereignty (that He causes good AND bad to happen). We believe our Lord God is Sovereign: He is the King of kings, the Lord of lords; He is above all principalities and power and reigns on High; He is love. BUT as in all kingdoms a thief can come in and steal and murder without having been sent from the king. The king may find out about it and send warriors/guards to bring the thief to him to be put to justice, but it was not the king who sent the thief. It was not the king’s will for that thief to steal from his people and his kingdom. The king does however have the authority to bring justice and correct, redeem and restore. And this is what we believe about our Lord. He is a good God, He is love and anything that is opposite of that is NOT of Him.
(Although I believe this does require more explanation, I feel this article is here to show you what we believe rather than share ‘why we believe what we believe’. There is an article written by one of our favorite teachers that explains this in more detail. Read it here: The Sovereignty of God Explained.)
We believe God created this world, and it’s system, laws and principles. Man was deceived by satan and consequently brought sin into this world and ever since then God has purposed to redeem us and bring us back into His Kingdom of Life. This was fulfilled in Christ and we can now partake of His eternal life by faith in Him (John 17:2-3).
Above all, the Word is what determines our beliefs and not traditions or doctrine. We believe in the the Living Word and are continually growing in an ever increasing understanding of it.
All Scripture quoted from the King James Version, unless otherwise noted.